Ever since Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte presumed power last June, he has initiated a rather scorching violent campaign towards drug dealers and users, along with encouraging citizens to kill anyone they believe may be doing so.
Roughly 4,000 citizens have been killed as a result by not only the authorities, but vigilantes as well. They have described these simply as drug incursions.
Human Rights Issue
Despite a major negative recoil from the European Union, several human rights groups, the United States and the United Nations, Donald J. Trump phoned him and offered great praise to him on his program of action.
“I could sense a good rapport, an animated President-elect Trump. And he was wishing me success in my campaign against the drug problem.”
Duterte said Mr. Trump commended Mr. Duterte on his efforts and said he was taking care of the matter “the right way.”
No response or comments have yet been released by Mr. Trump or his team as of yet.
President Obama was scheduled to meet with Mr. Duterte at a global summit last September, but negated the meeting after the Philippines leader allegedly referred to him as a “son of a bitch.”
The phrase caused controversy and sour feelings between the nations, prompted an uproar on social media.
On the other hand, Mr. Trump has cordially requested the Philippines president to visit the U.S. sometime within the next year.
“He understood the way we are handling it and I said that there’s nothing wrong in protecting a country. It was a bit very encouraging in the sense that I supposed that what he really wanted to say was that we would be the last to interfere in the affairs of your own country.” Mr. Duterte stated.
The president is currently in a phase of rejecting U.S. policy taking place within his country.