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Trillanes: I didn’t know Duterte was a ‘murderer’

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Group launches signature drive urging Duterte to sign bank waiver

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Philippines anti-narcotics chief warns of drugs war slowdown, needs police

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The head of the Philippines’ anti-narcotics agency on Friday warned of a reduced intensity in the country’s war on drugs after a removal of police from the campaign, which he hoped would only be temporary as his unit lacked manpower. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Aaron Aquino said he had only a fraction of […]

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Cracks Emerge In Rodrigo Duterte’s Horrific Philippine Drug War

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday announced a major shift in the country’s infamous drug war, instructing the national police to end their operations and handing control to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. In a vitriol-filled speech, Duterte said the move would be “better for the bleeding hearts and media” that have consistently criticised the […]

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Steven Seagal meets ‘The Punisher’ Duterte, talks drug war

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US actor Steven Seagal, famous for playing action roles like a vice squad detective in “Above the Law”, met Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte while on a location scouting trip in Manila. Video footage released by government channel RTVM showed Seagal animatedly talking to Duterte. Seagal, 65, was in the Philippines to look for a location […]

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Philippines military gunning for Malaysia’s most wanted terrorist

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Mahmud Ahmad is believed to be still alive, and fighting Philippine troops along with a dwindling militant force in Marawi city, southern Philippines. Getting Malaysia’s most wanted terrorist Mahmud Ahmad is a priority, the Philippine military said on Thursday. The military believes Mahmud is still alive and fighting government troops, along with a dwindling force […]

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Duterte Threatens to Expel EU Diplomats From Philippines

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President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines threatened on Thursday to expel the ambassadors representing the European Union, suggesting that he would give them 24 hours to leave his country. “You think that we are a bunch of morons here,” Duterte said in an expletive-laden speech at the presidential palace. “Because we can have the diplomatic […]

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Duterte: PDEA now ‘sole agency’ in charge of drug war

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President Rodrigo Duterte has designated the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency as the “sole agency” in charge of the war on drugs amid simmering public outrage over alleged police abuse in the continuing crackdown. Duterte issued the order a few days after his latest net satisfaction score suffered from its biggest fall since he became president. […]

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Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte orders another halt to police crackdown on drug trade

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered police to halt activities in his deadly war on drugs and leave all operations to the drug enforcement agency, amid unprecedented scrutiny of police conduct. Duterte’s office on Wednesday made public a memorandum telling police, the military and other state bodies to leave to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency […]

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Russia to donate Kalashnikovs, trucks and munitions to Philippines

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday announced that Russia would donate defense hardware to support the military’s fight against pro-Islamic State militants, who he said could regroup and attack “anywhere and everywhere”. Duterte said Russia would provide about 5,000 assault rifles in a deal to be signed this month, and the Philippine military would no […]

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Budding Tropical Storm Khanun to target southern China, Vietnam after soaking Philippines

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A tropical depression is on track to inundate the northern Philippines late this week before strengthening and taking aim at southern China and northern Vietnam starting later this weekend. The newest tropical depression in the western Pacific Ocean formed late Wednesday, local time, east of the northern Philippines. “The depression is poorly organised but could […]

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Philippine president sidelines police in war on drugs, again

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered police to halt activities in his deadly war on drugs and leave all operations to the drug enforcement agency, amid unprecedented scrutiny of police conduct. Duterte’s office on Wednesday made public a memorandum telling police, the military and other state bodies to leave to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency […]

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These volunteers are making kill lists for Duterte’s drug war

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In the Philippines, survey teams are going door-to-door marking the homes of suspected drug users with red “Xs.” Local administrative districts were ordered to collect the data this spring and to provide lists of suspected drug offenders to the Philippine National Police. But the records are spreading new fear throughout poor communities already plagued by […]

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Philippines doctor linked to New York attack plot a ‘regular, generous guy’

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A Filipino accused by the United States of being an Islamic State supporter involved in a foiled plot to mount gun and bomb attacks in the heart of New York City is a hospital doctor described by colleagues as a “kind and generous guy”. US prosecutors said on Friday they had charged 37-year-old Russell Salic […]

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Sara Duterte says lifestyle check on husband ‘unreasonable’

