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Philippines' Duterte tells China to 'lay off' island in disputed waters

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told China on Thursday to "lay off" an island occupied by Manila in the disputed South China Sea.

Filipinos deeply conflicted on Duterte's drug war

Duterte's drug war helped bring him to power in mid-2016, promising to rid society of narcotics by any means necessary.

Philippines' Duterte approves $5.6-bln military upgrade

The previous administration spent about $1.7 billion on the military during its 2010-2016 term.
June 21, 2018 | 09:42 am GMT+7

Philippines' Duterte plays down China military facilities in disputed sea

He also cracked a joke offering the Philippines to become a province of China.
February 20, 2018 | 12:45 pm GMT+7

Threatened and vilified, but Philippine lawyer says he wants 'death squad president' in court

'I don’t care if millions of Filipinos will look at me as a villain.'
February 18, 2018 | 06:13 pm GMT+7

Journalists protest Philippine move to close news website

Rappler, founded in 2012, has been critical of Duterte's 'war on drugs' campaign.
January 20, 2018 | 08:09 am GMT+7

Philippines passes major tax reform law

'The tax reform (act) seeks to achieve a simpler, fairer, and more efficient tax system.'
December 14, 2017 | 04:18 pm GMT+7

Philippines' Duterte cancels communist peace talks

Peace talks to end the conflict, which the military says has claimed 30,000 lives, have been conducted on and off for three decades.
November 22, 2017 | 02:24 pm GMT+7

Trump hails 'great relationship' with self-proclaimed killer Duterte

Trump praised Duterte for his organization of the summits, saying he handled them 'beautifully.'
November 13, 2017 | 03:48 pm GMT+7

Trump warned on Duterte fist salute in Manila

Critics said the gesture has come to represent the brutalities of Duterte's drug war, which has claimed thousands of lives.
November 12, 2017 | 03:00 pm GMT+7

Philippines' Duterte 'sure' Trump will not bring up human rights

He said Trump was referring to the crackdown on drugs and a military campaign against Islamic State supporters in southern Philippines.
November 12, 2017 | 01:18 pm GMT+7

New poll shows Philippine president still hugely popular

Eighty percent of surveyed 1,200 Filipinos said they trust Duterte.
October 13, 2017 | 04:14 pm GMT+7

Philippines seeks big cut in drug rehab budget, stoking lawmakers' concern

The lack of rehabilitation centers would cripple the 'declared government policy' to wean substance abusers off drugs.
September 11, 2017 | 07:00 pm GMT+7

Philippines' Duterte says there could have been abuses in war on drugs

'These abusive police officers are destroying the credibility of the government.' 
August 22, 2017 | 11:35 am GMT+7

Philippine police kill 21 in overnight anti-drug raids

The raids from Monday to Tuesday resulted in the single largest death toll in one night of police operations. 
August 16, 2017 | 10:44 am GMT+7
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