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Melinda Barton | 14 November, 2017, 11:59

"This is the way we engage in the world", the Canadian Prime Minister said.

The Philippines and Canada are working together to to bring to justice the Abu Sayyaf bandits who killed their Canadian hostages past year, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday, November 14.

The official website of the Prime Minister also stated that Trudeau will meet a Filipino-Canadian innovator of e-jeepney vehicles and will participate in a panel discussion in Gender-Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women) Project, both events slated in Makati City today.

Trudeau said Canada had a reputation for being frank in discussing issues like the rule of law and human rights with partners everywhere.

"I mentioned human rights, rule of law, specifically extrajudicial killings, as an issue that Canada is concerned with", Trudeau said.

Trudeau added Canada offered assistance to address human rights issues in the country.

"We know that talking about human rights is an essential part of a path forward".

"President (Duterte) was receptive of my comments".

Nevertheless, Trudeau admitted that Canada is not flawless either as they are also being criticized for human rights violation concerning their indigenous tribes who suffered from neglect marginalization and mistreatment.

This is the second visit of Trudeau to Manila, the first in 2015 when the Philippines also hosted the Asean Summit.

Trudeau is in Manila with other world leaders from November 12 to 15 for the ASEAN Summit and related meetings with non-member states such as Canada, China, Russia, and the United States.