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HERE's WHY DUTERTE WON'T BE A JUDGE IN THE MISS U PAGEANT
[RELATED: Outrage over Miss Universe candidates swimming with endangered whale sharks]


DECEMBER 12 -Reigning Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach paid a courtesy call on President Rodrigo Duterte at Malacañan Palace last July 18, 2016. File
Miss Universe Organization President Paula Shugart on Monday debunked the rumors that President Rodrigo Duterte will judge the 65th Miss Universe slated to be held in the country on January 30. In a press conference, Shugart said the organization previously made a policy to disallow government officials from judging the international pageant. “We established a policy a long time [ago]... not to have government officials to be judges because it's very hard on everybody,” Shugart told the members of the media present. READ MORE...RELATED,
Outrage over Miss Universe candidates swimming with endangered whale sharks...

ALSO: Duterte on ‘powerful in the world’ tag: No, thanks
[RELATED: Palace welcomes Duterte inclusion among world’s ‘most powerful’]


DECEMBER 16 -Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to the Filipino community in Singapore on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. AP PHOTO 
President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday downplayed his inclusion among the most powerful people in the world as cited by Forbes magazine. Duterte even called it a shame if the ranking was based on the people killed in the government’s brutal crackdown on illegal drugs. “So what’s the basis? If it’s killing 5,000 people to make me powerful — you think I enjoy killing Filipinos?” he told reporters in a press briefing at the Davao International Airport shortly after his arrival from state visits to Cambodia and Singapore. “I have no power, if the power means that, if it means that killing, attributing to the 5,000 makes me a powerful man by killing Filipinos, that is a shame. I do not accept the title. No I’m not (powerful),” he added. The President said he was just a leader of an emerging nation. READ MORE...RELATED, Palace welcomes Duterte inclusion among world’s ‘most powerful’...


ALSO:
Albay solon recounts economic gains under Duterte

[WATCH VIDEO: Duterte thrills, serenades Filipinos in Cambodia]


DECEMBER 16 -Albay Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda
With 2016 about to close, what positive prospects can Filipinos look forward to next year and the years ahead? Albay Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda, a noted economist, said Filipinos have good reasons to be optimistic based on the “significant positive gains” registered by the national economy during the first six months of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration. The Albay lawmaker has identified the positive economic events of 2016 under Duterte. First on his list was the “peaceful, orderly and democratic transition of power following Duterte’s landslide victory last May 2016 elections. Investors hate uncertainty,” he said. Duterte garnered 16.6 million votes in the last elections, beating his closest rival by over six million votes, Salceda noted. “The outcome cemented the stunning populist victory, founded on his promise to eradicate crime and corruption. It brought back people’s belief in good governance, and restored investors’ confidence,” he added. READ MORE...RELATED,
Duterte thrills, serenades Filipinos in Cambodia...

ALSO: Duterte arrives in Cambodia
[RELATED: Philippines Edges Towards China As Cambodia's Leader Praises Duterte's Tactics]


DECEMBER 12 -President Duterte is greeted by officials of Cambodia upon landing in Phnom Penh. PHOTO/Leila Salaverria PHNOM PENH- President Duterte is now in Cambodia for a two day state visit. Mr. Duterte’s plane touched down at the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh at 5:57 pm (6:57 p.m. Manila time). The first thing on his schedule is a meeting with some 1,000 members of the Filipino community here.  There are more than 5,000 Filipinos in Cambodia, many of them professionals, managers, supervisors and skilled workers. On Wednesday, he will have a royal audience with Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni and a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen. The King will also host a banquet for him. FULL REPORT, RELATED, Philippines Edges Towards China As Cambodia's Leader Praises Duterte's Tactics...

