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President Rodrigo Duterte has spoken up about the decision of his son, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, to resign. The President also met again with the families of the Davao City mall fire victims, expressing his condolences but acknowledging that no amount of words would give them comfort.
A day after Christmas, the Philippine military is also on full alert for the 49th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines.
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President Rodrigo Duterte responded to questions on the resignation of his son, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, late on Christmas Day. The President said Paolo “considered it most unfair to him” to be summoned to Congress’ drug smuggling probe “for nothing.”
President Rodrigo Duterte condoled with families of victims of the NCCC Mall fire in Davao City, as he met with them for a second time. He also advised them to have the remains of their loved ones cremated.
In one mountain village in Tubod, Lanao del Norte alone, the death toll from Severe Tropical Storm Vinta (Tembin) has already risen to 29. Overall, the death toll has hit at least 240.
Japan is ready to help the Philippines with relief operations after the onslaught of Severe Tropical Storm Vinta (Tembin). Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said they stand with the Philippines “in overcoming this time of difficulties.”
The Philippine military said it “is on full alert and vigilant” for possible attacks by the New People’s Army, as the Communist Party of the Philippines marks its 49th founding anniversary a day after Christmas.
The reclusive state of North Korea is reportedly preparing to launch a satellite “equipped with cameras and telecommunication devices.” South Korea said it is watching out for any provocative acts.
Thousands of Peruvians marched in Lima to protest the pardon of ailing ex-president Alberto Fujimori, who was serving a 25-year sentence for human rights abuses. The protesters also demanded the resignation of current president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who granted pardon to Fujimori.