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Duterte's 'war on drugs'
Workers pour caustic soda, an essential chemical to the production of Methamphetamine Hydrochloride, into a drum of acid during the destruction of illegal drugs and laboratory equipment headed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Manila on Tuesday, May 24.
The Philippines has halted an investigation into an alleged vigilante death squad linked to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte after the key witness disappeared, likely due to fear of the incoming leader, officials said.
The Philippines president-elect blasted the Catholic Church Sunday for hypocrisy, saying the bishops who had condemned him during his campaign had been asking favors from the government.
Five people, including teenagers, died from unknown causes during a pop concert in a suburb of the Philippine capital, police said Sunday.
Communist rebels on Sunday killed two farmers in the central Philippines despite peace overtures from incoming President Rodrigo Duterte, the military said.
A Christian missionary from South Korea was bludgeoned to death with a spade and a cooking gas tank Friday by a robber who broke into his home southeast of the Philippine capital, police said.
Boxing great Manny Pacquiao was proclaimed Thursday as one of the winners of Philippine Senate seats, bringing him closer to a possible crack at the presidency.
The Philippine economy grew faster than expected at 6.9 percent in the first quarter from the same period a year ago, its highest quarterly growth in almost three years, officials said Thursday as the government prepares to hand over leadership to the incoming administration.
Philippine rebels to enter talks, name allies to cabinet
Philippine communist rebels waging one of Asia's longest insurgencies said Wednesday they would enter into peace talks with President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and ask him to add four of their political allies to his cabinet.
Duterte's death-by-hanging plan faces Philippines hurdle
A plan by Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to restore the death penalty faces strong opposition, including from the dominant Roman Catholic Church, officials and analysts said Tuesday.
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