Palace confirms Trump's visit to PH for Asean summit in November

US President Donald Trump talks with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the G20 summit in Hamburg Germany on July 8

US President Donald Trump talks with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the G20 summit in Hamburg Germany on July 8

The Philippines is this year's chair of the Asean.

"There are so many factors involved, but I'd rather be friendly to them [US]. We call on the UN to revoke the membership of Philippines at the UN HRC, especially as it continues its hardheaded position against any UN investigation on the killings", Philippine UPR Watch said in a statement. "Everybody is anxious", Duterte had said. He added he has no illusion of the U.S. as a savior, but said he views the superpower as a crucial ally, most especially in defense cooperation.

However, Cayetano requested the body to send only unbiased investigators and explained Manila's unwillingness to accept Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard who, according to the statement, had already prejudged the human rights situation in the country and even referred to President Duterte as a murderer.

"As host country, we hope to make the event productive and pleasant to our foreign guests", the presidential spokesperson said. "We will let them experience our world-famous Filipino hospitality to make sure they would have good memories of their stay in the Philippines", said Abella as quoted by GMA News.

Duterte is seen in the global limelight as a demagogue who frequently throws expletives at superpowers and their leaders.

The White House announced on Friday that United States President Donald Trump will take a five-nation trip to the Asia Pacific region from November 3-14.

Although there has been no mention yet of Trump visiting India, his daughter Ivanka is scheduled to attend a Global Entrepreneur Summit in Hyderabad in November end.

Cayetano added Duterte is looking forward to welcoming Trump in Manila. Trump will travel Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

During a visit to Asean's Jakarta headquarters in April, Vice-President Mike Pence had promised allies - anxious about waning USA engagement in the region - that Mr Trump would attend the bloc's summit in Manila this November. It underscores the improving American-Filipino relationship.

The President's engagements will also "strengthen the global resolve to confront the North Korean threat and ensure the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", said the White House.

In conveying Manila's willingness to receive experts who would assess the human rights situation in the country, Cayetano requested the Secretary General to send only those with no bias against the Philippines. "The president's engagements will strengthen the global resolve to confront the North Korean threat and ensure the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". During his visit, he will attend two major summits, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Vietnam and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations conclave in the Philippine.

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