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The two world leaders assured Duterte of their support backing during bilateral talks on the sidelines of the recently concluded Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit held in Danang, Vietnam.

Duterte said he sees a very bright future for the relationship between the Philippines and China.

Since taking office in 2016, President Duterte and his administration have waged a lethal anti-drugs campaign that has resulted in widespread extrajudicial executions.

Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation and Xi Jin Ping of China have thrown their support behind the administration's war on drugs, President Rodrigo Duterte said late Saturday.

Estimates of how many people have been killed in Duterte's war on drugs range from 6,000 to 10,000.

'We will be extremely disappointed if Trump does not raise it, ' Amnesty's Philippine director, Jose Noel Olano, told reporters on Saturday.

Human rights organizations say they are concerned that Trump will give Duterte a free pass on his drug war crackdown, by failing to mention the issue during his multi-day visit. A real person, a rumble, a stabbing.

"At the age of 16, I already killed someone".

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US Navy ships have also carried out freedom of navigation patrols in the area, angering China, which says the territorial issues should be handled directly between countries in the region.

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"For Russia, just a small window where we can start exporting our products there".

"How much more now that I am President?" he concluded, to laughter from the audience.

Police have reported killing almost 4,000 in his anti-drug war, and many thousands of murders remain unexplained, but Duterte insists he is not responsible for any unlawful deaths.

On Monday, the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits will be officiated by Duterte at the Cultural Centre of the Philippines before the leaders gather at the Philippine International Convention Centre for a series of meetings, including the 40th anniversary of ASEAN-US Dialogue Relations.

When a senior US official said two weeks ago that there was "a warm rapport" between the two administrations, Phelim Kine, deputy Asia director of Human Rights Watch, said it "suggests a stunning apathy toward the human rights calamity that Duterte has inflicted on the Philippines since taking office". "USA imperialism is tantamount to war, human rights violations, unfair economic policies, and the preservation of a world order that favors a wealthy few", Palabay said.

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