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When Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hosts a summit of Southeast Asian leaders this weekend, the spotlight will be on him. Just less than a year in power, he faces a mass murder complaint before the International Criminal Court and an impeachment bid at home as bodies continue to pile up in his war on illegal drugs.

There’s no point in pressing China to comply with the ruling of an arbitral court invalidating its expansive claims in the South China Sea, President Duterte said yesterday.

Over 9,000 firearm licenses have been revoked by the Philippine National Police Firearms and Explosives Office for various reasons, including the involvement of the gun owners in illegal drugs.

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The Philippines maintained its commitment to solving the drug problem jointly with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations amid calls to take a stand against killings of suspected drug offenders.

The National Union of Students of the Philippines on Thursday slammed recently issued guidelines on free tuition, saying the "poorest of the poor" will have to compete for socialized fee subsidies.

The fate of Filipino convicted drug trafficker Mary Jane Veloso will depend on Indonesian laws and regulations, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said.

Claimant countries in the South China should head toward agreements like implementing joint maritime infrastructure projects, Indonesia President Joko Widodo said Thursday.

Asked if Beijing is willing to support a legally binding and enforceable Code of Conduct on the South China Sea, the Chinese Foreign Ministry only said that a framework will be finished by June.

The public should pay more attention to the recent remarks of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez regarding Philippines-China economic ties instead of former President Fidel Ramos, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.

“She was a good and effective police officer."

Brunei Darussalam's head of state Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah was the first leader who arrived in Manila for the Association of the South East Asian Nations summit and a state visit.

 A toy store promoting honesty among children is now open at Camp Crame, the national headquarters of the Philippine National Police in Quezon City.

Additional financial benefits and new jobs await workers on Labor Day, as well as a house and lot to be given to a lucky employee.

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