Views on the kill: President Rodrigo Duterte's shocking words on Philippine bodycount

Views on the kill: President Rodrigo Duterte's shocking words on Philippine bodycount

Butch Olano, Amnesty International Philippines Director, said, "President Trump has spoken about his ability to talk tough with foreign leaders, and this week's ASEAN summit presents a renewed opportunity to raise the horrifying human rights abuses that the region is facing".

Duterte 's aides have repeatedly told journalists not to believe everything the president says, cautioning that he often jokes or indulges in "hyperbole".

This was how Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar described President Duterte's presence at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vietnam during an interview with state-run Radyo Pilipinas yesterday.

"Like I said before, you will have to find a soldier or a policeman anywhere in the country where I ordered the killing of a man on bended knees, in surrender, or lying down", Duterte added.

"When I was a teenager, I was in and out of jail", he said, according to CNN.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will host world leaders in Manila from Sunday, hoping their presence will quieten global criticism over his deadly drugs war, which rights groups say may be a crime against humanity.

The protesters also denounced the Duterte administration for allocating P15.5 billion for the hosting of the summit.

With Russia's help, Duterte said he "was able to prove to everybody" that the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police "could take care of our country".

Last month, Ms Callamard said it was "reprehensible and unconscionable" that Filipino politicians voted to cut the annual budget for the country's human rights body to 1,000 pesos (£15).

It is not the first time the Philippines leader has claimed to have killed someone.

When a senior USA official said two weeks ago that there was "a warm rapport" between the two administrations, Phelim Kine, deputy Asia director of Human Rights Watch, said it "suggests a stunning apathy toward the human rights calamity that Duterte has inflicted on the Philippines since taking office".

"We have to be friends, the other hotheads would like us to confront China and the rest of the world on so many issues", Duterte said at a ceremony on the eve of a summit of East and Southeast Asian nations in the Philippine capital.

The two leaders, he said, told him: "We will support you".

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

The premiers of China and Russian Federation, two other important Duterte backers, will also be in Manila.

It has also become a standard photo of Duterte with dignitaries and celebrities like Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, businessman Jack Ma, and actor Steven Segal.