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Philippine high court hears arguments to remove Duterte ‘enemy’ Sereno

MANILA, April 10 (Reuters) – The Philippine Supreme Court began hearing arguments on Tuesday on a government bid to invalidate the appointment of the court’s top judge, whom President Rodrigo Duterte is calling an “enemy” who needs to be removed. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’s fellow high court judges will …

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Philippines’ Duterte urges ‘fast-track’ sacking of top judge

Manila, April 9, 2018 (AFP) -Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday lawmakers must “fast-track” the impeachment of the nation’s top judge, further stacking the odds against her staying in office. Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is one of several high-profile critics who have found themselves in legal trouble …

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Philippines says has no proof yet on rights groups links with drug lords

MANILA, March 27 (Reuters) – Philippine law enforcement agencies still have no proof yet on allegations made by two government officials that human rights groups may have become the “unwitting tools” of drug lords, police and drug enforcement agency officials said on Tuesday. Rights groups have denounced President Rodrigo Duterte’s …

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Philippines’ Duterte urges other nations to quit ICC – Calls ICC a part of “White idiots in the EU”

Manila , Philippines, March 18, 2018 (AFP) -Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday urged other nations to follow his move to quit the International Criminal Court, which is examining his deadly drug war. Duterte lashed out at the war crimes tribunal days after his government notified the United Nations of …

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Philippines informs U.N. of ICC withdrawal, says committed to fight impunity

MANILA, March 16 (Reuters) – The Philippines has notified the U.N. secretary-general of its decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), but has assured the United Nations of its commitment to the rule of law. President Rodrigo Duterte is pulling the Philippines out of the ICC after a …

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Philippines says its exit marks ‘beginning of the end’ for ICC

MANILA, March 15 (Reuters) – The Philippines said on Thursday its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) could be “the beginning of the end” for the institution, as more countries would follow suit and non-members would be discouraged from joining. The announcement to withdraw comes five weeks after a …

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Philippines Duterte to issue notice of withdrawal from ICC

MANILA, March 14 (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will withdraw his country’s ratification of the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) Rome Statute, due to what he said were attacks by United Nations officials and violations of due process by the ICC, according to a draft statement. The statement, which had …

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Philippines drops charges against high-profile suspects in drugs trade

MANILA, March 12 (Reuters) – The Philippines’ justice department has dismissed complaints against several high-profile drugs trade suspects because of weak evidence, according to documents reviewed by Reuters on Monday. In his bloody war on drugs, President Rodrigo Duterte had publicly named and shamed provincial politicians and businessmen as “drug …

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Philippines slams U.N. rights chief for ‘disrespectful’ remarks about Duterte

MANILA, March 10 (Reuters) – The Philippine foreign minister hit back on Saturday at the United Nations’ human rights chief for issuing “irresponsible and disrespectful” comments about President Rodrigo Duterte, warning that such remarks could set a dangerous precedent. Duterte’s attacks against U.N. human rights activists suggest he needs to …

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Philippine president needs ‘psychiatric evaluation’: UN rights chief

Geneva, March 9, 2018 (AFP) -The UN human rights chief said Friday that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has launched profanity-laced diatribes against United Nations rapporteurs, needs “psychiatric evaluation”. Listing some of Manila’s actions against UN envoys, including reportedly filing terrorism charges against one, rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein …

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