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Duterte Says Police Chief to Maintain Post While Under Probe

Duterte Says Police Chief to Maintain Post While Under Probe(Bloomberg) — President Rodrigo Duterte said Philippine National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde will be given due process in an investigation over allegations he protected officers who recycled illegal drugs.The Department of Interior and Local Government is looking into accusations that Albayalde intervened to prevent the dismissal of officers involved in a controversial 2013 drug raid in Pampanga, which happened when he was the province’s chief of police. The probe comes on the heels of a similar Senate inquiry. Albayalde has denied interfering in the case.“He’s still there, otherwise I would have told him — just go out,” Duterte said in his arrival speech in Davao City on Sunday, when asked if Albayalde still has his trust. “You have to hear before you condemn.”Read: Duterte Rejects Millions of Dollars in Aid to Defend Drug WarThe president said Albayalde must be given “due process and allow him time to answer, the right to be heard,” adding that he’ll await the Interior Department’s probe before deciding on the case “with finality.”Duterte said he has yet to find a replacement for Albayalde, who is set to retire in November.To contact the reporter on this story: Cecilia Yap in Manila at cyap19@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Shamim Adam at sadam2@bloomberg.net, Jiyeun Lee, Matthew G. MillerFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Duterte Wants Stronger Defense Ties With Russia, Criticizes U.S.

Duterte Wants Stronger Defense Ties With Russia, Criticizes U.S.(Bloomberg) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte used his second visit to Russia as an opportunity to again criticize the U.S. for being critical of his war on drugs, as he sought greater defense ties with Moscow.In a speech at an event organized by a Russian think tank in Sochi, Duterte took a swipe at “so-called friends” of the Philippines who “act like they know the answers to our problems.”“They create rules and norms for almost everyone, and some refuse to be bound by the same,” he said, according to a transcript of his speech. “They weaponize human rights oblivious to its damaging consequences.”During the open forum, Duterte said the U.S. has “criticized heavily” his war on drugs that has killed thousands, and stopped the sale of weapons due to human rights concerns. He however also said that he has nothing against the U.S., which he described as “a close friend” and “our only treaty ally.”In his bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday, Duterte said he has a “long-term commitment to elevate" defense relations with Russia. Putin, for his part, said Russia wants greater trade and economic ties with the Philippines.To contact the reporter on this story: Andreo Calonzo in Manila at acalonzo1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Cecilia Yap at cyap19@bloomberg.net, Colin KeatingeFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Spokesman defends dishevelled Duterte as 'very hygienic'

Spokesman defends dishevelled Duterte as 'very hygienic'President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman on Thursday defended the Philippine leader as “very hygienic” and nice-smelling after he was mocked on social media for looking dishevelled in a meeting with the Russian prime minister. The 74-year-old Duterte was in Russia on a working visit and sat down for the talks with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday. In pictures of the meeting, Duterte was seen in a rumpled suit with his tie hanging loose as the two posed for pictures and shook hands.



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Duterte Visits Quake-Hit Philippine Area as Tremors Continue

Duterte Visits Quake-Hit Philippine Area as Tremors Continue(Bloomberg) — President Rodrigo Duterte visited the northern Philippine province of Batanes on Sunday, a day after earthquakes struck the region and killed at least eight people including a newborn.Duterte conducted an aerial inspection of the damage and order authorities to ensure supplies are provided to victims, the Manila Bulletin said on its Twitter account. He pledged 40 million pesos ($ 783,000 million) to the province, after his spokesman Salvador Panelo said early Sunday that the president will initiate “the rebuilding of one of the most treasured destinations in the country.”The government’s disaster risk-monitoring agency has recorded about 180 aftershocks following early Saturday’s 5.4 and 5.9 magnitude temblors in the town of Itbayat that left 63 people injured. One person is missing, while nearly 3,000 are staying at a public market after more than a dozen houses, two health facilities and two schools were damaged, the agency said on its website.Duterte also asked the coast guard to patrol Batanes and proposed expanding its runway, the Manila Bulletin said.Houses in Batanes, at the northern tip of the Philippines and less than 400 kilometers away from Taiwan, are made of meter-thick walls of cobblestone and limestone designed to withstand strong typhoons. There are more than 17,200 people in the province, according to statistics agency’s 2015 data, and they rely mostly on agriculture for a living.Located along the Pacific Ring of Fire, the Philippines is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. In 2013, a 7.2 magnitude quake hit Bohol province and areas in central Philippines, killing more than 200 people and affecting 600,000 families.(Updates with details of Duterte’s visit from first paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Cecilia Yap in Manila at cyap19@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Shamim Adam at sadam2@bloomberg.net, Shikhar BalwaniFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Philippine police seek sedition charges against VP, Duterte critics

