To that end, Tillerson said the USA has been providing the Philippines with surveillance capabilities, training, information and aircraft to help it fight the militants. And at a news conference after their meeting, Duterte bristled but didn't answer directly when asked whether human rights had come up.
While Duterte was again mum on the details of the meeting he did say foreign officials have "toned down" on human rights issues.
"I am your humble friend in Southeast Asia", Duterte said.
Secretary Ernesto Abella, the presidential spokesman, told a Malacanang press briefing that US State Secretary Rex Tillerson was to make a courtesy call on Duterte at the Palace at 4pm on Monday. Addressing the apparent insubordination of his own military, he remarked that "our soldiers are pro-American, that I can not deny".
She was in the country to attend the meetings in relation to the 50th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) which ended here on Tuesday.
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The former senator said Lavrov wanted to convey to President Rodrigo Duterte Moscow's "solidarity with his efforts to eliminate any extremist threat to your country and our appreciation for your solidarity with Russia's fight against terrorism".
Duterte, who rose to power last summer, has repeatedly attacked the U.S.in foul-mouthed rants responding to perceived slights and criticisms of his anti-narcotics campaign, a massive drug war that has taken the lives of several thousand people over the past year.
Defending the Trump administration's ties to Duterte, Tillerson said USA support for his fight against ISIS is not equivalent to support for his war on drugs.
Duterte also said he gave some officials his narcolist and other records that show the magnitude of the country's drug problem.
The U.S. has also provided "some training and some guidance in terms of how to deal with an enemy that fights in ways that is not like what most people have ever had to deal with", Tillerson added.
"Bringing our knowledge in how to deal with this enemy in other parts of the world is useful to them, and I think that is also in our security interests as well", he told United States journalists at his hotel. Massachusetts Congressman James McGovern who told a hearing of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission that he would protest against such a visit.
"The real challenge is going to come with once they have the fighting brought to an end how to deal with the conditions on the ground to ensure it does not re-emerge".