Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte glosses over Beijing as he calls for South China Sea peace

There needs to be peace and stability in the South China Sea, called Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Tuesday during a visit to Thailand. However, he shied away from making comments about China's contentious claims to the disputed region.

Philippine police assure EU of safety of detained Duterte critic

The Philippine police chief on Monday assured the European Parliament of the safety of a top critic of President Rodrigo Duterte who was arrested on illegal drug charges.

Philippines says it can't stop China from building on disputed shoal

The Philippines cannot stop China from building an environmental monitoring station on a shoal within the country’s exclusive economic zone, President Rodrigo Duterte said Sunday.

Philippines tells off EU for seeking release of Duterte critic

The Philippine government on Friday told the European Parliament to “mind their own business” after it called for the release of President Rodrigo Duterte’s top critic detained on illegal drug charges.

Philippines protests US TV show's negative portrayal of Duterte

The Philippines has filed a protest against a "highly negative depiction" of its president Rodrigo Duterte in a US television series and urged TV network CBS to correct the portrayal, the country's embassy in Washington said Tuesday.

Rights group: Philippine police falsify evidence to justify killings

Police in the Philippines falsify evidence to justify extrajudicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a new report published on Thursday.

Philippines' Duterte signs Paris Agreement on climate change

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, after previously signalling he would not ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change, has signed it, local media reported Wednesday.

Filipinos mark 1986 mass uprising amid fears of new 'dictatorship'

Thousands of protesters on Saturday marked a 1986 mass uprising that ousted late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, amid fears of a crackdown against political opponents of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Philippine court orders arrest of top Duterte critic

Philippine Senator Leila De Lima, whose arrest was ordered by a local court for illegal drugs charges, vowed Thursday to voluntarily surrender, but only after spending a night with her family.

Nixing truce, Duterte tells Filipino troops: 'Be ready to fight'

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday told the military to get "ready to fight" after ordering an end to the government's ceasefire with Communist rebels.

HRW: Duterte's drug war, Suu Kyi's Rohingya failure mark dismal 2016

An unprecedented level of extrajudicial killings in the Philippine drug war and Mynamar's failure to address a brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims highlight the grim state of human rights in Asia in 2016, a Human Rights Watch report said Friday.

Philippines' Duterte orders free contraceptives for 6 million women

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered government agencies to provide free contraceptives and other reproductive health services to 6 million women, despite a temporary ban by the Supreme Court.

Japanese PM seeks to solidify ties to Manila with billions in gifts

With an eye on Chinese assertiveness in the region, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in the Philippines Thursday bearing 9 billion dollars in aid and investment promises designed to bolster bilateral ties between Tokyo and Manila.

Philippine leader alleges most US ambassadors are "spies"

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday alleged that most US ambassadors are "spies," and some of the envoys are deployed to undermine governments.

Police say 1 million people taken in in Philippine drug war

The Philippine National Police said Tuesday that a total of 1.049 million people have surrendered, been arrested or killed in President Rodrigo Duterte's fight against illegal drugs.

Philippine leader backs down on South China Sea territory ruling

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Saturday he would set aside an arbitration court ruling that invalidated China's sweeping claims over the disputed South China Sea.

Philippines' Duterte signs agreements with Cambodia

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte concluded his trip to Cambodia on Wednesday afternoon after meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen at Phnom Penh's Peace Palace. 

More than 2,100 killed in Philippines anti-drug campaign since July

More than 2,100 suspects have been killed in the past five months in the Philippines as part of a war on drugs, police reported on Wednesday, after President Rodrigo Duterte admitted to having personally killed people.

Duterte not happy with growing number of deaths in drug war

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday he was not happy about the growing number of people killed in his aggressive anti-drug war.

Philippine leader lashes out at US at APEC meeting with Putin

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte criticized the US and other Western nations on Saturday, during his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Duterte warns Philippines could follow Russia's ICC withdrawal

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday he might follow Russia's decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), which has criticized a spate of killings under his administration's drug war.