ALSO DUTERTE: ‘THIS IS HOW FRIENDS SHOULD BE’ - Singapore praised for not meddling
[RELATED: Thousands of Filipinos gather to cheer Duterte in Singapore]


DECEMBER 15 -President Rodrigo Duterte (L) and Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam (R) toast before the start of a state dinner at Istana presidential palace in Singapore on December 15, 2016. AFP 
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte lauded Singapore’s policy of “non-interference” in other countries’ internal affairs amid international criticism of his bloody war on drugs. In a state banquet hosted by Singaporean President Tony Tan Keng Yam Thursday night, Duterte pointed to the reason the relationship between the two countries remains strong. “We work closely on political issues, pursuing principled positions on the rule of law in the peaceful settlement of disputes,” Duterte said in his speech. “We reaffirm, respect an independence and the non-interference in the internal affairs of the states,” he added. Duterte said the five-decade of friendship of the Philippines and Singapore have become “multi-faceted” and “multi-dimensional.” READ MORE...RELATED, Thousands of Filipinos gather to cheer Duterte in Singapore...

ALSO: Singapore gov’t names orchid after Duterte


DECEMBER 18 -The orchid now named Dendrobium Rodrigo Roa Duterte is a hybrid of Dendrobium Sonia Beauty and Dendrobium Urmila Nandey. Presidential Communications /Released
The Singaporean government honored President Rodrigo Duterte by naming an orchid after him. The orchid was named Dendrobium Rodrigo Roa Duterte — a hybrid of Dendrobium Sonia Beauty and Dendrobium Urmila Nandey — following a tradition in Singapore to name orchids after visiting heads of state. It has violet-red colored petals and was described to be a “compact, robust and vigorous hybrid.” Duterte personally saw the orchid named after him during a visit to Singapore’s National Orchid Garden. READ MORE...


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Here's why Duterte won't be a judge in the Miss Universe pageant


Reigning Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach paid a courtesy call on President Rodrigo Duterte at Malacañan Palace last July 18, 2016. File

MANILA, DECEMBER 19, 2016 (PHILSTAR) Updated December 12, 2016 - Miss Universe Organization President Paula Shugart on Monday debunked the rumors that President Rodrigo Duterte will judge the 65th Miss Universe slated to be held in the country on January 30.

In a press conference, Shugart said the organization previously made a policy to disallow government officials from judging the international pageant.

“We established a policy a long time [ago]... not to have government officials to be judges because it's very hard on everybody,” Shugart told the members of the media present.

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Shugart added that when a government official judges it will be hard as he or she will be pressured by the results and they have to be “neutral.”

Last week, Department of Tourism undersecretary for public affairs, communications and special projects Katherine “Kat” De Castro said that the Miss Universe Organization might make an exception to Duterte and may have him as the host country judge.

However, she later said that the possibility of the president judging the pageant was only “hypothetical.” —Text by Rosette Adel; Video by Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV

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Outrage over Miss Universe candidates swimming with endangered whale sharks By CNN Philippines StaffUpdated 11:46 AM PHT Wed, December 14, 2016 2.3K21


MISS-U-CANDIDATES-WHALE-WATCHING The Miss Universe 2016 contestants did a quick trip to Cebu on Tuesday. The beauties went whale watching in Oslob, Cebu.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Controversy shrouded the visit of the 12 Miss Universe 2016 candidates to Oslob, Cebu on Tuesday.

One of their activities was to watch the endangered whale sharks or butanding. Miss Universe-Philippines Maxine Medina was also photographed swimming with a whale shark.

Environmentalists and past beauty queens expressed their outrage, saying the Miss Universe pageant organizers made an unethical choice of having the contestants swim with whale sharks.

The said tourist attraction has been controversial due to the negative impact on the animals caused by human interaction. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) listed the butanding as an endangered species. It reported last July that the "growing human pressure" on whale sharks are putting the species at an increasing risk of extinction.

The visit to watch and swim with the whale sharks was coordinated with the municipality of Oslob.

Miss Earth Philippines 2006 Catherine Untalan-Vital tells CNN Philippines, swimming with the whale sharks is promoting a long-criticized practice and should not be considered eco-tourism.

"All eyes are on the Philippines as the candidates of Miss Universe tour the country. But why do we need to promote a much-contested activity (i.e. whale shark watching in Oslob) when it has been criticized for so many years now. That is not eco-tourism. We are promoting a wrong practice. While it is an attractive photo, it is a picture that sends the wrong message. I hope somebody can enlighten their team on this," she said.

Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines also issued a statement, calling on the public to sign an online petition against the activity.

