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June, 28, 2016

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Ten Indonesian sailors abducted by Abu Sayyaf Islamic militants were freed in the southern Philippines on Sunday after five weeks in captivity, Philippine police said.
 
Philippine presidential favorite Rodrigo Duterte joked Wednesday about his penis and vowed to pardon himself for mass murder, as he took his profanity-laced campaign to the nation's business elite.
 
Philippine President Benigno Aquino vowed Wednesday to launch a military assault aimed at "neutralizing" Abu Sayyaf Islamic militants who beheaded a Canadian hostage and are holding more than 20 other foreigners.
 
The Philippine president said Wednesday that Abu Sayyaf militants may have plotted to kill him and kidnap boxing star Manny Pacquiao, disclosing previously unknown details about an extremist group blamed for the beheading of a Canadian hostage.
 
Canadian man decapitated by Philippine extremist
MANILA, Philippines -- Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that the decapitated head of a Caucasian male recovered Monday night in the southern Philippines belongs to one of two Canadians taken hostage by Abu Sayyaf militants in September.
 
The Philippine military came under increased pressure Tuesday to rescue more than 20 foreign hostages after their Muslim extremist captors beheaded a Canadian man, but troops face a dilemma in how to succeed without endangering the remaining captives.
 
Philippine presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte has widened his lead over rivals despite remarks about the rape and murder of an Australian missionary which sparked protests from diplomats, the Catholic church and women's groups.
 
Top Philippine candidate pushes 'kill criminals' vow
Philippine presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte Saturday renewed his vow to kill criminals as the tough-talking favorite hit the stump in the capital heading into the home stretch of a controversial campaign.
 
Philippine officials said Thursday they have arrested a suspect in the hacking of the national election agency's website ahead of next month's presidential polls.
 
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.
 
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