Duterte on meeting with Trump: We did not talk about EJK

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 12) — President Rodrigo Duterte and United States President Donald Trump did not talk about extrajudicial killings in the country during their first ever meeting on Saturday.

"Not extrajudicial killings, because we could not afford it. We do not talk about these things because first of all, they are not true and second, we do not do it," Duterte told the media early Sunday morning during his arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Duterte and Trump talked briefly on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders' Meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam.

Duterte, who is often criticized for alleged extrajudicial killings in the drug war, also said it is unlikely that Trump will bring up the matter during their bilateral meeting.

Trump will stay in the country until November 14 for the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and related meetings.

Duterte revealed the U.S. President commended him on the way he managed certain crises in the country.

"He said something about, 'You know, you handle it very well,'" Duterte said, quoting Trump.

The two heads of state are known for their firm stand against illegal drugs.

In October, Trump declared the opioid crisis in the U.S. a public health emergency, as the recently released numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that around 64,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2016.

The two leaders are also often compared with each other for their tough talk and controversial statements.

In a phone call in December 2016 to congratulate Trump on his win, President Duterte invited then President-elect Trump to the ASEAN Summit.

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.