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The Philippines' firebrand President Rodrigo Duterte has sparked a fresh diplomatic row with his colorful language, calling the U.S. ambassador "gay" in comments that prompted Washington to summon Manila's envoy to complain.
 
Philippines to overhaul extremely crowded jails
Philippine officials said on Tuesday the government would build new jails to address severe congestion made worse by President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war, describing conditions as "inhumane" and "unacceptable."
 
Former Philippine President Fidel Ramos said Tuesday that he wants to focus on points of common interest with China such as tourism and commercial fishing as part of efforts to smooth relations with Beijing roiled by the South China Sea dispute.
 
No intervention as 2nd oldest house in the Philippines demolished
The oldest house in Luzon and the second oldest in the Philippines has been demolished without any national culture agency or local government unit coming to its rescue.
 
Duterte links 150 judges and politicians to drugs
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte publicly linked more than 150 judges, mayors, lawmakers, police and military personnel to illegal drugs Sunday, ordering them to surrender for investigation as he ratcheted up his bloody war against what he calls a "pandemic."
 
Philippines to Donald Trump: Filipino-Americans an asset
The Philippines on Saturday protested US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's characterization of Filipinos as a threat to the security of the superpower, pointing out that they had made "deep and varied" contributions to America.
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The Philippines protested on Saturday U.S. Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump's characterization of Filipinos as a threat to the security of the superpower, pointing out that they had made "deep and varied" contributions to America.
 
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to maintain his "shoot-to-kill" order against drug dealers while in office and says he "does not care about human rights."
 
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.
 
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