FRANCISCO S. TATAD
FRANCISCO S. TATAD

SO many people were clearly disappointed that US President Donald Trump and other world leaders failed to raise the human rights issue with President Rodrigo Duterte during the two-day Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and East Asia summits. They avoided any mention of the drug killings in the Philippines after DU30 had warned them in a pre-summit statement to “lay off,” even though he himself brought up the issue in his opening speech on Monday when he said, “the menace of illegal drugs continues to endanger the very fabric of our society,” and was poised to say more about it in a concluding statement whose draft had been leaked to the press.

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