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Philippine leader sacks drugs tsar after 18 days

24 Nov 2019

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday fired his chief political rival from the role of "drugs tsar", accusing her of embarrassing the country by trying to draw undue international attention to his war on drugs.

Philippines' Duterte blasts 'scatterbrain' VP, says she cannot be trusted

19 Nov 2019

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hit out at his vice president on Tuesday, calling her a "scatterbrain" who was discussing his war on drugs with outsiders and could put the country in danger if given sensitive information.

Philippines VP calls for revamped drug war to end 'senseless killings'

08 Nov 2019

MANILA The opposition leader put in charge of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs said on Friday it was time to reassess a campaign that was fraught with senseless killings and had failed to curtail a staggering rise in addiction.

Harassed but unbowed, Philippines VP to take on 'poisoned chalice' role

07 Nov 2019

MANILA The last time aides of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte sent a text message to his vice president, it was to tell her to stay away from his cabinet meetings.

Philippines VP accepts Duterte's offer of post in drugs war

06 Nov 2019

MANILA The vice president of the Philippines on Wednesday accepted President Rodrigo Duterte's offer of a lead role in his brutal war on drugs, even though she expected her political rival's administration would try to thwart her progress.

Philippines' Duterte names top drug war critic as 'drugs tsar'

05 Nov 2019

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has named his main political rival as his "drugs tsar" after she criticised the high death toll his anti-narcotics campaign has caused, but her camp dismissed the offer as a gimmick.

After Baghdadi death, Southeast Asia expects long fight against Islamic State's influence

28 Oct 2019

MANILA/KUALA LUMPUR Southeast Asian countries fighting Islamic State's influence in the region lauded the killing of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi but said security forces were preparing for a long battle to thwart the jihadist group's ideology.

Philippine VP says time for Duterte to halt failed drug war

23 Oct 2019

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte should allow the United Nations to investigate his war on drugs, and abandon a deadly campaign that has been failure and a dent on the country's international image, its vice president said on Wednesday.

Philippine fast food specialist Jollibee hungry to expand in U.S., China

13 Sep 2019

MANILA Jollibee Foods Corp , the Philippine fast food specialist known for fried 'Chickenjoy' and chopped hotdogs in sweet spaghetti sauce, is doubling down on expansion plans in the United States and China that are likely to include more M&A.

Philippines' Duterte says Xi offering gas deal if arbitration case ignored

12 Sep 2019

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said his Chinese counterpart has offered Manila a controlling stake in a joint energy venture in the South China Sea, if it sets aside an international arbitral award that went against Beijing.

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