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Sergio Conner
November 14, 2017

They were blasted with water cannon and pushed back by riot police.

At the opening ceremony in Manila, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, said that the two days of meetings presented an excellent opportunity to engage in meaningful discussion on matters of regional and worldwide importance.

During remarks to reporters, Mr. Trump also said he and Duterte have "a great relationship" but avoided questions regarding human rights issues.

Both leaders have publicly praised the other and appear to have a good relationship, with some Filipinos even calling Duterte the "Filipino Trump".

ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Việt Nam.

When Mr Trump was asked if he would raise human rights at the meeting, Mr Duterte said: "Whoa, whoa. This is the bilateral meeting". But, the White House admitted, there was only a brief reference to human rights during the closed-door talks.

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Trump and Duterte were joined by more than a dozen other leaders from Southeast Asia, Australia, Canada, Russia and India. His government says the police act in self defence but critics say executions are taking place with no accountability.

She said: "The conversation focused on ISIS, illegal drugs and trade".

Mr Duterte, who has spoken highly of Mr Trump, said last week he would tell the USA president to "lay off" if he were to raise accusations of rights violations.

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However, the White House's version of events contradicts that of the Philippines' statement, which said that "there was no mention of human rights".

But rather than rebuke Duterte's drug war killings, Trump praised him, according to a leaked transcript of a phone call between the two men earlier this year.

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