0441 GMT July 18, 2018
Riot police used water canon to prevent hundreds of protesters reaching the US Embassy in Manila, just a few hours before the arrival of Trump in the Philippines for a regional summit and the last leg of his Asia tour.
Carrying placards declaring "Dump Trump" and "Down with US Imperialism", the protesters were blocked by police in riot gear with shields and batons, and then showered with jets of water from a fire engine, Reuters reported.
"Trump is the CEO of the imperialist government of the US, said 18-year-old student Alexis Danday after the protesters were scattered. We know he is here to push for unfair treaties between the Philippines and the US."
Trump visited the Philippines for meetings with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and other East Asian nations, fresh off an Asia-Pacific summit and bilateral visit in Vietnam.
The Philippines was Trump's last stop on a marathon tour that had taken him to Japan, South Korea, China as well as Vietnam. Despite Trump's "America First" policy, the visit should provide some reassurance that Washington remains committed to a region that Beijing sees as its strategic domain.
The increasing use of the phrase "Indo-Pacific" by Trump and his team during their Asian tour this week, instead of the more common "Asia-Pacific" term has been seen by analysts as an effort to depict the region as more than China-dominated.