- UK newspaper’s headline disparaged US and Philippine presidents
- It showed traditional ASEAN group handshake, said Trump was holding hands with a killer
- Tag comes following joint statement underscoring importance of human rights and human life
MANILA, Philippines – A UK newspaper has ridiculed both US President Donald Trump and President Rodrigo Duterte following their renewed commitment to warmer ties between their respective countries.
In its headline with the title ‘Hand in hand with a killer’, The Independent showed a photo of Trump doing the traditional ASEAN group handshake with Duterte.
The disparaging photo was also captioned with “Donald Trump hailed his ‘great relationship with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.”
Both Malacañang Palace or the White House have yet to issue their response to the photo.
The tag comes after Trump pledged to be a friend of Duterte’s administration following their bilateral meeting.
Duterte has been at odds with Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama over the latter’s criticism of his human rights record.
The two sides also issued a joint statement agreeing on a number of issues after their meeting — with one of them anchoring on the importance of human rights.
“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 to promote the welfare of all sectors including the most vulnerable groups,” read the statement.
“The two sides discussed the ongoing campaign in the Philippines against criminality including illegal drugs. Both sides acknowledged that illegal drug use is a problem afflicting both countries and committed to share best practices in the areas of prevention; enforcement, including capacity-building and transparency in investigations; and rehabilitation,” it added.
Duterte has denied accusations of sanctioning killings related to the government’s war on drugs; saying they were the results of law enforcers defending themselves against violently resisting criminals.
— The Independent (@Independent) November 13, 2017