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May, 27, 2016

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Plans by the Philippines' controversial president-elect to give late dictator Ferdinand Marcos a hero's burial triggered outrage on Tuesday, with martial law victims warning it would whitewash the strongman's crimes.
 
Explosive incoming Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has launched a series of obscenity-filled attacks on the Catholic Church, branding local bishops corrupt "sons of whores" who are to be blamed for the nation's fast-growing population.
 
Duterte's 'war on drugs'
Workers pour caustic soda, an essential chemical to the production of Methamphetamine Hydrochloride, into a drum of acid during the destruction of illegal drugs and laboratory equipment headed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Manila on Tuesday, May 24.
 
The Philippines has halted an investigation into an alleged vigilante death squad linked to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte after the key witness disappeared, likely due to fear of the incoming leader, officials said.
 
The Philippines president-elect blasted the Catholic Church Sunday for hypocrisy, saying the bishops who had condemned him during his campaign had been asking favors from the government.
 
Five people, including teenagers, died from unknown causes during a pop concert in a suburb of the Philippine capital, police said Sunday.
 
Communist rebels on Sunday killed two farmers in the central Philippines despite peace overtures from incoming President Rodrigo Duterte, the military said.
 
A Christian missionary from South Korea was bludgeoned to death with a spade and a cooking gas tank Friday by a robber who broke into his home southeast of the Philippine capital, police said.
 
Boxing great Manny Pacquiao was proclaimed Thursday as one of the winners of Philippine Senate seats, bringing him closer to a possible crack at the presidency.
 
The Philippine economy grew faster than expected at 6.9 percent in the first quarter from the same period a year ago, its highest quarterly growth in almost three years, officials said Thursday as the government prepares to hand over leadership to the incoming administration.
 
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