DRUGS. President Rodrigo Duterte said Saturday Donald Trump wished his deadly crackdown on illegal drugs would succeed during a telephone call, and he assured the U.S. president-elect the Philippines would maintain its ties with America — a departure from Duterte's hostility toward the Obama administration.

DENY. One of the Chinese nationals arrested at an online gaming site in Clark, Pampanga and who were among those who recently escaped, has returned to the custody of the Bureau of Immigration (BI).

RELIEVED. The National Bureau of Investigation-Soccsksargen (NBI-12) director has been relieved from office for his alleged involvement in a shabu laboratory in Catanduanes.