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Boxing icon, Pacquiao, takes over as head of Philippine ruling party
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Boxing icon, Pacquiao, takes over as head of Philippine ruling party

Philippine boxing legend, Manny Pacquiao has taken over as head of the ruling political party in Phillippines, it was announced on Thursday. . Pacquiao, who is a senator in the Philippines, was sworn in as the national president of the political party of President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday night, said Ron Munsayac, Executive Director of the PDP-Laban party. . The takeover took place more than one year before the country’s next presidential elections in 2022. . When asked if the takeover was a prelude to Pacquiao’s presidential run, Munsayac said, “It’s still too early to talk about the presidential elections. . “What we can expect is more activities and avenues to help our countrymen in the grass-roots levels. . “Senator Pacquiao will bring not only more energy to the part...
Rodrigo Duterte Brags About His Huge Manhood.
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Rodrigo Duterte Brags About His Huge Manhood.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, who addressed supporters at a public rally bragged about his huge joystick and sexual prowess. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte who bragged about his huge joystick, disclosed that when he lived at the YMCA in Manila as a student he would walk around butt Unclad. According to him,  the sight of his joystick drew admiration from other residents claiming they would stare at it.Duterte who further stated that a man’s good looks count for nothing if he doesn't measure up, added he has a very impressive member which "points all the way up." According to him, he would have been furious if God had given him a smaller joystick. “If God gave me a small joystick, I would have cut it in front of the altar,” he said, drawing laughs from the crowd. S...
PHL Scores Low In Controlling Corruption, Rule Of Law —MCC
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PHL Scores Low In Controlling Corruption, Rule Of Law —MCC

The Philippines scored low in controlling corruption and ensuring the rule of law, according to the Millennium Challenge Corporation FY 2018 Scorecard. The country's percentile ranking in its respective income group was 50 percent in control of corruption and 47 percent in rule of law. In terms of democratic rights, the Philippines' performance met the standard: a score of 27 for political rights and 36 for civil liberties. It also ranked well in government effectiveness (80 percent) and freedom of information (77 percent). Economic freedom The Philippines meanwhile performed well in fiscal policy (87 percent), regulatory quality (87 percent), trade policy (67 percent), and land rights and access (59 percent). The country also garnered a score of 1.8 in terms of inflation. However, ...
Philippines Says Policy Trumps Popularity After Duterte Ratings Dip
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Philippines Says Policy Trumps Popularity After Duterte Ratings Dip

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's honeymoon period may be over, but his deadly anti-drugs campaign will not wane, his office said on Monday, after a fall in ratings that his opponents said showed public disillusionment with his rule. Duterte has enjoyed strong opinion poll numbers since winning the presidency in last year's elections but heavy scrutiny of his war on drugs, which has killed thousands of Filipinos, appears to have impacted his ratings. Trust and satisfaction in Duterte fell to the lowest of his presidency in the third quarter of this year, a survey showed on Sunday, although sentiment about his leadership remained positive overall. "The honeymoon period of the president is usually for a year, so this is expected," Duterte's communications secretary...
Philippine Church Leader Urges End To Drug Killings
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Philippine Church Leader Urges End To Drug Killings

The head of the Philippines’ powerful Catholic Church called for an end to the “waste of human lives” following a brutal week in President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war in which a 17-year-old boy was among dozens killed. Police raids described as “one-time, big-time” saw at least 76 people shot dead, authorities said, as rights groups and legislators condemned the operation as an alarming “killing spree” in Duterte’s flagship campaign. On Sunday, the highest-ranking church official in the predominantly Catholic nation expressed concern about the increase in the number of deaths. “We knock on the consciences of those who kill even the helpless, especially those who cover their faces with bonnets, to stop wasting human lives,” Manila Cardinal Luis Tagle said in a statement read in Sund...
Philippine Police ‘Dumping Bodies’ Of Drug War Victims
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Philippine Police ‘Dumping Bodies’ Of Drug War Victims

Philippine fishermen have revealed that they have been dumping bodies of drug suspects, killed as part of the country's so-called war on drugs, on the orders of the police. The bodies, called "trash" by authorities, have been thrown on the sides of highways and in Manila Bay over the past year. "Police are the ones coming to my house ordering me to take out trash," said Manuel, a local fisherman who has personally disposed off 20 bodies. "We usually throw them out in Manila Bay," he told Al Jazeera. "Sometimes we put weights on it, so it doesn't float up." Al Jazeera's Yaara Bou Melhem, reporting from the capital Manila, verified the identity of one of the dumped corpses, who was known to police as a drug dealer. "Once, I saw the body of a friend," said Manuel. "I'm scared a...
Philippines’ Duterte Offers Muslim Self-Rule To Counter ISIS
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Philippines’ Duterte Offers Muslim Self-Rule To Counter ISIS

