Russia, China support Philippines in fighting terrorism, drugs - President Duterte

They both like building things

"I renewed my friendship with President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation and with President Xi Jinping of China", he said. "A real person, a rumble, a stabbing", Duterte said, adding that the stabbing was prompted by someone looking at him the wrong way.

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

Mr. Duterte is in Vietnam with dozens of other world leaders for the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit meeting.

"The most productive [bilateral meetings], by the way, was our talk with President Xi Jinping and President Putin". "I will not, for the life of me, renege on that promise because I won on the basis of those promises", Duterte said.

"We realized in the regional meetings that the small guy down there contributes a lot to what is really happening before our rise and it's improving the economy", said Duterte.

President Rodrigo Duterte has so much hope in micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the Philippines that he vowed on Sunday, November 12, to pour billions of pesos into funding for them.

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets across the Philippines yesterday and today to rally against US President Donald Trump's upcoming visit to the nation, calling upon President Rodrigo Duterte to resist US influence in Philippine foreign policy. I can not escape that from my duty so I have every right to ask him.

"We collected taxes. Billions of taxes [which] were unpaid for many years.So it's a good year", said Duterte.

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Duterte took steps to thaw frosty relations with China after he won the presidency previous year.

"The United States has equal authority of Congress and president, so it was not so simple", Duterte said.

Phelim Kine, Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director, told Agence France Presse Trump and other world leaders should not copy their controversial host's signature fist salute as this could land them in hot water. "He is not the [head of the] Human Rights Commission", he said.

The comments came as the leader defended his government's brutal countrywide crackdown on drugs.

Human rights groups and Filipino lawmakers have been investigating the role of death squads in Davao during Mr Duterte's time of office.

Mr Duterte's advisers have in the past walked back similar boasts of violent acts by the president, telling journalists not to take what he said at his word.

Karapatan secretary-general Cristina Palabay said it was hypocritical for the two to even discuss the topic given their tracklist of human rights violations.

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