The Department of Tourism released a statement Tuesday, but withdrew it shortly after. Tourism officials will instead address the issue in a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

CNN Philippines correspondent Isabella Montano contributed to this report.


INQUIRER

Duterte on ‘powerful’ tag: No, thanks By: Nestor Corrales - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
INQUIRER.net / 10:27 AM December 17, 2016


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to the Filipino community in Singapore on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. AP PHOTO

President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday downplayed his inclusion among the most powerful people in the world as cited by Forbes magazine.

Duterte even called it a shame if the ranking was based on the people killed in the government’s brutal crackdown on illegal drugs.

“So what’s the basis? If it’s killing 5,000 people to make me powerful — you think I enjoy killing Filipinos?” he told reporters in a press briefing at the Davao International Airport shortly after his arrival from state visits to Cambodia and Singapore.

“I have no power, if the power means that, if it means that killing, attributing to the 5,000 makes me a powerful man by killing Filipinos, that is a shame. I do not accept the title. No I’m not (powerful),” he added.

The President said he was just a leader of an emerging nation.

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“I’m just a running a country. We are not first, second, maybe an emerging country but not… I find it very corny. I do not even impose my leadership on the Filipino people. ” he said.

Duterte ranked 70th on the list of Forbes’ most powerful people in the world, which named Russian President Vladimir Putin as the world’s most powerful person and US president-elect Donald Trump in second place.

READ: Duterte among world’s most powerful — Forbes

Forbes has described Duterte as the former local executive who was elected as President on his campaign promise of eradicating illegal drugs in the Philippines.

“The former mayor of Davao City was elected president of the Philippines in May 2016 on the strength of a campaign that promised the swift execution of drug users and other criminals, and his war on crime has resulted in the killing of thousands of people,” Forbes said in its description of Duterte. IDL

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Palace welcomes Duterte inclusion among world’s ‘most powerful’ By: Nestor Corrales - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ INQUIRER.net / 02:15 PM December 15, 2016


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. AP File Photo

Malacañang on Thursday welcomed the inclusion of President Rodrigo Duterte as among the most powerful people in the world as cited by Forbes magazine.

Duterte was number 70 on the list, which named Russian President Vladimir Putin as the world’s most powerful person and US president-elect Donald Trump in second place.

“As President, he has used the immense powers vested in him by the Constitution with utmost responsibility to promote the well-being of the people,” Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in statement.

Andanar cited Duterte’s war on drugs that led to the surrender of more than 800,000 drug addicts in the country.

“The President launched an unprecedented anti-drug war that saw the surrender of more than 800,000 drug addicts and charted a new course in international relations with his pursuit of an independent foreign policy which means moving strongly and swiftly towards regional economic rebalancing for closer integration in Asia,” he said.

The Palace official said the Philippines was forging closer ties with our Asian neighbors for economic growth.

“As the President walked the extra mile for peace, the Chief Executive made the country’s economic growth the fastest among emerging Asian economies and lowered unemployment to its lowest level in more than a decade,” he said.

Andanar assured that the Filipinos’ interest would always be first in Duterte’s mind.

“Much has been done in the first six months and much more will be done in the succeeding months and years. After all, the President’s heart is in the right place, and he has only the interests of the Filipino people and the nation in his mind first and foremost,” he said. RAM


MANILA STANDARD

Albay solon recounts economic gains under Duterte posted December 15, 2016 at 10:00 pm by Manila Standard


Albay Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda

With 2016 about to close, what positive prospects can Filipinos look forward to next year and the years ahead?

Albay Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda, a noted economist, said Filipinos have good reasons to be optimistic based on the “significant positive gains” registered by the national economy during the first six months of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.

The Albay lawmaker has identified the positive economic events of 2016 under Duterte.

First on his list was the “peaceful, orderly and democratic transition of power following Duterte’s landslide victory last May 2016 elections. Investors hate uncertainty,” he said.

Duterte garnered 16.6 million votes in the last elections, beating his closest rival by over six million votes, Salceda noted. “The outcome cemented the stunning populist victory, founded on his promise to eradicate crime and corruption. It brought back people’s belief in good governance, and restored investors’ confidence,” he added.

