Trump's visit in November to strengthen PHL-US ties

  • Trump's visit in November to strengthen PHL-US ties

Trump's visit in November to strengthen PHL-US ties

Cayetano explained that the only reason the Philippines refuses to invite Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard is because she had already prejudged the human rights situation in the country and even referred to President Duterte as a murderer.

"Throughout the three cycles of the Universal Periodic Review, and most especially during the Duterte regime's participation in the process, the Philippines has exhibited a total mockery of worldwide human rights mechanisms, with the government's blatant distortion of facts on extrajudicial killings and human rights violations in the country, its record of using the United Nations as a platform to justify its crimes against the Filipino people, and its doubletalk on compliance to human rights instruments".

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 US official.

The White House announced on Friday that United States President Donald Trump will take a five-nation trip to the Asia Pacific region from November 3-14.

"We're looking at all of it", the official said.

"We will let them experience our world-famous Filipino hospitality to make sure they would have good memories of their stay in the Philippines", he said.

"As host country, we hope to make the event productive and pleasant to our foreign guests".

Modi also invited Trump's daughter Ivanka to lead the USA delegation to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit scheduled to be held in Hyderabad in November.

Meanwhile, the Philippines is ready to roll the red carpet to welcome President Trump in November.

President Duterte is set to meet United States President Donald Trump for the first time in Manila next month.

The President's engagements will also "strengthen the global resolve to confront the North Korean threat and ensure the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", said the White House.

His stop in the Philippines, the White House said, would show Trump's embracing of Duterte's war on drugs, which has received harsh criticisms from human-rights advocates. He will also emphasise the importance of fair and reciprocal economic ties with America's trade partners.

The US 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. "We're not turning our back on human rights", the Secretary clarified.

The world leaders are expected to conduct talks on regional issues, notably the threat of North Korea's nuclear missiles.