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Philippines plans to give free guns to ‘clean’ community leaders willing to fight drugs & crime

The Philippines’ Interior Ministry has announced plans to provide some 42,000 community leaders with free handguns to ramp up the statewide battle against drugs and crime, which continues to draw the ire of human rights defenders. The decision to give state-issued handguns to the community leaders – known locally as barangay captains – was announced by the ministry on Wednesday. ...

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Philippines vows to protect ‘every single inch’ of its territory after Chinese bomber drills

Manila has vowed to protect “every single inch” of its territory in the South China Sea and expressed serious concerns over the presence of Chinese strategic bombers that earlier carried out drills in the disputed region. “We reiterate our commitment to protect every single inch of our territory and areas which we have sovereign rights over,” the Foreign Ministry said ...

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‘Philippines won’t go to the dogs’: Duterte says China’s Xi ‘won’t allow’ him to be ousted

Chinese leader Xi Jinping once offered Rodrigo Duterte personal assurances his country “won’t go to the dogs,” the Philippines president said, noting that the former colony won’t become Washington’s “vassal” ever again. “’We will be there if you need us,’” Duterte said on Tuesday, recalling a conversation with the Chinese president. “The assurances of Xi Jinping were very encouraging. Eh, ...

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‘Futile to mimic West’: Philippines’ Duterte wants Asia to pursue an independent foreign policy

Asian nations should pursue an independent foreign policy to achieve their own development goals, without mimicking the West or seeking its blessing, the Filipino leader has suggested to members of the Asian Pacific community. “Asia’s development experience shows us that it is futile to simply mimic the West,” Rodrigo Duterte told delegates at the closing dinner of the 51st Asian ...

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Defiant Duterte withdrawing Philippines from ICC as international tribunal probes his ‘war on drugs’

The confrontation between Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and the International Criminal Court (ICC) has escalated after the defiant leader moved to withdraw Manila from the Rome Statute. “I therefore declare and forthwith give notice… that the Philippines is withdrawing its ratification of the Rome Statute, effective immediately,” he said in a statement released to media on Wednesday.  Read more The ...

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Strongman to bow out? Philippines leader Duterte vows to ‘step down by 2020’

Rodrigo Duterte, leader of the Philippines, has said that he no longer has the energy to run the country and will seek to retire early instead of completing his term as president. “I will not wait until 2022,” he claimed. Opposition figures and international human rights organizations have long decried Duterte’s supposed dictatorial tendencies, which included leading a brutal drugs ...

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Philippines summons US envoy to clarify ‘threat to democracy’ black mark on Duterte

The US envoy in Manila has been summoned in anger and the Phillipines’ embassy in the US told to give an “accurate picture” of their country to US intelligence, after a report flagged the Filipino leader as a threat to democracy. Last week, the US intelligence community, in their Worldwide Threat Assessment report, listed President Rodrigo Duterte as one of ...

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Philippines ‘very seriously’ concerned that US intelligence tags Duterte a ‘threat to democracy’

The presidential office in the Philippines has been seriously disturbed by the US intelligence community’s assessment that Rodrigo Duterte represents a “threat to democracy.” Last week, the US Intelligence Community, comprising 16 federal agencies, listed President Duterte as one of the leaders in Southeast Asia who continues to pose a “threat” to democracy and human rights. “In the Philippines, President ...

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‘Chinese province of the Philippines?’ Duterte says Beijing’s military bases only threaten the US

The Philippines is not concerned about Chinese military bases in the South China Sea, which are aimed to counter US influence, Rodrigo Duterte said, emphasizing that Manila can solve any disputes with Beijing diplomatically. The disputed waters of the South China Sea have long been a bone of contention between the regional players – China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia ...

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