Philippine president says he once stabbed a person to death

Duterte thanks Putin for weapons used against Islamic militants

"I renewed my friendship with President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation and with President Xi Jinping of China", he said.

Claiming he was being serious, Duterte said: "Really, it's true".

"At the age of 16, I already killed someone".

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte skipped the gala dinner hosted by Vietnam Friday night for the visiting Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders due to urgent matters that needed his attention.

Addressing the Filipino community in Da Nang, he said he had killed a person during his violent teenage years, when he said he was in numerous fights and "in and out of jail".

"The most productive, by the way, was our talk with President Xi Jinping and President Putin", Duterte said in his arrival speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Russian Federation is said to be frustrated with the lack of talks, with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov saying reports should ask the USA if they wanted to know why no meeting took place.

Duterte later on admitted he only wanted to avoid any encounter with then United States president Barack Obama, who was critical of his controversial war on drugs.

"It's about time" for talks with President Xi Jinping on territorial issues, Duterte said.

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Police officials said 3,800 were killed in police operations.

Asked about the war on drugs, the official said "our side is going to be talking about the drug war and ways in which that war could be prosecuted that conform with Philippine law and global norms for human rights".

Duterte was infuriated by expressions of concern by then-President Barack Obama's administration about extrajudicial killings in the Philippines.

Duterte took steps to thaw frosty relations with China after he won the presidency previous year. "It was just over a look", Agence France Presse quoted him as saying.

The comments came as the leader defended his government's brutal countrywide crackdown on drugs.

The visit presents Trump with an opportunity to confront Duterte on his human rights record.

Duterte's aides have repeatedly told journalists not to believe everything the president says, cautioning that he often jokes or indulges in "hyperbole".

"Duterte will enjoy the gift of tacit silence from East Asian leaders on his murderous drug war during the upcoming summit", Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director Phelim Kine told AFP.

Karapatan secretary-general Cristina Palabay said it was hypocritical for the two to even discuss the topic given their tracklist of human rights violations.

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