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Duterte says he’ll consider sticking with US weapons

SUAL, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday he’ll consider continuing to acquire weapons and defense equipment from treaty ally the United States if his military recommends so, despite offers from China and Russia. Duterte made the remark in a speech in which he again railed at the …

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Mayor among 10 killed in shootout – Drug war enters new phase

MANILA, Oct 28, (Agencies): A mayor on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s wanted list for alleged drugs links was killed along with nine of his guards in a shootout on Friday, police said, as a new phase of a bloody narcotics crackdown zeroed-in on high profile targets. The 10 men succumbed …

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Philippines’ Duterte tells worried foreign businesses to go

Tokyo, Japan, Oct 25, 2016 (AFP) -President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday urged foreign businesses in the Philippines worried about his deadly drug war to “pack up and leave”, as he launched another anti-American tirade before flying to Japan to attract investments. Duterte voiced outrage at comments the previous day by …

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US: Philippines’ Duterte sparking distress around the world

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The top American diplomat in Asia says Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial remarks and a “real climate of uncertainty” about his government’s intentions have sparked distress in the U.S. and other countries. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel said …

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US seeks clarity on Duterte ‘separation’

WASHINGTON, Oct 21, (Agencies): The United States will seek an explanation from the Philippines for President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement of a “separation” from Washington, the State Department said on Thursday, calling the remarks baffling and at odds with the two countries’ close relationship. Duterte said during a visit to China …

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Duterte separates from US – Leader aligns Philippines with China

BEIJING, Oct 20, (RTRS): Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced his “separation” from the United States on Thursday, declaring that it had “lost” and he had realigned with China as the two agreed to resolve their South China Sea dispute through talks. Duterte made his comments in China, where he is …

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Filipino ‘drug’ boss captured

DUBAI, UAE, Oct 17, (AP): A man named by Philippines’ president as a major drug kingpin was arrested in the capital of the United Arab Emirates after apparently fleeing his country, a Filipino diplomat said Monday. Rolando “Kerwin” Espinosa Jr was arrested Sunday night in an apartment in Abu Dhabi, …

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Manila set to ‘roll out’ tough no-smoking law – ‘We’ll maintain military alliance’

MANILA, Oct 12, (RTRS): Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is set to sign a regulation this month banning smoking in public across Southeast Asia’s second-most populous country, rolling out among the toughest anti-tobacco laws in the region. Public health campaigners who have long battled against the country’s hefty tobacco lobby welcomed …

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To Obama: ‘Go to hell’ – Duterte could cut US ties

MANILA, Oct 5, (Agencies): Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday told US President Barack Obama to “go to hell” and said the United States had refused to sell some weapons to his country but he did not care because Russia and China were willing suppliers. In his latest salvo, Duterte …

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Duterte draws Hitler parallels

DAVAO, Philippines, Sept 30, (Agencies): Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday likened his deadly crime war to Hitler’s efforts to exterminate Jews, as he declared he was “happy to slaughter” millions of drug addicts. Duterte also railed against Western critics of his unprecedented law-and-order crackdown, which has left more than …

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