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The chiefs of the Philippine armed forces and the United States Pacific Command said Tuesday the two countries' military ties remain robust, with both sides committed to their alliance and cooperation on maritime security, counterterrorism and humanitarian aid.
 
Children as young as nine could be jailed in the Philippines for certain crimes under a proposed law backed by the president, sparking concern Monday from the United Nations and rights groups.
 
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to issue a formal order declaring a sprawling lagoon in a disputed South China Sea shoal a maritime sanctuary where Filipinos and Chinese will be prohibited from fishing, officials said in a statement Monday.
 
Ex-Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos was buried in a secretive ceremony at the national heroes' cemetery Friday, triggering street protests as opponents denounced what they said was the whitewashing of his brutal and corrupt rule.
 
Alleged drug lord arrested in Abu Dhabi flown back to Manila
A suspected Filipino drug lord, whose father was killed in an alleged gun fight in prison, was repatriated Friday from the United Arab Emirates to the Philippines, promising to tell all he knows about the narcotics trade in a move seen to bolster President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.
 
Philippine dictator Marcos given hero's burial
Ex-Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos was given a hero's burial with military honours on Friday, a deeply controversial move three decades after he was ousted in a "People Power" revolution.
 
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has been hostile to U.S. President Barack Obama for criticizing his deadly anti-drug crackdown, has congratulated U.S. President-elect Donald Trump for a "well-deserved victory." Duterte also said he is excited to meet Russian leader Vladimir Putin at an upcoming Asia-Pacific summit.
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Filipino and U.S. troops began training exercises this week, the Philippines military said on Wednesday, despite President Rodrigo Duterte's threats to end joint war games and force U.S. soldiers and Marines out of his country as he edges closer to Beijing.
 
Speaking out for drug war victims, a Filipina activist goes into hiding
When police shot to death Harra Kazuo's common-law husband and his father following a drug raid in the Philippines, she sought one thing: justice.
 
Philippine dictator Marcos allowed hero's burial: court
Ex-Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos can be given a hero's burial, the Supreme Court decided Tuesday in a hugely controversial ruling which critics said would whitewash his crimes and divide the nation.
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