MANILA - A former envoy believes US President Donald Trump will not raise human rights issues in his upcoming meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines.
Wilfrido Villacorta, former Philippine ambassador and permanent representative to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), said Trump seems "not too keen" on such issues.
"We'd usually expect that from the US. But President Trump is not that keen about human rights. In his statements, I don't believe he has given much attention to human rights," he told ANC Monday.
Human rights violations and extra-judicial killings are among the major issues thrown at Duterte due to the drug war. The President, however, has repeatedly said he does not condone these killings.
Meanwhile, Villacorta also believes that Trump, "knowing the stakes involved," will not bring up the South China Sea issue during his 2-day visit to Manila for the 31st ASEAN Summit.
President Duterte earlier said anti-terrorism efforts and the situation in the Korean peninsula will be among the topics that will be discussed with the US President.
The ASEAN Summit in Manila will gather top leaders of the region from November 10 to 14. Trump will be in the Philippines on November 12 and 13 but will skip the East Asia Summit