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The foul-mouthed Philippine president, who once called the pope a "son of a bitch" and told Barack Obama to "go to hell," says he has promised to God he won't spew expletives again.

Lawmen shot dead Friday a mayor in Maguindanao and nine companions for starting a firefight while about to search for drugs in their vehicles in Makilala town in North Cotabato.

Newly-appointed Social Security Commission Chairman Amado Valdez has expressed support for lawmakers pursuing pension reforms, including the P2,000 pension increase.

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Chinese Coast Guard and civilian ships around the Scarborough (Panatag) Shoal have increased following the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration on the Philippines' arbitration case against China, according to a report.

While it is tempting to read recent events in the Philippines as being solely influenced by the president’s personal sentiments and as designed by his foreign affairs team, the benefits of a bilateral relationship are the product of dynamics within two countries.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest has left open the possibility of a bilateral meeting between President Barack Obama and President Duterte on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit next month in Peru.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo are facing rough sailing in the Commission on Appointments (CA).

Delegates and foreign journalists attending the ASEAN-China Center (ACC) 21st Century Maritime Silk Road conference in this prefecture in western Yunnan province yesterday said the world is eagerly watching the pronouncements and foreign policy thrusts of President Duterte, which could influence future trade and politics in the region.

A suspected Malaysian terrorist is undergoing interrogation of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP), security officials said yesterday.

Sen. Leila de Lima said President Duterte is digging himself into a hole in efforts to win over China as the country’s new major strategic ally.

The call of President Duterte on Emperor Akihito has been cancelled following the death of the Japanese monarch’s uncle Prince Mikasa.

Translated literally, it means “Hail and Farewell.”

On their first meeting on the side of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Laos last September, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told President Duterte that he was “quite a famous figure” in Japan and that he was “very excited” to see him in person.