Speaking to the local Filipino community in the Vietnamese city of Danang on Thursday, Duterte also threatened to slap a United Nations rights rapporteur if he met her, and used obscene language to hit back at critics of his deadly drugs crackdown. "I'd have rumbles here, rumbles there".
"At the age of 16, I had already killed someone".
"A real person, a rumble, a stabbing".
He won office previous year on the strength of his record as mayor of the southern Philippine city of Davao.
Between 1 July 2016 and 21 January 2017, more than 7,000 people were estimated to have been killed - an average of 34 per day.
"We realized in the regional meetings that the small guy down there contributes a lot to what is really happening before our rise and it's improving the economy", said Duterte. The West and human rights activists have been criticizing the methods he is using.
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Duterte then said he sensed good rapport with "an animated President-elect Trump" who understood the way the country is handling the anti-drug campaign. "You have all the rights of the safe passage.' And that will also be applicable to all countries", Duterte said, recalling his conversation with Xi.
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.
Senator Leila de Lima, a Filipino politician who has condemned Duterte's efforts, was herself charged with drug trafficking after speaking publicly in opposition to the brutality, charges the European Union believes are bogus.
The victim, a high school student, was allegedly shot and killed by police in August.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leaves the APEC summit today destined for the Philippines, a country governed by a populist leader with a penchant for violence who is in the midst of a sweeping "war" against alleged drug lords.
Butch Olano, Amnesty International Philippines Director, said, "President Trump has spoken about his ability to talk tough with foreign leaders, and this week's ASEAN summit presents a renewed opportunity to raise the horrifying human rights abuses that the region is facing". In April, a leaked transcript showed that Trump called Duterte to congratulate him on doing an "unbelievable job on the drug problem", as my colleagues Jeremy Scahill, Alex Emmons, and Ryan Grim have reported.