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May, 24, 2016

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Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte is planning to visit the Vatican to make a personal apology to the pope for calling him a "son of a whore," the politician's spokesman said on Thursday.
 
Philippine election officials challenged Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Wednesday to prove his allegation of irregularities in the counting of votes for vice president, where he has been overtaken by his closest rival.
 
Four Indonesian sailors kidnapped by suspected Islamic militants in the strife-torn southern Philippines were released Wednesday, officials said, the second group of Indonesian hostages to be freed this month.
 
Duterte claims Philippine presidency
Incendiary Philippine politician Rodrigo Duterte vowed Tuesday a relentless crackdown on crime after securing a landslide presidential victory built on foul-mouthed populist tirades that exposed deep voter anger at the establishment.
 
A close race for vice president
Philippine vice presidential candidate Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo, center, talks to reporters after a press conference in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, May 10. Robredo is slightly ahead of Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., the son of the late strongman, in an unofficial count of votes for the vice president.
 
Boxing hero Manny Pacquiao is set to win a seat in the upper house senate, according to election results Tuesday which take him a step closer to his dream of the Philippines presidency.
 
Duterte claims Philippine presidency, vows crime crackdown
Incendiary Philippine politician Rodrigo Duterte vowed Tuesday a relentless crackdown on crime after claiming a landslide presidential victory built on foul-mouthed populist tirades that exposed deep voter anger at the establishment.
 
Duterte takes big lead in Philippine presidential vote count
Anti-establishment firebrand Rodrigo Duterte had a massive lead in the Philippine presidential election vote count on Monday, a poll monitor said, after an incendiary campaign dominated by his profanity-laced threats to kill criminals.
 
Firebrand Duterte favourite as Philippines holds presidential elections
MANILA - The Philippines on Monday launched elections to elect a new president with anti-establishment firebrand Rodrigo Duterte the shock favourite after an incendiary campaign full of profanity-laced threats to kill criminals.
 
Security forces on alert ahead of tense Philippine elections
Tens of thousands of security forces fanned out across the Philippines Sunday on the eve of national polls, following a bitter and deadly election campaign plagued by rampant vote-buying and intimidation.
 
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