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New York Times profile of Duterte dismissed as “hack job” by palace

A New York Times article about President Duterte’s upbringing and background has been dismissed by the Malacañang as a “hack job”. “One would expect more from The New York Times,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a statement. “Their article, ‘Becoming Duterte: The Making of a Philippine Strongman,’ sounds like a…


Palace hits back at EU condemnation of Senator De Lima’s arrest

The European parliament has condemned the Philippines for arresting Senator Leila de Lima, President Duterte’s staunchest critic, for allegedly being involved in the Bilibid Prison drugs trade. A resolution passed by European Union lawmakers said they had serious concerns that the charges against Senator De Lima — who is imprisoned…


Mutineer-turned-lawmaker launches bid to impeach “criminal” Duterte

An opposition lawmaker has filed an impeachment complaint in the Philippine Congress against President Duterte, calling for his removal for “high crimes, betrayal of public trust and abuses of power”. Lower house representative Gary Alejano has accused the president of a long list of impeachable offences, including conflicts of interest,…



Deploying soldiers to war on drugs risks suspension of US military aid

Washington could suspend military aid to the Philippines if soldiers are deployed to President Duterte’s war drugs, an American analyst said today (Friday March 10). He also said that annual US-Filipino war games – that have been held for more than three decades and are the cornerstone of the two…



Shades of grey: Does the case against Senator De Lima really stack up?

Jailed senator Leila de Lima is a divisive figure — opinions about her are rarely in any shade of grey. Supporters of Duterte’s administration tend to paint her as the black widow of the drug trade, while her own backers consider her a Snow White of righteous resistance. According to current opinion…


Bramovich: Duterte’s war on everything

I was thinking this morning about all the things Duterte hates and I’ve realised he’s “gone to war” on an impressive list of ills since he came to power. He’s publicly attacked the media. He’s locked horns with the Americans. He’s gone up against the EU, his own cabinet, drugs,…


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…