Duterte to meet Thai CEOs, economic managers: trade chief

In defense and security, Duterte said both countries "must work closer to address the threats of terrorism and violent extremism that undermine the economic progress we have so far achieved".

Duterte's remarks were a departure from his openness to same sex-marriage during the presidential campaign period in 2016.

The main objective of Duterte's visit to Myanmar is to complete visits to nine fellow members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, which the Philippines is helming this year.

The Rohingya refused to show their faces to the 10 visiting investigators, fearing reprisals when they return home, said magistrate Imrul Kayes, who accompanied the team.

Ms De Lima was arrested last month on drug-related charges after strongly criticising the Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte's hardline war on drugs.

According to Duterte, Philippine businesses are helping fuel growth to investments in key sectors in Myanmar such as pharmaceuticals and food and beverages. "If that is part of my destiny, it is my destiny to go", Mr Duterte told reporters shortly before leaving for Myanmar. Why don't you mind your own business? But as an Overseas Filipino Worker based here, he said he thinks it is very important that Duterte gets to "live with the expectations of everyone, not alone the Filipinos from the Philippines but also the Filipinos based in other countries".

Mr Duterte fired his broadside in a late-night speech on Sunday after the European Parliament issued a resolution last week condemning "the high number of extrajudicial killings" in his war on drugs. "Why do you have to fuck with us, God damn it". The Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have also warned Duterte may be overseeing crimes against humanity, with police allegedly running anonymous death squads.

"Short of, I said, the military alliances, I don't like that".

At a forum in January previous year, during the run-up to the presidential election, he said he would push for legislation to allow same-sex marriage.

A bloody drugs war has embroiled on the streets since, killing more than 7,000 people, with numerous dead suspected dealers and alleged drug addicts.

  • Leroy Wright