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Second is Duterte’s “empowered Cabinet of solutions-driven practitioners and economic managers” that include Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez, Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez, and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia.

“This team of battle-tested men hauled from both government and the private sector has shown a decisive posture early on, and gives Duterte’s economic team and clarity of purpose and doable objectives,” he pointed out.

Third is the “formation of supermajorities in the House of Representatives and the Senate, the closest to a government of national unity,” and a viable response to Duterte’s pledge of clean government, which is the popular public clamor.

Fourth on Salceda’s list was the “demonstrated seriousness” of the President’s dynamic Cabinet, which “hit the ground running with 10 full Cabinet meetings and two Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council consultations in the first five months. This means faster and better results,” he stressed.

Fifth, the lawmaker said, are the peace talks and indefinite ceasefire with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, started in the first months of the Duterte regime, compared to the years of preparation by former administrations.

Sixth is the huge business potential from Duterte’s China pivot and the forging of an independent foreign policy, all in one instance, “debunking long held myths about PH-US relations, and highlighting a promising PH-China’s partnership.”

Seventh is the Philippines’ registered fastest economic growth in Asia and the resurgence of the country’s manufacturing industry. The country posted a 7.1 percent on-year July-September hike—its most robust growth pace in three years, Salceda noted.

The figure surpassed the 6.7-percent median growth estimate of 15 economists survey by Bloomberg and matched an estimated 1.2-percent GDP rise against the previous quarter. It also stacked favorably against China’s third quarter growth rate of 6.7 percent and Vietnam’s 6.4 percent.

AMBISYON NATIN 2040

Eighth is the rollout of “AmBisyon Natin 2040,” the Duterte administration’s 10-point economic agenda and the preparation of 2017-2022 development plan.

“AmBisyon 2040 represents the collective long-term vision and aspirations of the Filipino people for themselves and for the country in the next 25 years,” Salceda said. “It describes the kind of life Filipinos want to live, and how the country will be by 2040. As such, it is an anchor for development planning across at least four administrations.”

Ninth, The substantial improvement in peace and order with 80 percent reduction in drug volume and 39 percent drop in crime is ninth on Salceda’s list. The peace and order gains “represents a decisive effort at ridding the country of specific crime problems never given so much serious attention before.”

Tenth is the government’s commitment to deploy funds, with an 83 percent increase in infrastructure spending and improved absorptive capacity. Salceda said this thrust could drive the Philippines’ GDP to 9 percent in three years, with Duterte’s policy strengths and a blueprint for growth hinged largely on infrastructure.

“This could usher in a golden age of infrastructure,” he noted.

Based on economic forecast models developed by a group of econometricians, Salceda said the country can hit 9 percent GDP growth by 2019, with “infrastructure spending from 5 to 6 percent of GDP, funded by new taxes and tax efficiencies.”

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President Duterte thrilled Filipinos in Cambodia when he belted out his favorite song “Ikaw” in a duet with a Filipina singer in Cambodia Tuesday night.

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Published on Dec 13, 2016 President Duterte thrilled Filipinos in Cambodia when he belted out his favorite song “Ikaw” in a duet with a Filipina singer in Cambodia Tuesday night.


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Duterte arrives in Cambodia By: Leila B. Salaverria - Reporter / @LeilasINQ Philippine Daily Inquirer / 07:30 PM December 13, 2016


President Duterte is greeted by officials of Cambodia upon landing in Phnom Penh. PHOTO/Leila Salaverria

PHNOM PENH- President Duterte is now in Cambodia for a two day state visit.

Mr. Duterte’s plane touched down at the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh at 5:57 pm (6:57 p.m. Manila time).

The first thing on his schedule is a meeting with some 1,000 members of the Filipino community here.

There are more than 5,000 Filipinos in Cambodia, many of them professionals, managers, supervisors and skilled workers.

On Wednesday, he will have a royal audience with Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni and a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen. The King will also host a banquet for him.

