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Uber sorry for Philippines ‘misunderstanding’, but suspension stands

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The Philippine transport regulator stood by its one-month suspension of Uber Technologies Inc on Wednesday, despite its apology for a “misunderstanding” in failing to heed a directive to stop accepting new driver applications. Members of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) met an Uber executive and senators to discuss a suspension, announced on […]

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Philippine Economy Will Continue Strong Growth: Finance minister

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Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said the economy is set to continue growing strongly, with a slump in the currency likely to be temporary. Spending on infrastructure projects may help to spur economic growth to the top end of the government’s target of 6.5 percent to 7.5 percent by 2019, Dominguez said in an interview […]

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Philippines Sees the Bloodiest Night of Duterte’s Drug War With 32 Killed in Raids

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Philippine police have killed 32 people in a series of drug raids near the capital Manila, in what’s believed to be the bloodiest night of President Roderigo Duterte’s drug war. Those killed from Monday to Tuesday in Bulacan province were suspected drug offenders, police said according to the BBC. Since Duterte came to power just […]

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‘That’s good,’ says Duterte on killing of 32 Bulacan druggies

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“Maganda ‘yun (That’s good).” That was how President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday described the killing of 32 drug suspects in Bulacan in what police said was the highest death toll in a single day since the administration launched its brutal war on drugs in June 2016. “Yung namatay daw kanina sa Bulacan, 32, in a […]

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Is Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Donald Trump’s Press-Avenging Doppelganger?

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When it comes to dealing with pesky reporters, Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte actually means what Donald John Trump merely retweets. Trump apparently enjoys fantasising about violently dispatching his media critics. Last month he retweeted a doctored video of himself beating the crap out of a CNN reporter, and Tuesday morning, three days after a […]

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Rights groups blast newest Duterte threat vs them

MANILA, Philippines — Human rights groups denounced on Thursday President Rodrigo Duterte’s latest tirade against them during which he ordered security forces to shoot activists for “obstructing” justice.

Speaking at the anniversary of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption, Duterte again made plain his disdain for the Commission on Human Rights, a constitutional body, threatening to have it investigated for “conspiracy” because “galit ako sa inyo (I am angry at you).”

Responding to this, CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia said: “The Commission wishes to reiterate that it is merely doing its constitutional duty and it remains hopeful that the government will recognize that the guarantee of equal protection of the law as well as fair and impartial trial including investigation is a constitutional right available to every Filipino.”

But the rights groups Karapatan and Human Rights Watch were not as restrained in their reactions to the latest threat from Duterte, who has repeatedly cursed critics of his “war against drugs,” which has claimed thousands of lives since last year.

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Uber bows to Philippines suspension after show of defiance

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Uber was forced to suspend operations in the Philippines Tuesday, after the ride-sharing giant’s efforts to appeal a one-month ban were quashed as it tussles with authorities over driver permits. The US firm had slammed Monday’s decision by transport authorities to impose the sanctions as a “blatant violation” of its rights earlier Tuesday, relaunching its […]

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Philippines says China agrees on no new expansion in South China Sea

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China has assured the Philippines it will not occupy new features or territory in the South China Sea, under a new “status quo” brokered by Manila as both sides try to strengthen their relations, the Philippine defence minister said. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano also said the Philippines was working on a “commercial deal” […]

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Philippine Central Bank Will Lift Rates If Economy Overheats

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The Philippine central bank is prepared to raise interest rates if it sees signs the economy is growing too fast, even as it tolerates a weaker currency for now, according to Governor Nestor Espenilla. “That’s always on the table,” he said in an interview in Singapore on Tuesday. “When you do start jacking up interest […]

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Philippines Weighs China Energy Deal in Disputed South China Sea

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The Philippines is considering potential ways to jointly develop oil and gas resources with China in a disputed part of the South China Sea, according to Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano. Any joint ventures would conform to Philippine law and wouldn’t lead to the loss of Philippine territory, Cayetano told a House of Representatives […]

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Philippines police kill 32 in bloodiest night of Duterte’s war on drugs

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Raids near Manila result in single largest death toll in one night of operations in ongoing campaign that has killed thousands Philippine police have killed 32 people in a series of raids near the capital Manila in the bloodiest night of president Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. Duterte won a landslide victory in presidential elections […]

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Duterte warns he’ll order shooting of human rights advocates

“Sabihin mo, ‘Pulis, barilin mo na ‘yang kasali diyan’ (Tell them, ‘Police, shoot those who are part of it’). If they are obstructing justice, you shoot them,” said Duterte on Wednesday, August 16. “Para makita talaga kung anong klaseng human right (So they can really see the kinds of human rights),” he added. (READ: Human rights in Duterte’s 1st year: Where do we go from here?)

