Rodrigo Duterte Cancels Plans to Apologize to Pope Francis in Person

Jia Duqiang, a Southeast Asian studies researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said, “The good signs indicate that the new leadership of the Philippines may change its dispute-solving mentality and stance over the South China Sea“.

“He just came to greet me”.

“As people of faith, we do not adhere to capital punishment because we do not have the right to judge who should live and who should die”, said Father Lito Jopson, head of the Catholic bishops’ communications office.

“I will hit hard on drugs and I promise them [criminals] hell”, Duterte said as he outlined his vision for the nation.

In April, Duterte and CPP founder Jose Maria Sison agreed to a resumption of the stalled peace negotiations between the NDFP and the government.

“Well, ties have never been cold”.

“These include, among others, the need for genuine land reform, industrialization and economic development, jobs, ending U.S. troop presence and many others”, it said.

The outgoing Aquino administration has asked a court of arbitration in The Hague to recognise its right to exploit waters in the South China Sea, a case it hoped could bolster claims by other countries against China in the resource-rich waters.

Duterte was mayor of Davao over seven terms and a total of 22 years since 1988, broken up by brief stints as a congressman and vice mayor.

While Duterte has denied any direct knowledge of death squads, he has long called for addressing the Philippines’ severe crime problem by killing suspected criminals.

“I hope he won’t do that because as President, it would be unsafe if he says we already lost our claims over the island although we have not lost it yet”.

The tough-talking mayor said that if the public wants to know about any transactions in government, he will order transparency.

“If he does that, that’s an impeachable offense”.

Meanwhile, the CPP said Duterte can undo Pres. Aquino’s “puppetry to the US” by immediately notifying the USA government of his intent to abrogate the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).

In 2012, China also took control of Scarborough Shoal, a rich fishing area within the Philippines’ economic exclusive zone.

“For us, the priorities will remain the security and prosperity of the Philippines”.

“We still have our fishing vessels inside (Scarborough)”.

Duterte, who was previously the mayor of Davao, also said that he will roll out Davao’s law and order system in the entire country.

But Mr. Duterte in his press conference yesterday maintained his remarks on Scarborough Shoal, adding he will seek an explanation why the Philippines lost control.

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