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Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (R) speaks to Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte (L) during a signing ceremony at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh on December 14, 2016. (TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP/Getty Images)

At a summit of Asian leaders in September, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte suddenly ditched a prepared remark about his country’s world arbitration court victory over China and lashed out at the United States instead. The court had ruled that Beijing lacks legal basis for its claim to most of the South China Sea where it has chafed against Vietnam as well as the Philippines over dueling sovereignty claims. But Washington had criticized Duterte’s anti-drug campaign on suspicion of extrajudicial killings, a catalyst for his remark at the East Asia Summit.

That wasn't all. A month later Duterte, in office from June 30, visited China to help mend relations that had been strained since 2012 over the maritime sovereignty dispute. China pledged $24 billion in development aid and it was understood the two sides would shelve the sovereignty differences or work them out. And it gets even better.

This week Duterte, on one of his regular trips overseas, met Prime Minister Hun Sen in Cambodia, and Philippine media say the host admired him for resisting the United States. Washington colonized the Philippines for about five decades and now helps in its military defense. Duterte has faulted the U.S. government for giving only development aid since then to his Southeast Asian nation of 102 million people and taking what it wants in return.

Hun Sen “sees in (Duterte) an ally in terms of standing up against Western countries," Philippine Ambassador Christopher Montero was quoted saying in his country’s media.


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DUTERTE: ‘THIS IS HOW FRIENDS SHOULD BE’: Singapore praised for not meddling BY CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT ON DECEMBER 17, 2016 HEADLINES


President Rodrigo Duterte (L) and Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam (R) toast before the start of a state dinner at Istana presidential palace in Singapore on December 15, 2016. AFP

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte lauded Singapore’s policy of “non-interference” in other countries’ internal affairs amid international criticism of his bloody war on drugs.

In a state banquet hosted by Singaporean President Tony Tan Keng Yam Thursday night, Duterte pointed to the reason the relationship between the two countries remains strong.

President Rodrigo Duterte (L) and Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam (R) toast before the start of a state dinner at Istana presidential palace in Singapore on December 15, 2016. AFP
President Rodrigo Duterte (L) and Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam (R) toast before the start of a state dinner at Istana presidential palace in Singapore on December 15, 2016. AFP

“We work closely on political issues, pursuing principled positions on the rule of law in the peaceful settlement of disputes,” Duterte said in his speech.

“We reaffirm, respect an independence and the non-interference in the internal affairs of the states,” he added.
Duterte said the five-decade of friendship of the Philippines and Singapore have become “multi-faceted” and “multi-dimensional.”

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“I say we are drawn even closer as a partners and friends. We have reason to celebrate. Over nearly five decades, we have seen our ties develop as we add more facets of cooperation to our now multi-dimensional relations,” he said.

“We can and should look forward to a future of greater, mutually beneficial collaboration. This is a future we can start… chart together and aim to achieve. This is how friends should be,” he added.

Duterte cited both countries’ commitment to make Southeast Asia and the rest of the East Asian region “safe and secure from traditional, emerging transnational threats.”

He also lauded Singapore’s multicultural nature, citing how the city-state champions diversity.

The Philippine President then called for intensified two-way trade and commerce between the two countries.

“We are expanding the opportunities for investments to flourish in both our countries. Indeed, we have done much and we can do more,” Duterte said.

The 180,000 Filipinos in the city-state are also a testimony to the enduring friendship of the Philippines and Singapore, he said.

Duterte met around 7,000 members of the Filipino community in Singapore before flying back to the Philippines Friday night.

‘Robust friendship’

For his part, President Tan lauded both countries’ “robust friendship anchored in a shared vision of peace, harmony, and prosperity for our countries and the region.”

“Both our countries believe in trade and development to improve the lives of our peoples,” Tan said as he reported on the interest of Singaporean businesses in the Philippines.

“Singapore companies are keen to invest in the Philippines, one of Asia’s fastest growing economies. Despite our small size, Singapore is the Philippines’ fourth largest trading partner and the top Asean investor,” he said.

“Both Singapore and the Philippines are doing more to enhance economic and business cooperation,” Tan added.

Tan noted that several Singapore companies used the Philippines as the starting point of their overseas expansion plans.

He also talked about how Filipino tourists have come to love Singapore.

“The strong economic ties between the Philippines and Singapore are complemented by warm people-to-people relations. Singapore is a familiar place to many Filipinos each year. Singapore welcomes about 700,000 visitors from the Philippines,” Tan said.

