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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Trump, Duterte Unite at Asia Summit

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Trump, Duterte Unite at Asia Summit

“Ladies and gentlemen, I sang uninvited, upon the orders of the commander-in-chief of the United States,” Duterte said later, according to the ABS-CBN news channel.

Roque described the relationship between Trump and Duterte as “warm, friendly and candid”.

“It’s very apparent that both of them have a person who they consider as not a best friend,” he added.

“They have similar feelings towards former U.S. President Barack Obama.”

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Philippine Troops vs Pro-Islamic State Alliance: Intense Urban Firefight Continues

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Philippine Troops vs Pro-Islamic State Alliance: Intense Urban Firefight Continues

“There’s just one building and they’re inside,” Colonel Romeo Brawner told a news conference.

“We believe these are ones who decided to fight it out, because they believe that if they die there they will go to Heaven.”

Brawner said the authorities believed foreign operatives were among those still fighting and it was clear there was now a leadership vacuum.

“At this point we don’t know who is really the leader,” he added.

“Our government forces will try to do everything to finish the firefight today.”

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: ‘I Will Declare a Revolutionary Government’: Duterte Warns

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: ‘I Will Declare a Revolutionary Government’: Duterte Warns

“If your destabilization is taking place and there is chaos already, I will not hesitate to declare a revolutionary government until the end of my term and I will arrest all of you and we can go to a full-scale war against the reds,” Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said, in reference to communist rebels who have waged a nearly 50-year insurgency.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: China Gives 3,000 Assault Rifles to Philippines to Show Friendship Not Foe

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: China Gives 3,000 Assault Rifles to Philippines to Show Friendship Not Foe

“We are lucky that the Chinese government provided the firearms,” Philippines Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said at a news conference, where stacks of rifles were on display.

The rifles, worth about $3.3 million, will all go to the Philippine National Police (PNP), which needs to fill a shortfall of guns after some U.S. legislators blocked the sale of about 26,000 M4 rifles to the police last year.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Duterte Vows to File Impeachment Against Conchita Carpio-Morales

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Duterte Vows to File Impeachment Against Conchita Carpio-Morales

“We will file an impeachment case against her,” Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said told reporters, referring to Conchita Carpio-Morales, who heads the Office of the Ombudsman, the government’s anti-graft agency. “I would tend to believe she was part of the conspiracy.”

“In the end, they will discover, to their sorrow, there is no such amount,” he said, challenging Carpio-Morales and Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to join him in making public their own bank accounts and resigning from office.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Duterte Critics, Allies in Senate Vow to Block Budget Cut for Rights Body

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Duterte Critics, Allies in Senate Vow to Block Budget Cut for Rights Body

Duterte on Tuesday appeared to distance himself from the lawmakers proposing the meager budget. He said CHR was constitutionally created and should probe whatever it wants, adding he was “not here to destroy institutions”.

“He had it coming. He opens his mouth in a most inappropriate way. He knows nothing,” Duterte said, referring to Gascon. “The congressmen are really angry. I have nothing against him. Give them a budget for all I care, whatever he likes to investigate.”

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Killings Across Manila Followed 32 Deaths in Police Raids

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Killings Across Manila Followed 32 Deaths in Police Raids

Colonel Erwin Margarejo, spokesman for Manila police, described the raids that started late Wednesday in Manila as “one-time, big-time” operations, the same term used by police in Bulacan, who said the victims died because they chose to put up a fight.

“This is ‘one-time, big-time’ operations, so it is not focussed only on drugs, we are operating also against other street crimes, like robbery, but these people could also be under the influence of drugs. If they resisted violently, our police have to defend themselves.”

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: China Agrees on no New Expansion in South China Sea

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: China Agrees on no New Expansion in South China Sea

“The Chinese will not occupy new features in the South China Sea nor they are going to build structures in Scarborough Shoal,” Lorenzana told lawmakers late on Monday, referring to a prime fishing ground close to the Philippines that China blockaded from 2012 to 2016.

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WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 28 July 2017

WORLD POLITICAL NEWS DAILY BRIEF: 28 July 2017

WORLD BRIEF: “I didn’t say that I’ll bomb those if there are people, so I asked them to go away from there, meaning I’ll destroy those because you are using a school without a license,” Duterte said.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Duterte to Congress: Extend Martial Law in Southern Island of Mindanao

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Duterte to Congress: Extend Martial Law in Southern Island of Mindanao

Duterte further told the congressmen that the militancy in the south would not be crushed by July 22, when his two-month martial law expires.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Envoys Talk With Abdullah Maute During Brief Truce

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Envoys Talk With Abdullah Maute During Brief Truce

“We need to balance this because this is very precarious,” Retired General Dickson Hermoso told reporters.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Mohammad Noaim Maute Alias Abu Jadid Arrested: Military Says

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Mohammad Noaim Maute Alias Abu Jadid Arrested: Military Says

Brigadier General Gilbert Gapay, a spokesman for the military’s Eastern Mindanao Command, said Maute was a bomb-maker for the Maute terrorist group.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: US Forces ‘Assisting’ in Marawi to End City Siege

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: US Forces ‘Assisting’ in Marawi to End City Siege

Philippine military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jo-Ar Herrera said US personnel were “just providing technical support.” That followed sightings on Friday of a US P3 Orion surveillance aircraft over Marawi.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Government Soldier Find Stash of Banknotes as Fighters Pull Back

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Government Soldier Find Stash of Banknotes as Fighters Pull Back

“The recovery of those millions of cash indicates that they are running because the government troops are pressing in and focusing on destroying them,” Marines Operations Officer Rowan Rimas told a news conference in the town as helicopters on machinegun runs buzzed overhead.

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RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia a ‘Reliable Partner’: Duterte Philippine President Says

RUSSIA POLITICS: Russia a ‘Reliable Partner’: Duterte Philippine President Says

During a Tuesday meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Duterte said, “I came to secure your support and to confirm our friendship.”

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Duterte Declares Martial Law on Southern Island of Mindanao

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Duterte Declares Martial Law on Southern Island of Mindanao

“Duterte has already declared martial law for the entire island of Mindanao,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella told reporters in Moscow.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Philippine Ties With EU Set for ‘Rollercoaster Ride’: Minister

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Philippine Ties With EU Set for ‘Rollercoaster Ride’: Minister

“We have good relations with the EU, but it’s going to be a rocky period, or a rollercoaster ride,” Cayetano said, adding that he would meet the EU ambassador next week when he returns from an overseas trip.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Regina Lopez Forced to Resign By Lawmakers

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Regina Lopez Forced to Resign By Lawmakers

“It is the constitutional right of every Filipino to a clean and healthy environment,” an emotional, at times angry, Regina Lopez told reporters.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Duterte Orders Occupation of Uninhabited Isles in Disputed Sea

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Duterte Orders Occupation of Uninhabited Isles in Disputed Sea

“The unoccupied, which are ours, let’s live on it,” Duterte told reporters during a visit to a military base in Palawan, near the disputed waters.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Duterte Fires Ismael Sueno

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Duterte Fires Ismael Sueno

“The dismissal served as warning Duterte would not countenance any questionable or legally untenable decisions by any member of the cabinet,” Abella added.

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