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Philippines spokesman defends President for kissing married woman on lips

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman on Tuesday defended the 73-year-old leader from criticism after he kissed a married woman on the lips in front of thousands of cheering Filipinos in South Korea.

Philippines concerned about Chinese bombers in disputed South China Sea

Philippines on Monday expressed “serious concerns’’ over the presence of China’s strategic bombers in the disputed South China Sea.

Philippines’ House of Representatives pass divorce bill, moves to Senate

Philippines moved closer Tuesday to allowing divorce when the House of Representatives approved a bill which, if signed into law, would mean the country is no longer the only nation in the world where the practice is banned.

Philippines says its exit marks “beginning’’ of the end for ICC

The Philippines said on Thursday its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) could be “the beginning of the end” for the institution, as more countries would follow suit and non-members would be discouraged from joining.

Philippines withdraws from international criminal court

President Rodrigo Duterte of Philippines on Wednesday announced the withdrawal of the country’s ratification of the treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Rodrigo Duterte: ICC has no jurisdiction to try me

President Rodrigo Duterte of Philiphines has said there is no chance of him going on trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC), because “not in a million years” would it have jurisdiction to indict him.

Philippines’ Duterte attends wake of Filipino maid found in Kuwait freezer

President Rodrigo Duterte of Philippines on Thursday attended the wake of a Filipino domestic helper whose death prompted him to declare a ban on citizens working in Kuwait.

Shoot female rebels in their private parts – Rodrigo Duterte

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has drawn condemnation from human rights watchdogs and women's groups, after he said that female communist rebels in the country should be shot in their private parts as punishment for fighting the government.

ICC to investigate Philippine’s Rodrigo Duterte over extrajudicial killings

The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has informed the Philippine government that it will start preliminary investigation into allegations of extrajudicial killings under its campaign against illegal drugs.

Shoot me if I become a dictator – Rodrigo Duterte tells troops

President Rodrigo Duterte of Philippines on Monday instructed the army and police to shoot him if he became a dictator and stayed on beyond his term, a scenario his foes are warning against, amid moves by his loyalists to change the constitution.

Philippine govt seeks to close news website

The Philippine government has sought to shut down an independent news website, which has published critical stories about President Rodrigo Duterte, a move observers and journalists say is an attack on press freedom and democracy.

Philippines president sacks government official over “excessive” foreign travels

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday sacked a ranking Philippines government official for making excessive foreign travels mostly at government expense, a government spokesman said.

Two dead in mistaken identity shooting by police

Philippine police have killed two people, including a woman on her way to hospital, after mistaking them for gunmen, authorities said Friday, the latest deaths at the hands of law enforcement under President Rodrigo Duterte.

Controversial Rodrigo Duterte’s son Paolo resigns from Philippine government post

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's eldest son resigned from his local government post on Monday, citing allegations of links to drug smugglers which he denies and a bitter social media dispute with his own daughter.

Philippines’s Duterte offers third telecom slot to China

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has offered China Telecom a slot to be the country's third telecom provider to break up the dominance of two local firms, his spokesman said Tuesday.

Philippines halts sale of Sanofi’s dengue vaccine

The Philippines has suspended the sale and distribution of Sanofi's dengue vaccine, authorities said Tuesday, after the French pharmaceutical giant last week warned it could worsen symptoms for people who had not previously been infected.

Canada’s Justin Trudeau bringing up killings, rights issues an “insult” – Rodrigo Duterte

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said it was a “personal and official insult” when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talked to him on Tuesday about human rights and extrajudicial killings in the country.

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