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President Rodrigo Duterte is back from his official visit to South Korea. Speaking to media after his arrival, he fired back at critics of his controversial kiss with an overseas Filipino worker, and also claimed he was unaware of China’s harassment in Ayungin Shoal.
We’re also monitoring Tropical Depression Domeng, which will trigger moderate to heavy rain in Bicol and Eastern Visayas on Wednesday.
Globally, tributes are pouring in for the late fashion designer Kate Spade.
Below are the big stories you shouldn’t miss.
President Rodrigo Duterte brushed aside criticism of his controversial kiss with a Filipina in South Korea, saying people are just jealous. He even said: “I do not do it in public if there is malice. I would pull the woman somewhere down along some empty hall.”
President Rodrigo Duterte said he was unaware of China’s harassment in Ayungin shoal, contrary to what Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said. Cayetano earlier told lawmakers that Duterte had given “strong instructions” after learning of the incident.
The Department of Foreign Affairs released a statement saying the Philippines has made “85 diplomatic actions” under the Duterte administration. But the DFA didn’t specify what these actions were all about.
President Rodrigo Duterte warned “radical changes” are coming and that he will use certain powers “to the hilt” to address criminality.
Tropical Depression Domeng is 805 kilometers east of Catarman, Northern Samar as of Wednesday morning, June 6. It’ll bring heavy rain to Bicol and Eastern Visayas on Wednesday.
Fashion designer Kate Spade, 55, was found dead in her New York home. Police said it was an apparent suicide.
“This is about a woman who never knew [Cory and Ninoy]…but who continues to besmirch their name,” said Kris Aquino, as she fired back at entertainer-turned-Palace official Mocha Uson.
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