Published: Tue, October 03, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Philippines welcome US President Trump's visit

Philippines welcome US President Trump's visit

He added he has no illusion of the United States as a savior, but said he views the superpower as a crucial ally, most especially in defense cooperation.

The meeting between Trump and Asian leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in NY last week helped persuade him to attend in unity with key allies, as per the USA official. The Philippines will host in November the Asean and East Asian Summits, where meetings will be simultaneously held in Manila and Pampanga.

However, Cayetano requested the body to send only unbiased investigators and explained Manila's unwillingness to accept Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard who, according to the statement, had already prejudged the human rights situation in the country and even referred to President Duterte as a murderer.

Abella said the Duterte administration would make sure that foreign guests would enjoy "world-famous Filipino hospitality" during their stay in the Philippines for their attendance to the 31st Asean summits.

Duterte is seen in the worldwide limelight as a demagogue who frequently throws expletives at superpowers and their leaders.

Joined by his wife Melania, Trump will travel November 3-14.

Melania Trump will also accompany him.

Aside from the Philippines, Trump is set to visit China, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam to discuss the nuclear threat of North Korea.

Trump's visit to China will reciprocate a trip to the United States made in April by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

"The American-Filipino relationship is so resilient that it bounces back right always regardless of personalities and issues", Tillerson said.

An Asian diplomat welcomed Trump's decision to visit Manila "because that reassures the region that Asia policy is not just about North Korea, it's about Southeast Asia as well".

"Through similar lines and sound bites, they have all painted a rosy picture of the human rights situation in the Philippines, while on the ground, the situation is getting worse for communities, with the drug war, the martial law in Mindanao and the continuing implementation of counter-insurgency programs", it added.

The president, who has been locked in an increasingly bitter war of words with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, will have the opportunity to bolster allied resolve for what he calls the "complete denuclearization" of Pyongyang.

"The President will participate in a series of bilateral, multilateral, and cultural engagements - including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit - demonstrating his continued commitment to the alliances and partnerships of the United States in the region", the White House said in a statement.

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