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Rodrigo Duterte

UN 'deeply worried' over Philippine killings, violent rhetoric
World

UN 'deeply worried' over Philippine killings, violent rhetoric

  • His government has said Sunday's killings were lawful and legitimate operations, but has promised a full investigation.
  • We are deeply worried that these latest killings indicate an escalation of violence, intimidation harassment and 'red tagging' of human rights defenders.
Updated 09 Mar, 2021 09:32pm
Philippine leader's order to kill rebels 'legal', spokesman says
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Philippine leader's order to kill rebels 'legal', spokesman says

  • "The president's 'kill, kill, kill' order is legal because it was directed at armed rebels," his spokesman Harry Roque said in a briefing, adding the government would still investigate the incident.
  • Activists said the raids were reminiscent of police operations in which thousands of people have been killed as part of Duterte's signature war on drugs.
Published 08 Mar, 2021 07:11pm
Philippines' Duterte signs indemnity bill for COVID-19 vaccine rollout
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Philippines' Duterte signs indemnity bill for COVID-19 vaccine rollout

  • Despite having one of the highest number of coronavirus infections in Asia, the Philippines will be the last Southeast Asian nation to receive its initial set of vaccines.
  • It covers the creation of a 500 million pesos ($10.26 million) indemnity fund to cover compensation for potential serious adverse effects stemming from the doses' emergency use.
Published 26 Feb, 2021 09:01pm
Philippines' Duterte says still undecided on future of US troop deal
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Philippines' Duterte says still undecided on future of US troop deal

  • Duterte has said the United States should pay more if it wants to maintain the VFA, which he unilaterally cancelled last year in an angry response to an ally being denied a US visa.
  • "I have not yet decided on what to do, to abrogate or renew," Duterte said in a late-night televised address on Wednesday. "I want to hear the people. I want narratives to come."
Published 24 Feb, 2021 09:42pm
Philippines' Duterte tightens anti-money laundering rules to avoid `grey list'
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Philippines' Duterte tightens anti-money laundering rules to avoid `grey list'

  • The Southeast Asian nation was at risk of returning to a Financial Action Task Force "grey list" which could delay foreign investment and make remittances from millions of Filipinos overseas.
  • Consistent with its foreign policy, the state shall extend cooperation in transnational investigations and prosecutions of persons involved in money laundering activities wherever committed.
Published 30 Jan, 2021 06:25pm
Philippines, China vow cooperation for post-pandemic recovery
World

Philippines, China vow cooperation for post-pandemic recovery

  • Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte in March imposed one of the world's longest and strictest lockdowns to contain the virus.
  • "As a friend of the Philippines and your closest neighbour, we will firmly stand with the people of the Philippines until the defeat of this virus," Wang said.
Published 16 Jan, 2021 06:21pm
Philippine president signs $93.7bn national budget for 2021
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Philippine president signs $93.7bn national budget for 2021

  • The budget enables the country to heal, rebuild and resume the economy's upward trajectory, Duterte said after its signing.
  • The education sector and public works secured 752 billion pesos and 696 billion pesos respectively, accounting for nearly a third of the budget.
Published 28 Dec, 2020 06:28pm