"We have to be friends, the other hotheads would like us to confront China and the rest of the world on so many issues", he said.
US President Donald Trump on Sunday, November 12, tweeted that he was soon coming to the Philippines - except he misspelled the name of the host country.
Last month, Ms Callamard said it was "reprehensible and unconscionable" that Filipino politicians voted to cut the annual budget for the country's human rights body to 1,000 pesos (£15).
Over 3,900 drug suspects were killed in police operations since the start of the bloody drug war in July 2016, according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. Global organizations, including the United Nations, have accused him of subverting justice and indiscriminate killing.
Carrying placards declaring "Dump Trump" and "Down with U.S. Imperialism", the left-wing protesters were blocked by police in riot gear with shields and batons, and then showered with jets of water from a fire engine.
A senior USA official later tried to walk back Trump's comment, stating that Trump was merely acknowledging the U.S. is combating its own drug problem, not condoning violence and human rights violations.
Duterte said he sees a very bright future for the relationship between the Philippines and China.
Duterte has also repeatedly bragged about personally killing people when he was younger.
"When I was a teenager, I would go in and out of jail".
The two world leaders assured Duterte of their support backing during bilateral talks on the sidelines of the recently concluded Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit held in Danang, Vietnam.
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"When I become president, I'll order the police and the military to find these people and kill them".
When people in the crowd laughed, Duterte assured them he wasn't kidding. A real person, a rumble, a stabbing. The BBC reports it's not the first time Duterte has referenced a teenage killing, and quotes him as saying in 2015 that during "a tumultuous fight in the beach" around the age of 17, "maybe I stabbed somebody to death".
Duterte, who in less than 24 hours of staying at Moscow last May chose to declare the state of martial law in the whole island of Mindanao due to ISIS attacks, said that meeting Putin once more was with "double the enthusiasm and gratitude" for the Philippines.
The protesters also denounced the Duterte administration for allocating P15.5 billion for the hosting of the summit.
Duterte told reporterts in a media interview Thursday night.
Philippine officials have also looked to highlight a connection between Trump and Duterte.
"It's going to be very interesting because you have two individuals that are very much alike in their thinking, their language and demeanor, meeting for the first time", Roque said.
The leader of the Philippines has come under intense criticism from human rights advocates for overseeing a violent drug crackdown that includes extrajudicial killings. "What the President is doing is being effective". The problem with these pests, they invite (UN) human rights commission and all, only to show the statistics: here, 10,000 died.
"Human rights are fundamental", they wrote.