Rodrigo Duterte

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Duterte's Comeback to Chelsea Clinton Jab: Monica Lewinsky

Former first daughter went after leader of Philippines after his comment about rape

(Newser) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has denounced the daughter of former President Clinton after she criticized a comment he made about rapes committed by soldiers, the AP reports. Chelsea Clinton had reacted to Duterte's rape comment last week, in which he told troops he would take responsibility for any crimes... More »

21 Killed as Militants Besiege Philippine City

Thousands flee as military sends in tanks

(Newser) - Army tanks packed with soldiers have rolled into a southern Philippine city to try to restore control after militants linked to ISIS launched a violent siege. Thousands of civilians have been fleeing Marawi, a city of some 200,000 people, the AP reports. At least 21 people have died in... More »

Transcript of Trump's Call to Duterte Is Leaked

Praises 'unbelievable job' on drugs, calls Kim a 'madman,' talks about nuclear subs

(Newser) - The Philippines is making headlines on two fronts: First, somebody leaked a transcript of President Trump's phone call to Filipino counterpart Rodrigo Duterte last month. Second, Duterte, already renowned for his brutal crackdown on drugs, is considering imposing martial law nationwide as his troops battle militants linked to ISIS.... More »

Duterte Aims to Wipe Out Smoking in Philippines

25% of the population smokes, but it's now illegal in public

(Newser) - Smokers in the Philippines, look out. President Rodrigo Duterte, notorious for his brutal crackdown on drug users, now wants to wipe out smoking, too. Duterte issued a nationwide executive order Thursday banning smoking in all public places, including sidewalks. CNN reports that smoking was previously banned in schools, clinics, and... More »

After Trump's Surprise Invite, Duterte Hedges: 'I'm Tied Up'

Philippines leader accused of human rights abuses weighs invitation to White House

(Newser) - President Trump generated controversy over the weekend when he invited a world leader condemned for human rights abuses to the White House. But it turns out that Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines may not be coming anyway. "I'm tied up," he told reporters Monday, per the AP... More »

Trump, Duterte Cozying Up

Leaders want 'warm, working relationship,' in stark contrast to Obama frostiness

(Newser) - President Trump called Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte and expressed his commitment to their alliance and in developing "a warm, working relationship," a Filipino official said Sunday. Presidential spokesman Ernie Abella said Trump mentioned he was looking forward to visiting the Philippines in November to attend an East Asia... More »

Duterte on Terrorists: 'Give Me Salt, Vinegar, I'll Eat His Liver'

Philippine president's threats apparently know no bounds

(Newser) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned Sunday that he could be "50 times" more brutal than Muslim militants who stage beheadings and said he could even "eat" the extremists if they're captured alive by troops. Duterte raised his shock rhetoric to a new level as president when he... More »

Senator Calls Duterte 'Serial Killer,' Gets Arrested

She's accused of taking bribes from drug lords

(Newser) - A Philippine opposition senator and leading critic of President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly anti-drug crackdown was arrested Friday on drug charges but professed her innocence and vowed she would not be intimidated by a leader she called a "serial killer." Sen. Leila de Lima's arrest came a... More »

Philippines Suspends Drug War for War on Corrupt Cops

Move follows police murder of businessman

(Newser) - The Philippines has suspended its merciless war on drugs in order to "cleanse" police forces of corruption, officials say. The move comes after a killing seen as excessive even in a campaign that has seen at least 7,000 extrajudicial killings, the BBC reports. Officials say Jee Ick-joo, a... More »

Duterte: I've Thrown Criminal Out of Helicopter

'Why should I not do it again?' asks the Philippines president

(Newser) - Now it's death by helicopter. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has already boasted he has killed three criminals himself, Time reports. Now the man nicknamed "Duterte Harry" is warning corrupt officials he will toss them from his helicopter—and he says he's already done it. "If you... More »

Rodrigo Duterte's Latest Nemesis: James Taylor

Singer cancels concert, calls extrajudicial killings in Philippines 'deeply concerning'

(Newser) - James Taylor has canceled a concert in the Philippines in protest over President Rodrigo Duterte's mass executions of criminals. "I don’t think of my music as being particularly political but sometimes one is called upon to make a political stand," the Grammy-winner tweeted . Taylor, 68, says... More »

Duterte: I Used to Look for Confrontations 'So I Could Kill'

Filipino leader said he wanted to show police 'if I can do it, why can't you?'

(Newser) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has gone even further than supporting vigilante death squads —when he was mayor of Davao, he killed criminals himself, he said during a speech Monday night. "I'd go around in Davao with a motorcycle, with a big bike around, and I would just... More »

Duterte: Trump Wished Me Success in Drug Crackdown

He says he's been invited to visit White House

(Newser) - President Rodrigo Duterte said Saturday Donald Trump wished his deadly crackdown on illegal drugs would succeed during a telephone call, and he assured the US president-elect the Philippines would maintain its ties with America—a departure from Duterte's hostility toward the Obama administration. Duterte called to congratulate Trump late... More »

Philippine Mayor Killed in Jail Cell

Man was among officials Rodrigo Duterte named on list of drug-linked officials

(Newser) - Philippine police killed a town mayor in his jail cell in a purported gunbattle, the second killing in a week of a politician linked to illegal drugs under President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal crackdown. Rolando Espinosa Sr., mayor of the town of Albuera, and a fellow inmate were shot dead... More »

Cops: Philippine Mayor Killed in Jail Cell Shootout

Duterte critics aren't buying explanation

(Newser) - Philippine police killed a town mayor in his jail cell in a purported shootout on Saturday, the second killing in a week of a politician linked to illegal drugs under President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal crackdown. Rolando Espinosa Sr., the mayor of the town of Albuera in the central province... More »

Duterte: God Threatened to Crash My Plane

Philippine president says he was warned to stop cursing

(Newser) - When God calls, it's probably wise to answer—and for Rodrigo Duterte, that means to stop swearing like a sailor. Per the BBC , the Philippines president says he was flying home to Davao from Japan when something happened to make him reconsider his infamous potty mouth. "I heard... More »

Duterte to US: I'm Leaving You for China

Filipino leader announces 'separation' from America

(Newser) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is done with us. "I announce my separation from the United States," he declared Thursday on a visit to Beijing, adding that he will instead seek a military and economic alliance with China, Reuters reports. "I've realigned myself in your ideological flow,... More »

Anti-US Protest Turns Bloody in Philippines

Police van rams into Manila protesters supporting Duterte

(Newser) - A Philippine police van rammed into protesters, leaving several bloodied, as an anti-US rally turned violent Wednesday at the American Embassy in Manila. At least three student activists had to be taken to a hospital after they were run over by the van driven by a police officer, protest leader... More »

Duterte: I'll 'Break Up' With US, Obama 'Can Go to Hell'

Someone is displeased

(Newser) - Perhaps teeing up his next apology , Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte continued his string of inflammatory, anti-US statements by telling President Obama to "go to hell" Tuesday, Reuters reports, after the US refused to sell him weapons to continue his violent crackdown on drug dealers. "If you don't... More »

Duterte 'Profoundly' Sorry About Hitler Jab

'Happy to slaughter' addicts comment didn't go over well

(Newser) - Perhaps surprising no one but Rodrigo Duterte , holding Adolf Hitler up as a paragon of murderous governmental efficiency did not go over well, and Reuters reports that the Philippine president has now removed foot from mouth long enough to "apologize profoundly and deeply to the Jewish community." Duterte... More »

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