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Protesters heckle, disrupt Duterte's Independence day speech

AP  |  Kawit (Philippines) 

Several left-wing activists have heckled and disrupted a televised speech by the Philippine and called him a "traitor" amid criticism of his handling of territorial disputes with

halted his speech Tuesday during the commotion and calmly watched from a historic balcony in Kawit town south of as police pulled the protesters away. He asked to deal with the protesters "with maximum tolerance" as the audience, which included ambassadors, waited.

He later resumed his speech, which focused on his battle against illegal drugs and corruption.

Duterte has come under fire from critics who say he has been far too soft on over contested Sea territories. Officials say his approach has fostered talks and won concessions.

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First Published: Tue, June 12 2018. 18:35 IST