President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday expressed his deepest gratitude to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who helped "turn the tide" for the Philippines in its protracted battle against Islamic State-inspired groups who laid siege in Marawi City last summer.
The outspoken leader says a United Nations investigator has insulted him by criticising a brutal clampdown on drugs that has killed thousands.
Well, given Trump's apparent fondness for world dictators, it doesn't seem Trump will likely be bothered by not getting to discuss the topic with Duterte - after all, the USA commander-in-chief has praised Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, who is accused of sanctioning the killings of some 800 protesters in a single day, for doing "a fantastic job in a very hard situation".
MANILA-President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday thanked Chinese President Xi Jinping for Beijing's aid in response to the Marawi crisis.
Asked if he will discuss it with Trump in the coming days, Duterte replied, "He is not the Human Rights Commission", adding that he is only part of the 3 branches of the United States government, like in the Philippines.
Duterte, speaking in a mixture of Tagalog and English, said: "Jail?"
"If you do not like me, I do not like you".
Across town, protesters from the militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) rallied outside Trump Towers, claiming the U.S. president had the intention of using the Philippines' territory to install more American military bases and that his heightened involvement in the country's affairs could drag them into war.
"I will congratulate your guys here who make the firearms - very good, very accurate".
"I have to say, countering terrorism today is one of our common tasks, objectives and challenges. You told me while you were leaving Russian Federation, you told me that you had to go back and install law and order to attack terrorists that's why I'd like to say that you managed to do just that", he said.
Noting that economic ties "are at the lower level", Putin said he wanted to see an improvement in the economic relations between the two countries.
"I think it was in jest". "I will tell them, you are too presumptuous".
Duterte said as the fulcrum of several integrated mechanisms such as Asean, APEC can be instrumental in promoting more inter- and intra-regional trade, investment and people-to-people connectivity between other economic blocs.
Their meeting, alongside Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, was captured in a photograph by Bong Go, special assistant to Duterte.