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Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo said Sunday she would quit President Rodrigo Duterte's cabinet after being told to stay away from its meetings, and alleged there was a plot to oust her as his deputy.
 
The Philippines has asked Bangladesh to share details of its investigation into an US$81 million cyberheist from the Bangladesh central bank after the proceeds ended up in Manila, the finance department said Sunday.
 
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump told Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte that Manila was conducting its deadly drug war "the right way," Duterte said Saturday, in stark contrast to the criticism he received from President Barack Obama.
 
The Philippines criticized Tuesday as "irresponsible and alarming" a U.N. envoy's warning that life sentences meted out to two ex-Khmer Rouge leaders should serve as a warning to Manila over human rights abuses.
 
Philippine police defused a bomb found in a rubbish bin near the U.S. Embassy in Manila Monday, authorities said, with officials blaming Islamic militants for what they called an attempted terrorist act.
 
Who deserves the Marcos regime's art?
A multimillion-dollar trove of seized Impressionist art believed to have been owned by the regime of Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos has sat for five years in a climate-controlled Brooklyn warehouse, the subject of a bitter legal fight.
 
Philippine troops, backed by bomber aircraft, have assaulted local sympathizers of the Islamic State group, including dozens of militants who took cover Saturday in an unoccupied Islamic school in the south, military officials said.
 
Marcos critics strip naked, parade coffins in Philippines
Critics of the Ferdinand Marcos regime staged a naked protest Friday, while others marched through the streets with a mock coffin to denounce the late dictator's burial at the Philippines' cemetery for heroes.
 
Communist rebels want end to Philippine-US ties
Communist guerrillas warned that a peace deal with President Rodrigo Duterte's government is unlikely to be reached if he won't end the Philippines' treaty alliance with the United States and resist foreign control by other countries he's trying to befriend, like China and Russia.
 
Philippines drug dealer says he gave money to senator, police officials
A self-confessed drug dealer, whose father was killed in an alleged gun fight in prison, has testified before a Philippine senate investigation that he provided police officials and an opposition senator millions of pesos in protection money.
 
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