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I personally killed people: Duterte – President says he may not be around till end of term

MANILA, Dec 14, (Agencies): Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he personally killed suspected criminals when he was mayor of a southern city to set an example for police. Duterte made the comments in a speech late on Monday night to businessmen as he discussed his campaign to eradicate illegal …

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Church issues prayer against executions

MANILA, Dec 11, (Agencies): Roman Catholic churches in Manila on Sunday read a prayer against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s plans to re-impose the death penalty on heinous crimes, including drugrelated offences. Last week, the justice panel in the lower house of Congress approved a legislative measure to bring back state-sanctioned …

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Senators criticise Duterte drug war

MANILA, Dec 9, (RTRS): Philippine senators have criticised the way President Rodrigo Duterte is carrying out his anti-narcotics campaign, saying it should be done within the bounds of the law and he must punish erring police officers. Police say 2,004 people have been killed by officers in self-defence during anti-drug …

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Family challenges death in drug war – ‘New findings’

MANILA, Dec 8, (RTRS): It’s a Friday morning in late October, and Florjohn Cruz’s body lies on a metal table at a funeral parlor in the Philippine capital of Manila. A forensics team is about to perform an autopsy on him — his second. His widow, Rita, glances at the …

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‘Philippine drug war serious’ – Duterte office responds to questions on RTRS probe

MANILA, Dec 6, (RTRS): Reuters submitted five questions to the Presidential Communications Office of Rodrigo Duterte for the news agency’s investigation into police killings of drug suspects. The questions and replies are reproduced here in full, edited only for spelling and punctuation: Question: In anti-drug operations in which police say …

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Duterte to go near battle scene despite wounding of 7 guards

CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president says he will proceed with a scheduled trip to a southern city against his security men’s advice after an advance team of presidential guards were wounded by a roadside bomb. Military spokesman Col. Edgard Arevalo says the seven soldiers, including an …

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Filmmaker backs Duterte drug war – Foreign critics misunderstood leader

MANILA, Nov 17, (AFP): Awardwinning Philippine director Brillante Mendoza has turned his cinematic skills to promoting someone many in the West would see as an unlikely hero — President Rodrigo Duterte and his deadly drug war. Mendoza has become a celebrated figure in the global independent film industry for his …

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Strong Philippine growth marks fiery Duterte’s start

Manila, Nov 17, 2016 (AFP) -The Philippines became developing Asia’s fastest-growing major economy in President Rodrigo Duterte’s first three months in office, officials said Thursday, even as his fiery rhetoric hit the peso and stock prices. The economy expanded 7.1 percent on-year in July-September, beating the consensus forecast of 6.8 …

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Philippine president wants to be friends with Trump, Putin

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president, who has been hostile to Barack Obama for criticizing his deadly anti-drug crackdown, has congratulated Donald Trump for a “well-deserved victory” and says he is excited to meet Russian leader Vladimir Putin at an upcoming Asia-Pacific summit. President Rodrigo Duterte, who has been …

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‘Forget human rights if IS comes’

MANILA, Nov 14, (Agencies): Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned on Monday that Islamic State militants driven out of Syria and Iraq could set up in his country, and if that happened he would forego human rights obligations to keep his people safe. Duterte said the southern Philippine province of Mindanao …

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