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Philippines' ex-leader Arroyo says she was 'victim of political persecution'
Former Philippine president Gloria Arroyo has declared herself a victim of political persecution, following her release from nearly five years in detention over a corruption case.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order (EO) implementing freedom of information (FOI) in the executive branch.
'Field of Dreams' offers baseball hope in Philippines
Teenager Piolo Perez swings his bat on a baseball field built atop the Philippines' most notorious trash heap, sending home run balls crashing through the shanties mushrooming on the outfield.
Manila has rejected Beijing's demand that it "disregard" an international ruling that invalidated the Asian giant's claims to much of the South China Sea before negotiating on the issue, the Philippines' foreign secretary said Tuesday.
'War on drugs' continues
Residents undergo counseling for allegedly being drug-users, at Tanauan city, Batangas province, south of Manila, Philippines, Monday, July 18. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he planned to ask Chinese officials why some Chinese citizens who visited his country were involved in illegal drugs. The crime-fighting president, who has vowed to end crime within six months of taking office on June 30, also said that he would not hesitate to grant pre-signed presidential pardons to law enforcers accused by human rights advocates of abusing their authority in cracking down on narcotics, so long as the soldiers and police involved told the truth and did not fabricate evidence.
Out of the 56 species of non-flying mammals known to live on Luzon island, 52 live nowhere else in the planet.
Human rights are not a concern in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, he said, as he vowed to ignore due process and compared himself to Ugandan dictator Idi Amin.
Nine people were killed overnight in the Philippines, authorities said Saturday, as police and suspected anti-drug gunmen pushed ahead with President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial war on crime.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on crime is spiraling out of control, a top human rights lawyer and opposition lawmakers said Friday after police confirmed killing more than 100 people.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday offered China conciliatory talks on a long-awaited international tribunal ruling over Beijing's maritime claims, a week before the verdict.
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