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Battles in southern Philippines kill 25

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Fighting between government-backed separatist rebels and pro-Islamic State militants have killed at least 25 people in the southern Philippines, the army said on Monday, as the military battles to restore order on the troubled island of Mindanao. Soldiers provided artillery support for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), a Muslim rebel group with which the […]

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Philippines suspends Uber operations for one month

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The Philippines on Monday suspended the accreditation and operation of Uber [UBER.UL] for one month, in a decision that followed a government crackdown on unregistered drivers offering app-based ride-hailing services. The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) did not give a reason for its decision, which came amid regulatory disputes with Uber and rival […]

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President Duterte envisions drug-free higher education in the Philippines

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Having granted free tuition at all public colleges and universities, the government of firebrand Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte wants them to be “drug free” as well. The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) last week approved an order to allow all higher education institutions (HEIs) the ability to impose mandatory drug testing from 2018 in a […]

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Philippines warns against killing of migratory birds amid avian flu outbreak

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The Philippines on Sunday warned citizens not to kill or poach migratory birds that usually fly in from China, the possible source of a virus that triggered the Southeast Asian nation’s first outbreak of avian flu, to avoid worsening the situation. There has been no case of human transmission but the virus prompted a cull […]

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AFP: Probability of N Korea missile hitting PH is ‘remote’

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While the probability of a missile from North Korea hitting the Philippines is “remote,” the military is on alert for any development, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Brigadier general Restituto Padilla said on Monday. “Dadaan siya sa [The missile will pass through the] southern part [of] Japan, but not in any part of […]

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Philippines warns against killing of migratory birds amid avian flu outbreak

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The Philippines on Sunday warned citizens not to kill or poach migratory birds that usually fly in from China, the possible source of a virus that triggered the Southeast Asian nation’s first outbreak of avian flu, to avoid worsening the situation. There has been no case of human transmission but the virus prompted a cull […]

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Philippine military kills Abu Sayyaf commander

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Badong Muktadil was accused of highjacking a Vietnamese vessel, kidnapping, and murder on the sea border with Malaysia. Philippine troops have killed an Abu Sayyaf commander wanted for kidnapping and attacks on foreign ships, a military official said on Sunday. Troops were on patrol in waters off Jolo island, 1,000km south of Manila, on Saturday […]

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Philippine Bank Chief Seeks Calm as Peso Weakens to 11-Year Low

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Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Nestor Espenilla called for calm on Sunday after the peso fell to an almost 11-year low against the dollar last week, saying the currency isn’t expected to free fall given the nation’s strong economic fundamentals. “The peso is market-determined. It’s natural for it to show volatility as it adjusts to […]

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Philippine central bank tries to calm market, says peso not in free fall

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The Philippine central bank on Sunday sought to soothe frayed nerves in the foreign exchange market after the peso hit an 11-year low, saying it was not in a freefall and assuring it would be on guard against excessive volatility. “Let’s calm down,” Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Nestor Espenilla said in a statement, […]

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Philippines closely watching developments in Korean Peninsula

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Ballistic missile launch threat by North Korea sets in motion contingency plans, and not for the first time The Philippine government said it is closely watching developments in the Korean Peninsula amid threats by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) against Guam. “The Philippine Embassy in Seoul and the […]

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3 PNA employees get show cause orders over blunder

MANILA – Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on Monday said show cause orders have been given to 3 Philippine News Agency (PNA) employees who were involved in the erroneous posting of the logo of the Dole food company in a story about the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

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Deep earthquake rocks northern Philippines

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A deep earthquake of 6.3 magnitude has shaken off Luzon island in the northern Philippines, and was felt in metropolitan Manila. Office workers in the capital left their buildings but no damage was apparent after the quake struck about midday Friday. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the earthquake’s epicenter was 5 kilometers […]

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After joint sea ops, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines to launch air patrols

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THE Trilateral Air Patrol (TAP) between Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines will be launched at the RMAF Subang airbase in the near future as part of initiatives to enhance air and maritime security surveillance in the region. Defence minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the patrols would also keep an eye on militants, including those from the […]

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Philippines: Mandatory College Drug Tests Imperil Students

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The Philippine government’s plan for mandatory drug testing for all college students and applicants seriously threatens their safety and right to education, Human Rights Watch said today. On August 2, 2017, the official Commission on Higher Education, which produces “plans, policies and strategies” for higher education under the office of the president, approved a memorandum […]

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Senate to seek China’s help on P6.4-B shabu smuggled through BOC

Gordon said he and his fellow senators are not satisfied with the reaction of President Duterte – which he described as a “whimper” – to reports that he was allowing Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon to continue holding on to his post.

