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President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday welcomed his fellow leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations as they gathered in Manila.

An intensified response from the government is needed to address poverty in the Philippines, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said on Friday.

The reported bombing in Quiapo, Manila on Friday evening is not connected or directed to the ongoing Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, a Malacañang official said.

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A ranking official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has attested in an affidavit submitted to the Office of the Ombudsman that former environment undersecretary Leo Jasareno instructed him to change last year’s audit findings on Lepanto Consolidated Mining Co. to make it appear that it committed major violations.

South Korea will transfer a used Pohang-class anti-submarine warship to the Philippines this year in return for a token $100, the defense department said yesterday, boosting its capability to patrol vast maritime borders.

North Korea has appealed to Southeast Asian countries for support in its row with the United States to prevent what it warned could be a “nuclear holocaust,” according to a letter obtained by AFP.

Brunei is ready to work with or take pointers from the Philippines in the fight against illegal drugs, a campaign that has earned President Duterte both criticism and admiration at home and abroad.

The South China Sea dispute is an issue that must be solved immediately, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said yesterday.

President Duterte has declared April 27 as Lapu-Lapu Day in honor of the Cebuano who is recognized as the first hero who resisted foreign rule in the country.

Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, had officiated the wedding of  Police Superintendent Maria Cristina Nobleza and her alleged Abu Sayyaf lover Reneer Lou Dongon.

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.

President Duterte yesterday issued threats against two news organizations that he accused of “crucifying him” as he ranted about the supposed corruption in Philippine media.

All 100 US senators were bused to the White House in an unprecedented move on Wednesday for a classified briefing on how to deal with North Korea’s provocative President Kim Jong- un as US warships headed closer to the embattled country.

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