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The Philippine government on Saturday slammed New York-based rights observer Human Rights Watch for supposedly “misleading” the international community with a report saying the country is in “worst human rights crisis” under the Duterte administration.

Two Indonesian hostages were freed Friday night after more than one year in captivity by the Abu Sayyaf group in the jungle of Sulu, the military said.

President Rodrigo Duterte claimed on Thursday that killings were needed in order to keep a city peaceful and described these deaths as an "investment."

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The filing of murder charges against two Caloocan City policemen for the killing of two minors in the country’s capital proved that there is no state-sanctioned killings under the Duterte administration, Public Attorney's Office chief Persida Rueda Acosta said Saturday.

One out of three Filipino families escaped abject poverty in the last three months of 2017, a Social Weather Stations survey released Friday found.

The Office of the Ombudsman has upheld its September 2017 ruling finding probable cause to file a graft case against Davao del Norte 2nd District Rep. Antonio Floirendo Jr. for allegedly having unlawful business interests in a banana plantation doing business with the government.

Washington has reportedly stepped up its military cooperation with the Philippines by launching a new assistance mission that would allow the Southeast Asian nation to receive the same appropriation used in funding US counterterrorism operations in the Middle East.

China on Thursday said it has reminded Chinese enterprises abroad to follow international and domestic laws, dousing fears of some Philippine lawmakers over “national security threats” posed by the possible entry of a Chinese telecom provider to the industry.

Facebook announced Friday it will ask its two billion users to rank their trust in news sources, in its latest attempt to combat the spread of misinformation on the social network.

President Rorigo Duterte on Tuesday blasted the news outlet Rappler for its supposed unfair reporting on the Navy's multibillion peso frigate acquisition program.

Sen. Leila de Lima on Friday called on her colleagues in Liberal Party to continue working together in combating threats against democracy and the rights of the people.

The military has strengthened security in several cities in Mindanao.

Mayon Volcano’s current activities may not lead to an “explosive” eruption, according to state volcanologists, but they continued to warn residents against mudflow and lahar flow which could be triggered by heavy rains.


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