Violence flared when the protestors tried to push their way past about 500 officers to march towards the venue of the leaders’ summit.
Donald Trump has hailed his “great relationship” with the controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at the end of a two-day regional summit in Manila. “We are an important ally”, Duterte told Trump at the beginning of their talks, according to reporters allowed in to the meeting room.
“Terrorism and violent extremism endanger the peace, stability and security of our region because these threats know no boundaries”, Duterte said, who last month declared victory over Islamic State-inspired militants in the southern Philippine city of Marawi.
Trump replied: “We’ve had a great relationship. And the ASEAN conference has been handled beautifully by the president in the Philippines”. “This not a press statement”.
A statement from the White House released Monday regarding the joint remarks said that Mr. Trump and Duterte “underscored that human rights and the dignity of human life are essential, and agreed to continue mainstreaming the human rights agenda in their national programs to promote the welfare of all sectors, including the most vulnerable groups”. “Human rights briefly came up in the context of the Philippines’ fight against illegal drugs”.
Ms Ardern said she would urge Mr Duterte to carry out an enquiry into the high numbers of death.
But rather than rebuke Duterte’s drug war killings, Trump praised him, according to a leaked transcript of a phone call between the two men earlier this year.
Duterte has been embroiled in controversies ever since he took the Philippines’ presidential seat in June past year.