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President Rodrigo Duterte is set to enjoy much-wanted foreign support for his deadly drug war when he hosts Southeast Asian leaders at a Manila summit this week, observers say.

The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, has granted former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s request to set his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo, for preliminary conference.

The Philippines, along with other claimant countries of the South China Sea, should sign the Code of Conduct framework first and pressure China later on, a foreign policy analyst said.

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An international human rights watchdog is calling on Southeast Asian leaders to take a stand against the Philippines' war on drugs that has left thousands dead under President Rodrigo Duterte, the host of this week's regional summit.

Sen. Leila de Lima on Tuesday urged her party mates in the Liberal Party to support the impeachment complaint filed against President Rodrigo Duterte.

Despite the recent technical problems hounding the Metro Rail Transit, the 48 new light rail vehicles purchased under the former administration would remain unusable for the next three years, an official said yesterday.

The Department of Finance has partnered with the Department of Health for the construction of drug rehabilitation facilities to be funded by around $7.5 million in grants from China.

The Commission on Human Rights said it is prepared to cooperate with the International Criminal Court should it seek assistance from the human rights body with regard to the complaint filed against President Duterte in relation to summary killings in his war on drugs.

The military assured the public yesterday that no soldier is involved with or protecting the Abu Sayyaf group.

“Photo bomber” or not, the towering structure under construction in the background of the monument in Rizal Park in Manila will stay.

Money, not romance, is what drives some people to protect the Abu Sayyaf, a leader of the Moro National Liberation Front said yesterday.

Allies of President Duterte in Congress and Solicitor General Jose Calida yesterday downplayed moves to hold the Chief Executive accountable before the International Criminal Court for the reported summary killings in his war on drugs.

More trouble awaits police Superintendent Maria Cristina Nobleza after authorities found firearms and materials used in making improvised explosive devices in residential establishments that she and her alleged Abu Sayyaf lover Reneer Lou Dongon occupied in Bohol and Bukidnon.