Philippine police seek sedition charges against VP, Duterte criticsPhilippine police have recommended sedition charges against the vice president and other opposition figures, a move slammed Friday as an attempt to stifle dissent under President Rodrigo Duterte. Police allege Vice President Leni Robredo, Catholic Church leaders and opposition politicians plotted to destabilise the Duterte government by implicating him in the narcotics trade. Duterte launched a war against the drug trade when he came into power three years ago.



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Duterte Won’t Let Up on Deadly Drug War Amid Calls for UN Probe

Duterte Won’t Let Up on Deadly Drug War Amid Calls for UN Probe(Bloomberg) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte pledged to continue his war against drugs in his final three years in office despite international calls for a probe into the rising death toll.“Do not destroy my country for the three years that I am still here,” Duterte said in a speech in Leyte, central Philippines, on Friday. “Do not produce drugs for our children to eat and go crazy. I will really kill you.”Since taking office in 2016, Duterte has waged a campaign against drugs that has killed thousands and been condemned by human rights advocates. Philippine police place drug-related killings at 6,600 during his presidency, a quarter of the 27,000 estimated by rights groups. Iceland has initiated a resolution supported by 28 nations calling on the United Nations to investigate.Duterte’s spokesman Salvador Panelo called the UN resolution an interference, saying that other nations may have been misled by “false news” on the drug war because the deaths were mainly caused by suspects resisting arrest.In his speech, Duterte reiterated that the Philippines cannot fight China over the territorial dispute in the South China Sea because of China’s military might. He instead urged the U.S. to intervene.“Let them assemble all their armaments there in South China Sea,” he said. “Fire the first shot and I’ll be glad to do the next.”To contact the reporters on this story: Clarissa Batino in Manila at cbatino@bloomberg.net;Andreo Calonzo in Manila at acalonzo1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Shamim Adam at sadam2@bloomberg.net, Matthew BrockettFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Duterte Stakes Rare Claim, Tells China to ‘Lay Off’ Thitu Island

Duterte Stakes Rare Claim, Tells China to ‘Lay Off’ Thitu Island“I’m trying to tell China, Pag-Asa is ours,” Duterte said, calling Thitu Island by its local name. The president’s comments came hours after his Foreign Affairs Department said the presence of about 275 Chinese vessels near Thitu Island is “illegal” and violates Philippine sovereignty.



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Duterte defends need to 'power nap' after summit no-shows

Duterte defends need to 'power nap' after summit no-showsPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday made light of his penchant for daytime dozes after his office said “power naps” had caused the gruff leader to miss a number of key meetings at a Singapore summit. Duterte is attending the annual Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting alongside a string of world leaders including Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Japan’s Shinzo Abe, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and US Vice-President Mike Pence.



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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte Calls Hitler 'Insane' During Visit to Israel's Holocaust Memorial

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte Calls Hitler 'Insane' During Visit to Israel's Holocaust MemorialDuterte has previously favorably compared himself to the Führer



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Philippines' Duterte orders arrest of critical lawmaker

Philippines' Duterte orders arrest of critical lawmakerPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday ordered the arrest of a lawmaker fiercely critical of his deadly drug war, the second presidential critic from the Senate to be threatened with detention. Senator Antonio Trillanes, who is holed up in the Senate to avoid arrest, has also in the past accused Duterte of corruption and his son of involvement in drug dealing, drawing a pledge of revenge from the president. Trillanes’ arrest order stems from an amnesty granted in 2010 over his involvement in a coup attempt against then-president Gloria Arroyo and another effort to overthrow her.



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