Duterte wants US troops to leave Philippines in two years

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday he wants the withdrawal of all foreign troops from his country within two years, in another apparent jab at the United States.

Philippine leader resumes rebuke of US after arrival in Japan

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte slammed the United States soon after arriving in Japan Tuesday evening, calling Washington a “bully” for chastising him over his deadly war on drugs.

Japanese premier to ask Philippine leader to mend US ties

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to ask Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to repair soured relations with the United States when the two meet in Tokyo, local media reported Tuesday.

Duterte says he wants to "separate" from US, praises China

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he wants to "separate" from the United States and praised China in a speech to a business forum in Beijing.

Philippines' Duterte sees "springtime of relationship" in China visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping committed more than 9 billion dollars in loans for development projects at his meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippine presidential communications Office announced on Thursday.

Philippine president arrives in China for portentous state visit

Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte touched down in Beijing on Tuesday evening for a portentous four-day state visit at the invitation of President Xi Jinping.

Survey: Majority of Filipinos satisfied with president's drug war

The majority of Filipinos are satisfied with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war despite mounting criticisms about the killings, a survey showed Friday.

Philippines top diplomat says US has failed former colony

Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay said Thursday that President Rodrigo Duterte is seeking to realign his country's foreign policy away from the US, stating "America has failed us."

After Duterte threatens "break up," US stresses alliance

The US-Philippines relationship remains a priority to the US despite remarks by President Rodrigo Duterte threatening to "break up with America" and telling US President Barack Obama to "go to hell," the White House said Tuesday.

Philippines' Duterte likens himself to Hitler in anti-drug war

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday likened himself to Adolf Hitler, saying he would “be happy” to kill millions of drug addicts in the country.

Duterte to scrap joint military exercises between Philippines, US

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is planning to scrap joint military training exercises with the US.

Duterte's drug war strikes fear in Philippines

Since becoming the Philippine president on June 30, Rodrigo Duterte has repeatedly vowed to kill all of the country's criminals, especially those in the illegal drug trade. The death toll in his anti-drug war has been climbing each day.

Duterte to invite foreign critics to investigate anti-drug war

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday he would invite foreign critics to come and investigate him for a spate of killings in the anti-drug war that has become a hallmark of his time in office.

Philippine leader lashes out over EU's criticism of drug war

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday slammed the European Union after its parliament joined calls for an end to extrajudicial killings under his anti-drug war.

Philippines to "explain" anti-drug war to UN human rights council

The Philippines will explain President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal campaign against illegal drugs to the United Nations amid mounting criticisms, an official said Wednesday

Philippines' Duterte denies giving Indonesia OK for planned execution

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte did not give the go-ahead to Indonesia to execute a Philippine woman currently on death row for drug trafficking, an official said Monday, rubbishing reported comments from the Indonesian president earlier that day.

Obama meets informally with Philippine President Duterte after insult

US President Barack Obama and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte exchanged pleasantries late Wednesday before attending a gala dinner at the ASEAN summit, Philippine officials said.

Obama cancels meeting with Duterte after expletive-laden remarks

US President Barack Obama cancelled a planned bilateral meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who threatened to swear at him if he raised concerns over extra-judicial killings, a spokesman for Obama said Tuesday.

Philippines' Duterte warns foreign leaders not to question drug war

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday warned US President Barack Obama and other foreign leaders not to question his deadly anti-drug campaign when they meet at an annual South-East Asian summit in Laos.

President Duterte declares "state of lawlessness" in the Philippines

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday declared a “state of lawlessness” in the country after 14 people were killed in a bomb blast at a night market in his home city.

Philippine leader says deadly anti-drug campaign not genocide

A new Philippine anti-drugs campaign that has left more than 1,000 people dead is not genocide, said President Rodrigo Dueterte Monday, adding he was prepared to go to jail for the killings.

