MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte said he will deal with US President Donald Trump in the "most righteous way" when the American leader visits the country in November for the ASEAN Summit.
Speaking to reporters before leaving for Japan on Sunday evening, Duterte said the No. 1 agenda when he meets with Trump in the key regional summit is the situation in the Korean Peninsula.
"I would deal with President Trump in the most righteous way," said Duterte calling his US counterpart an "important leader on this side of the planet."
"The opening agenda would be North Korea. We are worried, all of us, that if anything can go wrong, it will go wrong," he added, saying the fight against terrorism and illegal drugs will also be discussed.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano earlier said Trump will be in the Philippines on November 12 and 13 to attend the ASEAN Summit but will miss the East Asia Summit in Pampanga on November 14.
The East Asia Summit gathers all 10 ASEAN member states and their dialogue partners in the region, namely the US, Australia, New Zealand, China, India, Japan, Russia, and South Korea.
Meanwhile, the nuclear threat in light of North Korea's recent missile tests will also be discussed in the meeting of President Duterte and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Filipino leader's two-day visit to Japan.
Duterte believes somebody has to talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and assure him that nobody is threatening his country.
"The one country that can calm him (Kim) down is China," he added.