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New Philippine president Duterte warns of rough ride
Manila (AFP) June 30, 2016
Authoritarian firebrand Rodrigo Duterte warned of a "rough ride" after being sworn in as the Philippines' president on Thursday, promising a relentless war on crime and corruption but also to be a unifying leader. Duterte, 71, won last month's election in a landslide after a campaign dominated by foul-mouthed threats to kill tens of thousands of criminals and tirades against the nation's elite that cast him as an incendiary, anti-establishment hero. After taking his oath before a small audience ... read more

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