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Philippine anti-graft office feels heat as Duterte sacks deputy

President continues clampdown on enemies and installs friendly faces

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte posing with a Galil sniper rifle.    © Reuters

MANILA -- The independence of Philippines' anti-corruption office has come under pressure days before its new czar assumes the post, after President Rodrigo Duterte dismissed the deputy ombudsman for disclosing a probe into his personal wealth.

The dismissal, revealed on Tuesday, comes after the removal of a chief justice who was critical of Duterte's war on drugs in May, signaling that the president is keeping up pressure on his political enemies.

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