PH values friendship with China 'more than anything else' - Duterte

The Esquel Group garment factory at the Vietnam Singapore Industrial Park in Thuan An Binh Duong province Vietnam

"I think the President of the Philippines joins the rest of the world in maintaining that there should be freedom of navigation in a very crucial sea passage, sea lane passage", Roque added. "Why are you so fascinated with drugs?" "Just to show to the [police] that if I can do it, why can't you?"

He told the crowd: "I will slap her in front of you. Why?"

"For Russia, just a small window where we can start exporting our products there".

"I want to pass on words of thanks from the Philippine people for the timely aid that Russian Federation provided by giving us trucks and weapons", Duterte said on November 10 as the two met on the sidelines of the APEC summit in Danang, Vietnam.

The controversial leader has waged a war on drugs in the Philippine since he took office in June 2016.

President Duterte also expressed his enthusiasm to see the Russian leader, noting that his trip to Moscow last May was cut short because of the siege in Marawi.

The two men, both of whom ran a contentious and fiery election campaigns, share a knack for saying most offensive things about women and have a deep hatred for media, have apparently developed a "warm rapport" during their friendly phone calls and exchange of letters, according to the White House. "I'd have rumbles here, rumbles there", said Duterte on Thursday speaking with a Filipino community there.

American lawmakers, concerned with Duterte's human rights record and rising killings, have blocked the sale of more than 20,000 assault rifles from the United States to the Philippines.

Well, given Trump's apparent fondness for world dictators, it doesn't seem Trump will likely be bothered by not getting to discuss the topic with Duterte - after all, the US commander-in-chief has praised Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, who is accused of sanctioning the killings of some 800 protesters in a single day, for doing "a fantastic job in a very hard situation". "And I'm happy to have received them for my country", he added.

Moreover, Duterte also threatened to ban Democratic Rep. James McGovern and Republican Rep. You fuck with my countrymen, I won't let you off the hook. [He] reprimanded me. Why do you reprimand me?

Duterte said as the fulcrum of several integrated mechanisms such as Asean, APEC can be instrumental in promoting more inter- and intra-regional trade, investment and people-to-people connectivity between other economic blocs.

"You know, they should know that we nurture gratitude.same with China, and America, and Israel".

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