>> Possibly the last move you'd ever expect Rodrigo Duterte to make. The president of the Philippines traveling to Indonesia on Friday, saying that during his trip, he plans to plead the case of Mary Jane Velozo, a Filipino woman on death row for trafficking, but who says the drugs were planted on her.
Duterte says, he plans to ask his opposite number Joko Widodo to grant her clemency. A surprising request given the hundreds of people he has had executed for drug crimes at home, but as Evelyn Daynobrata reports there could be method in the madness.>> He did say that he will accept any decision made by Jokowi and that he has no doubt about Indonesia's judicial system.
Both Duterte and Jokowi and are waging a war against drugs in their respective countries. But both of them had risen to power, thanks to their image as men of the people. Mary Jane is a mate who said that she was duped to be a drug mule. So any requests made by Duterte to pardon her might be in line with the image that he wants to project as someone who stands up for defenseless people.
>> Indonesia's own drug chief says, he wants to copy Duterte's crime fighting methods and the two may likely join forces to fight another war.>> The Philippines is fighting militant groups such as Abu Sayyaf and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, while Indonesia is battling extremist groups. Both leaders have vowed a tough stand against terrorist and Duterte told the Filipino community in Jakarta today that he wants to work together with Indonesia to fight piracy.
>> After touching down, Duterte took the time to say that he patched things up with Barack Obama. Saying he never actually insulted the US President ahead of the Asean Summit in Laos. But he couldn't resist calling UN chief Ban Ki-moon a fool for criticizing his stance on human rights.