U.S. President Donald Trump has invited Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to the White House. The White House said Trump and Duterte had a “very friendly conversation” on April 29. The Trump administration also said the two leaders “discussed the fact that the Philippines is fighting very hard to rid its country of drugs”.
The Philippine National Police say about 6,000 people were killed in drug-related violence during the last six months of 2016. Police sat they have only killed drug suspects in self-defense, and other killing have been blamed on vigilantes and gangs. Many Western governments and human rights group have condemned Duterte, accusing him of supporting extrajudicial killings. During a December speech, Duterte said he personally killed drug suspects when he was mayor of Davao city. John Sifton, the Asia director of Human Rights Watch, said Duterte’s invitation to the White House sends a “terrifying message.”