Duterte warns of "bloody" outcome if China invades Philippine islands

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday warned of a “bloody” outcome if China tries to invade the country’s territories in the disputed South China Sea.

Philippine troops kill four communist rebels in clash ahead of truce

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday restored a ceasefire with communist rebels who also declared a truce ahead of the resumption of peace talks in Norway.

Philippine leader rows back on apparent martial law threat

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte would never undermine the country's constitution, his spokesman insisted Wednesday, after the hardline leader appeared to suggest the introduction of martial law to help pursue an anti-drugs crackdown.

Philippine leader names 150 officials allegedly involved in drugs

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday identified more than 150 politicians, judges and members of law enforcement agencies allegedly involved in the illegal drugs trade.

Politicians surrender after Philippines leader declares war on drugs

Two Philippine politicians surrendered to police on Friday after President Rodrigo Duterte warned government officials allegedly linked to the illegal drugs trade that they would be killed if they resist arrest.

Duterte demands surrender of town mayor, son for illegal drugs

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday demanded the surrender of a town mayor and his son on alleged drug trafficking and threatened to issue a “shoot-on-sight” order, his spokesman said.

Kerry, Duterte reaffirm defence alliance amid South China Sea tension

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday reaffirmed the two countries’ defence alliance amid ongoing tension in the South China Sea.

Philippines' incoming president vows to respect justice system

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday vowed to stick to the law in fighting crime and corruption in the country, to dispel fears that his unorthodox methods verge on the illegal.

Philippines’ president promises to embrace "dignity of office"

The Philippines' incoming president Rodrigo Duterte has shocked the world with his brash character and authoritarian leadership style. Some analysts believe he will moderate his ways once he officially takes over as president on June 30.

Philippines' Duterte says journalists not exempt from "assassination"

Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte came under fire on Wednesday for saying that corrupt journalists could face "assassination."

Philippines' Duterte says journalists not exempt from "assassination"

Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte was under fire Wednesday for saying that corrupt journalists could face "assassination.”

Philippine Congress confirms Duterte won presidential election

The Philippine Congress on Friday confirmed that Rodrigo Duterte, a tough-talking mayor from a southern city, won the presidential elections earlier in the month.

Philippines' incoming leader vows to "shoot to kill" criminals

The Philippines’ incoming president on Monday urged Congress to restore the death penalty to help eradicate crime, as he vowed to order police to kill suspected criminals who violently resist arrest.

Philippines' Duterte tells Islamist militants to free hostages

The Philippines’ incoming president called on Islamist militants Monday to free hostages that they have threatened to behead on a southern island.

Duterte plans "major rewrite" of constitution as Philippine president

The winner of the Philippines’ presidential election, Rodrigo Duterte, plans a “major rewriting” of the country’s constitution, his spokesman said Tuesday.

Duterte set for big win in Philippine election as rivals concede

Rodrigo Duterte, a tough-talking city mayor, was set to become the next president of the Philippines as his closest rival conceded defeat on Tuesday.

Rival of tough-talking Philippine mayor concedes in presidential race

Philippine mayor Rodrigo Duterte appeared headed for victory in presidential elections on Monday as an unofficial tally showed him millions of votes ahead of the other candidates and one of his strongest rivals conceded the race.

Call for "healing" as polls close in Philippines

Voting for a new president and thousands of local officials drew to a close in the Philippines Monday, with the frontrunner in the presidential race, Rodrigo Duterte, calling for healing after an acrimonious campaign.

Rodrigo Duterte, tough-talking Philippine presidential favourite

Rodrigo Duterte, a lawyer by training, has served the most years of any mayor in the Philippines, as head of Davao City for a total of seven three-year terms. In between, he was either vice mayor or a congressional representative of the city.

“Punisher” mayor emerges as front-runner for Philippine president

A month before the Philippine presidential poll, a tough-talking mayor is emerging as favourite, promising to eradicate crime in six months if elected.