Duterte

White House defends Trump invitation to Duterte despite human rights criticism

White House defends Trump invitation to Duterte despite human rights criticism

Desk Report WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Sunday defended President Donald Trump’s decision to invite Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to Washington, saying his cooperation was needed to counter North Korea, even as the administration faced human rights criticism for its overture to Manila. Trump issued the invitation on Saturday night in what the […]

Philippines’ Duterte says he may impose martial law if drug problem ‘virulent’

Philippines’ Duterte says he may impose martial law if drug problem ‘virulent’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he would impose martial law if the drug problem became “very virulent”, just a month after dismissing as “nonsense” any suggestion he might do so. Duterte has made a brutal war on drugs a central pillar of his administration since he took office in the middle of last year. […]

Philippines: Duterte killing claim ‘should not be taken literally’

Philippines: Duterte killing claim ‘should not be taken literally’

An apparent admission by the president of the Philippines that he had killed criminal suspects when he was mayor of Davao should not be “taken literally”, his spokesman has said. The president’s admission sparked calls for his impeachment from opposition leaders and rights groups. It was the latest in a series of controversial claims by […]

Philippines’ Duterte admits personally killing suspects

Philippines’ Duterte admits personally killing suspects

Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte has admitted he personally killed criminal suspects as mayor of Davao. It is the first such admission he has made since becoming president in June, but echoes comments he made in 2015. He ran the southern city for two decades, earning a reputation for cutting crime, and criticism for allegedly supporting […]