READ FROM SOURCE: http://news.mb.com.ph/2017/08/14/senate-to-seek-chinas-help-on-p6-4-b-shabu-smuggled-through-boc/

Philippines rejects advice on South China Sea row

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Manila rejected advice from the US, Japan and Australia on Wednesday to abide by the ruling of an international tribunal that invalidated Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea. “We expect nations not to tell us what to do,” Foreign Secretary said at a news conference. “Japan, Australia, and the US are our friends. The […]

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Gerry Brownlee’s meet and greet with Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte

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Foreign minister Gerry Brownlee has met with controversial Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte during a stop-off in the country. Brownlee was in Manila earlier this week for talks with South-East Asian foreign ministers and to mark the 50th anniversary of Asean. Duterte, who hosted the talks, has earned a notorious reputation for his violent crackdown on […]

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US drone strikes in the Philippines would be a massive mistake

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Erik Goepner commanded military units in Afghanistan and Iraq and is a visiting research fellow at the Cato Institute and doctoral candidate at George Mason University. A. Trevor Thrall is a senior fellow in defense and foreign policy at the Cato Institute and associate professor in the Schar School of Policy and government at George […]

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Philippine Peso Falls to Fresh 11-Year Low

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Philippine central bank Governor Nestor Espenilla said the peso will trade within “manageable levels” with a flexible exchange rate policy. The currency extended declines. “We are comfortable that economic fundamentals are alright and that the exchange rate will remain within manageable levels,” Espenilla said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s Haidi Lun on Friday. “We […]

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Magnitude 6.2 quake hits Philippine island of Luzon, jolts buildings

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An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 hit the Philippines’ northern island of Luzon on Friday and was felt in the capital Manila, shaking buildings and forcing the evacuation of offices and schools. There were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries in the quake, which the United States Geological Survey earlier measured at 6.6. The quake […]

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Paolo Duterte allegedly a “good friend” of Richard Tan who owns Valenzuela warehouse where 6.4 Billion shabu was delivered.

Senator De Lima, one of Duterte’s staunchest critics, noted that Paolo was allegedly a close friend of Richard Tan. Tan owns the warehouse in Valenzuela City where the drug shipment was brought.

Some lawmakers hit Duterte for his supposed silence on the Customs mess, considering that a huge amount of shabu entered the country at the time his administration is waging a brutal war against illegal drugs.

READ: ‘Aren’t you mad at Customs?’ Lacson asks Duterte

De Lima also recalled that self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato revealed in earlier Senate hearings that Paolo used him as a bagman in paying off customs officials at the Davao ports in order to smuggle shipments of contraband, “most probably including drugs.”

“This story is being repeated again, although now in a national scale. The suspicious discovery of the shabu shipment and resulting botched-up seizure operation by the Bureau of Customs in Valenzuela City, rendering the whole shipment inadmissible in evidence against Paolo’s alleged Chinese businessman friend, sounds strikingly similar to the story narrated by Matobato. The Senate investigation reveals that there is more to this than meets the eye,” De Lima said.

Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/922007/de-lima-duterte-diverting-attention-from-boc-mess-to-protect-son#ixzz4pQNZZsZj 

Philippine Central Bank Chief’s Debut Rate Call Draws Scrutiny

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Nestor Espenilla, who took office as Philippine central bank chief last month, will be the centre of attention Thursday. Traders and analysts will be searching for clues in the first rate decision of the former deputy governor, who’s already made changes to some of the central bank’s policy communications. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas will hold […]

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Philippine Central Bank Chief’s Debut Rate Call Draws Scrutiny

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Nestor Espenilla, who took office as Philippine central bank chief last month, will be the centre of attention Thursday. Traders and analysts will be searching for clues in the first rate decision of the former deputy governor, who’s already made changes to some of the central bank’s policy communications. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas will hold […]

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Paolo Duterte identified as a “smuggler” in docs issued by NBI and PASG – [click to see the documents]

MANILA, Philippines – After presidential son and Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte was implicated in drug smuggling, opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV released documents anew linking the former to illegal shipments.

