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Philippines 2016 Election Results

PHILIPPINES – On June 30, 2016 President Rodrigo Roa Duterte  was sworn in as 16th President by Supreme Court Justice Buenvenido L. Reyes. A Landslide Victory for President Duterte with 16.6 million votes, President Duterte won a 38.6 percent plurality in a historic 81 percent voter turnout. The election was …

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U.S. State Secretary Kerry Reaffirms Close Bilateral Ties and Cooperation with the New Duterte Administration

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – On July 27, 2016, Secretary John Kerry met and congratulated newly-elected President Rodrigo R. Duterte at a working luncheon held at the President’s official residence, Bahay ng Pagbabago (House of Change). In his readout, State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner stated that they discussed bilateral and regional issues …

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The Hague tribunal: ramifications of ruling

Commentary by Antonio T. Carpio Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:58 AM July 21st, 2016 Last week’s ruling of an UNCLOS tribunal on the South China Sea dispute has two distinct but related ramifications. The first deals with the rights to the resources of the South China Sea among the coastal states, and …

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The South China Sea Arbitration: Permanent Court of Arbitration Rendered Award

On July 12, 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), an intergovernmental organization established by the 1899 Hague Convention on the Pacific Settlement of International Disputes located in the Hague, Netherlands, issued a unanimous Award in the arbitration instituted by the Republic of the Philippines against the People’s Republic of China.  The …

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Guide to the Presidential Transition in the Republic of the Philippines

On May 9, 2016 the Philippines elected the new President and Vice President by direct vote of the people for a term of six years. The Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) in cooperation with the Presidential Museum and Library, Malacañang Photo Bureau, National Library of the Philippines, …

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