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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has called on the United Nations (UN) to deploy human rights investigators to monitor the police’s anti-drug operations, amid public outrage over recent killings of teenagers by policemen and the House of Representatives’ decision to defund the Commission on Human Rights (CHR). “I will, personally and through…

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The earthquake drill set for September 21 is not meant to stifle protests against drug-related killings or rallies on the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, a Department of Defense (DND) official said on Monday. “There is no politics involved here. We do this regularly, on a quarterly…

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Appeals to Reds for patience PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has expressed willingness to resume peace talks with the communists, but appealed to the rebels for patience, citing the need to consult other branches of government. The President made the announcement in a speech during the New People’s Army’s (NPA) release of…

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Defense chief: Martial law an option if Reds attack PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is planning to suspend classes and government work on September 21 to give protesters a “free hand” in commemorating the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law by the late president Ferdinand Marcos. “This early, I am…

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The Navy will build permanent structures in Benham Rise in the next two years to establish its naval presence in the northeastern underwater territory also called the Philippine Rise, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Friday. Three months ago, divers from the Philippine Navy planted the country’s flag in the…

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REFUSING to sign waivers to open his bank deposits, President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday instead accused Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th of laundering money through joint bank accounts with Chinese individuals, citing information from a foreign government. And because Trillanes’ deposits were supposedly in joint accounts, the senator’s waivers were worthless,…

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President Rodrigo Duterte will not sign waivers to allow government agencies to open his bank accounts, Presidential Legal Adviser Salvador Panelo said Tuesday, replying to the challenge of Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th to the President to open his bank accounts. “About the challenge of Trillanes to the President for the…

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President Rodrigo Duterte, known for his green jokes and controversial statements, again created a stir when he admitted before soldiers on Monday that his pants unzip when he sees women. The President made the statement during a speech at the Battleground Command Post in Marawi City. “Ito, ito, zipper ko,…

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The United States government has deployed unmanned surveillance aircraft in Mindanao to help authorities battle terrorists, an assistance welcomed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), according to the US Embassy, has a “longer flight duration” allowing a larger scope of reconnaissance…

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