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Duterte dares Philippine military to stage a coup

President faces backlash over order to arrest vocal critic

President Rodrigo Duterte claims he holds evidence of a military plot against him.    © Reuters

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday challenged the Philippine military to remove him from office as speculation swirled about a hostile takeover attempt by the opposition.

"I'm leaving it to them," Duterte said of the military in an interview with his legal adviser, aired on the state broadcaster. "If you want another president, [it's] fine."

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