Trillanes re-sent these on Thursday, August 10. These same documents, however, were first released during the 2016 presidential campaign.

A memorandum dated December 7, 2007, from the Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group (PASG), stated that the younger Duterte was responsible for the smuggling of sport utility vehicles (SUVs), luxury vehicles, rice, sugar, and used clothes into Davao City.

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Gordon tells China: If you’re a friend, stop smuggling drugs into PH

Senator Richard Gordon on Thursday said the government should “pressure” Beijing to crack down on syndicates that export narcotics to the Philippines. Subscribe to the ABS-CBN News channel! – http://bit.ly/TheABSCBNNews Visit our website at http://news.abs-cbn.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abscbnNEWS Twitter: https://twitter.com/abscbnnews

Philippines says China wanted non-legally binding South China Sea code

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China pushed for a maritime code of conduct with Southeast Asian countries that would not be legally binding, the Philippine foreign minister said on Tuesday. Alan Peter Cayetano said some countries wanted the South China Sea code to be legally binding, and China preferred the less forceful “binding”. He said all parties realised it was […]

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Pentagon may boost support to Philippine counter-IS ops: official

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The United States is weighing additional support to the Philippine military as it fights an Islamist insurgency in the south, a US defense official said Tuesday. Discussions are “pretty advanced” and would see the US provide increased surveillance drone capabilities and training for local forces, the official told AFP on condition on anonymity. The drones […]

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US Army Pacific official: ISIS a growing threat in the Philippines

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The Islamic State group’s affiliates in the southern portion of the US-allied nation of the Philippines is a growing threat to US security, a US Army Pacific official said Tuesday at the Global Explosive Ordnance Disposal Symposium & Exhibition. The group seized the city of Marawi on the Philippine island of Mindanao in late May […]

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US Could Kick Off Air Strikes Against ISIS in The Philippines Next Week

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As Philippine security forces continue to fight the Maute group rebels, aligned with ISIS, for control of the city of Marawi in the southern part of the country, the United States is reportedly considering launching its own air strikes against the militants. This would represent a significant escalation in US involvement in the emerging conflict […]

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Japan vows continued support for Philippines terror fight

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Japan yesterday vowed to continue supporting the Philippines’ anti-terrorism campaign and expressed readiness to assist the country in other areas of cooperation. The commitment was made during the meeting of Japanese foreign minister Taro Kono with President Duterte on the sidelines of the 50th Asean Foreign ministers’ Meeting and Related Meetings hosted by the Philippines. […]

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Imee Marcos, Fariñas spar over Ilocos Norte cash advance transaction

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and House Majority Leader Rudy Fariñas on Wednesday clashed over the former’s alleged misuse of tobacco funds when she purchased motor vehicles through cash advance. Subscribe to the ABS-CBN News channel! – http://bit.ly/TheABSCBNNews Visit our website at http://news.abs-cbn.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abscbnNEWS Twitter: https://twitter.com/abscbnnews

Two journalists in two days murdered in Philippines

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Two journalists have been shot dead in two days in separate incidents in the Philippines, reinforcing the country’s image as one of the world’s most dangerous for media workers, officials said Monday. Broadcaster Rudy Alicaway and columnist Leo Diaz were the third and fourth journalists to be killed since President Rodrigo Duterte, a vocal critic […]

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SAF airlifts $100,000 humanitarian aid for displaced civilians in Marawi, Philippines

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A Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) C-130 transport aircraft airlifted humanitarian aid worth $100,000 to the Philippines on Monday afternoon (7 August) to provide relief to displaced civilians affected by the ongoing conflict in Marawi City, in southern Philippines. The aircraft took off from Paya Lebar airport at 0600 hours and landed at Laguindingan […]

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US May Begin Airstrikes Against ISIS in Philippines

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The Pentagon is considering a plan that allows the US military to conduct airstrikes on ISIS in the Philippines, two defense officials told NBC News. The authority to strike ISIS targets as part of collective self-defense could be granted as part of an official military operation that may be named as early as Tuesday, said […]

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Philippines’ Duterte to Tillerson: ‘I Am Your Humble Friend’

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Firebrand Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte said he was Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s “humble friend” Monday as the two met to discuss the Asian nation’s struggle to contain ISIS-linked fighters, among other regional issues. “I am your humble friend in Southeast Asia,” Duterte said in a marked change from the crass criticism the strongman leader […]