Tan assured Duterte of Singapore’s support for the Philippines’ chairmanship of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit next year.

“As founding members of Asean, the Philippines and Singapore share a vision and a goal of maintaining peace and stability for our region,” Tan said.

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Thousands of Filipinos gather to cheer Duterte in Singapore Fathin Ungku, Reuters
Posted at Dec 16 2016 05:21 PM


Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech at the start of a state dinner hosted by Singapore's President Tony Tan at the Istana in Singapore, December 15, 2016. Wallace Woon, Reuters/Pool

SINGAPORE - Thousands of Filipinos gathered in Singapore on Friday to catch a glimpse of their president, Rodrigo Duterte, in a big show of support for a leader whose bloody war on drugs has horrified global rights groups but won support at home.

About 135,000 people from the Philippines live in Singapore, according to a breakdown of Philippine statistics for 2015.

About 70,000 of them are women working as domestic helpers, rights groups estimate, and many of them turned up on Friday - some without the permission of their bosses - to cheer their president on a visit to the city state.

"Most people love Duterte," said 43-year-old maid Arnelya, who declined to give her full name because her employers did not know she went out.

"I didn't ask them because they wouldn't have let me. I'm very lucky because my employers are on holiday," said Arnelya, who is supporting her four children back home on Mindanao island, Duterte's home region.

Hours before Duterte was due to appear at an exhibition center near Singapore's Changi airport, cover bands, a church choir and a martial arts group took to the stage to entertain the crowd.


Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte poses for selfies with Filipinos living in Singapore after an orchid naming

Organizers issued 6,000 tickets for the event but expected a much larger turnout as supporters turned up hours early.

Duterte's war on drugs, the key plank of his campaign for a May election, has claimed about 5,000 lives since July 1.

While international rights groups, organizations including the Untied Nations and leaders such as US President Barack Obama have raised concern about the extra-judicial killings, at home, the bloody toll has bolstered Duterte's standing.

Duterte retained a "very good" opinion-poll rating after six months in office, with a net satisfaction rating of 63 percent, a Philippine polling agency reported this week.

Arnelya shrugged off international criticism of Duterte, saying restoring order was "good for foreigners also".

Other supporters held up clenched fists and banners reading "You are not alone on your war against drugs, Mr. President" and "Duterte - Making Philippines glorious again".

"I admire the war on drugs," said 31-year-old architect Rene Tahun.

"He's fighting for us, for peace, order and safety. He must be tough. If not, crime will still go on."

Duterte has promised the country's millions of overseas workers to boost the economy and fight drugs and corruption, so they can come home to a better life.

Across town, in central Singapore, Lilian Taguinod, 34, was disappointed she could not go to see her president.
"I love Duterte," said Taguinod, holding her employer's nine-month-old daughter.

"I want to see him, but I can't go because I cannot take the day off. It is impossible for anyone else to take care of her. She's like my fourth daughter."


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Singapore gov’t names orchid after Duterte (philstar.com) | Updated December 18, 2016 - 12:16pm 3 29 googleplus0 0


The orchid now named Dendrobium Rodrigo Roa Duterte is a hybrid of Dendrobium Sonia Beauty and Dendrobium Urmila Nandey. Presidential Communications/Released

MANILA, Philippines — The Singaporean government honored President Rodrigo Duterte by naming an orchid after him.

The orchid was named Dendrobium Rodrigo Roa Duterte — a hybrid of Dendrobium Sonia Beauty and Dendrobium Urmila Nandey — following a tradition in Singapore to name orchids after visiting heads of state. It has violet-red colored petals and was described to be a “compact, robust and vigorous hybrid.”

Duterte personally saw the orchid named after him during a visit to Singapore’s National Orchid Garden.

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RELATED: Philippines, Singapore to boost border security Aside from Duterte, former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was also honored with an orchid renamed by the Singaporean government during her visit in 2001. She personally picked the red orchid “Rattanakosin” with scientific name Arachnis ishbel and was renamed Aranthera Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

The Singaporean government names orchids after visiting heads to honor them. They previously named orchids after United States President Barack Obama and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. — Rosette Adel


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