Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte orders boosting of defenses in disputed territory, ‘not militarizing it’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during the 120th anniversary ceremony of the Philippine Army at Fort Bonifacio camp, in the capital, Manila, April 4, 2017. (Photo by AFP) The Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered military reinforcements in South China Sea territory disputed with regional power China, reassuring Beijing, however, that he is […]

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Philippino FM says Manila will remain in UN

Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay. (AFP Photo) The Philippines plays down President Rodrigo Duterte’s threats to leave the United Nations while it reiterates the country’s “profound disappointment and frustration” with the world body. The climbdown came a day after Duterte threatened to withdraw the Philippines from the UN for criticizing his bloody war on crime, including on drug trafficking. In a […]

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