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Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has dismissed as “unreasonable” the proposed lifestyle check on her husband, Manases, saying the allegations hurled against him were merely based on “chismis” and “lies”. The Senate blue ribbon committee has recommended a lifestyle check on her husband and brother, Davao City vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, over their alleged involvement […]

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Philippines: Foreigners in leading militant roles in besieged Marawi

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SECURITY forces in the Philippines said eight foreigners are among the remaining 40 militants still fighting in Marawi, nearly six months after the Islamic State-inspired Maute Group laid siege to the southern city. According to Free Malaysia Today, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) did not mention the nationalities of the foreigners but Malaysian […]

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Pro-Duterte blogger quits DFA contract

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A pro-Duterte blogger has backed out of his contract as consultant to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), less than a week after being called to a Senate hearing on fake news. Rey Joseph Nieto announced on Monday through his social media account, Thinking Pinoy, that he had asked the DFA to terminate his contract, […]

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Belmonte kin angry over Mocha Uson column in Philippine Star

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Duterte names PDEA as ‘sole agency’ for drug war

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In draft report, Gordon pushes for lifestyle check on Paolo Duterte, Mans Carpio

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Philippines Seeks to Improve Relations with US

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The Philippines appears to be seeking a return to stronger economic relations with the United States. Experts say the change may be designed to balance the Philippines’ increasing dependence on China. The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs said it is “seeking to intensify economic cooperation” in an effort to improve relations with the US The […]

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Philippines: NY ‘plotter’ was allegedly doctor to pro-IS gunmen

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A Filipino doctor wanted over a foiled jihadist plot targeting New York’s subway and Times Square previously treated pro-Islamic State (IS) group militants in the mountains of southern Philippines, the military said on Monday. Russell Salic, 37, had links to the Maute group, which since May had been occupying parts of the Philippines’ most important […]

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Palace downplays ‘revocation’ of Philippine membership in UNHRC

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Malacanang yesterday downplayed claims that the Philippines’ membership in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) may be revoked because of the alleged extrajudicial killings committed under the Duterte administration. New York-based watchdog Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned over the weekend that the Philippines may be removed from the UNHRC because of its supposed failure […]

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China Ramping Up Aid to Philippines as Both Pursue Deeper Relationship

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China is stepping up aid to the Philippines, including a proposal to seek oil together offshore and a gift of arms to help Manila fight a Muslim rebel insurgency, indicating that both sides want an extra-firm friendship despite an unsettled maritime dispute. Three firms, including China’s state-owned offshore oil driller CNOOC are awaiting Philippine President […]

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Jobs in Philippines and India at risk as tech evolves faster than people

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A wave of automation is forcing the industry to retrain workers for higher skilled jobs Since the early 2000s, the Philippines added more than a million jobs as foreign companies outsourced customer support and sales tasks to the South East Asian nation. Now a looming wave of automation is threatening employment at call centres and […]

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Suspected NYC attack plotter: Philippines ‘breeding ground for terrorists’

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A Filipino suspect in a thwarted jihadi plot targeting New York City had boasted that his country was “a breeding ground for terrorists,” the US Justice Department said Saturday. Russell Salic and two others have been charged with involvement in the plan to carry out the attacks in the name of the Islamic State group […]

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Philippine president sees biggest ratings dip, but popularity intact

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Trust and satisfaction in Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte fell to the lowest of his presidency in the third quarter of this year, a survey showed on Sunday, although sentiment about his leadership remained positive overall. Net satisfaction, used by pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) as a rating of the president’s performance, was down 18 points […]

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Philippines a world ‘model’ for migrant worker support: World Bank

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The Philippines serves as a “model” in terms of support for its migrant workers, the World Bank said Monday, as it called for the easing of restrictions on labour migration. Both countries that send and receive migrant workers can benefit from labour migration with the right policies, the Washington-based lender said in a report. Some […]

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For sustainable growth, Philippines must look beyond Manila

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The Philippine government is spending big on infrastructure to ease problems such as congestion and flood control, but experts note that the country needs to explore growth opportunities outside Metro Manila. Exhausting, long commutes; bumper-to-bumper traffic; and choking pollution: This is the not-so-new normal for the working class in Metro Manila. But this may soon […]

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Philippines to start extradition process for NY plotter: minister

