“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.
“The dismissal served as warning Duterte would not countenance any questionable or legally untenable decisions by any member of the cabinet,” Abella added.
Duterte: “I need soldiers, I need boy scouts. Who wants to become soldiers? I am counting on you, are you ready? Answer me, children. Always love your country.”
Duterte said he would consult with the country’s political and security leaders “whether or not it would be good at this time” to resume the government’s unilateral ceasefire.
PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Pantaleon Alvarez Mulls Impeaching Leni Robredo For Criticising Duterte War On Drugs
Robredo issued strong rebuke of Duterte’s war on drugs, describing it as an issue of public health that cannot be solved “with bullets alone”.
Duterte: “I will not be intimidated and I shall not be stopped just by what? International Criminal Court? Impeachment? If that is part of my destiny, it is my destiny to go.”
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order creating a joint command to mobilize 21 state agencies behind his bloody war on drugs.
Yasay was removed from the post after a unanimous vote by a plenary session of the Congress, which came hours after a confirmation hearing in which he was grilled about his citizenship at the time he took the job.
“In due time, your president and those who blindly enforce his illegal orders to kill, fabricate evidence and lies will be held accountable,” De Lima said.
PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Philippines Demands Proof for Human Rights Watch’s Assertion of Police ‘Executions’
Philippines dismissed as “thoughtless and irresponsible” a report by Human Rights Watch that President Rodrigo Duterte had turned a blind eye to murders by police in what the group called a “campaign of extrajudicial execution”.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change restricting greenhouse gas emissions, putting the deal one step closer to ratification in the country.
The confirmation process for Regina Lopez is anticipated because of the uproar she has caused in the mining sector, with calls from miners for her to be removed.
Duterte, who won an election last year on a vow to wipe out illegal drugs, had raised hopes of bringing an end to the communist insurgency that has stunted development for years, especially in central parts of the Philippines.
Amnesty International’s said the wave of drugs-related killings since Duterte came to power appeared to be “systematic, planned, organised” by authorities.
“They’re unloading arms in the Philippines now … I’m serving notice to the armed forces of the United States. Do not do it, I will not allow it,” Duterte.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday pleaded with the country’s Muslim separatist groups to deny sanctuary to militants with links to Islamic State, warning a war would ensue that would put civilians in danger.
Rodrigo Duterte has carried out a stunning U-turn in Philippines’ foreign policy since assuming office last year, making overtures towards China while berating traditional ally the United States.
“No one can stop me,” Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said, referring to the Supreme Court and Congress.
PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Leaked Emails of Leni Backers to Create Dissent Against Duterte Take Center Stage
Malacañang is looking into the leaked emails about the supposed plan of supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo to create dissent against President Rodrigo Duterte that surfaced on social networking sites recently.
The future of the once-solid US-Philippine defense alliance is uncertain as President Duterte cozies up to China and a coup may be on the horizon.