MANILA, Philippines - President Duterte handed over yesterday to Myanmar the Philippines’ $300,000 contribution to humanitarian efforts to Rakhine State where a team of United Nations special rapporteurs expressed concerns on extrajudicial killings, gang rapes and possible ethnic cleansing of Muslims in the region.
Duterte met yesterday with top leaders of Myanmar, including Special Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, the Radyo ng Bayan reported.
Like the Myanmar leaders who were subject of a UN probe over human rights concerns on the Rohingya minority, Duterte has ignored the UN’s expression of concern over extrajudicial killings in his administration’s drug war.
Duterte was given arrival honors at around 2 p.m. at the Presidential Palace before the signing of the guest book.
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He then went into a bilateral meeting with Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw, which was followed by the signing of the memorandum of understanding on food security and agricultural cooperation.
When it was time to meet with Suu Kyi, Duterte gave her a bouquet of red roses.