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US President Donald Trump invited President Duterte to the White House during a “friendly” conversation that also tackled regional security issues including the threat posed by North Korea, officials said yesterday.

President Duterte has sought the help of the leaders of Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia to confront the threat posed by the Abu Sayyaf, which has been victimizing both foreigners and Filipinos.

The Philippines and nine other countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are looking at the possibility of buying in bulk to address the issue on supply inadequacy of affordable vaccines in the region.

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President Duterte has approved the planned trip of five government ships to Benham Rise, a resource-rich area east of Luzon where Chinese research vessels were spotted earlier this year.

The government is working on the proposal for a new pension scheme for uniformed personnel to address increasing pension costs.

A senior administration lawmaker has promised to present “incontrovertible evidence” of corruption against the trusted aide of embattled Environment Secretary Gina Lopez once Congress resumes session this week.

 President Duterte took a break from formality during a press conference Saturday night, joking about his intention to cancel the Philippines’ hosting of another Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in November and how women wanted to take photos with him.

While the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) expressed its uneasiness over North Korea, the 10-nation bloc went easy on China by adopting a Philippine-backed watered-down version of a statement dropping references to Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea.

Solicitor General Jose Calida yesterday claimed that the “yellows” are behind a destabilization plot against the administration of President Duterte and warned that they would be made to pay for it.

Three Chinese Navy vessels arrived yesterday afternoon at Sasa Wharf here on the first leg of goodwill visits in the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

More than 1,700 Liberal Party (LP) members in Cebu yesterday threw their support behind Vice President Leni Robredo, who is facing impeachment threats and an electoral protest.

President Duterte has quoted democracy icon and Myanmar state counselor Aung San Suu Kyi to justify efforts to lower the age of criminal responsibility from 15 to 9.

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