Duterte spokesman: Trump offered to return Philippine fugitive during bilateral talks

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Duterte - sometimes described "Trump of the East" because of his brash and mercurial style - had said on Wednesday that he would tell the USA president to "lay off" if he raised the issue of human rights when they met.

But most of all, Trump will have to tangle with the country's controversial president, Rodrigo Duterte, who has a reputation for filthy language, has faced charges of crimes for his drug war, and has claimed several times to have killed people himself.

If anything, Duterte has been all praise for Trump in the past year, welcoming closer bilateral cooperation against common concerns such as terrorism.

Duterte has good reason to expect that Trump will not make his bloody rule an issue during the visit.

The White House later said they discussed the Islamic State group, illegal drugs and trade during a private meeting.

Her readout appeared to conflict with the Filipino version of the meeting.

Duterte's spokesman Harry Roque told CNN Philippiness in a text: "I think it was in jest". There was no mention of extralegal killings.

In a separate statement on Thursday, Philippine Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said Duterte will endorse globalization and regional economic integration, policies that have also been promoted by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

What they are not expected to do is talk seriously about human rights. 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.

"I also took the opportunity to meet my counterparts from many economies".

Trump pressed that point on every stop on the grueling tour of Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines, blaming his predecessors for yawning trade imbalances and declaring that the United States will no longer be taken advantage of under his watch.

Trump also strategized with USA allies about the North Korean nuclear threat.

He jointly met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, with whom he had a contentious phone call last winter, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who hosted the president in Tokyo earlier in the trip.

"This landmark document would strengthen social protection, access to justice, humane and fair treatment, and access to health services for our people", he said.

Trump was originally slated to depart Manila for Washington on Monday.

"Every time he sees me, he says: 'I didn't do that.' And I believe - I really believe - that when he tells me that, he means it", Trump said, arguing that it makes no sense for him to belabour the issue when Russian Federation could help the USA on North Korea, Syria and other issues.

It also reported that there have been 12 incidents of aerial bombings in the Philippines, which has contributed to hundreds of thousands of forced evacuations, mainly in the war-stricken Marawi. "I renewed my friendship with President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation and with President Xi Jinping of China", he said.

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