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A Filipino suspect in a thwarted jihadist plot targeting New York’s subway and Times Square will face legal proceedings seeking his extradition to the United States, the Philippine justice secretary said on Sunday. Russell Salic and two others have been charged with involvement in the plan to stage the attacks in the name of the […]

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40 hostages still inside Marawi, says AFP

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There are 40 hostages still held by ISIS-linked terrorists in the besieged Marawi City, the military said on Friday as security forces target to liberate the city before Southeast Asian leaders visit Manila for a November summit. “Based on the debriefing that was conducted of all these individuals, we gathered based on their information passed […]

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US, Philippines will ramp up bilateral war games in 2018, official says

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America and the Philippines will return to regular war games starting next year, the chief of the Philippine military announced Thursday while hailing the US as his country’s “number one ally.” Military exercises between the nations have been scaled back since last year, when President Rodrigo Duterte called for an end to the drills and […]

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Philippines’ top diplomat defends Duterte’s drug war

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The Philippines’ top diplomat defended President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly war on drugs, saying all those who were killed during police operations were criminal drug dealers, despite evidence to the contrary. In an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera’s UpFront, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Alan Cayetano denied reports that the suspicious deaths of individuals in the country’s […]

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Philippines property portal pockets cash from online classifieds specialist

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Philippines-based online real estate portal Hoppler has received funding from Frontier Digital Group. The investment amount was not disclosed. Southeast Asia has more than its fair share of sites that claim to provide a more efficient link between property vendors and prospective buyers. Hoppler aims to stand out in this crowded market by bringing professional […]

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Mayor’s arrest proves Duterte’s right – Palace

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De Lima asks SC Justice Velasco to inhibit from her case

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Detained Sen. Leila De Lima has asked Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr. to not join the high court in ruling on her petition seeking the nullification of her arrest and the halt of her indictment on drug charges due to conflict of interest. In a 10-page motion for inhibition filed before the Supreme Court, De […]

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Duterte: I just fired 2 Malacanang employees

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President Rodrigo Duterte has fired two employees of Malacanang. But he did not elaborate on this in his speech at the Agrilink, Food Link, Aqualink 2017 at the World Trade centre on Thursday. “I promised you corruption. I will stop it. I will stop it. I just fired two… two employees from Malacanan for making […]

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Philippines: 40 Unclaimed Bodies Buried in Marawi

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Local officials in the war-torn Philippine city of Marawi buried at least 40 unclaimed bodies on Thursday, after American forensics experts completed gathering DNA samples to determine their identities. No relatives came forward to claim the bodies, leading authorities to believe they were among hundreds of pro-Islamic State (IS) militants killed during a battle with […]

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Duterte tells Army: Oust me if I lie to you about my wealth

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Dismissing accusations that he had unexplained wealth, President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday told members of the Philippine Army to “oust” him if he lied about his wealth. The President made the statement even as he urged members of the military to remain “loyal to the Constitution and to the flag” a day after saying that […]

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China turns over additional 3000 guns to Philippines for police use

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China continues to build its warming relations with the Duterte administration by turning over on Thursday some 3,000 additional Chinese firearms to the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The firearms, considered by China as “doleouts”, were received by Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo M. Ano, who turned them over to Defense Secretary Delfin […]

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Duterte has no ‘moral ascendancy’ to fight corruption, says Alejano

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Duterte’s PACC can’t probe Ombudsman, judiciary – Drilon

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China and the Philippines partnering in rooting out drug scourge

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Illicit drugs and narcotics harm public health in a destructive way, give rise to corruption and crimes, hinder economic growth and, in a long run, might wreak havoc on national security and social order. Therefore, any narcotics-related crimes must be effectively addressed, strictly prohibited and punished in accordance with law. The Chinese government maintains that […]

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Duterte says Ombudsman Morales will face impeachment case

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said an impeachment complaint will be filed against Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales for “conspiracy” to oust the President and “selective justice.” “We will file an impeachment (case) against her (Morales) and I would tend to believe she was part of the conspiracy,” Duterte told reporters in a press conference in Malacanang. […]

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Call-centre nation Philippines putting up fight as automation steals jobs

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Since the early 2000s, the Philippines added more than a million jobs as foreign companies outsourced customer support and sales tasks to the South-east Asian nation. Now a looming wave of automation is threatening employment at call centres and forcing the industry to retrain workers to meet the demand for higher skilled jobs in areas […]

