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Duterte can’t just scrap BBL, says MILF

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The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Thursday, May 19, said the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) cannot be unilaterally set aside by the government as the incoming Duterte administration pushes for a federal system of government.

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Cabinet choices Duterte’s own ‘KKK’

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DUTERTE’S VISITORS Presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte with former Senate President Manny Villar, wife Sen. Cynthia Villar, son Rep. Mark Villar and brother Jojo Villar in Davao City as the Villars’ Nacionalista Party joins PDP-Laban in the so-called Coalition of Change. Also in photo are PDP-Laban president Sen. Koko Pimentel, Duterte’s running mate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, former Transportation Secretary Pantaleon Alvarez, former Manila International Airport Authority chief Alfonso Cusi and chief aide Bong Go. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

DAVAO CITY -- At first blush, Rodrigo Duterte’s choices for prime positions in his First Family aren’t any different from the mold of that of his predecessor.

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Duterte Cabinet to follow Trudeau’s - well represented, gender-sensitive Cabinet

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The Cabinet members of presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte would be similar to the Cabinet of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his transition team said.

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Obama tells Duterte: Protect human rights

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US President Barack Obama (left) has called up presumptive president-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, May 17, to congratulate him for his landslide win in the May 9 polling. AP FILE / INQUIRER FILE

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama offered his congratulations Tuesday, May 17, to the new presumptive president of the Philippines who has attracted controversy over his iron-fisted approach to law and order.

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Duterte to use death penalty, militias in war vs drugs, major crimes

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DAVAO CITY -- Presumptive president-elect Rodrigo Duterte stressed on Monday, May 16, that the death penalty must be re-imposed during his administration if he was to deliver the promised crackdown on criminality plaguing the country.

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CPP-NPA prepares list of nominees

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The chief negotiator for the Philippines’ communist insurgents, Luis Jalandoni. AFP

COTABATO CITY -- The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has started preparing a list of its nominees for major posts in the incoming administration of presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.

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Duterte will be ‘hands-on’ president – spokesman

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Presumptive president-elect  Rodrigo Duterte would be a “hands-on” president once he assumes his office this June, his spokesman said on Monday, May 16.

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CBCP to Duterte: We’re okay with ‘Con-Con’

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Front-running presidential candidate Mayor Rodrigo Duterte gestures during a news conference shortly after voting in a polling precinct at Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School, Matina district, his hometown in Davao city in southern Philippines Monday, May 9, 2016. Duterte was the last to vote among five presidential hopefuls. AP FILE PHOTO

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on May 13 said it is open to a Constitutional Convention (Con-Con) amid plans of presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to amend the Philippine Constitution.

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Duterte favors friendlier ties, 2-way talks with China

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DAVAO CITY -- Presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday, May 15, said he wanted to cultivate friendly relations with China even as he confirmed he was open to direct talks over a territorial row that had badly damaged bilateral ties.

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Filipino nabbed in shootings that killed 3 in Washington, DC area

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SILVER SPRING, Maryland -- A Filipino federal security officer suspected in three fatal shootings outside a high school, a mall and a supermarket in the Washington, D.C., area was arrested Friday, police said. Three people were also wounded in the shootings.

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