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Kanya kanyang opinyon yan! Palace: Duterte meet with Australian foreign minister a success despite HR issues

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Undersecretary Ernesto Abella, presidential spokesman, is trying to diffuse any negative publicity that may cause due to the differences in statements claimed by President Duterte and Australian minister Julie Bishop about human rights concerns in the Philippines.

“There was no contradiction between the Australian official and the Philippine president, just a difference in perspective,” Abella said in reaction to an article which showed that Bishop supposedly contradicted the firebrand president’s statements last weekend.

“Since they had a productive dialogue which emphasized possible areas of constructive cooperation on the war against illegal drugs, PRRD did not deem it sufficient to mention as having been discussed,” he said.

In a statement, Abella said the meeting was positive and just affirmed the growing Philippine-Australia relations.

There were reports in Australia that seemed to portray that Duterte was lying when he declared that the human rights issues were not discussed during their meeting last weekend in Davao. ###