Trump is now here in Manila for ASEAN Summit

Trump is now here in Manila for ASEAN Summit

US President Donald Trump has arrived in Manila to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit at around 6 PM Sunday.

Trump has been in the Philippines before as a businessman, but this is his first visit since becoming the President of the United States.

KAMI learned of his arrival from Rappler.

Consistent with his openness on Twitter, Trump immediately tweeted his arrival with a photo of Air Force One.

Trump came from Vietnam after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit there.

The US leader briefly met President Rodrigo Duterte in Vietnam on Saturday. It was the first meeting of the two presidents.

Trump is expected to stay in the Philippines until November 14. He is set to have a bilateral talk with Duterte before leaving.

Duterte has already said he did not expect the issue of his war on drugs or extrajudicial killings to be brought up during the bilateral talk.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Trump and Duterte had "warm rapport" in Vietnam.

Meanwhile, Duterte said that he feel he and Trump "share so many ideas around the same line of problems of governance."

Duterte has previously criticized the US over the controversial Balangiga bells, which belonged to a church in Eastern Samar but were taken by American troops as spoils of war in 1901.

The Philippines has been calling for the return of the historic bells to Philippine soil.

It would be interesting to find out what Trump and Duterte would discuss in their first official meeting as presidents.

Source: Kami.com.ph

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