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Duterte popularity dips – NY plotter ‘doc’ to gunmen

MANILA, Oct 9, (Agencies): 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 …

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Thousands rally for and against Duterte

MANILA, Sept 21, (AFP): Thousands of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s critics and supporters held rival rallies Thursday, taking emotional national debates over his deadly drug war and martial-law threats to the streets. Police in battle gear kept order as at least 8,000 protesters held a series of rallies across Manila, …

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Storm death toll 4 – Duterte allocates annual budget of ‘$20’ for Human Rights agency

MANILA, Sept 12, (Agencies): Philippine lawmakers allied with President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday voted to allocate an annual budget of just 1,000 pesos ($19.66) to the Commission on Human Rights, a public body investigating Duterte’s bloody war on drugs. About 119 of the 151 lower house members present supported the …

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Duterte threatens to jail critics

Philippines, Indonesia to patrol Celebes Sea MANILA, July 2, (Agencies): Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to jail critics of his use of martial law in the violence-wracked south, days before the Supreme Court is set to rule on its legality this week. Duterte declared military rule across the region …

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Duterte threatens nationwide martial law

Local police chief beheaded, priest among hostages MANILA, May 24, (AFP): Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened Wednesday to impose martial law nationwide to combat the rising threat of terrorism, after Islamist militants beheaded a policeman and took Catholic hostages while rampaging through a southern city. Duterte declared martial law on …

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‘Interference with internal policies’ – Manila rejects EU aid

MANILA, May 18, (AFP): The Philippines said Thursday it would refuse European Union grants that “interfered” with its internal affairs, following the bloc’s repeated criticism of President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly drug war. The European Union has been one of the most vocal international critics of the drug war, which has …

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Duterte warm on China – Filipino leader hesitant on US visit

DAVAO, Philippines, May 1, (Agencies): Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday he may turn down an invitation by Donald Trump to visit the United States, as he welcomed three Chinese warships to his home town. Duterte, who has loosened the Philippines’ long alliance with the United States while strengthening ties …

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Deal with Islamist ‘militants’: Duterte

MANILA, March 9, (Agencies): Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday pleaded for help from mayors in Muslim parts of the south to deal with Islamist militants, and threatened to impose martial law there if the problem is not tackled. The largely Roman Catholic Philippines has been struggling to thwart two …

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Duterte taunts bishops to take drugs

MANILA, Jan 18, (Agencies): Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday taunted the country’s Catholic priests and bishops to take highly addictive crystal methamphetamine, as he accused them of “hypocrisy” for criticising his deadly drug war. Duterte launched his broadside in response to the powerful Catholic Church mounting a campaign to …

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Philippines rights body to probe Duterte killing boast

Manila, Dec 22, 2016 (AFP) -The Philippines independent human rights watchdog said Thursday it will investigate President Rodrigo Duterte’s admission he killed three criminals years ago, after the United Nation’s rights chief called for a murder probe. Duterte, who is waging an anti-drugs war that has left thousands dead, said …

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