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Yasay on Duterte global stage debut: He was brilliant

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JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. called President Rodrigo Duterte’s debut on the global stage “brilliant”  despite his spat with US President Barack Obama which dominated the buzz in the recently concluded Asean Summit in Laos.

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To avoid trouble, Duterte says no to joint sea patrols

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The Philippines will no longer engage in joint patrols or expedition in the disputed waters near the South China Sea with foreign powers, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday, September 12.

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Duterte brings ‘new normal’ to PH-US ties

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Relations between the Philippines and the United States have been historically stormy but close, but the arrival of a roughneck in Malacañang who says he is no fan of the Americans has brought a “new normal” to those ties and Washington is not unlikely to keep Manila at a distance in the next six years.

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US remains committed to alliance with PH, says spokesman

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The United States of America remains committed to its long-standing alliance with the Philippines in many areas including fight against terrorism despite recent calls of President Rodrigo Duterte for the withdrawal of US forces deployed in Mindanao, a US top official said on Tuesday, September 13.

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PH-US ties will endure

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US-Philippine alliance will “endure and remain strong” because of the two countries’ long-standing relations, and US President Barack Obama is “committed to work effectively” with Manila to advance shared interests in his last four months in office, a US official said on Wednesday, September 14.

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PH not cutting ties with allies - Duterte

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Despite his assertive statements criticizing the United States and underscoring the country’s sovereignty, President Duterte on Tuesday, September 13, said his administration was not about to cut ties with close allies of the Philippines.

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DFA urged to probe PH envoy to UN for abusing maid

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A migrant workers advocacy group on Thursday, September 15, called on the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to send a team to the Philippine Mission to the United Nations in New York City to look into the alleged abusive behavior of Philippine Ambassador Lourdes Yparraguirre towards her household staff.

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Chicago’s troubled Rizal Center gets a break

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CHICAGO -- The beleaguered Jose Rizal Heritage Center got a break of sorts recently, thanks to the owners of the popular grocery chain Seafood City, which is opening its first store in the Midwest in September.

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Duterte hits US for PH abuses

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JAKARTA -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday, Sept. 9, said he spoke on Thursday about American human rights violations in the Philippines because colonizers who killed many Filipinos were now raising human rights concerns with him.

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Cemetery for heroes or soldiers’ memorial?

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Is Libingan ng mga Bayani a cemetery for heroes or a memorial for soldiers?

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