Trump Praises Philippine's Duterte for Drug Crackdown That Cost Nearly 9000 Lives

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Duterte says he does not want his country dragged into a potential U.S. confrontation with China.

Duterte said to the press.

"They just want to be friends with us".

To sustain the Philippine's economic growth, Duterte said that they seek to find responsible economic partners to become allies in development. The relationship between Obama and Duterte further deteriorated when Duterte called for the the end of military exercises between the countries, and the removal of US Special Operations troops from the island of Mindanao.

"My visit underscores the independence of the Philippines" foreign policy and the firm resolve to broaden the horizons of friendship and cooperation with other nations, ' he said.

"I said when we were face-to-face, 'That is ours and we intend to drill oil there.' No beating around the bush", Duterte said.

However Duterte, who has caused controversy with a war on drugs that has claimed thousands of lives, has repeatedly threatened throughout his presidency that he is willing to ignore the constitution if he needs to enforce martial law.

On Friday, May 26, Duterte will depart Moscow for St. Petersburg for the Philippine-Russia Business Forum.

But Duterte, a self-described socialist, has been determined to reduce the Philippines' reliance on the United States and build much closer ties with China and Russian Federation. Duterte believes that, "Overdependence on traditional partners has limited our room to maneuver in a very dynamic worldwide arena".

The Maute has been blamed for a bomb attack that killed 15 people in southern Davao city, Duterte's hometown, last September and a number of attacks on government forces in Lanao, although it has faced setbacks from a series of military offensives.

"I've realigned myself in your ideological flow and maybe I will also go to Russian Federation to talk to Putin and tell him there are three of us against the world: China, Philippines and Russian Federation".

Following reports late previous year that the US State Department had halted the sale of an estimated 26,000 assault rifles to Philippines police, Duterte suggested that he would look to Russian Federation for arms deals instead.

In response to Trump's kind words about his extra-judicial killing policy, Duterte called drugs the "scourge of my nation" while saying he had to do something to preserve his country.

"I'd like to express condolences over the death of people in your country as a result of a terrorist attack", Putin said. I want my country to be treated with dignity", he added, "Russia sells weapons, no conditions.

Trump recently extended a White House invitation to Duterte during a "very friendly conversation", triggering an avalanche of criticism from human rights groups.

Translation of RT compliment Duterte Russians or, as the context, the Russian leadership looks like: "I know that Russia has the weapons".