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Philippine President on Human Rights: ‘Don’t Go There’

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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has met with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at a regional Asia gathering; Duterte says he shouldn’t be questioned on human rights allegations. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met Monday with America’s top diplomat, where he voiced solidarity with the US amid global concerns over North Korea’s nuclear programme and angrily […]

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US Sec of State Tillerson, Russia’s Lavrov hold talks in ManilaInterfax

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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov began talks on the sidelines of an Association of Southeast Asian Nations forum in Manila, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported on Sunday. The meeting is their first face-to-face talks since President Donald Trump reluctantly signed into law new economic sanctions that Russia said […]

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Philippine military needs 20,000 more troops due to greater threats: Duterte

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has asked lawmakers to approve the recruiting of 20,000 more soldiers to tackle increased security threats following a bloody urban siege in the south, his spokesman said Sunday. Almost 700 people have been killed, according to the official count, in over two months of fighting in the southern city of Marawi […]

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Tillerson to address the Philippines’ deadly drug crackdown

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HARI SREENIVASAN, PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND ANCHOR: Today, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson began a five-day trip that includes stops in the Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia. Among the issues on the agenda: the extra-judicial killings that have taken place in the Philippines during President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on the drug trade. It’s estimated that police have […]

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Philippines backs new UN sanctions on NoKor

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The Philippines yesterday supported the United Nations Security Council’s decision to impose stiffer economic sanctions on North Korea. “The Philippines has been consistent in its support for the various UN Security Council resolutions,” Department of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Robespierre Bolivar said. The UN Security Council on Saturday unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea over […]

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Duterte’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ plans hit Philippine peso

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Philippine construction firm Teravera Corp is planning to raise a fourth dollar loan in a year, after borrowing around $2.5 million to buy dozens of excavators, road rollers and dump trucks from China, South Korea and Japan. Teravera is one of hundreds of local builders contributing to a surge in capital goods imports that has […]

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Witness Mark Taguba identifies BOC personnel receiving “tara” grease money.

Bureau of Customs personnel identified by witness Mark Taguba as receiving “tara” (grease money)

1. BOC deputy commissioner Teddy Raval, who is under Intelligence Group

2. BOC Intelligence officer Teodoro Sagaral, who is assigned at the Manila International Container Port

3. BOC district collector Vincent Maronilla, also assigned at the MICP

4. A certain Major Gutierrez, who is already deceased

5. BOC director Niel Estrella assigned at the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service

6. BOC director Milo Maestrecampo assigned at the Import and Assessment Service

7. A certain Jayson

a certain Maita from the formal entry division

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The Latest: Southeast Asian diplomats open talks in Manila

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The Latest on annual meetings of Southeast Asian foreign ministers and their counterparts from the US, China, Russia, Japan, the two Koreas and other nations (all times local): 7:20 p.m. A Philippine government spokesman says Southeast Asian foreign ministers have endorsed the framework for a long-sought code of conduct in the disputed South China Sea. […]

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Magnitude 5.8 quake hits Philippines: USGS

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A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck south Mindanao island in the Philippines on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said. The quake’s epicentre was 21 miles (34 km) east of the city of general Santos, which has a population of almost 600,000. The USGS said the quake was 46.2 miles (74 km) deep but European quake agency […]

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India and Thailand Are Air Traffic Hubs For Dengue Spread: Study

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India and Thailand are central air traffic hubs that are helping in the spread of dengue epidemics throughout the Asian continent, a study has claimed. Dengue virus affects as estimated 390 million people around the globe each year, and can cause symptoms ranging from a mild fever and headache to severe low blood pressure. The […]

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More N Koreans are escaping to Thailand via an ‘underground railroad’

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At a glance, Thailand seems an unlikely destination for North Koreans seeking to defect from their abusive state. For starters, the two nations are separated by about 3,000 miles. Most of that distance is consumed by China, which tends to scoop up intruding North Korean refugees and ship them back home, where they face grim […]

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Concern in Thailand at low turnout ahead of registration deadline

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The Thai Chamber of Commerce has expressed concern at the low number of illegal migrant workers in key sectors who have registered with the authorities ahead of an August 7 deadline, the Bangkok Post reports. Thailand’s military government announced harsh penalties for unregistered migrant workers and their employers under a decree announced on June 23. […]

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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in PH

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Manila on Saturday, the US Embassy announced on its Facebook page.

