Duterte serenades Trump during Asia tour

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Tokyo in October 2016 President Trump in Washington in April

"It was President Duterte who brought up with President Trump the drug menace in the Philippines, and the USA president appeared sympathetic and did not have any official position on the matter but was merely nodding his head".

Despite all that, they later issued a joint statement saying that "the two sides underscored that human rights and the dignity of human life are essential, and agreed to continue mainstreaming the human rights agenda in their national programs".

That may be part of the reason why the anti-Trump protesters were out in force in the Philippines capital of Manila, with this particular sign catching the attention of anyone and everyone in the area.

Duerte has been recently bragging about personally killing people, including murdering someone at the age of 16 simply for making eye contact with him.

As president of the Philippines, Duterte has sanctioned the deaths of thousands of alleged drug users in an effort to curtail drug abuse. As Time magazine notes, drug usage was not at crisis levels in the Philippines prior to Duterte's candidacy-but the populist, tough-on-crime former prosecutor was successful in convincing voters it was. In response, Duterte lobbed a series of insults at Obama and America more generally. Trump seems unfazed by the void he's allowing to grow. "The relationship appears to be very warm and very friendly", said Philippine spokesman Harry Roque about the rapport between the two presidents on Monday. "They've been very candid in their dealings, and it's very apparent that both of them have a person who they consider as not their best friend".

He met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and highlighted their two nations' "deeper and more comprehensive" ties, looking to strengthen a relationship that is vital to the USA vision of an Indo-Pacific region that attempts to de-emphasize China's influence.

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Questions about Russian meddling in the 2016 election have followed President Donald Trump to Asia. This is not a press statement. And he is expected, in meetings with other leaders, to push his agenda for bilateral, rather than multinational, trade agreements.

Casilao also criticized Duterte's backing of United States aggression against North Korea, and continued implementation of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). "President Trump could have used his self-described "close relationship" to put pressure on President Duterte and his administration to change their deadly approach to the anti-drug campaign to a policy based on health and human rights", she tells Bustle. The Philippines will also issue nine declarations of the Chair of the Summits.

Mr Trump has faced criticism for praising Mr Duterte during a phone call for the "great job" he was doing to counter illegal narcotics. This raised red flags for many, especially because Duterte is far from the only dictatorial leader whom Trump has complimented.

The much-anticipated meeting between two of the world's most controversial leaders is set to take place on November 13.

While Trump and Duterte have already spent some informal time together, their official meeting is scheduled for Monday. For now, the conflicting reports are the only answers that anyone will get.