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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has announced a sharp increase in next year's national budget to fund his controversial war on crime, with security forces to get big pay rises.
 
Hundreds protest hero's burial for Philippine dictator
Hundreds of Filipinos rallied in stormy weather Sunday against President Rodrigo Duterte's approval of dictator Ferdinand Marcos' burial in a heroes' cemetery, but he remained steadfast on his decision despite growing opposition.
 
Five people have been killed in the Philippines and tens of thousands have fled from floods caused by days of unrelenting rain, rescuers said Sunday.
 
The Philippines and mainland China discussed setting up a "two-track" system that would allow them to cooperate in some areas while separately handling "contentious issues" such as their South China Sea territorial dispute, a Manila envoy said Saturday.
 
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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