Philippines' Duterte to Trump: 'Lay off' human rights when we meet

MANILA, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday he would tell U.S. President Donald Trump to "lay off" if he raises the issue of human rights when they meet.

Trump will be in Manila on the last leg of his 12-day Asian trip, which includes visits to Japan, South Korea, China, and Vietnam.

Trump will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Danang, Vietnam, make a state visit to Hanoi and end his trip with the Association of South East Asia Nations summit in Manila.

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Duterte was born on March 28, 1945 in Maasin, Southern Leyte, Philippines.

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Duterte became the mayor of Davao City in 1988, where he earned the nickname “The Punisher.” He served as mayor for 20 years, non-consecutively.

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Duterte comes from a family of politicians. His father, Vicente Duterte, was the governor of unified Davao and a member of President Ferdinand Marcos' cabinet. His daughter, Sara Duterte, is currently the mayor of Davao City.

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Rodrigo Duterte was elected the 16th president of the Philippines in May 2016.

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Duterte once compared himself to Adolf Hitler, saying he would kill millions of drug addicts.

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Duterte has led a violent anti-drug crackdown, and more than 7,000 have reportedly been killed since he has taken office. 

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Duterte called President Barack Obama a “son of a wh**e.” He made the comments after Obama brought up concerns about human rights violations in 2016. Duterte later apologized for the comment.

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Weeks before being sworn in as president, Duterte fueled an already hostile environment for journalists when he said, "Just because you're a journalist you are not exempted from assassination, if you're a son of a b****." 

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In 2015, Duterte vowed to execute 100,000 criminals and dump their bodies into Manila Bay. 

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Duterte cursed Pope Francis over traffic that was generated by his visit. 

"We were affected by the traffic," Duterte said. "It took us five hours. I asked why, they said it was closed. I asked who is coming. They answered, the Pope. I wanted to call him: 'Pope, son of a wh**e, go home. Do not visit us again'."

He later apologized. 

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Duterte came under fire in April 2016 after he made a joke about a missionary who was gang raped and murdered during a prison riot in 1989. “But she was so beautiful,” Duterte said. “I thought the mayor should have been first.” 

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A witness testified in Sept. 2016, claiming he was a member of Duterte's alleged "Davao Death Squad," and that the Filipino president gave orders to kill drug dealers, drug users and others who may violate the law. 

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In December of 2016, Duterte said President Donald Trump endorses his violent and deadly campaign against drugs after a brief phone call. 

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Congressman Gary Alejano filed an impeachment complaint against Duterte in March 2017, claiming he is guilty of crimes against humanity and murder.

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Duterte, who brooks no criticism of his human rights record and war on drugs, offered a comment on what he would tell Trump if he raised human rights.

"You want to ask a question, I'll give you an answer. Lay off. That is not your business. That is my business. I take care of my country and I will nurture my country to health," Duterte told reporters before leaving for Vietnam.

More than 3,900 Filipinos have been killed in what the police called self-defense after armed suspects resisted arrest in Duterte's war on drugs. Critics dispute that and say executions are taking place with zero accountability, allegations the police reject.

Duterte was infuriated by expressions of concern by former President Barack Obama's administration about extrajudicial killings in the Philippines.

Human rights, rule of law and due process were among topics Trump and Duterte would likely discuss during their bilateral talks, Sung Kim, U.S. ambassador to Manila, said last month.

But Trump, who has been criticized at home for neglecting rights issues in dealings abroad, in May praised Duterte for doing an "unbelievable job on the drug problem." (Reporting by Karen Lema; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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