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Philippine rebels to discuss peace talks with new government
Philippine communist rebels said Thursday that long-stalled peace talks could be resumed with the government of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte as early as July, and that they will demand an end to the U.S. military presence in the country.
 
Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte was on Thursday accused of sexual harassment and disrespecting women after wolf whistling a female journalist on a nationally televised press conference.
 
Philippine navy commissions its first landing dock vessel
The Philippine navy commissioned its first amphibious landing dock and three smaller landing craft on Wednesday as it continues to modernize its fleet amid a territorial row with China in the South China Sea.
 
Media groups expressed outrage Wednesday at Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's endorsement of killing corrupt journalists, warning his comments could incite more murders in a nation already one of the world's most dangerous for reporters.
 
Outrage after Duterte justifies Philippine journalists' murders
Media groups expressed outrage Wednesday at Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte's endorsement of killing corrupt journalists, warning his comments could incite more murders in a nation already one of the world's most dangerous for reporters.
 
Philippines proclaims next president and VP
The Philippine Congress on Monday proclaimed crime-busting Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as president-elect and Representative Leni Robredo as vice president-elect of a country that has been posting high growth rates but remains saddled with poverty, corruption and insurgencies.
 
Intense fighting between Philippine troops and a little-known Muslim group apparently inspired by the Islamic State group has killed 54 militants and two soldiers, officials said Monday.
 
Hitting the floor after drinks
Men who violated the 10 p.m. liquor ban, and were seen drinking in public places, are temporarily detained and made to do 40 push-ups at a police headquarters in Manila on Saturday, May 28. A police station in Manila implemented plan "RODY," or Rid the streets Of Drinkers and Youths. President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will impose a nationwide curfew on children being on the streets late at night and is also considering banning the serving of alcohol after midnight, his spokesman Peter Lavina said earlier this month.
 
Journalist shot dead in Philippine capital: police
A crime journalist has been shot dead in Manila, police and colleagues said Saturday, the latest addition to a lengthening list of unsolved murders of media workers in the Philippines.
 
Duterte wins Philippine presidency in official count
Philippine lawmakers completed the official vote count from May 9 elections on Friday and announced that Mayor Rodrigo Duterte won the presidency by an overwhelming margin, while Rep. Leni Robredo triumphed as vice president.
 
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