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De Lima wants SC Justice Velasco to inhibit from her case due to conflict of interest

 

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Duterte foreign trips cost government P501M

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Since the early 2000s, the Philippines added more than a million jobs as foreign companies outsourced customer support and sales tasks to the South-east Asian nation. Now a looming wave of automation is threatening employment at call centres and forcing the industry to retrain workers to meet the demand for higher skilled jobs in areas […]

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Proposed fake news law won’t get past me, says Duterte

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said a proposed law against fake news wouldn’t get pass him because it would a form of censorship, which is against freedom of expression. “Nakinig ako kanina [I heard earlier] that they would craft a law to set a standard. Ah patay. That’s censorship,” he said on Wednesday, after his […]

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Philippine police say 2 Swedes wounded in rebel attack

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Suspected communist rebels staged an attack on a police car in the central Philippines on Tuesday and two Swedish citizens and their driver in a passing van were wounded in the crossfire, police said. A police report said a Swedish man was shot in the wrist and a Swedish woman was injured in the shoulder, […]

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US shooter’s girlfriend returns to US from Philippines: Manila

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The girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock returned to the United States on Wednesday from the Philippines, as authorities in Manila said they were looking into reports he transferred $100,000 to her. Marilou Danley flew out of Manila’s international airport on Tuesday night for Los Angeles, immigration bureau spokeswoman Maria Antoinette Mangrobang told AFP. […]

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US shooter wired $100,000 to partner in Philippines: NBI

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Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock transferred $100,000 to his girlfriend in the Philippines who travelled there last month, authorities in Manila said Wednesday, citing the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Philippines’ National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said the FBI, its US counterpart, had sought help in finding Marilou Danley. “Danley arrived in the Philippines last […]

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Las Vegas gunman transferred $100000 to Philippines

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Stephen Paddock’s girlfriend back in spotlight as shooter’s meticulous plan begins to emerge The Las Vegas gunman transferred $100,000 (Dh367,000) to the Philippines in the days before the attack and planned the massacre so meticulously that he even set up cameras inside the peephole of his high-rise hotel room and on a service cart outside […]

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EU seeks deeper economic ties with Philippines

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European businesspeople said Wednesday they were seeking deeper ties with the Filipino counterparts, ahead of an investment summit in the Philippine capital this month. The European Union is the Philippines’ largest source of foreign investments and second biggest export partner, said European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines president Guenter Taus. Europe and the Philippines […]

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Philippines Extends ‘Warm Welcome’ to Trump Prior to November Visit

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The Philippines plans to give a “very warm welcome” to US President Donald Trump when he visits Manila in November, said the island nation’s foreign affairs secretary after the White House confirmed the American leader’s upcoming trip. President Trump’s visit comes amid “improving” relations between the United States and the Philippines that are on an […]

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US, Philippines Launch New Military Exercise

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The first iteration of KAMANDAG gets underway. On October 2, the United States and the Philippines officially began the launch of a newly named bilateral exercise. The holding of the fresh drills speaks to the steps both sides are continuing to take to adapt to the changing context of the treaty alliance under the reign […]

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South China Sea: Philippines Plans Spratly Upgrades

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The Philippines Armed Forces will upgrade the airstrip on Thitu Island, among other improvement. The Philippines will begin important upgrades to its primary outpost in the disputed Spratly group in the South China Sea. According to Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Modernisation Programme will finance the paving of the […]

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Palace sees politics in call for Philippine’s ouster from United Nations body

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Malacanang has claimed that the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is being used to pursue partisan agenda after a group called for the ouster of the Philippines from the body because of drug-related killings. The Philippine Universal Periodic Review Watch, a group of human rights advocates, has asked the UN to revoke the Philippines’ […]

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Philippines Archbishop offers sanctuary to officers willing to testify on drug war killings

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Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan in the Philippines has called on clergy and religious “to open their hearts and their rectories, the convents of religious communities and seminaries as well as other secure buildings” to house and protect those members of the security forces who wish to speak publicly about the abuses they have seen. […]

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Aguirre, Acosta back new group against state ‘enemies’

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Someone named Sammy Uy came to the Duterte-Abe summit

 

 

