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September, 29, 2016

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The lead counsel for the Philippines in a high-profile case challenging China's sweeping claims in the disputed South China Sea says the response of other coastal states will be crucial in the aftermath of an upcoming ruling by an international tribunal.
 
Philippine police have killed 10 people with suspected links to drugs since President Rodrigo Duterte took office, authorities said Saturday, in a brutal start to his controversial war on crime.
 
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday urged communist rebels to start killing drug traffickers, adding another layer to a controversial war on crime in which he has warned thousands will die.
 
Philippine Pres. Duterte warns of rough ride
Authoritarian firebrand Rodrigo Duterte warned of a "rough ride" after being sworn in as the Philippines' president on Thursday, promising a relentless war on crime and corruption but also to be a unifying leader.
 
Drug pusher deaths jump as Duterte takes office
The bodies of dozens of suspected drug peddlers have turned up in the Philippines in recent weeks, providing an eerie backdrop to the swearing-in on Thursday of Rodrigo Duterte, who has warned of a bloody presidency in his bid to eradicate crime.
 
The Permanent Court of Arbitration says it will deliver an eagerly awaited ruling on July 12 in a case filed by the Philippines contesting Beijing's sweeping claims to most of the South China Sea.
 
Philippine President-elect Duterte 'wants death penalty for revenge'
Incoming Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte on Monday hit out at "stupid" human rights campaigners, as he defended his imminent war on crime and emphasized the death penalty was for retribution.
 
The Philippine president-elect said Monday he would aggressively promote artificial birth control in the country even at the risk of getting in a fight with the dominant Catholic church, which staunchly opposes the use of contraceptives.
 
Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte says he could be open to peace talks with the Islamic militant group Abu Sayyaf, which recently beheaded two foreign hostages and kidnapped seven more.
 
Church blasts Duterte
A suspected drug pusher lies dead as police crime scene operatives gather evidence after three suspected drug pushers were killed when a drug bust operation ended in a shootout with authorities in Manila, Saturday, June 25.
 
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