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United States lawmaker to protest if Duterte visits White House

23 July 2017

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday vowed that he would never visit "lousy" America despite an earlier invitation extended by US President Donald Trump.

This prompted the angry response from the president who asked: "What makes that guy think I will go to America?"

Duterte said the American lawmakers should instead focus on the supposed human rights abuses in the USA rather than intervene in the Philippines' internal affairs.

Congressman McGovern said it was a mistake to invite Duterte.

Speier's California district is home to the largest Filipino community in the continental USA, and she said she has heard "increasing concerns" from constituents "appalled" by alleged human rights violations in the Philippines.

In May, two US senators filed a bill seeking to restrict the export of firearms to the Philippines amid questions over the drug war.

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"I certainly believe, very strongly, that a man with the human rights records of President Duterte should not be invited to the White House, and if he comes, I will lead the protest", McGovern said in opening remarks before a congressional hearing, according to GMA News.

He added: "There will never be a time during my administration that I'll be going to America or thereafter ..."

Rights groups have warned that Duterte and the police may be overseeing a crime against humanity. "I'm investigating you, and I will investigate you, and I will expose it to the world what you did to the Filipino, especially to the Moro Filipino", Duterte said, likely referring to the Battle of Bud Dajo in 1906 in the island of Jolo in Mindanao in the southernmost part of the Philippines.

"Duterte's campaign of vigilantism and extrajudicial execution is unacceptable in a modern democracy", Speier noted.

"I've seen America and it's would be good for the US Congress to start with their own investigation of their own violations of the so many civilians killed in the prosecution of the wars in the Middle East", he added. "I will call on all the mining people and Gina Lopez and company, and militants on the other side, but only those who behave, in Malacañang", said Duterte.

"You're investigating me and the internal affairs of my country?"

United States lawmaker to protest if Duterte visits White House