MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday discussed with US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim his policies against illegal drugs, which is expected to take the spotlight in mass actions on the "National Day of Protest."
Kim said he urged Duterte to investigate drug-related deaths to ensure continued people's confidence in the government, the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) said in a statement.
The President meanwhile maintained that police drug efforts are in line with the rule of law and that his administration does not condone abusive cops.
Duterte noted that policemen involved the drug sweep that killed 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos were immediately arrested.
The Chief Executive also clarified that he did not order congressmen to slash the budget of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), which has raised alarm on the deaths of drug suspects under his administration, PCOO said.
Duterte then reiterated his invitation to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) to put up a satellite office in the country and conduct independent probes on alleged cases of human rights violations.
During the meeting, Kim also assured Washington's for the Philippines in its fight against terrorism, said the PCOO.
The US Embassy earlier pledged P730 million for relief and rehabilitation efforts in Marawi, where Islamic State-linked extremists have been holed up since May 23.
Duterte thanked the US government for its assistance, promising the aid would be put to good use.
Also present during the meeting were Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and Public Works Secretary Mark Villar.