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Trudeau raises concerns with Duterte over bloody drug war in the Philippines

14 November 2017

"Countries around the world know that when you engage with Canada you will hear about human-rights concerns and we are the first to mention that we are not ideal, either".

Trudeau said Canada will continue to be a part of global efforts to fight worldwide terrorism and will work to ensure that "there are consequences for anyone engaged in terrorist hostage taking".

Trudeau is the first leader out of the 20 attending this week's ASEAN summit and related meetings who has publicly said he brought up the touchy issue with the volatile Filipino leader.

Social media was all abuzz yesterday afternoon - and well into the night - with shared photos of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ordering take-out food at the North Harbour branch of Jollibee, and even interacting with some customers. "It was throughout a very cordial and positive exchange", he said.

Various local and worldwide groups as well as some world leaders have criticized the country for supposed rights violations.

Duterte is sensitive to such criticism, and in the past called then U.S. President Barack Obama a "son of a bitch" after the State Department publicly expressed concern over the Philippine anti-drug campaign.

Government data indicate 3,967 were killed in anti-drug operations as of October 2017. "We must have to protect life, to uphold the rule of law and human rights", he said.

"As I mentioned to President Duterte, we're concerned with human rights, with the extrajudicial killings", Trudeau said at a news conference that closed his eight-day trip to the Philippines and Vietnam. "The issues matter to you [because you] matter to us", he said.

Trudeau raises concerns with Duterte over bloody drug war in the Philippines