Duterte calls media 'spies' as he meets Trump in Manila

ANI | Updated: Nov 13, 2017 14:25 IST

Manila [Philippines], November 13 (ANI): Philippine's President Rodrigo Duterte jocularly called the media 'spies' during his maiden talks with President Donald Trump.

The two leaders met on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila.

According to CNN, when reporters began shouting questions, Duterte said, "we will be discussing matters that are of interest to both the Philippines and (the US) ... with you around, guys, you are the spies."

Trump laughed in response even as Duterte repeated, "yes, you are."

The meeting between the two outspoken leaders came in the backdrop of Duterte's reversal of the policy of his pro-American predecessor, Benigno Aquino.

In one-on-one sit-down meeting with Duterte, Trump called the US-Philippine relationship "great" and "successful".

"We have had a great relationship. This has been very successful," said Trump.

The US leader refrained from answering any questions on the allegations of human rights abuses in the Philippines in the country's war on drugs.