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  • President Duterte Announces Retirement From Philippines Politics As Boxing Champ Manny Pacquiao Launches Bid For Presidency

    10/02/2021 9:32:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Known for his violent crackdown on drug dealers and other unorthodox policy decisions that won him both admiration and hatred, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced Saturday that he would be retiring from politics after dropping his bid for the presidency. That Duterte is ending his political career so soon is ironic. Many western political analysts and high-handed scribes once condemned Duterte as a violent authoritarian who would shift the Philippines' political system closer to that of Russia's. However, that never happened. And now, Duterte, who is constitutionally forbidden from seeking another term as president, has decided not to run as...
  • Philippine President Duterte hands-off on Ivermectin use for Covid; Leaves discretion to doctors, patients

    09/11/2021 8:12:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Manila Bulletin ^ | 09/11/2021 | Argyll Cyrus Geducos
    As the debate on its effectiveness in treating coronavirus (COVID-19) continues, President Duterte has decided to leave the use of antiparasitic drug ivermectin to the discretion of doctors and patients. Duterte made the statement as the clinical studies on ivermectin as a cure for COVID-19 continue worldwide. In his pre-recorded public address aired Saturday morning, September 11, the President recognized that some sectors continue to claim that ivermectin works as a cure for COVID-19. However, he said no medical journal has been published to prove the claims. “The problem is it is not clear. Nobody has published in a journal–...
  • Philippines' Duterte Agrees to Run for Vice-President in 2022

    08/24/2021 6:23:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | AUGUST 24, 2021
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has agreed to be the ruling party's vice-presidential candidate, in next year’s elections, the PDP-Laban party said on Tuesday (Aug 24), laying the groundwork for the leader to stay in power beyond his term. The PDP-Laban party made the announcement ahead of a national assembly on Sept 8 where it is also expected to endorse Mr Duterte’s aide and incumbent senator Christopher "Bong" Go to be its presidential candidate in the 2022 polls. Mr Duterte is making "the sacrifice" and heeding "the clamour of the people," Mr Karlo Nograles, executive vice-president of the ruling PDP-Laban party,...
  • President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines Has Changed His Mind About Scrapping a U.S. Security Pact

    07/30/2021 5:06:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Time ^ | JULY 30, 2021 | Jim Gomez
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has retracted a decision to end a key defense pact with the United States, allowing large-scale combat exercises between U.S. and Philippine forces that at times have alarmed China to proceed. Duterte’s decision was announced Friday by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana in a joint news conference with visiting U.S. counterpart Lloyd Austin in Manila. It was a step back from the Philippine leader’s stunning vow early in his term to distance himself from Washington as he tried to rebuild frayed ties with China over territorial rifts in the South China Sea. “The president decided to recall...
  • The Philippine President Told Unvaccinated People 'For All I Care, You Can Die Any Time' as He Continues His Brutal Threats Against Vaccine Deniers

    07/30/2021 3:16:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Yahoo News! ^ | Fri, July 30, 2021 | Sinéad Baker
    SNIP Rodrigo Duterte told a national address on Wednesday: "For those who do not want it, well, for all I care, you can die anytime." He also said he wants the police to restrict the movement of people who refuse coronavirus vaccines: "To those people who do not want to be vaccinated, I am telling you, don't go out of your house." "If you go out of your house, I will tell the police to return you to your home. You will be escorted back to your house because you are a walking spreader."
  • Philippines president Duterte: ‘You choose, Covid vaccine or I will have you jailed’

    06/21/2021 8:50:59 PM PDT · by Cronos · 29 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 22 June 2021 | Reuters
    President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to jail people who refuse to be vaccinated against the coronavirus as the Philippines battles one of Asia’s worst outbreaks, with a cumulative total of more than 1.3 million cases and 23,000 deaths. “You choose, vaccine or I will have you jailed,” Duterte said in a televised address on Monday following reports of low turnouts at several vaccination sites in the capital Manila. Duterte’s remarks contradict those of his health officials, who have said that while people are being urged to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, it was voluntary. “Don’t get me wrong, there is a...
  • ‘Il Give You Ivermectin or Leave the Country’: Duterte Tells Anti-Vaxxers

