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‘My only sin is extrajudicial killings,’ says Philippines President

MANILA: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is no stranger to controversies, and in a latest speech, he has apparently admitted his role in extrajudicial killings. During a speech at the presidential palace, Duterte, said: "What are my sins? Did I steal money? Even just one peso? Did I prosecute somebody I sent to jail? My only sin is extrajudicial killings." Opposition Senator Rizza Hontiveros said Duterte's "verbal admission will serve as solid evidence in the people's quest for justice". "It will serve to…

Philippines moves to quit ICC: What does it mean?

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Wednesday a move towards quitting the International Criminal Court, which has launched a preliminary examination of his deadly drug war. Here are five questions and answers on what it means: Why did Duterte do it? The ICC announced on February 9 a preliminary examination into allegations Philippine police have killed thousands of alleged users or dealers as part of Duterte's anti-drug war that he launched after taking office in mid-2016. Duterte had…

Philippine President ‘loses trust’ in news site, bans it over ‘fake news’

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has “lost trust” in local news site Rappler and barred it from covering his official events, his spokesman said on Tuesday, in the latest blow for an outlet known for its tough scrutiny of his government. Duterte’s decision was because he has had enough of “fake news” from Rappler, his spokesman Harry Roque told DZMM radio, adding that it was free to operate but would have to cover the president speeches and activities from live television instead. The ban by the volatile…

Trump says has ‘great relationship’ with Duterte; brief mention of rights

MANILA: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he had a “great relationship” with his Philippine counterpart, Rodrigo Duterte, while a White House official said human rights got only a brief mention when the two met on the sidelines of an Asian summit. Their meeting was one of the most anticipated of the summit of East and Southeast Asian leaders in Manila, with human rights groups pressing Trump to take a tough line on Duterte over his bloody war on drugs, in which thousands of people have been killed. “We are your…

Philippines’ Duterte to deal with Trump in ‘most righteous way’

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Sunday he would deal with U.S. President Donald Trump “in the most righteous way” when they meet next month to discuss regional security and Manila’s war on drugs. Trump will travel to Asia on November 3-14 amid rising tensions over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. He will be in Manila on the last leg of his trip, which includes visits to Japan, South Korea, China, and Vietnam, to attend the ASEAN leaders’ summit. Trump will meet with Duterte but will…

Philippines’ Duterte warns of ‘revolutionary government’

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned he is prepared to establish a "revolutionary government" to fend off alleged efforts to oust him, fuelling fears of a looming dictatorship. He issued the warning on state television late Friday as he railed against the press, European lawmakers and other critics of his drug war that has left thousands dead and led rights groups to warn of a crime against humanity. Duterte said he would resort to a revolutionary government, as opposed to martial law that would…

US actor Seagal meets ‘The Punisher’ Duterte, talks drug war

MANILA: U.S. actor Steven Seagal, famous for playing action roles like a vice squad detective in “Above the Law”, met Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte while on a location scouting trip in Manila. Video footage released by government channel RTVM showed Steven Seagal animatedly talking to Duterte. Seagal, 65, was in the Philippines to look for a location for his upcoming movie which will be “about illegal drugs and other crimes”, a presidential palace statement said. The statement said that Duterte told Seagal…

Oxford University is ‘for stupid people’, says Philippines president

MANILA: Following his disagreement over a research paper describing his social media habits, the President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has labelled Oxford University as a “school for stupid people” . According to the university’s report “Troops, Trolls and Troublemakers: A Global Inventory of Organised Social Media Manipulation”, Mr Duterte has spent the equivalent of hundreds of thousands of pounds on hiring social media trolls to promote and defend him on Twitter. It claims that Duterte’s camp paid $200,000…

Philippines president says will never visit ‘lousy’ United States

MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hit back on Friday at U.S. lawmakers opposed to the prospect of his visiting the White House, saying he would never go to the United States, which he called a "lousy" country. Duterte was responding to remarks by Massachusetts Congressman James McGovern, who told a hearing of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission that he would protest against such a visit if U.S. President Donald Trump followed through on an invitation to the firebrand Philippine leader. The commission,…

Philippines’ President Duterte under fire for second rape joke

ILIGAN: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte came under fire Saturday for making a second joke about rape, with Chelsea Clinton leading online outrage and a rights group branding his sense of humour "sickening". In a speech at a military camp on Friday aimed at lifting troops' spirits after he imposed martial law across the southern Philippines, Duterte told them they were allowed to rape up to three women. "I will be imprisoned for you. If you rape three (women), I will say that I did it. But if you marry four, son of…