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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Over 9,000 firearm licenses have been revoked by the Philippine National Police Firearms and Explosives Office for various reasons, including the involvement of the gun owners in illegal drugs.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 lighthouse in the Philippine-held Kalayaan Island Group in the disputed Spratlys will be repaired and rehabilitated, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said yesterday.

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.

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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