Philippines Duterte says only answers to his people on drugs war, human rights

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MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday he would only answer to the people of his country when it came to human rights, and defended his war on drugs after a summit of Asian leaders.

Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte holds hands with Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for a family photo during the ASEAN-Canada 40th anniversary commerative summit in metro Manila, Philippines November 14, 2017. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Speaking at a news conference at the end of a summit of East and Southeast Asian leaders, Duterte was asked if his anti-drugs crackdown was raised by other leaders, including Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“I was elected by the people of the Republic of the Philippines. I only answer to the people of the Republic of the Philippines,” he said.

Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan

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