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Protesters burn an image of US President Donald Trump fashioned on a swastika in Manila, Philippines, Nov. 13, 2017.

There was no pressure from Trump over the Philippines' bloody war on drugs during a meeting on Monday with President Rodrigo Duterte on the sidelines of the summit.

On the ground, military operations continue to clear buildings for stragglers.

The president and senior White House staff say that the red-carpet treatment was itself a win, and underscored new deference and respect for the relationships they say were worn thin by former President Barack Obama's efforts within the region. Trump raved about his accomplishments on his five-nation journey, particularly on trade and on North Korea, which the White House has suggested may be designated a state sponsor of terror. Analysts on the Korean Peninsula said Mr. Trump succeeded in lowering tensions while showing firm resolve in his demand to denuclearize North Korea. "Both the leaders said scourge of terrorism has to be dealt with effectively".

Trump is slated to meet several times with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (doo-TEHR'-tay).

Trump and Duterte's meeting was one of the most anticipated of the East and Southeast Asian leaders' summit in Manila.

American president Donald Trump met with Mr Duterte yesterday, and his office reported they briefly discussed human rights and the Philippines' war on drugs.

He met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and highlighted their two nations' "deeper and more comprehensive" ties, looking to strengthen a relationship that is vital to the USA vision of an Indo-Pacific region that attempts to de-emphasise China's influence. "And I'm really proud of that".

"The conversation focused on ISIS (Islamic State), illegal drugs, and trade".

The two sides sealed four agreements and agreed to cooperate on counter-terror. Instead, Trump said he and Duterte have "had a great relationship" and avoided questions about whether he'd raise human rights concerns with the Filipino leader during a private meeting.

Duterte has been a controversial figure since taking office as president a year ago, and launching a war on drugs that has killed at least 3,900 people in the Philippines.