Trump says he liked Duterte 'very much', pours in $101 M

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On Monday, Trump thanked the Philippine president for the hospitality and praised the performances on the eve of the ASEAN Summit in Manila.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the United States pledge signified American President Donald Trump's staunch support for the Philippines' way of handling the drug menace.

The U.S. president was not the only world leader who seemed to struggle with the ASEAN handshake.

According to the White House, $14.3 million or P750 million will be poured in for the rehabilitation of Marawi; $85 million for the counter terrorism-related equipment of the Philippines and training and support for its Armed Forces; and $2 million or P101 million in support of the administration's drug war.

Before their bilateral meeting in Manila on Monday, President Donald Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte posed for pictures.

Duterte also tackled some free trade agreements between the United States and the Philippines. "Why would he otherwise give $2 million to this cause if he thinks it's not being implemented correctly?"

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ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tiniowarned that the financial help will violate U.S. federal laws citing Paragraph 2151n of Title 22, Chapter 32 of the United States Code which prohibits the grant of assistance to "the government of any country which engages in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights".

Trump told Duterte that he is a friend of the Philippines, unlike his predecessor, Former US President Barack Obama.

Tinio said the supposed financial aid to be used by the country for the year 2018 should be investigated, especially by the US Congress.

Having said that, the Palace official pointed out that Trump's gesture manifested his open support to Duterte's war against illegal drugs, an issue that has been the subject of harsh criticisms from various human rights groups due to allegations of human rights abuses and extrajudicial killings (EJKs).

"Yung aid na 'yan, di kataka-taka kung meron mga kapalit 'yan".

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