PNP chief poses with U.S. President: 'When Ronald met Donald'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 14) — The country's police chief meets the United States President.

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Dir. Gen. Ronald Dela Rosa was clearly delighted when he posed next to U.S. President Donald Trump at the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit on Tuesday.

 

"When Ronald meets Donald," wrote Dela Rosa on his Facebook page. It's unclear when the photos were taken.

In one photo, it can be seen that Trump flashed a thumbs-up while Dela Rosa used the Duterte administration's signature fist pump.

The Cambridge Dictionary defines fist pump as "the action of moving your closed hand up and down several times when celebrating a victory or success."

Before President Rodrigo Duterte transferred his war against illegal drugs to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Dela Rosa was at the forefront of operations as head of PNP.

The controversial drug war has resulted in allegations of thousands of extrajudicial killings, claims that officials have repeatedly denied.

During the bilateral meeting between the U.S. and the Philippines, Malacañang said Trump and President Rodrigo Duterte did not talk about human rights issues.

The White House, however, said otherwise. The Philippines-US Joint Statement issued on Monday also mentioned the need to uphold human rights.

READ: Malacañang, White House release conflicting statements on human rights discussion

Last August, Nick Warner, the head of Australia's overseas intelligence agency, sparked controversy after posing with a clenched fist beside Duterte.

Former presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said Warner merely mimicked the signature gesture, which Duterte used during the 2016 elections, "in a lighthearted manner."

READ: Duterte's fist pump pose with Australian official 'not political,' Palace says