• A look at verbal U-turns by Philippines’ likely next leader

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Rodrigo Duterte kept Filipinos guessing for months last year whether he would run for president. He repeatedly declared that he wouldn’t, then cited different reasons when he finally did. On the campaign trail, he flipped and flopped on a number of key pronouncements. That has made it difficult to discern when the brash Duterte, who spikes his speeches with sarcasm and hyperbole for added punch, is serious or, in his own words, is “just taking you for a ride.”

  • Filipino boxing great Manny Pacquiao holds his Certificate of Canvass as he is proclaimed the Seventh Senator by Commissioner Christopher Lim, right, in ceremony at the Commission on Elections Thursday, May 19, 2016 in suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines. Pacquiao has won a seat in the Philippine Senate based on an unofficial count bringing him closer to a possible crack at the presidency. Pacquiao said he will retire from boxing to become a full-time politician. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Pacquiao’s Senate victory brings him closer to presidency

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Boxing great Manny Pacquiao was proclaimed Thursday as a winner of a Philippine Senate seat, bringing him closer to a possible crack at the presidency.

  • In this Wednesday, May 11, 2016 photo, residents walk past giant tarpaulins of presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte at his hometown in Davao city, southern Philippines. A bold campaign promise to eradicate crimes and corruption within six months and his iron-fist approach to law and order helped catapult the longtime mayor to the presidency, but Duterte's anti-crime reputation is also a political baggage that would haunt him now as he comes under the spotlight. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

    Bloody anti-crime purge may haunt next Philippine president

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Nine years ago, Father Amado Picardal helped bury a teenager from a slum family who was gunned down by motorcycle-riding assassins in the southern Philippine city of Davao. The death was among hundreds in the large port city blamed on an anti-crime purge some believed was secretly run by its mayor, Rodrigo Duterte.