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REPLAY: Sen. Trillanes’ privilege speech

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Philippines’ Duterte Dismisses Allegations He’s Hiding Millions

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte dismissed allegations he’s hiding hundreds of millions of pesos in his bank accounts, calling them “lies” and vowing to snub a probe into his wealth initiated by the country’s top anti-graft agency. In a profanity-laced speech before lawyers in his hometown of Davao City, Duterte said his lifetime savings don’t exceed […]

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Senate eyes tax reform bill ratification next week

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The Senate aims to ratify next week the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill that is expected to raise some P148 billion in fresh revenues, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III said yesterday. Pimentel said the TRAIN is vital to the Duterte administration’s plan to jumpstart the economy through its P8 trillion “Build, Build, […]

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Duterte Won’t Cooperate in Corruption Probe

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed that he won’t cooperate with a corruption probe seeking information about the president’s alleged failure to disclose hundreds of millions of pesos. “I will not submit to the jurisdiction,” the strongman said in a speech on Saturday, calling the allegations against him “lies based on baseless” information. Despite Duterte’s […]

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Sereno camp to Duterte: Read Chief Justice’s reply-affidavit

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The camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno urged President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday to read her reply-affidavit to the impeachment complaint filed against her. “We were hoping, perhaps, it would be nice if the President would find the time to review and read the answer by the Chief Justice in connection with the impeachment […]

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Duterte eyes 2 tracks to ease foreign ownership limits: finance chief

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President Rodrigo Duterte is moving to ease foreign ownership limits in Philippine businesses, the head of his economic team told an investment forum in Japan, according to the Department of Finance. Advertisement Powered By YuMe Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said the “first step” was a review of the so-called foreign investment negative list that began […]

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Only the poor drug pushers get killed, says SWS survey

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Trillanes: Duterte ‘swindled’ into buying false info on offshore bank accounts

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Philippines on call to end drug war deaths: Look who’s talking

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The Philippines on Friday stressed that there is no culture of impunity in the country in response to the statement of 39 countries expressing concern over drug-related killings in the country. Iceland and 38 other nations called on the Philippine government to welcome a visit by United Nations special rapporteur Agnes Callamard to look into […]

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Philippines slams 39 countries calling for end to killings

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The Philippine government has denounced 39 mostly Western nations, including the United States, Britain and France, which have urged it to end thousands of killings under President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug crackdown and allow investigations in cooperation with the international community. The Department of Foreign Affairs said Friday that its diplomats told the countries, which issued […]

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Furious Philippines decries West’s joint stand on drug war killings

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The Philippines vigorously defended its human rights record on Friday, accusing the West of bias, hypocrisy and interference after 39 mostly European nations expressed concern about thousands of killings during Manila’s ferocious war on drugs. More than 3,800 Filipinos have been killed by police in anti-drug operations since President Rodrigo Duterte came to office 15 […]

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Trump attending Asean meet in Philippines

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US President Donald Trump will attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit in the Philippines in November, the White House confirmed yesterday, after his attendance was previously in doubt. The visit will take place during a November 3-14 tour that will also include stops in China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and the US […]

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Chinese builders scramble for a piece of Philippines construction boom

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A construction boom in the Philippines has provoked a surge of interest from Chinese contractors keen to grab a piece of President Rodrigo Duterte’s $180 billion “Build, Build, Build” campaign, a senior Philippine official said on Friday. The Philippines, “inundated with Chinese contractors going to Manila”, has come to an arrangement with China’s commerce ministry […]

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Ex-Hasht5 member Marlou Arizala unveils new look, new name

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Duterte: ‘I will not submit to the Ombudsman’

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‘Who… are you to tell me’: Duterte hits IBP over ‘onion-skinned’ remark

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Duterte says he will snub Ombudsman’s probe

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Malacañang has no power to discipline Ombudsman, says Pimentel

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[Newspoint] Duterte vs the people’s right to know

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What Did the New US-Philippines Terror Drills Achieve?

