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Trash-talking Philippine presidential favorite Rodrigo Duterte has warned he is prepared to cut diplomatic ties with the United States and Australia after their envoys criticized his comments about the jailhouse rape of a missionary.
 
Leading Philippine presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday finally apologized for his apparent joke about the rape and murder of an Australian missionary after initially sneering at the widespread outrage he sparked.
 
Leading Philippine presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte, whose campaign promises a ruthless war on crime, was angrily condemned on Sunday after a video surfaced of him joking about a murdered Australian rape victim.
 
Philippine military officials vowed Sunday to "destroy" the Abu Sayyaf extremist group with more offensives after fierce fighting over the weekend left 18 soldiers dead in the government's largest single-day combat loss so far this year.
 
The world's first public dengue vaccination program was launched in the Philippines on Monday as nurses began injecting the first batch of a million children with a French drug to combat the sometimes deadly disease.
 
A rare power outage plunged a major section of the Philippine capital's main airport into darkness overnight, forcing flight cancellations that stranded thousands on Sunday.
 
Philippines electoral website defaced by hacktivist group
The Philippines Commission of Elections (Comelec) website was hacked late Sunday evening by the hacktivist group Anonymous Philippines.
 
Philippine mayor guns for presidency on crime kill campaign
Nicknamed "Duterte Harry," after a Clint Eastwood character with little regard for rules, the Philippine city mayor casually threatens to shoot criminals, hang them using laundry line or drown them in Manila Bay. His expletives have sideswiped even the deeply revered pope.
 
A watchdog body on Tuesday sought criminal charges against two suspects allegedly behind an US$81 million money-laundering scandal that has shaken the Philippines.
 
The leader of a southern Philippine gang behind the kidnapping of an Australian ex-soldier and an Irish priest was shot dead by security forces on Sunday, the military said.
 
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