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Philippine lawmakers reject fifth Duterte cabinet pick

Philippine lawmakers reject fifth Duterte cabinet pick

Manila – Philippine lawmakers rejected President Rodrigo Duterte’s choice of health secretary on Tuesday, making her the fifth cabinet member to have been turned down since Duterte came to power. No reason was given for the rejection of Paulyn Ubial, who has been in public office for 27 years. In the Philippines, all cabinet ministers […]

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Thousands rally in Philippines, warn of Duterte ‘dictatorship’

Thousands rally in Philippines, warn of Duterte ‘dictatorship’

Thousands of Filipinos rallied on Thursday to denounce Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and warn of what they called an emerging dictatorship, in a major show of dissent against the controversial but hugely popular leader. Politicians, indigenous people, priests, businessmen, and left-wing activists held marches and church masses accusing Duterte of authoritarianism and protesting at policies […]

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Duterte asks head of human rights agency: ‘Are you a pedophile?’

Duterte asks head of human rights agency: ‘Are you a pedophile?’

Manila – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday asked the head of the country’s Commission on Human Rights (CHR) if he was a pedophile for focusing on the killing of teenagers in the government’s bloody war on drugs. Duterte also suggested to lawmakers using CHR’s proposed 678 million pesos budget to buy the police body […]

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“I’m your humble friend”, Philippines’ Duterte tells US

“I’m your humble friend”, Philippines’ Duterte tells US

Manila – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte called himself a “humble friend” of the United States on Monday, taking a break from his notorious hostility towards Washington to grant a warm reception to visiting US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Duterte’s often profanity-laden tirades against the United States has become his trademark during his year-old presidency, […]

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Philippines’ Duterte orders troops to ‘crush’ militants

Philippines’ Duterte orders troops to ‘crush’ militants

Marawi – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday ordered the military to “crush” Islamist militants still occupying parts of a southern city, as photos emerged of bombed buildings and mangled corpses. Duterte described the rampage in Marawi City by the militants, fighting under the Islamic State group flag, as a “rebellion” demanding a forceful response. […]

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Philippines’ Duterte says Islamic State not behind casino attack

Philippines’ Duterte says Islamic State not behind casino attack

Manila – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Saturday that Islamic State militants were not behind the attack on a casino in the capital that killed at least 36 people, supporting a police assessment that it was merely a botched robbery. The gunman who burst into the Resorts World Manila entertainment complex early on Friday, […]

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Philippines’ Duterte open to South China Sea deals

Philippines’ Duterte open to South China Sea deals

Davao – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday he was open to exploring the South China Sea’s natural resources with rival claimants China and Vietnam, after securing a ‘windfall’ while in Beijing. Duterte also emphasised he had no immediate plans to pressure China over an international tribunal’s ruling last year that its sweeping claims to […]

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Philippines’ Duterte hesitant on US visit, warm on China

Philippines’ Duterte hesitant on US visit, warm on China

Davao – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday he may turn down an invitation by Donald Trump to visit the United States, as he welcomed three Chinese warships to his home town. Duterte, who has loosened the Philippines’ long alliance with the United States while strengthening ties with China and Russia, said he could not […]

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White House defends Trump invitation to Duterte despite human rights criticism

White House defends Trump invitation to Duterte despite human rights criticism

Washington – The White House on Sunday defended President Donald Trump’s decision to invite Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to Washington, saying his cooperation was needed to counter North Korea, even as the administration faced human rights criticism for its overture to Manila. Trump issued the invitation on Saturday night in what the White House said […]

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Duterte fires minister after ‘corruption’ row

Duterte fires minister after ‘corruption’ row

Manila – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has fired the interior minister, his spokesman said Tuesday as infighting and corruption allegations rock his government. Ismael Sueno, who supervised Duterte’s war on drugs that has left thousands dead, was fired on the spot at a cabinet meeting late Monday, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a statement. […]

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