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Philippines’ Duterte under fire for saying he ‘touched’ maid

Manila, Philippines | AFP | Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte drew outrage Sunday after saying he “touched” his maid when he was a teenager, with women’s rights groups accusing him of attempted rape and encouraging sexual abuse. Duterte frequently sparks uproar with his comments on women, including rape jokes and boasting …

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Porky peak: Manila pig roasters in Christmas frenzy

Manila, Philippines | AFP | Row upon row of pigs on bamboo spits sizzle slowly over orange embers in Manila just days before Christmas, peak season for the Philippines’ pig roasting “lechoneros”. Smoke rises day and night from their cooking pits in the La Loma area, which brands itself a …

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Journalist critical of Philippines’ Duterte pays bail

Manila, Philippines | AFP | The journalist who leads a news site that has battled Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte paid a cash bail Monday on a tax fraud charge she says is an effort to intimidate the publication. Maria Ressa’s Rappler has been hit by a string of government efforts …

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Hundreds strip off for Philippine ‘underpants run’

Manila, Philippines | AFP | Clad in underwear, loincloths, tutus or body paint, hundreds of semi-naked young people pounded the streets of Manila on Sunday in an unusual race that brought a sweaty spectacle to the capital of the conservative, mainly Catholic Philippines. The city’s first-ever “Underpants Run” drew crowds …

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Philippines’ Duterte urges other nations to quit ICC

Manila , Philippines | AFP | Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday urged other nations to follow his move to quit the International Criminal Court, which is examining his deadly drug war. Duterte lashed out at the war crimes tribunal days after his government notified the United Nations of his …

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Philippines’ Duterte moves to quit International Criminal Court

Manila, Philippines | AFP | President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday he was pulling the Philippines out of the treaty underpinning the International Criminal Court, which is examining his deadly drug war. “I therefore declare and forthwith give notice… that the Philippines is withdrawing its ratification of the Rome Statute effective …

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Philippine president needs ‘psychiatric evaluation’: UN rights chief

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | The UN human rights chief said Friday that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has launched profanity-laced diatribes against United Nations rapporteurs, needs “psychiatric evaluation”. Listing some of Manila’s actions against UN envoys, including filing terrorism charges against one, rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said …

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