Category Archives: the Philippines

Phillippines | US says it will work with Duterte after latest outburst

Phillippines | Philippine president Duterte threatens tough measures to boost drugs war

MANILA – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned he may use his executive power to suspend a legal safeguard against arbitrary arrest and detention, and was willing to use drastic measures and even go to jail to make his war on drugs a success.

The former prosecutor – dubbed “the punisher” and elected on promises of a fierce campaign to stop crime and illicit drugs – said there were so many narcotics suspects on his wanted list that building cases one-by-one took too much time and manpower.

Japan | Tokyo braces for fence-mending role in U.S.-Philippine estrangement during Duterte visit

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As Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte prepares to make his first visit to Japan since taking office in June, Tokyo is looking to play peacemaker between Washington and Manila as the tough-talking leader threatens to change the geopolitical calculus in the South China Sea.

Philippines President declares “separation” from U.S.

Philippines‘ President Rodrigo Duterte declared his “separation” from longstanding ally the United States in Beijing on Thursday, October 20, as he rebalances his country’s diplomacy towards China, AFP reports.

Phillippines | Duterte orders military to stop paramilitary groups amid ongoing peace talks in the Philippines

President of the Philippines Rodrigo Roa Duterte ordered the military on Thursday to take full control and stop paramilitary groups from operating amid ongoing peace talks with different rebel groups in the country. Speaking to reporters following his visit in Camp Vicente Alagar, President Duterte said the presence of the civilian armed groups could “undermine” the ongoing peace initiatives.
“I am now ordering the Army to take full control itong mga Bagani Command and the — there is another group I forgot the name,” the President said.
“Paramilitary men operating especially with firearms issued by the government would undermine the peace process. …We are really trying our best to come up with a peaceful country,” he said.
Paramilitary groups were organized in the past to help government in its campaign against communist insurgents in rural areas.
President Duterte particularly mentioned the Magahat-Bagani Force operating in Surigao del Sur and another group in Arakan, North Cotabato.
In his speech before scores of policemen, he disclosed his scheduled meeting with National Democratic Front chairman Luis Jalandoni in Davao City on Thursday night.
“[Luis] Jalandoni is waiting for me in Davao. He’s there right now and I’ve invited them for dinner,” he said.
He stressed that he is pushing for an “inclusive government” and not a coalition government with the leftist groups.
He said he could come up with a peace deal with the Reds as long as they do not insist on having posts in the country’s police and military organizations.
The Duterte administration is also talking with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Moro National Liberation Front (MILF) and the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), headed by Jose Maria Sison, in a bid to achieve lasting peace in the country especially in Mindanao.