    06/21/2021 9:28:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Manila Bulletin ^ | June 22, 2021 | Raymund Antonio
    President Duterte gave anti-vaxxers two choices: get anti-parasitic drug Ivermectin or leave the country since they don’t want to join the country’s COVID-19 vaccination program. “Ito ‘yong ayaw magpabakuna. Kayong ayaw magpabakuna, ipabakuna ko ‘yong itong sa bakuna ng baboy, ‘yong Ivermectin. Iyon ang ibakuna ko sa kanila (These people who don’t want to get vaccinated. If you don’t want to get vaccinated, I will vaccinate you with the vaccine for pigs, the Ivermectin. That’s what I will put in you),” the President said in his taped public address on Monday night. The parasitic drug Ivermectin is being used experimentally...
  • Philippines' President Duterte Says He Won’t Withdraw Ships From Contested Waters with China

    05/14/2021 3:12:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    MANILA—Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has rebuffed a call from China to withdraw vessels from disputed areas of the South China Sea and said he would not bow to pressure, even if it jeopardizes his friendship with Beijing. The Philippines has boosted its presence in contested areas of its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), including Thitu island, near to Chinese military installation, in defiance of the months-long presence of hundreds of Chinese boats it believes are manned by militia. Duterte’s remarks in a televised address aired on Friday come as pressure builds on him to abandon his pursuit of close ties with...
  • Philippine President Duterte Apologizes for Taking Unapproved Sinopharm Jab, Requests China Withdraw Doses

    05/07/2021 6:55:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    Epoch Times ^ | 05/07/2021 | Frank Yue
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned Filipinos not to follow his example and get the China-made Sinopharm vaccine which has not yet been approved by the country’s health regulator for use against the CCP virus. Duterte, who was able to get the Sinopharm jab via a compassionate use permit despite the drug not yet being approved, has since asked the Chinese embassy to return 1,000 unused doses that were donated by Beijing. Following criticism, Duterte told Filipinos, “Don’t follow my steps.” “It’s dangerous because there are no studies, it might not be good for the body. Just let me be the...
  • Sultanate Confirms Duterte’s Maranao Lineage

    03/30/2021 5:49:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    The Manila Times ^ | March 28, 2021 | Asangan T. Madale
    The Bangsamoro Sultanate of Lanao, headed by Sultan Edrieza Nasser Rimbang Al-Haj, a parliament member of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA), has recognized and confirmed the Maranao lineage of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. This confirmation comes after Rimbang Al-Haj made a series of consultations among the council of elders and sultan representatives from the Pat a Pangampong sa Ranao as well as the Igma and Taritib of the Maranaos. Rimbang Al-Haj said the announcement of the confirmation of Duterte’s Maranao blood lineage coincided with the President’s natal day celebration on March 27. The sultan’s wife is a distant relative of...
  • South China Sea: Tensions skyrocket as 'provocative' Beijing swarms region with 'militia

    03/21/2021 7:51:28 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 48 replies ^ | 3/21/2021 | Dylan Donnelly
    Delfin Lorenzana, Philippine defence chief, demanded China recall more than 200 fishing vessels, from a South China Sea reef it claims. Mr Lorenzana believes they are armed with militia. China has previously been accused of violating international law in sending its vessels to waters claimed by other Asia-Pacific countries. The Philippines' coast guard reported around 220 armed fishing vessels were moored at Whitsun Reef, which Manila calls Julian Felipe Reef, on March 7. Mr Lorenzana issued a statement condemning the presence of the boats in the Philippines-claimed portion of the South China Sea. He described the their presence as a...
  • Wary Philippines says 200 Chinese vessels at disputed reef

    03/21/2021 11:23:38 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    CNBC ^ | SUN, MAR 21 2021
    The Philippine government expressed concern after spotting more than 200 Chinese fishing vessels it believed were crewed by militias at a reef claimed by both countries in the South China Sea, but it did not immediately lodge a protest. A government body overseeing the disputed region said late Saturday that about 220 Chinese vessels were seen moored at Whitsun Reef on March 7. It released pictures of the vessels lying side by side in one of the most hotly contested areas of the strategic waterway. The reef, which Manila calls Julian Felipe, is a boomerang-shaped and shallow coral region about...
  • Philippine President Duterte Favors Russian, Chinese COVID-19 Vaccines Over Western Ones

    09/15/2020 8:21:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    MANILA -- The Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday he will prioritize COVID-19 vaccines developed by Russia or China, his geopolitical allies, instead of those made by western pharmaceutical companies which he accused of looking for profit amid the pandemic. "If the vaccine of Russia and China are equally good and effective just as any other vaccine by any country, I will buy (them) first," Rodrigo Duterte said in a televised Monday night speech, in which he offered his collaboration to Russian and Chinese companies that are developing a vaccine. The president explained that he prefers to work with China...
  • Four years on, Philippine President Duterte is still struggling to show the benefits of being pro-China

