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MANILA, Philippines — Philippine police killed at least 26 more drug and crime suspects in overnight gunbattles in the capital, bringing to 58 the death toll in a renewed bloody crackdown in the last three days that received praises from the president.

Under fire for his racially charged remarks, American President Donald Trump set another round of Twitter firestorm on Friday (Manila time) calling Moros in Mindanao during the American occupation "terrorists."

Cockfighting, a favorite Filipino pastime, might be banned for two weeks in Pampanga as part of measures to contain avian flu.

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The Senate will conduct an investigation next week on the allegations of ill-gotten wealth against Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista, Sen. Francis Escudero said yesterday.

President Duterte yesterday spewed curses anew over the drug menace and corruption in the Bureau of Customs, describing the agency as “corrupt to the core” following the shabu smuggling controversy that saw P6.4 billion worth of shabu clearing Customs through the green or express lane.

A barrage of condemnation in social media met Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano’s downplaying the swarming presence of Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island in the Spratlys.

Malacañang affirmed yesterday that President Duterte is opening doors to possible joint exploration in the West Philippine Sea with China and interested private firms.

New York-based Human Rights Watch on Thursday slammed President Rodrigo Duterte for threatening to have human rights activists shot if they get in the way of police operations, saying these remarks could pave the way for prosecution for crimes against humanity.

President Rodrigo Duterte admitted Thursday that he was wrong to assume that he can eliminate the illegal drug trade in three to six months, a campaign promise that helped propel him to the presidency.

Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday called for more transparency in Commission on Appointments deliberations, a day after the powerful body rejected Judy Taguiwalo as Social Welfare chief.

Philippine National Police Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa confirmed Thursday that he has received an updated copy of President Rodrigo Duterte's so-called “narco-list”.

A slew of condemnations greeted the rounds of drug-related deaths that occurred on the streets of Manila and Bulacan in the past two days, with an international human rights watchdog saying that the government’s bloody war on drugs was “plumbing new depths of barbarity.”

The Land Transportation Franchise and Regulatory Board on Thursday issued a resolution allowing drivers of suspended ride-sharing company Uber Systems Inc. to operate under two other transport network companies.


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