Rodrigo Duterte: Philippines president says he killed someone as teenager

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President Rodrigo Duterte skipped the gala dinner for heads of state attending the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam Sunday night.

"He said something about: "You know, you handle it very well", he told reporters. "I'd have rumbles here, rumbles there".

"At 16, I killed someone", he told Filipinos in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang, where he is attending a regional summit.

"A real person, a rumble, a stabbing".

U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multilateral trade deal that included several APEC member states, earlier this year. It was just over a look.

The remarks are in keeping with a leader who uses profane language and cultivates a swashbuckling image.

He won office past year on the strength of his record as mayor of the southern Philippine city of Davao. During his time, death squads killed hundreds of people.

Police officials said 3,800 were killed in police operations.

The Philippine president said he has no qualms about pouring so much money into MSMEs because his economic advisers have convinced him of the importance of these types of businesses to the economy. "He does not call me out over my campaign about human rights".

Human rights group Karapatan said a meeting between Duterte and Trump on human rights will be "one big sick joke".

"Throughout Duterte's political life, he has had a tendency to make these confessional pronouncements about past violent incidents in which he has been involved", said Phelim Kine, Human Rights Watch's deputy director for Asia.

Russian Federation is said to be frustrated with the lack of talks, with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov saying reports should ask the USA if they wanted to know why no meeting took place.

Mr Duterte, whose record in office earned him the nickname "Duterte Harry", remains popular with a majority of Filipinos.

However, some recent killings of alleged drug suspects have shocked Filipinos, including that of a teenager. Since then, police say they have killed nearly 4,000 people in anti-drug operations and 2,000 others have been killed in connection with drug-related crimes.

Trump will stay in the country until November 14 for the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and related meetings.

Trump and President Duterte are set to hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the summits.



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