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No love lost?: Duterte, Obama shake hands, chat after cancelled meet

By Azer N. Parrocha MANILA, Sept. 8 (PNA) – In what seemed like an effort to patch things up, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US President Barack Obama shook hands and shared a good conversation before the gala dinner at […]
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Philippines: A rights agenda for President Duterte

Extrajudicial killings, accountability, and health care are key issues (New York ) – The Philippines’ new president, Rodrigo Duterte, should focus efforts on tackling the country’s persistent human rights problems, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the president. Human...
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Duterte eyes more access roads to tourist sites

By Azer N. Parrocha MANILA, July 25 (PNA) – To make travel to tourism sites easier, President Rodrigo Duterte during his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday said that he wants more access roads to tourism sites […]
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Fil-Am women’s rights group welcomes Duterte

Gabriela USA welcomes Rodrigo Duterte as the newly inaugurated 16th President of the Philippines, and joins millions of women in calling for change.  “Women in the Philippines suffered unemployment, landlessness, violence and state sponsored repression for six long years under...
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Hopes are high for a corrupt-free PHL under Digong

Former Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has been recently sworn in as the 16th President of the Republic of the Philippines. A Duterte presidency could very well bring hope to millions of marginalized Filipinos for a better life. Hopefully we […]
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Lacson expects criminality, drugs to be minimized in first 100 days of Duterte admin

MANILA  (PNA) – Criminality, particularly drug-related offenses, may be on the way to being greatly minimized in the first 100 days of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s administration, Senator-elect Panfilo M. Lacson said. Lacson cited significant strides made by law enforcers...
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No chance Duterte will be impeached, Belmonte says

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. on Tuesday shot down talk that President-elect Rodrigo Duterte could be ousted via impeachment under the 17th Congress. Belmonte, a leader of Liberal Party, said he did not see any reason for such […]
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Duterte to have 500 guests during oathtaking

By Lilybeth G. Ison MANILA  (PNA) – As promised during his election campaign to have a “simple” inauguration if ever he wins, President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will be sworn in by a Supreme Court Justice as the country’s 16th President with […]
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Ex-Gabriela solon to Duterte: Keep ears, feet on the ground regarding women’s issues

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – A women’s rights advocate and former lawmaker urged President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday to “keep his feet and ears on the ground” at all times so he will become more sensitive about women’s issues. Despite criticisms about […]
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Duterte: Death penalty is for retribution Not intended to deter crime

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday stood by to his plan to push for the reimposition of the death penalty despite claims by Catholic church leaders and human rights advocates that executions are not a deterrent to crime. […]