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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during a speech. Mark R. Cristino EPA

President Trump was left confused by a communal handshake that took place between some of the world's most powerful leaders during the opening ceremony of the 31st Association of South East Asian Nations in November.

"I believe that he feels that he and Russian Federation did not meddle in the election", Trump said of Putin at a news conference in Hanoi with Vietnam's president.

Duterte said a year ago he would be "happy to slaughter" three million drug addicts and branded then USA president Barack Obama a "son of a whore" for criticising the drug war.

"The reason I like the Boeing is because it's jobs for the United States", Trump said.

"I know that I have been demonized", Duterte said during a recent speech to Southeast Asian lawyers.

Tomorrow, Trump and Duterte are expected to hold bilateral talks.

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A senior White House official said there will be a lot of discussion about renewal of the US-Philippines "alliance and reenergizing that alliance through a joint statement" after the meeting between Trump and Duterte.

The foreign ministers of Asean member states and China adopted a framework for the code of conduct on maritime disputes in August, though it remains to be seen whether the final product would be legally binding.

"This rapporteur", he said, after referring to the United Nations' special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, Agnes Callamard, by name.

Trump is due to fly into Manila from Vietnam along with many other leaders on Sunday evening, ahead of two days of talks.

Since Duterte's inauguration previous year, police and affiliated death squads have summarily executed more than 8,000 suspected drug users.

Duterte, whose controversial war on drugs is said to have claimed an estimated 13,000 lives, also said that the menace of illegal drug trade continued to endanger the very fabric of societies.

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They also say it has uncomfortable similarities with Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's salute.

Hours after being sworn in as Philippine president, Duterte goes to a Manila slum and urges residents to kill drug-addled neighbors.

He at times denies inciting police or others to kill, but also consistently generates headlines for his abusive language and incendiary comments defending the drug war.

In an election campaign rally Duterte also said he was expelled from college for shooting a fellow student who was insulting him.

"When I become president, I'll order the police and the military to find these people and kill them". "Never mind about the human rights advocates". Duterte, however, made it clear that he won't welcome any discussion on human rights lest he will tell the U.S. leader to "lay off".

Trump, on the other hand, has embraced Duterte - with a senior administration official saying before the trip that "there's a warm rapport there".

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The writer, president emeritus of the Open Society Foundations and a founder of Human Rights Watch, is the author of "The International Human Rights Movement: A History".

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