President Rodrigo Duterte offered self-rule to the Philippines’ Muslim minority on Monday in an attempt to defeat Islamist militants who seized a southern city in the gravest challenge to his year-old rule. Duterte hopes the promise of autonomy will persuade Filipino Muslims to reject the Islamic State group, whose followers still control parts of Marawi after nearly two months of fighting that had left more than 500 people dead. Duterte vowed to shepherd through Congress a “Bangsamoro Basic Law” bill jointly written and submitted to him Monday by government officials and the country’s largest Muslim guerrilla group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. “This moment is a significant step forward in our quest to end centuries of hatred, mistrust and injustice that cost and affected t...
Rodrigo Duterte: One Year On, As Popular As Ever
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Rodrigo Duterte: One Year On, As Popular As Ever

It has been one year since Rodrigo Duterte, also known as The Punisher, was elected as Philippines’ president, after riding a platform of suppressing crime, the spread of drugs and corruption. Before coming to power, the former mayor had promised a wide range of reforms, including tackling poverty, unemployment and improving the economy. Despite taking Filipinos on a promised “rough ride” of drug war killings and foreign policy U-turns, the 72-year-old remains as popular as ever as he marks 12 months in office. According to pollsters at the Social Weather Stations, 80 percent say they have “much trust” with his administration’s performance. “People like the man,” Ricardo Abad, the head of sociology and anthropology at Ateneo University in Manila, told the AFP news agency. “P...
Army Struggles As Marawi Siege Enters Fourth Week
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Army Struggles As Marawi Siege Enters Fourth Week

Fighting in Marawi City in the southern Philippines has entered its fourth week, with military officials conceding that troops were struggling to loosen the grip of ISIL-linked fighters on downtown precincts despite relentless bombing. Military spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla said the urban terrain was hampering the army’s progress because the rebels had hunkered down in built-up neighbourhoods, many of them with civilians they had taken as human shields. Asked when the fighting would end, Padilla said: “I can’t give you an estimate because of compounding developments faced by ground commanders.” Hundreds of other civilians were still trapped in the ruins of the town and – facing capture, starvation or bombardment from above – several have braved sniper fire to dash ...
Dozens Dead After Gunman Storms Manila Casino
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Dozens Dead After Gunman Storms Manila Casino

More than 30 people have died after a gunman burst into a casino in the Philippine capital, Manila, firing shots and setting gaming tables alight, according to officials. The attack took place shortly after midnight (16:00 GMT) at the Resorts World Manila complex, police said on Friday, adding that all the victims died from suffocation and smoke inhalation. "Thirty-six deaths, this is due to suffocation," Manila police chief Oscar Albayalde told CNN Philippines. Police had previously said that at least 25 people died in what they described as a botched robbery attempt. The unidentified gunman self-immolated to death after firing at armed officers and causing havoc in the casino, according to police. "He lay down on the bed, covered himself in a thick blanket and apparently d...
Philippines: 10 Soldiers Killed In Misdirected Air Raid
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Philippines: 10 Soldiers Killed In Misdirected Air Raid

Ten Philippines soldiers were killed by "friendly" fire in a military air raid during efforts to take back a southern city sieged by fighters, the defence minister said on Thursday. Seven other soldiers were wounded on Wednesday when two air force SF-260 close air support planes dropped bombs on a target in the heart of Marawi City, Delfin Lorenzana told reporters. The first plane hit the target but the second missed. "It's very sad to be hitting our own troops," Lorenzana said. "There must be a mistake somewhere, either someone directing from the ground, or the pilot." The Philippine armed forces have been using a combination of ground operations by soldiers and helicopters air raids to try to dislodge Maute rebels linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, ...
Philippines Declares War On Rogue Cops
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Philippines Declares War On Rogue Cops

Philippine police are suspending their anti-narcotics operation until they have cleansed their ranks of "scalawags", following the killing of a South Korean businessmen by rogue officers. The police campaign, dubbed "Oplan Double Barrel", which also includes "Tokhang", in which police go house to house knocking on doors in search of drug suspects, has claimed the lives of more than 2,000 suspected drug users and pushers. "To all the rogue cops, beware! We no longer have a war on drugs. We now have a war on scalawags," Philippine National Police (PNP) Director-General Ronald dela Rosa told a news conference. Dela Rosa's pronouncement came a few hours after he said he would disband anti-drugs units following the kidnapping and killing of businessman Jee Ick-joo in the national...
Filipino PD Boss Wants To Kill Rogue Cops
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Filipino PD Boss Wants To Kill Rogue Cops

The Philippines police chief has expressed sorrow and fury after discovering some of his men had kidnapped and killed a South Korean businessman inside the national police headquarters. "I want to disappear from this world because of so much shame after what my men did," national police chief Ronald Dela Rosa tsaid on Thursday. Dela Rosa, a longtime ally of President Rodrigo Duterte, said he was "very angry" and "very offended" after learning the crime took place at the home of the national police. Dela Rosa did not say how many police were involved, or if any had been charged. The remains of Jee Ick-joo, abducted in October by rogue officers involved in kidnappings, were found at a funeral parlour in Manila. His death is the latest setback for a police force drawing h...

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