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Philippine President Duterte Breaks Promise to Support Same-Sex Marriage

Philippine President Duterte Breaks Promise to Support Same-Sex Marriage

"Do not impose on other countries, especially us", he continued, pointedly expressing this part of his speech in English. Myanmar's economy lagged badly behind most of its neighbors after five decades of military rule. Why are you trying to impose on us?

It will be recalled that Myanmar was also the first to help the Philippines when the country was hit by super typhoon Yolanda in 2013.

Among the ASEAN countries, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand have contributed assistance to the Rakhine state.

Since taking office past year, Mr Duterte has led a brutal campaign to eradicate illegal drugs in the Philippines, which has left more than 7,000 people dead.

The president of the Philippines faces possible impeachment and an worldwide lawsuit, yet remains committed to his harsh crackdown on illegal drugs.

Thai officials are unlikely to raise the issue with the Philippine guest, but the Duterte drug wars have often been compared with a similar, but shorter campaign by ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

He has waged a much-criticised war on drug users and dealers leading to thousands of extra-judicial killings.

The president says he has not asked police to break the law, but he has also called for millions of addicts to be killed and promised to pardon officers found guilty of murder. "More people will die".

"I look forward to discussions on these matters with President U Htin Kyaw", Duterte said.

He said the Philippines could use stronger cooperation to combat traditional and emerging transnational crimes including terrorism and violent extremism, piracy and the illicit drug trade. In response, he said he had to "destroy" small-time street peddlers as well as the big-time drug lords. The President referred to a recent Time magazine cover article on gender and sexuality to highlight what he insisted was blanket Filipino opposition to same-sex marriage.

"I conveyed Australian and global concerns with respect to extrajudicial killings and spoke of the importance we attach to human rights and the rule-of-law", Bishop said.

"That can't be applied to us, we're Catholics".

"I have nothing against them, but you have to stick to where God placed you", he said, adding that no one has the power to "erase the great divide between a woman and a man". "Do not mix us all up".


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