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The inaugural iteration of Tempest Wind bears attention within the broader context of the alliance. Over the past week, the United States and the Philippines have held the first iteration of a new, recently unveiled counterterrorism drill. Though both treaty allies have long developed a range of bilateral exercises, the holding of this one bears […]

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Asean-Plus Defence ministers to discuss terrorism, drug trafficking in Philippines

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The defence ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and eight dialogue partners will convene in the Philippines next month to discuss fighting terrorism, drug trafficking and maritime conflicts, China’s Xinhua news agency reported the Philippine defence chief as saying on Thursday. Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that ministers will also discuss […]

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Philippines Aims To Drill For Oil With Chinese Firm Near Disputed Waters

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The Philippines plans to pursue oil and gas exploration near contested waters in the South China Sea in a stalled project which has Chinese state firm CNOOC as a partner, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said on Thursday. Cusi has presented the plan to Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte for approval, the energy secretary told media after […]

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Taiwan to allow visa-free entry for visitors from Philippines

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Taiwan will allow visa-free entry for visitors from the Philippines in hopes that the Southeast Asian nation will reciprocate the gesture, a spokesman for the self-ruled island’s cabinet said on Thursday. Taiwan does not have formal diplomatic relations with the Philippines, which recognises the “one China” policy under which Manila acknowledges the Chinese position that […]

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Philippines to loosen travel regulations for Taiwanese visitors: MECO

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The Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) in Taipei is looking to provide a reciprocal loosening of travel regulations for Taiwanese visitors after Taiwan’s government on Thursday announced that it will carry out a trial visa-free programme for Filipinos visiting Taiwan for 14 days or fewer. MECO Chair and Resident Representative Angelito Banayo said in […]

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Duterte: 9,000 cops into drugs

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39 countries worry about killings, climate of impunity in Philippines

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Davao councilor in smuggling controversy missing

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Duterte claims Trillanes offshore accounts being used for destab plot

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Trillanes questions authenticity of AMLC statement

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Cayetano: Philippines open to independent probe into drug war

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Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano discussed further cooperation with Washington in addressing the drug menace in the country in his bilateral meeting with his US counterpart. On Wednesday, the Philippines’ top diplomat met with US State Secretary Rex Tillerson to discuss bilateral issues such as the country’s ongoing campaign against criminality, terrorism and illegal […]

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Killings Of Three Teens Prompts Public Scorn Over Duterte’s Philippine Drug War

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The Philippines has seen some of its largest protests yet against President Rodrigo Duterte in recent weeks, as public scrutiny grows over recent deaths in the country’s violent anti-drug campaign. Much of the outrage has stemmed from three highly publicised killings where police are alleged to have targeted young Filipinos and covered up their brutal […]

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Philippines tells US it does not allow extrajudicial killings in anti-drug war

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Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have met in Washington to discuss Manila’s anti-drug war, a statement issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said here Thursday. During the meeting at the State Department in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, the statement said the Philippines does not […]

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Philippines’s ‘Denier-in-Chief’ Defends Murderous Drug War

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Deny everything. That’s the tactic Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Cayetano deployed last week when he took the podium at the United Nations general Assembly in New York in a bid to justify his government’s murderous “war on drugs.” Cayetano declared that President Rodrigo Duterte’s “drug war” was a “necessary instrument to preserve and protect […]

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Philippines, China set up joint exploration in Palawan field

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Exploration in an oil and gas prospect offshore northwest Palawan between the Philippines and China is now awaiting the signature of President Duterte, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said yesterday. Service contract (SC) 57 in offshore Calamian northwest of Palawan is a joint venture among state-run PNOC Exploration Corp. (PNOC-EC), Mitra Energy Ltd (MEL) now Jadestone […]

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AMLC denies giving info on Duterte accounts in Ombudsman probe of Trillanes’ raps

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Trillanes insists Duterte must sign bank waiver or resign

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Vets in Philippines turn to technology to track and tackle rabies

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Armed with smartphones and syringes, veterinarians in the Philippines are turning to technology to fight rabies, using tracking tools to identify problem areas in mass campaigns to vaccinate dogs. Cases of rabies in the Philippines are among the highest globally, says Humane Society International (HSI), estimating that 200 Filipinos die each year from the disease, […]

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Philippines’ Duterte wants US help in fighting drugs, blames triads

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte urged the United States on Tuesday to help control drugs smuggling, blaming Taiwan and Hong Kong-based criminal gangs for using his country as a shipping hub. In a speech, he also said illegal drugs had funded the seizure by Islamist militants of large parts of the southern city of Marawi in […]

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