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Philippines' Duterte Vows to Eat Militants after Beheadings

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to eat alive the Islamist militants behind the abduction and beheadings of two Vietnamese sailors in a furious reaction to the killings.

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Supreme Court Backs Martial Law in Southern Philippines

The Philippines' Supreme Court on Tuesday endorsed President Rodrigo Duterte's enforcement of martial law across the southern third of the country, which he said was necessary to defeat Islamic State group-backed militants.

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Islamic Militants Take Hostages at Philippine School

Islamic militants launched a day-long assault on a southern Philippine village Wednesday during which they held 31 people hostage inside a school, authorities said, raising fears of spreading violence as other jihadists fought a month-long urban war nearby.

Hundreds of gunmen attacked a lightly guarded military outpost at dawn, with some then taking over the school and using civilians as human shields throughout the day before fleeing at night, the military said.

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Philippines' Duterte Reignites Martial Law Fears

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned Thursday he may impose martial law and suspend elections for tens of thousands of local posts, fueling concerns about democracy under his rule.

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Philippine Dictator Allowed Hero's Burial in Controversial Court Ruling

Ex-Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos can be given a hero's burial, the Supreme Court decided Tuesday in a hugely controversial ruling which critics said would whitewash his crimes and divide the nation.

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Beijing to Reject Hague Ruling on South China Sea Case

Beijing will reject any ruling by an international tribunal in a contentious case brought by the Philippines over the South China Sea, the foreign ministry said, as tensions mount over the disputed waters.

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Philippines' Duterte Extremely 'Irresponsible', Say U.N. Experts

U.N. rights experts on Monday urged the Philippines' president elect Rodrigo Duterte to stop instigating deadly violence, especially against journalists, slamming his comments as dangerously irresponsible.

U.N. expert on summary executions Christof Heyns described recent remarks by Duterte as "irresponsible in the extreme, and unbecoming of any leader."

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Two Philippine Soldiers Killed in Clashes with Militants

Two Philippine soldiers were killed during clashes with Islamic militants trying to regain their base in a remote, mountainous region of the southern Philippines, the military said on Monday.

Ten soldiers were also wounded and about 2,000 residents displaced during the clashes with gunmen from the Maute group which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.

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Marcos Son Loses Philippines Vice President Election

The son and namesake of the late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos has narrowly lost the election for vice president, according to an official count that was only completed Friday, almost three weeks after polls closed.

The result dealt a blow to the political aspirations of the family, which had targeted the position for Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jnr as a potential stepping stone to recapturing his late father's presidential post.

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Hero's Burial Plan for Philippine Dictator Marcos Sparks Outrage

Plans by the Philippines' controversial president-elect to give late dictator Ferdinand Marcos a hero's burial triggered outrage on Tuesday, with martial law victims warning it would whitewash the strongman's crimes.

Rodrigo Duterte, who won this month's elections in a landslide, announced on Monday he would allow Marcos to be buried at the Heroes' Cemetery in Manila, in what would be another big win for the dictator's family as it cements a remarkable political comeback.

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