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  • 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
    www.msn.com ^ | 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...
  • Philippines to terminate troop agreement with U.S.

    02/11/2020 1:48:28 PM PST · by Mariner · 54 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | February 11th, 2020 | Unattributed
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte dealt a major blow to the United States on Tuesday (February 11), after he terminated a two-decade-old Visiting Forces Agreement-- delivering on threats to downgrade an alliance crucial to U.S. interests. A spokesman for the president - who has clashed with the former colonial ruler over several issues - said he decided to pull the plug on the two-decade troop rotation pact to enable the Philippines to be more independent with its relations with other countries. "As the President said, it's about time we rely on our own resources, we have to strengthen our own capability...
  • Duterte tells US he is scrapping troop agreement.

    02/11/2020 7:09:27 AM PST · by hapnHal · 46 replies
    theguardian ^ | 11 Feb 20 | Reuters
    President disapproves of alliance and made decision after ally’s visa was rescinded Rodrigo Duterte, the president of the Philippines, has given formal notice to the US of his decision to scrap a bilateral agreement covering visiting American troops, following through on repeated threats to downgrade the defence alliance. The visiting forces agreement (VFA), signed in 1998, accords legal status to thousands of American troops rotated in the country for humanitarian assistance and military exercises, dozens of which take place annually. Duterte, who has made no secret of his grudge with the US and his disdain for his country’s close military...
  • Philippines bans two U.S. senators, mulls new visa rules for Americans

    12/27/2019 6:04:08 AM PST · by DFG · 48 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 12/27/2019 | Reuters
    The Philippines has banned two U.S. lawmakers from visiting and will introduce tighter entry restrictions for U.S. citizens should Washington enforce sanctions over the detention of a top government critic, the president's spokesman said on Friday. President Rodrigo Duterte will impose a requirement on U.S. nationals to get visas should any Philippine officials involved in the incarceration of Senator Leila de Lima be denied entry to the United States, as sought by U.S. senators Richard Durbin and Patrick Leahy. Duterte's move comes after the U.S. Congress approved a 2020 budget that contains a provision introduced by the senators against anyone...
  • ‘Sick and tired’: Philippine Pres. Duterte regrets presidential run

    06/13/2019 11:03:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Manila Times ^ | 06/13/2019 | BY CATHERINE S. VALENTE
    President Rodrigo Duterte is “sick and tired of the system” and regrets having run for the nation’s top post, given the Philippines’ seemingly insurmountable problems. “I lost my enthusiasm to work. Actually, I deeply regretted it. I regretted my decision to run for president,” Duterte said in the vernacular on Wednesday during the oath-taking of Cagayan de Oro’s newly elected local government officials. The decision to run for president in 2016, the former Davao City mayor claimed, was spurred by his not having lost an election. “[S]ince 1988, I was rising until I became President of this republic. But if...
  • Philippines' Pres. Duterte says he was once gay but 'cured' himself after meeting his ex-wife

    06/01/2019 12:02:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/31/2019 | By Lukas Mikelionis
    Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday that he was once gay but “cured” himself after meeting his former wife. He made the comments during a trip to Japan where he accused his political opponent Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV of being gay, claiming that the way he moved proves that. "I said, ‘Are you sure?’ They said, ‘You ask any gay person who sees Trillanes move, they'll say he's gay,’” he said, the Filipino news organization Rappler reported. “Good thing Trillanes and I are similar. But I cured myself,” Duterte continued. “When I began a relationship with [ex wife Elizabeth] Zimmerman,...
  • Rodrigo Duterte's drug war front and centre as 61 million vote in Philippines midterms

    Filipinos vote on Monday in midterm polls that are being seen as a crucial referendum on Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal crackdown on illegal drugs, unorthodox style and contentious embrace of China. The poll is expected to strengthen his grip on power, opening the way for him to deliver on pledges to restore the death penalty and rewrite the constitution. Duterte has found international infamy for his foul-mouthed tirades, but remains hugely popular among Filipinos fed up with the country’s dysfunction and elite politicians. He wants to bring back capital punishment for drug-related crimes as part of a crackdown on narcotics in...
  • Mysterious whistle-blower in videos claims Philippine Pres. Duterte took millions in drug kickbacks

    05/06/2019 11:27:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    SCMP ^ | 05/06/2019 | Raissa Robles
    An anonymous whistle-blower who appeared shrouded by darkness in videos accusing Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte of earning millions from a drug syndicate has stunned the nation by revealing his identity. The hooded figure known as Bikoy on Monday unveiled himself as a bald, round-faced man with glasses, after claiming in the clips that he used to keep financial records for narcotics dealers who dealt with the Duterte family. Peter Joemel Advincula said he was the man seen in five YouTube videos implicating the president’s son and former aide as “principal” operators in the country’s drug trade. Reaction was swift from...
  • Philippines' Duterte gives Canada 1 week to take back garbage or 'we will declare war'

    04/23/2019 5:18:21 PM PDT · by DFG · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04/23/2019 | Nicole Darrah
    Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday reportedly threatened to "declare war" against Canada within the next week if the country fails to remove tons of garbage that was previously shipped to Manila. Duterte, in remarks aired by state media and reported by The Canadian Press, said he will "give a warning to Canada maybe next week that they better pull that thing out or I will set sail." "I will declare war against them. I will advise Canada that your garbage is on the way. Prepare a grand reception. Eat it if you want to," he said. "Your garbage is...