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In the wake of international condemnation, the incoming president vowed to protect reporters and pursue their killers.
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Duterte won the ballots of nearly 40 percent of 44 million voters, lured by his success against crime in Davao, despite the questions his policies raised among human rights campaigners.
The president-elect says he will pursue peace talks with Marxist guerillas.
Duterte has been likened to Donald Trump for his loud and fast mouth, crude jokes, sometimes shocking stands on issues and penchant for advocating legal shortcuts.