Duterte wants separate summit for human rights violations

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President Rodrigo Duterte visited the Filipino community in Vietnam.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 10) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he would prefer having a separate summit to address human rights issues, not only in the Philippines but the whole world.

"We should have a summit only on human rights. But we should call all," the President told reporters in Da Nang, Vietnam.

Duterte said human rights critics should not single him out.

"There are so many violations of human rights including sa [in the] United States, including the continuous bombing in the Middle East killing civilians," he said.

Duterte said he would consult other world leaders on his proposal.

"Let us investigate all violations of human rights committed by all governments," he added.

Last year, the President criticized former U.S. President Barack Obama for calling him out on the the country's alleged rights violations.

Duterte said Obama should instead look into his country's rights issues.

READ: Duterte: I am not beholden to Obama, my master is the Filipino people

He said he will volunteer the Philippines as a summit venue.

The President drew criticisms for the spate of killings. Government data as of October 25 showed 3,967 people were killed and 117,044 others arrested in anti-drug operations since Duterte took office in July 2016.

But local and international human rights groups believe the number of casualties could reach 13,000.

Duterte is in Vietnam for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting. He also addressed the APEC CEO Summit as chairman of ASEAN this year.

He met with the Filipino community in Vietnam, where he claimed he killed someone at 16 years old, that there is little to stop him from killing now that he is President.

READ: Duterte: I killed someone at 16, what more now that I'm president?

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque then came to Duterte's defense, saying the comment was said "in jest."