Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he directly raised human-rights concerns with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte - including extrajudicial killings carried out by security forces in his country.
"As a member of a wide range of multilateral organizations, we are uniquely positioned to amplify that message before worldwide audiences and our partners", Trudeau said in a speech marking the 40 Asean-Canada Commemorative Summit on the second day of the 31 Asean Summit on Tuesday.
"Countries around the world know that when you engage with Canada you will hear about human-rights concerns and we are the first to mention that we are not flawless, either".
The official website of the Prime Minister also stated that Trudeau will meet a Filipino-Canadian innovator of e-jeepney vehicles and will participate in a panel discussion in Gender-Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women) Project, both events slated in Makati City today. It's very much what people expect of Canada. Duterte was receptive to his comments and their exchange was cordial and positive, Trudeau said. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said human rights came up "briefly" in the context of the Philippines' fight against illegal drugs.
Even though Duterte helped Canada get a seat at a table, Trudeau said he still brought up concerns with the Philippine president.
Trudeau added Canada offered assistance to address human rights issues in the country.
On Monday, the White House said human rights was also discussed in Duterte's talks with U.S. President Donald Trump.