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Rodrigo Duterte: Philippines president says he killed someone as teenager

14 November 2017, 10:04 | Taylor George

Duterte, Philippine President, Boasts He Killed Someone as a Teenager

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"He said something about, 'You know, you handle it very well, '" Duterte said, quoting Trump.

Claiming he was being serious, Duterte said: "Really, it's true".

I was just 16 years old.

Trump and President Duterte are set to hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the summits.

Speaking in the city of Da Nang on Friday ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, Duterte said he got into several "rumbles" as a teenager, and was in and out of jail.

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.

"I also took the opportunity to meet my counterparts from many economies".

Duterte then said he sensed good rapport with "an animated President-elect Trump" who understood the way the country is handling the anti-drug campaign.

Among the leaders present during the APEC dinner were US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau. Airport officials said he arrived at 5:45 the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

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Mr Duterte has encouraged extrajudicial killings of those involved in the drugs trade, and said he would "be happy to slaughter" three million drug addicts in the country.

In the end, no meeting took place, with the United States spurning the meeting at the last minute, and while they shook hands when they bumped into each other, they claimed "scheduling conflicts" prevented an actual meeting. I can not escape that from my duty so I have every right to ask him.

Duterte's spokesman later suggested the president was joking about the stabbing story.

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.

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

In September, the budget for the human rights commission investigating the deaths was cut to 1,000 pesos - the equivalent of $20 (£15).

President Duterte has also threatened to kill human rights activists, journalists and critics.

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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