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WorldDuterte, Who Cracked Rape Jokes, Signs Anti-Catcalling Law

12:21  16 july  2019
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As drug-war deaths soar, Duterte vows to stop any U.N. probe of killings

As drug-war deaths soar, Duterte vows to stop any U.N. probe of killings The epicenter of the Philippines’ war on drugs is shifting away from the capital as the body count continues to spiral upward, according to a new Amnesty International report on Monday that calls for the United Nations to investigate the deaths of thousands of mostly poor Filipinos at the hands of police and vigilantes. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

Mr. Duterte , who assumed power nationally in 2016, has routinely made headlines around the world for two reasons: a violent crackdown on This was not the first time Mr. Duterte has appeared to demean women. During his presidential campaign, he joked about the gang rape of an Australian missionary

Duterte cut short his visit to Russia to deal with the crisis on his home island of Mindanao in person. He declared martial law on the island and sent special forces "[The] rule of law and human rights should prevail in the place or part of the Philippines where the martial law was declared and effective," said

Duterte, Who Cracked Rape Jokes, Signs Anti-Catcalling Law© Ace Morandante/Malacanang Presidential Photo via AP In this July 15, 2019, photo released by the Malacanang Presidential Photo, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte returns a salute as he arrives at the Jolo airport, Sulu province, southern Philippines. Duterte is "seriously considering" cutting diplomatic ties with Iceland, which spearheaded a resolution that asked the U.N.'s top human rights body to look into the thousands of deaths of suspects under his anti-drug crackdown. (Ace Morandante/Malacanang Presidential Photo via AP)

(Bloomberg) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has made controversial remarks about rape and women, approved a law penalizing sexist remarks and catcalling.

Clooney to join legal team of Philippine journalist Ressa

Clooney to join legal team of Philippine journalist Ressa Prominent rights lawyer Amal Clooney has said she will join the legal team defending Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, whose news site has repeatedly clashed with President Rodrigo Duterte. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Ressa, who was named a Time Magazine "Person of the Year" in 2018 for her journalism, faces several criminal charges along with her website Rappler, in what press freedom advocates have branded an act of "persecution".

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte joked Friday that soldiers could rape up to three women, as he reassured them of his full support under his newly imposed Duterte , who often peppers his language with man-on-the-street curses, made the comments in jest during a speech at a military base to lift the

She later added: “ Duterte is a murderous thug with no regard for human rights. It's important to keep pointing that out & that rape is never a joke .” Duterte , who often makes headlines with his outrageous tirades, also accused American soldiers of raping women in the Philippines and Japan.

The law imposing fines up to 500,000 pesos ($9,830) and four-year jail time for sexual harassment in public and on the Internet “does not apply” to the president, his spokesman Salvador Panelo said on Tuesday.

“When he cracks jokes, it is intended to make people laugh, never to offend,” Panelo said, adding that Duterte respects women and that he’s never lewd.

During his election campaign in 2016, Duterte made light of the rape and murder of an Australian missionary. Last year, he told soldiers to shoot female communist rebels in the vagina, and months later kissed a Filipino migrant worker in South Korea. At the military academy in May, Duterte said he would pardon all the crimes of the graduating students, including rape.

Philippines refloats tourism plans for disputed South China Sea island.
The Philippines is aiming to strengthen its claims in the South China Sea by potentially building hotels for tourists on its biggest island in the disputed waterway, officials said Tuesday. 

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