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Philippines president says US, Australia have ‘toned down’ human rights criticism

Rodrigo Duterte claims issue of thousands of drug war deaths was mentioned only in passing in meetings with Rex Tillerson and Julie Bishop The US and Australia have considerably toned down criticism of a drug war in the Philippines in which thousands have been killed, according to the countrys president, Rodrigo Duterte. During meetings at the presidential palace in Manila, US secretary of state Rex Tillerson and Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop raised the issue of human rights only in passing, Duterte said. Mostly they have considerably toned down in…

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Philippines senator tells UN reports of drug war killings are ‘alternative facts’

Ally of Rodrigo Duterte employs Trump-speak to deny that presidents policy has resulted in more than 7,000 being killed by death squads and vigilantes There has been no new wave of killings prompted by the Philippines alternative facts, an ally of President Rodrigo Duterte has told the UN Human Rights Council. Duterte has received widespread condemnation in the west for failing to curtail the killings and address activists allegations of systematic, state-sponsored murders by police of drug users and dealers, which the authorities reject. Senator Alan Peter Cayetano said there…

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Trump tells Duterte: ‘You’re doing a great job’, Philippines claims

Despite thousands of deaths in controversial war on drugs, US president praised his counterpart in Manila, a spokesman says Donald Trump has told Rodrigo Duterte that he is doing a great job despite knowing about the Philippine presidents controversial war on drugs. The US presidentswhich has killed thousands of people over the past 10 months. The White House defended the invitation made during a phone call on Saturday, acknowledging that though human rights were an important issue, Washington needed allies in Asia to address the global threat of North Koreas…

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