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Ex-cop claims he murdered about 200 people on Duterte’s orders

Former policeman Arturo Lascañas has told a Senate hearing he was a hit-man who killed some 200 people on the orders of then city mayor Rodrigo Duterte. His evidence was a complete U-turn after a Senate appearance last October, when he denied the so-called Davao Death Squad even existed or that…


Confessions of a hitman: Is this the man who could bring down Duterte?

Self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato has apparently had a crisis of conscience. It seems the ghosts of the 50-or-so people he murdered as a member of the Davao Death Squad have started to haunt him. Now in hiding, he wants the man he says ordered the killings to help shoulder the blame. That man, he claims, is…


Making way for Marcos? Vice president Robredo quits cabinet role

VICE president Leni Robredo has quit her post as housing chief after president Duterte ordered her “to desist from attending all cabinet meetings” from today (Monday, December 5). Although she intends to remain in her post as vice president, she is currently facing a legal challenge from Ferdinand “Bong Bong” Marcos…


A meeting of minds? Trump invites Duterte to the White House

PRESIDENT elect Donald Trump has invited president Duterte to the White House next year during a “very engaging, animated” phone conversation, a Duterte aide has said. A statement issued by Trump’s transition team, however, made no mention of an invitation. Trump’s brief chat with the Philippine president follows a period of…



Peso and stocks rise as newly elected President Duterte reassures markets

The Philippine peso rose against the dollar as newly-elected President Duterte sought to ease investor concerns. The currency also strengthened versus all of its 10 Asian peers as preliminary results showed Duterte, the tough-talking mayor of Davao city, won about 39 percent of the vote. He said on Monday it was time to…