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Philippines' Duterte does not endorse summary killings: spokesman
Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte does not endorse extrajudicial killings, his spokesman said Saturday after scathing criticism from the UN chief over his plans for thousands of people to die in an unprecedented war on crime.
The Philippine president-elect has encouraged the public to help him in his war against crime, urging citizens with guns to shoot and kill drug dealers who resist arrest and fight back in their neighborhoods.
Mainland Chinese construction on a South China Sea islet claimed by the Philippines would prompt "actions being taken" by the United States and other nations, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter warned Saturday.
Philippines' Duterte vents anger at United Nations
Controversial Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte has launched a profanity-laced tirade against the United Nations while criticizing it for being too weak to fix problems in the Middle East and Africa.
A Philippine politician said he had given more than US$3,000 to police officers for killing drug traffickers, the first such rewards since President-elect Rodrigo Duterte promoted bounties for slain criminals.
A novel idea
Filipinos check out a pop-up public library at the historic walled city of Intramuros, Manila on Thursday, June 2.
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.
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