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Duterte’s human rights record defended at UN human rights council

A Filipino senator has issued a spirited defence of the Duterte administration’s human rights record before a UN panel in Geneva, Switzerland. Senator Alan Peter Cayetano appeared before the UN’s Human Rights Council with a slide show, and repeated claims that critics were smearing the government with “fake news”. He said:…



“Thank you, Australia”: Duterte’s New Zealand stop-over

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – President Rodrigo Duterte stopped briefly in New Zealand this week on his return from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference in Peru. In an exclusive interview with the New Zealand Herald, he twice referred to the country as Australia and asked the female reporter if she was…


Duterte blames foreigners (Mexican? Chinese?) for ‘destroying the Philippines’

President Duterte has made the astonishing claim that “foreigners are destroying the Philippines”. The President did not name which nationalities are to blame for the alleged destruction, merely saying that he has “warned their ambassadors several times”. “A lot of citizens are destroying my country and I won’t allow that. If I…