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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte threatened Wednesday to impose martial law nationwide to combat the rising threat of terrorism, after Islamist militants beheaded a policeman and took Catholic hostages while rampaging through Marawi City in Lanao del Sur. Duterte declared martial law while in a visit to Moscow at 8 p.m. on…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin for a soft loan to procure military equipment, saying the Philippines needs arms against terrorists because Washington had canceled an arms deal with Manila. Duterte made the request during his bilateral meeting with the Russian leader at the Kremlin Tuesday evening…

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Satisfaction with President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration remained “very good” in the first quarter of 2017, the result of the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on Wednesday showed. The poll, conducted from March 25 to 28 among 1,200 adults, showed that 75 percent of the respondents were satisfied with…

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THE European Union said it would continue its development assistance to the Philippines until the Philippine government clarifies an earlier announcement by President Rodrigo Duterte of the cancellation of aid from the 28-nation bloc over supposed conditions related to human rights. EU Ambassador to Philippines Franz Jessen said on Tuesday…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has repeated before Russian television China’s threat of war if the Philippines insisted on drilling for oil in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) in Beijing. In an interview with Moscow-based news channel Russia Today (RT), released upon his arrival in Russia for an official visit…

DUTERTE BLASTS CHURCH ANEW

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has again trained his guns on the Catholic Church, calling on it to reform or perish, and blasting the sacrament of confession. “Why do you have to go to confession and whisper your sins to an idiot when you can always go directly to God and say…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has signed an order extending the quota on imported rice for three more years, heeding the recommendation of the National Economic and Development Authority and the Agriculture department despite longstanding calls to remove quantitative restrictions (QR) on the staple. Executive Order 23, signed by Duterte on April…

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“Russia must cease to be at the margins of Philippine diplomacy,” President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday, as he seeks closer ties with Moscow and steer the country’s foreign policy course further away from longtime ally, the United States. Duterte, who left for a four-day official trip to the Russian…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is set to receive an honorary doctorate from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations during his official visit to Russia this week. This is the first honorary doctorate Duterte will receive as Philippine President. He earlier declined an honorary degree from the University of the Philippines,…

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