In this file photo taken on March 20, 2018 Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivering his speech during the 121st founding anniversary of Philippine army at the army headquarters in Manila. / AFP / TED ALJIBE
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday he had accepted the resignation of his justice secretary, the eighth member of his cabinet to leave since last year, and had picked the heads of the country's security forces.Duterte named Metro Manila police chief Oscar Albayalde as the new head of the 175,000-member national police force, replacing the tough-talking Ronald dela Rosa, whose extended tenure ends soon.Presidential spokesman Harry Roque had earlier said there were no indications Duterte would fire Aguirre, who attended a monthly cabinet meeting late on Wednesday.Aguirre was in the same law school fraternity as Duterte in Davao City, and he was the lawyer for a police officer accused of carrying out killings at Duterte's behest during the 22 years Duterte was mayor of the southern city.
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