Philippine leader tells Obama ‘go to hell’, says can buy arms from Russia, China
Oct04

Philippine leader tells Obama ‘go to hell’, says can buy arms from Russia, China

Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday told U.S. President Barack Obama to “go to hell” and said the United States had refused to sell some weapons to his country but he did not care because Russia and China were willing suppliers. In his latest salvo, Duterte said he was realigning his foreign policy because the United States had failed the Philippines and added that at some point, “I will break up with...

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Philippine leader’s Hitler remarks ‘troubling’ for Pentagon chief
Oct01

Philippine leader’s Hitler remarks ‘troubling’ for Pentagon chief

Pentagon chief Ashton Carter on Friday criticized the “deeply troubling” remarks by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, in which he likened his deadly war on crime to Hitler’s efforts to exterminate Jews. Carter’s comments came during a regional security summit with Southeast Asian ally nations, where he sought to reassure counterparts that Washington’s ongoing commitment to its Asia...

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Duterte says did not insult Obama, calls UN chief ‘fool’
Sep09

Duterte says did not insult Obama, calls UN chief ‘fool’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte insisted Friday he had not intended to insult US leader Barack Obama, but immediately took aim at another global figure by labelling UN chief Ban Ki-moon a “fool”. Duterte sparked a storm on the eve of an Asian summit this week by labelling Obama a “son of a whore”, prompting the US president to cancel a planned meeting. The pair met briefly later at the gathering in Laos...

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Obama calls off meeting with Philippine leader after ‘whore’ jibe
Sep06

Obama calls off meeting with Philippine leader after ‘whore’ jibe

US President Barack Obama has cancelled a meeting with controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who had earlier called him a “son of a whore”. Mr Duterte was responding to the US president’s promise to raise the issue of drug-related extra-judicial killings in the Philippines at their meeting. The Philippine leader, known for his colourful language, has insulted prominent figures before, but this time it...

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Philippine children rebuild lives after typhoon
Jun30

Philippine children rebuild lives after typhoon

Jakarta Office and Philippines’ Department of Education has trained 285 secondary school teachers and education key officials in how best to help children rebuild and improve their lives since the 2013 typhoon hit through the Emergency Psychosocial Support for Secondary School-aged Students project. “Recovery and rehabilitation is not something that happens overnight, said Reynaldo Laguda, Department of Education Undersecretary for...

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