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Duterte cancels visit to disputed South China Sea island after warning from Beijing

April 17, 2017 ·  By Staff and agencies for

Earlier this month Rodrigo Duterte said he planned to raise the Philippine flag on the island of Thitu, in the South China Sea, and that he had ‘ordered the armed forces to occupy’ the disputed chain. Photograph: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images

Duterte cancels visit to disputed South China Sea island after warning from Beijing The Philippines’ president, Rodrigo Duterte, has cancelled a planned visit to an island the Philippines claims in the disputed South China Sea, after Beijing warned him against the visit. The brash Philippine leader last week announced his plan to raise the Philippine […]



April 11, 2017 ·  By


NOORDWIJK, The Netherlands—The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) announced today their agreement on an interim joint ceasefire. In a formal ceremony presided by the Royal Norwegian Government facilitator Elisabeth Slattum, the parties signed the document entitled Agreement on an Interim Joint Ceasefire they […]


To kids, Duterte promises death for criminals

April 10, 2017 ·  By Pia Ranada for www.rappler.comu

CHIEF SCOUT. New Chief Scout, President Rodrigo Duterte, poses for a photo with young Boy Scouts on April 3, 2017. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

‘Talagang pumapatay ako ng tao, ‘pag ginalaw ninyo ang mga anak namin,’ the President tells an audience of kids as young as 4 years old MANILA, Philippines – The presence of children as young as 4 years old did not stop President Rodrigo Duterte from issuing forceful threats of death to criminals and drug addicts. […]


Duterte’s trust rating dips in March poll

April 5, 2017 ·  By Pia Ranada for

MEASURING TRUST. President Rodrigo Duterte's trust rating dips from December 2016 to March 2017, according to Pulse Asia. Malacañang photo

President Rodrigo Duterte gains more approval and trust from well-to-do Filipinos but appears to be losing trust among the poorest, based on the latest Pulse Asia survey MANILA, Philippines – While President Rodrigo Duterte continues to sustain his popularity among most Filipinos, the results of a new survey show his biggest drop in public trust […]


Human rights part of trade conditions, EU reminds PH

April 3, 2017 ·  By Paterno Esmaquel II for

HUMAN RIGHTS. EU Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen denies that the EU is 'imposing' human rights conventions on the Philippines. File photo from the EU Delegation to the Philippines' Facebook page

(3rd UPDATE) ‘It’s not 27 [human rights] conventions that we are imposing on you. It’s 27 conventions that you already signed up for in the UN system,’ EU Ambassador Franz Jessen says MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – Slammed by President Rodrigo Duterte for supposedly meddling in domestic affairs, the European Union (EU) denied it is […]


Palace: Duterte not against Philippine media

April 3, 2017 ·  By Audrey Morallo for

President Rodrigo Duterte severely criticized two media organizations during the oath-taking ceremony of the newly-appointed government officials and the new officers of the Philippine Councilors’ League (PCL) at the Heroes Hall in Malacañan Palace on March 30, 2017. PCOO/Richard Madelo

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang defended on Friday President Rodrigo Duterte’s diatribe against the media the previous day, clarifying that the president was not attacking Philippine media. Ernesto Abella, the presidential spokesman, defended Duterte a day after the president slammed two media entities for their alleged distortion of his statements. “The president’s remarks on ABS-CBN Corporation […]


Media watchdog: Duterte attack a historic low for highest office

April 3, 2017 ·  By Philippine Daily Inquirer for


President Rodrigo Duterte’s expletive-laden attacks on the media have brought the presidency to a historic low, the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) said on Friday. “Made publicly and without any bases whatsoever, the President’s allegations against the media constitute verbal abuse — the cheapest form of harassment and intimidation that has brought the […]


EU on DSWD exec’s tirade: Tackle child porn seriously

March 31, 2017 ·  By Paterno Esmaquel II for


MANILA, Philippines – The European Union (EU) on Tuesday, March 28, stressed the need to tackle child pornography seriously after an official of the Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) made a controversial statement about this. “The issue of child pornography is extremely serious and a grave crime. It should be addressed in […]


PH a global ‘source’ for child cybersex industry – police

March 31, 2017 ·  By Agence France-Presse for

CYBER CRIME. Police Senior Superintendent Gilbert Sosa of the Anti-Cybercrime Group of the Philippines National Police (PNP) gestures in front of a map showing where cyber crime is being traced. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has rapidly become a key hub of the billion-dollar global child cybersex industry, with operators aided by widespread poverty and legal loopholes that allow them to remain anonymous, police said Friday, January 17. Paying subscribers anywhere in the world can log in to sites operated from Manila and across the […]


‘False prophet’: Duterte, the Catholic Church and the fight for the soul of the Philippines

March 30, 2017 ·  By Emily Rauhala for

Relatives and friends of victims of extrajudicial killings leave Manila’s Baclaran Church for a vigil Feb. 17, 2017. (Jes Aznar/For The Washington Post)

MANILA — A world of sin. A weary savior. Filipinos know the story well. Since coming to power last summer, President Rodrigo Duterte has used biblical language to build a case for mass killings, vowing to sacrifice himself, even his son, to cleanse the nation of crime. Conjuring a world in which evil stalks the […]

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