Tillerson was met at the NAIA by Sung Kim, the US ambassador to the Philippines, as well as other embassy and Philippine government officials.

 

He is set to participate in diplomatic meetings with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the regional bloc’s other dialogue partners.

He is also expected to press China and other Asian countries to take tougher action against North Korea, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday.

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US moves to have North Korea suspended from ASEAN

MANILA, Philippines — Washington is seeking talks on how North Korea can be suspended from Asia’s biggest security forum as part of a broader effort to isolate Pyongyang diplomatically and force it to end its missile tests and abandon its nuclear weapons program, U.S. and Philippine officials said.

Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton told reporters in Washington on Wednesday that North Korea’s actions have violated the conflict-prevention aims of the ASEAN Regional Forum, which groups the United States and North Korea with 25 other countries.
 
The Philippines is hosting an annual ministerial meeting on Monday of the 27-nation ARF which will be attended by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho. Tillerson has no plans to meet Ri on the sidelines of the meeting, Thornton said. With the U.S., Japan and South Korea expected to push for stronger actions against the North, a verbal showdown looms at the forum.
 

“What we have been sort of looking at is having a serious discussion of what it would take for a member to be suspended from this organization that is dedicated to conflict prevention and preventive diplomacy,” Thornton said. “I think we’re going to continue to have that conversation as it regards North Korea.”

“What we’ve been doing is going around talking to partners about what more could they do to contribute to that increasing pressure on the regime and the increasing sort of diplomatic isolation of the regime,” she said.

READ FROM SOURCE: http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/08/03/1724342/us-moves-have-north-korea-suspended-asean

The Philippines open to ‘fresh perspectives’ from ADF in fight against IS in Marawi

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The Philippines Defence Secretary says any gains his country makes against IS will also benefit Australia. The Philippines government says it is open to learning from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to aid its fight against IS in Marawi. “We are always open to learning the best military practices around the world so that we […]

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Tillerson to raise US human rights concerns in Philippines

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The United States’ top diplomat is expected to raise concerns about human rights in the Philippines when he visits Manila this week for Asia’s biggest security forum, including during possible talks with President Rodrigo Duterte. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will raise all relevant issues in the US alliance with the Philippines, including concerns about […]

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Philippine PXP Energy Eager to Resume South China Sea Drilling

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Philippine oil and gas firm PXP Energy Corp expressed eagerness on Thursday to resume exploration in the disputed South China Sea and said any joint venture development would likely involve a Chinese company. Chair Manuel Pangilinan told reporters he was looking to discuss plans to resume PXP’s stalled Reed Bank project in the hotly contested […]

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Philippines lukewarm to US call to bar N. Korea from Asean event

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The Philippines on Thursday appeared none too keen on leaving North Korea out of functions hosted by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, despite calls from the United States to do so to pressure Pyongyang to end its nuclear and missile programmes. Asean gatherings with its regional partners are some of the few venues where […]

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Philippines’ Duterte signs law granting free public college

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law granting tuition-free education in all state universities, a Cabinet official said on Friday, setting aside the advice of his economic managers to reject the measure. The president believed the benefits of the law outweighed the potential short-term budgetary challenges, Menardo Guevarra, senior deputy executive secretary, told a […]

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KIM JONG UN IS A ‘SON OF A B****’ WITH A ‘CHUBBY FACE,’ PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT DUTERTE SAYS

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s latest controversial remarks target the North Korean regime, and they come just a few days ahead of his hosting a meeting of foreign diplomats at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum.

In his typical colorful rhetoric, Duterte professed his hatred for war and described North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un as a “fool” and a “son of a bitch” who is “playing with dangerous toys.”

“This Kim Jong Un, a fool…. He is playing with dangerous toys, that fool,” Duterte said in a speech live-streamed on Facebook to tax officials on Wednesday. Then, he commented on Kim Jong Un’s appearance.

