Obama to raise human rights in meet with Duterte

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US PRESIDENT Barack Obama

US PRESIDENT Barack Obama

US PRESIDENT Barack Obama will meet President Rodrigo Duterte to discuss alleged human rights violations in connection with the Philippine government’s war against illegal drugs, during a regional summit in Laos in September, the White House said on Monday (Tuesday in Manila).

Obama will also raise concerns over certain statements made by Duterte when they cross paths in next week’s East Asia summit in Vientiane, Laos, to be held at the sidelines of the annual meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

“We regularly meet with the leaders of our treaty allies where we have differences whether it relates to human rights practices or derogatory comments. We take the opportunity of those meetings to raise those issues directly,” White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said in a news conference in Washington.

“I think the discussion will encompass both concerns about statements that have been made by the President of the Philippines and our commitment to supporting human rights,” he added.


Duterte has drawn international criticism overseas for the wave of killings of drug suspects, which have reached close to 1,900 since he assumed office on June 30.

The US State Department has raised the matter with the Philippines twice this month.

In a news briefing in Manila, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said on Tuesday Duterte’s first international engagement will primarily be for establishing acquaintances.

Asked if the President would be open to discussing human rights with Obama, Abella said, “This is not … We’re not referring to those matters. Okay?”

Duterte on Monday dismissed his critics, pointing out that he should not be compared with Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad, who is accused of various atrocities and crimes against humanity, and the Islamic State.

“Did I kill a child? Did I drop bombs like Assad and those other idiots? Did I burn women who refuse to have sex?” the President said during the National Heroes’ Day rites at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig.

Rhodes said Obama would also discuss with Duterte the tension in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), among other security issues.

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  1. Does US President Barack Obama have the nerve to talk about the American atrocities and massacres committed against the Bangsamoro people? The American land-grabbers beginning in the 1900s terrorised the Muslim natives of Mindanao, enslaving them similar to the aboriginal Indians of America. But the Bangsamoro freedom fighters resisted the onslaught of American terrorism and refused to become colonial slaves. How can President Obama now talk of human rights when America has committed the worst human right violations in human history in the Bangsamoro homeland of Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan (MINSUPALA)?

  2. the abu sayatt group in the philippine is a surrogate of the isis terrorist who kidnap and behead people for ransom. the philippine government need other countries for help to stop their brutal activities. their victim are both filipinos and foreign visitors alike.

  3. Mariano Patalinjug on

    Yonkers,New York
    31 August 2016

    Now it is President Barack Obama who obviously is very much concerned about Der Fuhrer’s megalomanic extra-judicial killing of those who are allegedly involved in the narco problem, whether as consumers or as suppliers, or as supporters of both.

    Reports have it that close to 2,000 SUSPECTS have already been dispatched to either “heaven” or “hell” by Duterte’s “Berdugo” [Executioner] National Police Chief General “Bato” Roland dela Rosa–all of these blatant and cruel human rights violations committed by both Mr.Duterte and Gen. Dela Rosa and his blood-thirsty police thugs.

    President Obama is also set to ask Der Fuhrer Duterte about his having insulted the US Ambassador tot he Philippines by calling him to his face a “bakla” [gay] as well as a “son of a bitch!” Obviously, Der Fuhrer Duterte is not familiar with good manners and right conduct, let alone the niceties of cultured diplomatic language. He seems to be as uncouth and vulgar as an uneducated gangster.

    I would not at all be surprised if in their upcoming meeting, Der Fuhrer Duterte would react in “Kanto Boy” fashion to President Obama’s questions by also insulting him as an “uppity black man!”

    MARIANO PATALINJUG
    patalinjugmar@gmail.com

  4. The nerve to talk about human rights in the Philippines, Duterte should then also raise the rights of the black people and the bombing of civilians in Syria and Iraq.

  5. PDU30 should take it easy when talking with President Obama, that human rights were not violated, at least by the agents of the government and give Obama a reassurance that your police were instructed to operate within the guidelines of the law. When PDU30 gets the momentum, he would then ask POTUS to donate some Helicopter Gunships, or Cobra Helicopters to help his war against Abu Sayaf Group. About 6 (six) of these gunships would be enough to cover ground troops movements during the offensive operations. Couple of these Gunships will be enough to pulverize enemy positions and the government operation will be shortened in no time.