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The two world leaders assured Duterte of their support backing during bilateral talks on the sidelines of the recently concluded Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit held in Danang, Vietnam. "A real person, a rumble, a stabbing", Duterte said, adding that the stabbing was prompted by someone looking at him the wrong way.

Asked about the war on drugs, the official said "our side is going to be talking about the drug war and ways in which that war could be prosecuted that conform with Philippine law and worldwide norms for human rights".

Duterte won last year's presidential elections on a promise to eradicate drug-related crimes.

"At 16, I killed someone", he told Filipinos in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang, where he is attending a regional summit.

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President Rodrigo Duterte skipped the gala dinner for heads of state attending the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam Sunday night.

Across town, protesters from the militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) rallied outside Trump Towers, claiming the United States president had the intention of using the Philippines' territory to install more American military bases and that his heightened involvement in the country's affairs could drag them into war.

Duterte took steps to thaw frosty relations with China after he won the presidency a year ago.

But a spokesman for the president, Harry Roque, told the AFP news agency that the remarks were "in jest" and the Filipino leader often used "colourful language" when addressing Filipinos overseas. Another 2,290 people were murdered in drug-related crimes, while thousands of other deaths remain unsolved, according to government data.

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"Trump must not keep ignoring the grave human rights situation in the Philippines". "We can expect East Asian leaders to exercise a diplomatic blind eye to the killings of thousands of Filipinos over the past 16 months as part of Duterte's drug war".

The 71-year-old has rarely taken kindly to criticism of his drug war.

Human rights groups have condemned Mr. Duterte, saying the crackdown has allowed police officers and vigilantes to ignore due process and to take justice into their own hands.

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

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"Human rights, son of a b***h", he said at the time.

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