FROM SOURCE: http://www.newsweek.com/kim-jong-un-son-b-chubby-face-philippines-president-duterte-says-645394

Philippines’ Duterte calls N Korea’s Kim a ‘maniac’

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The president says: ‘That son-of-a-wh*re maniac, if he makes a mistake then the Far East will become an arid land.’ Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has described North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a “maniac” who could destroy Asia by touching off a nuclear war. The remark came before a regional summit on Wednesday in the […]

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Philippines’ Duterte calls N Korea’s Kim a ‘fool’ over nuclear ambitions

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday described North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a “fool” and a “son of a bitch”, just days before Manila hosts an international meeting certain to address Pyongyang’s long-range missile tests. Duterte held nothing back in rebuking Kim for “playing with dangerous toys”, setting the stage for next week’s […]

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Kim Jong Un Is a ‘Son of a B****’ With a ‘Chubby Face,’ Philippine President Duterte Says

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s latest controversial remarks target the North Korean regime, and they come just a few days ahead of his hosting a meeting of foreign diplomats at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Regional Forum. In his typical colorful rhetoric, Duterte professed his hatred for war and described North Korean ruler Kim […]

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Wiki warriors: activists fighting to keep truth of brutal Marcos regime in Philippines alive

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Revisionism becoming rife amid signs the descendants of the former dictator have never been closer to a political comeback t’s basically like playing in the sandbox. You build a sandcastle and then another kid comes along and just kicks it over.” That’s how it feels to be on the front lines of information warfare in […]

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Philippines: Duterte slams Aquino over drug war dig

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Rodrigo Duterte made more arrests in his 1st year then his predecessor did in 6 years, says presidential spokesman The Philippines’ Duterte presidency on Wednesday lashed out at his predecessor for charging his high-profile war on drugs seems to have accomplished nothing. “Comments like the above from past leaders imply a jaded cynicism borne of […]

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CHR probe to determine if protocols were enforced in using extreme force

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The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said it has conducted an investigation on the police raid that led to the killing of Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog and 14 others to determine if protocols were enforced in serving the search warrant and using extreme force. CHR spokesperson Jackie de Guia said the commission has yet […]

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In Philippines, Doubts About Police Raid That Killed a Mayor

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Critics of the Philippine government are raising doubts about a weekend police operation that left 15 people dead, including a mayor accused of drug trafficking by President Rodrigo Duterte, suggesting that the bloodshed was a summary execution disguised as legitimate law enforcement. But the police have shrugged off such criticism, saying they will continue to […]

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Singapore delegation in Philippines to explore business opportunities

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A delegation of local business representatives is in the Philippines to scout out opportunities in a market that is generating growing interest among Singapore companies. The 22 delegates on the four-day mission, which ends on Friday, are exploring business and networking opportunities in the capital Manila and Davao City. The visit to Davao City, which […]

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Philippine police watching Muslim hitmen ahead of international gathering

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Philippine security forces are monitoring a group of former Maoist assassins who joined Islamist militants as a possible threat to this week’s 50th anniversary meeting of Southeast Asian foreign ministers, Manila’s police chief said on Tuesday. Twenty-seven foreign ministers from the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) and its dialogue partners like Japan, the […]

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Standard Chartered cuts Philippine GDP forecast Rappler

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The bank slashes its forecast to reflect the disappointing GDP expansion in the 1st quarter of the year, which was largely due to weak investment growth Standard Chartered Bank slashed its economic growth prospects for the Philippines in 2017 due to slower-than-expected performance in the 1st quarter. But the British banking giant remains optimistic that […]

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Philippine priest arrested on child sex charges: church

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A Roman Catholic priest has been arrested on child sex charges after he was allegedly caught with a 13-year-old girl procured from a pimp, a Philippine church official said Tuesday. The church and the police are conducting separate investigations into the case of Monsignor Arnel Lagarejos after he was arrested in a suburb of Manila […]

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Philippine police watching Muslim hitmen ahead of international gathering

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Philippine security forces are monitoring a group of former Maoist assassins who joined Islamist militants as a possible threat to this week’s 50th anniversary meeting of Southeast Asian foreign ministers, Manila’s police chief said on Tuesday. Twenty-seven foreign ministers from the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) and its dialogue partners like Japan, the […]

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Philippines Vows to Defend Its Outsourcing Empire

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The Philippines’ $23 billion outsourcing empire is facing mounting risks: China is rising quickly as a competitor, the government wants to cut some incentives and a siege in the south of the country is worrying investors. “We need to put our act together,” Rey Untal, head of the Philippine association of outsourcing companies, said in […]

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Duterte’s brutal drug war: Philippine mayor and more than a dozen others killed by police

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Philippine police fatally shot more than a dozen people, including a mayor whom President Rodrigo Duterte publicly linked to the drug trade, during an early morning raid Sunday. Reynaldo Parojinog, mayor of the city of Ozamiz in Mindanao in southern Philippines, and at least 14 others, including his wife, joined the thousands of casualties in […]

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Philippine mayor linked to illegal drug trade killed in police raid

