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December, 7, 2016

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The Philippine central bank has imposed a 1 billion peso (US$21 million) fine, its largest ever, on a local commercial bank which became embroiled in the laundering of US$81 million stolen by hackers from a U.S. Federal Reserve account belonging to Bangladesh's central bank.
 
Police Wednesday shot dead six supporters of a Philippine mayor days after President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to have him "shot on sight" for protecting his allegedly drug-dealing son.
 
Prank calls swamp Philippines' new 911 emergency hotline
Dropped and prank calls swamped the 911 emergency hotline on the very first day of its activation in the Philippines.
 
The Philippine Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plunder case against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and ordered her freed immediately after nearly five years of hospital detention .....
 
Mario Dimaculangan shares a toilet with 130 other inmates in one of the Philippines' most overcrowded jails, and conditions are getting worse as police wage an unprecedented war on crime.
 
Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday withdrew a unilateral cease-fire with communist rebels after his ultimatum for the group to reciprocate lapsed.
 
The Philippines said Wednesday it had "vigorously" lobbied Southeast Asian nations to take a united stance critical of Beijing's claims to most of the South China Sea, but insisted a diluted statement remained a victory.
 
Affairs of state
In this handout photo released by the Malacanang Presidential Communications Office, Philippine President Rodrigo R. Duterte, center, poses with, from left, former presidents Joseph E. Estrada, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Fidel V.
 
Philippine harvest ritual makes UNESCO list
Rice is the foundation of Ifugao culture, and it was celebrated on July 23 in Hungduan town in Ifugao province with a tugging ritual called "pun-nok" or "pon-nok."
 
Duterte promises clean governance in first state of the nation address
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his first state of the nation address (Sona) on Monday with sights set on the future of the nation as he promised to eradicate criminality, illegal drugs and corruption in government.
 
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