Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte addresses a land reform event in Manila on August 27. Photo: AP

Duterte blasts Iceland’s abortion law, hopes country will ‘freeze in time’

  • Philippine President said Iceland, which introduced a UN resolution to investigate his war on drugs, was concerned about human rights but allowed abortions until the end of the 22nd week of pregnancy
  • Abortion is illegal in the Philippines, but an estimated 600,000 women have abortions every year
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte addresses a land reform event in Manila on August 27. Photo: AP
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Ronald dela Rosa is pictured while he was Philippine National Police chief. Photo: Reuters

Philippine ex-police chief cites China threat to justify compulsory youth military training

  • The Philippines is debating reintroducing compulsory military training for students, but youth groups argue this will cause increased militarisation
  • Senator Ronald dela Rosa, who presided over President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, insisted the ROTC scheme was necessary in case ‘China attacks us’
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Ronald dela Rosa is pictured while he was Philippine National Police chief. Photo: Reuters
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