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A southern Philippine mayor on President Rodrigo Duterte’s list of top drug suspects was killed during a pre-dawn raid at his home on Mindanao island, police said on Sunday. Reynaldo Parojinog was the third mayor to be killed in the government’s bloody narcotics crackdown. Parojinog, the mayor of Ozamiz city, was killed during a gun […]

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Ozamiz mayor, 14 others killed in police raids

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Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr., the man tagged in Kuratong Baleleng-led crimes, smuggling and drug trafficking, met a violent death before dawn yesterday as police conducted a series of raids on the family’s homes. Aside from the mayor, his wife Susan, brother Octavio Jr. and 12 others were also killed, including some members of […]

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Kiwi killed in Philippines was embroiled in government dispute

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The New Zealander shot dead in the Philippines last week, Simon Rawlinson, was embroiled in a dispute with local government figures, according to local news sources. The 63-year-old was gunned down by a man on the back of a motorcycle in the town of Naval on Biliran island last Wednesday. Two men, the suspected gunman […]

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Communist Leader Joma: Duterte is ‘No.1 Addict’ in Philippines

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“He is crazed by power and Fentanyl,” Jose Maria Sison said of President Duterte just hours before a police raid killed a mayor and 11 others. Exiled Communist Party of the Philippines, CPP, founding chair Jose Maria “Joma” Sison issued a strong message against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war Sunday, dubbing the unpredictable president […]

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Duterte to mayors on ‘final’ drug list: Resign or die

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – President Rodrigo Duterte plans to confront mayors who are on his final list of suspected drug personalities, and warn them to resign and abandon their drug trade, or face death.

Tatawagin ko ‘yung mga mayor, i-lock ko, kami-kami lang. Sabihin ko talaga, ‘Ganoon kakapal ‘yung ‘pinakita ko sa inyo. Hanapin mo ‘yung pangalan mo diyan, mayor. Putang ina, ‘pag nandiyan pangalan mo, may problema ka,'” said Duterte on Monday, January 9. (I will call the mayors, I will lock them in so it’s just us. I will really tell them, ‘The list I gave you is this thick. Look for your name there, mayor. If your name is there, son of a bitch, you have a problem, I will really kill you.)

He was giving a speech during the oath-taking ceremony of over 200 appointees.

“Either you resign or make a clean break of everything, come up with clean nose and we’ll talk,” he added.

If he will be remembered as a murderer, so be it, he said.

Roque: No presumption of regularity when suspects die in police ops.

There is no presumption of regularity in the Philippine National Police’s operations when it results in the deaths of suspects, according to Kabayan Party-list Rep. Harry Roque.

Roque cited no less than the police force’s own rules in saying such deaths should be property investigated through an inquest proceeding to determine if there is foul play.

He said Chapter 3, Rule 15.4 (Inquest Proceeding Necessary When the Suspect Dies) of the Revised PNP Operational Procedures provided that the team leader of the operating unit should submit the incident before the duty inquest prosecutor

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Philippines and Indonesia both hate illegal drugs

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Another day, another biased report from Western media. This time, the narrative being pushed by foreign news agencies is that Indonesian President Joko Widodo is copying Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s hardline position against illegal drugs. In other words, Duterte is such a “bad influence” on Widodo. Their jumping-off point is Widodo’s recent order to his […]

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Philippine police ‘dumping bodies’ of drug war victims

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Local fishermen tell Al Jazeera they have been hired by authorities to dispose of bodies as ‘trash’ in the Manila Bay. Fishermen in the Philippines have revealed that they have been dumping bodies of drug suspects, killed as part of the country’s so-called war on drugs, on the orders of the police. The bodies, called […]

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Typhoon Nesat to slam Taiwan, southeastern China with heavy rain, damaging winds

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Typhoon Nesat remains on track to barrel into Taiwan and southeastern China this weekend, while flooding rain associated with the typhoon threatens to trigger more flooding in the Philippines. Nesat, known as Gorio in the Philippines, strengthened to the equivalent of a Category 1 hurricane in the eastern Pacific or Atlantic basins on Friday afternoon […]

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East Philippines: Troops ‘kill four communist rebels’

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Clashes in country’s east come week after President Rodrigo Duterte called off peace talks. Troops in the Philippines have killed four communist rebels during clashes in the eastern part of the country, a regional police spokesperson said. The slain fighters included a regional commander of the New People’s Army, the armed wing of the rebel […]

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