    09/08/2020 9:07:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    CNBC ^ | 09/08/2020 | Yen Nee Lee
    SINGAPORE — After more than four years in power, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is still struggling to show that his country has benefited from a closer alliance with China. In a dramatic shift in the Philippines’ foreign policy, Duterte declared in 2016 the country’s “separation” from the U.S. — a military ally — and announced closer ties with China. Among other things, the president also set aside his country’s territorial dispute with Beijing in the South China Sea, in exchange for billions of dollars that China pledged in infrastructure investments. But much of that promised investment has not materialized, with...
  • Philippine President Duterte asks China's Xi Jin Ping: Prioritize Philippines' access to your COVID-19 vaccine

    07/27/2020 2:44:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Philippine Star ^ | 07/27/2020 | Gaea Katreena Cabico
    MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday he had asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to prioritize the Philippines when it develops a vaccine against the novel coronavirus. Duterte—who is fostering better ties with Beijing—disclosed this during his fifth State of the Nation Address. “Four days ago, I made a plea to President Xi Jinping that if they have the vaccine, can they allow us to be the one of the first or if it is needed, if we have to buy it that we will be granted credit so we can normalize as fast as possible,” the chief executive...
  • Philippines' Rodrigo Duterte has backflipped on his divorce plans with the US military — why?

    07/02/2020 9:55:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    ABC Australia ^ | 07/02/2020 | Alan Weedon
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has recently suspended a decision that was described by analysts as one of the geopolitical shocks of the decade. In February, the President announced he would rip up the long-standing Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, which operationalises the two countries' Mutual Defence Treaty (MDT), signed in 1951. The MDT is similar to Australia's ANZUS security pact with the US — also signed in 1951 — as an attack in the Pacific threatening either party's "territorial integrity, political independence, or security" will automatically trigger a consultation process between Manila and Washington. The cancellation of...
  • The Philippines Suspends Withdrawal From Defense Pact With US

    06/03/2020 10:46:21 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 44 replies
    Global Security ^ | 2 June 2020 | Radio Free Asia
    The Philippines has suspended its plan to terminate a key defense pact with the United States, Manila's top diplomat announced Tuesday, after President Rodrigo Duterte in early 2020 threatened to pull his country out of the bilateral agreement... In the letter, which was dated Monday, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs indicated that its decision in February to scrap the VFA was "hereby suspended" due to "political and other developments in the region," and that Manila had decided to hold off for six months on its planned withdrawal... "The abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement has been suspended upon the...
  • Duterte tells Philippine police to shoot dead lockdown troublemakers

    04/02/2020 11:22:19 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 43 replies
    Yahooooo - AFP ^ | April 2, 2020 | Staff
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has told security forces they should shoot dead anyone causing "trouble" in areas locked down due to the coronavirus pandemic. About half the country's roughly 110 million people are currently under quarantine -- including millions in deep poverty, left jobless by tough restrictions on movement. Hours before Duterte gave the order in a speech late Wednesday, nearly two dozen people from a slum community in the capital Manila were arrested for holding a protest that accused the government of failing to provide food aid to the poor. "My orders are to the police and military, also...
  • Duterte warns those who violate coronavirus lockdown will be shot dead

    04/02/2020 12:01:28 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 01 2020 | David Aaro
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered police and military in the country on Wednesday to kill troublemakers who violate coronavirus lockdown measures. Duterte gave the warning during a televised address where he said it was critical everyone cooperates and follows home quarantine measures. He added the abuse of medical workers would be considered a serious crime. “My orders to the police and military ... if there is trouble and there’s an occasion that they fight back and your lives are in danger, shoot them dead," he said, according to Reuters.
  • Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) termination with the USA is a 'national tragedy,' says Former Philippine Foreign Secretary Del Rosario

    02/12/2020 12:46:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Rappler ^ | 02/11/2020 | Sofia Tomacruz
    MANILA, Philippines – Former foreign secretary Albert Del Rosario on Wednesday, February 12, denounced President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to terminate the Philippines' Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, calling it a "national tragedy" that was harmful to Filipinos. "This continuing shift in foreign policy casting aside a long time reliable ally in favor of an aggressive neighbor that has been blatantly demonstrating its lack of respect for international law is incomprehensible and harmful to our country and our people," Del Rosario said in a statement. "What is unfolding before us must be considered a national tragedy which should...