Published: Fri, February 23, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Philippine President Duterte lauds Filipino-Chinese community's contribution to nation

Philippine President Duterte lauds Filipino-Chinese community's contribution to nation

But since those few hundred words marring Duterte's reputation were penned by the USA intelligence community, they were met with "concern" by the 72-year-old Philippine president. It is coming from the intelligence community.

"In the Philippines, President Duterte will continue to wage his signature campaign against drugs, corruption and crime", the report reads.

"She can not have access to the president because the president is annoyed with her", Roque told radio DZMM, referring to the Rappler reporter who had defended the report during Tuesday's briefing.

The report cited Duterte's "autocratic tendencies" when he threatened to promulgate a nationwide martial law and declare revolutionary form of government, among others. "Duterte has suggested he could suspend the Constitution, declare a 'revolutionary government, ' and impose nationwide martial law", a tiny paragraph on page 19 of the Worldwide Threat Assessment report said.

US President Donald Trump toasts with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte (R) during a special gala celebration dinner for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Manila on November 12, 2017. "He adheres to the rule of law and remains loyal to the constitution", he continued, adding that the Duterte administration views the report with "some concern".

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The US Intelligence Community is a group of 17 agenies that work separately and togethere to engage in intelligence activities that are necessary for the conduct of foreign relations and the protection of the national security of the US. Duterte made the remarks on the same day his ambassador to China voiced concerns about rising tensions in the region. In December, Philippine lawmakers approved a year-long extension of martial rule Mindanao, in the country's southern region which has been plagued by armed months-long conflict with Islamic-state inspired militants.

"We have to understand the use of social media has become an important part of the daily lives of Filipinos", Roque said describing it "foolhardy" not to tap social media as a tool.

Over 4,000 suspected drug dealers and abusers have been killed by law enforcement and "unidentified gunmen" in the country-wide crackdown on drugs since July 2016. This is very true especially in the case of the US.

Rappler, set up in 2012, is among a clutch of Philippine news organisations that have sparred with Duterte over their critical coverage of his drug war which the government says has claimed the lives of almost 4,000 suspects.

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Thousands have been slain in Duterte's war on drugs with human rights organisations accusing the Philippine National Police of carrying out extrajudicial killings.

International Criminal Court prosecutors have opened a preliminary examination into Duterte's anti-drugs campaign.

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US-based watchdog Human Rights Watch said the move "threatens media freedoms".

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