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Philippines President Duterte accepts Modi's invite

Protesters burn an effigy of U.S. President Donald Trump who is attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit and related meetings in Manila Philippines Philippine Protesters Burn Giant Paper Effigy of Trump in Manila REUTERS Erik De Castro
Melinda Barton | 14 November, 2017, 12:34

US President Donald Trump congratulated the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for the liberation of Marawi City from local armed groups that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS).

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at the ASEAN Summit in Manila.

"It is the first prime ministerial visit in thirty-six years from India to Philippines".

After his performance, Duterte said he sang the song for Trump.

Duterte has been a controversial figure since taking office as president a year ago, and launching a war on drugs that has killed at least 3,900 people in the Philippines. Mr Modi also assured President Trump that India will try to "live up to the expectations" of the US and the world and thanked the US President for speaking "highly" about India during his trips. Trump has previously praised Duterte's handling of his nation's drug problems.

The plight of the Rohingya has brought outrage from around the world and there have been calls for democracy champion Suu Kyi to be stripped of the Nobel peace prize she won in 1991 because she has not condemned the military's actions.

President Rodrigo Duterte did not attend a meeting between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United Nations due to a conflict of schedule, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.

Both leaders have publicly praised the other and appear to have a good relationship, with some Filipinos even calling Duterte the "Filipino Trump".