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Xiamen Air plane skids off Philippine runway, disrupting flights

Thousands of air travellers faced delays on Friday after a Chinese airliner skidded off the runway at the airport in the Philippine capital, disrupting more than 200 flights as authorities struggled to remove the damaged plane. All 157 passengers and eight crew aboard the Xiamen Air Boeing 737-800 were unharmed …

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Philippine troops kill 2 suspected bomb couriers in south

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military says troops have killed two bomb couriers at an army checkpoint before the suspected Muslim militants could detonate the explosives in a crowded area in the restive south. Brig. Cirilito Sobejana says one of the two local militants opened fire at soldiers who …

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Duterte says may deploy warship to save Filipino captives in Libya

MANILA, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday he might send the navy’s most modern frigate to waters off Libya in a bid to “save” three Filipinos and a South Korean kidnapped last month from a water plant in the north African country. South Korea has …

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Philippine police vow ‘surgical and chilling’ war on drugs, crime

MANILA, July 30 (Reuters) – Philippine police vowed on Monday to revamp and intensify a fight against crime and drugs, a week after President Rodrigo Duterte promised no letup in a bloody crackdown that has alarmed the international community. “Surgical and chilling will be the trademark of the reinvigorated anti-illegal …

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30,000 to 40,000 Philippine rebels to be disarmed

The leader of the largest Muslim rebel group in the Philippines said Tuesday that 30,000 to 40,000 armed fighters would be “decommissioned” if an autonomy deal that is expected to be signed into law by the president this week is fully enforced. Al Haj Murad Ebrahim, chairman of the Moro …

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59,000 nabbed for loitering in streets of Philippines

Crime prevention campaign: Duterte MANILA, July 24, (RTRS): Each night, police in teams of about a dozen fan out across the most rundown areas of the Philippine capital, rounding up slum-dwellers who linger in the streets, or teenagers who play in makeshift computer gaming shops. Children scavenging on mountains of …

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Philippines arrests Islamist’s wife

Philippine soldiers arrested the wife of a top leader of a pro-Islamic State militant group, and killed a suspected bomber in separate raids in a southern city, the army said on Monday. Nafisa Pundog, who had been in hiding for two years since her escape from prison, was arrested in …

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‘Province’ sign stirs anger in Philippines

4th official killed in week MANILA, July 12, (Agencies): Banners calling the Philippines a “province of China” mysteriously appeared on bridges in Manila on Thursday, sparking fury on social media on what was the second anniversary of Manila’s victory over Beijing in a landmark arbitration case. The terms “province of …

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Philippine troops retake town from pro-Islamic State militants

Philippine soldiers backed by armoured vehicles have retaken a southern town held for 12 hours by pro-Islamic State militants, the army said on Wednesday, with four rebels killed in urban clashes reminiscent of a five-month siege last year. The clashes followed warnings by President Rodrigo Duterte that remnants of pro-Islamic …

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Another mayor gunned ‘down’ in Philippines

MANILA, July 3, (Agencies): Motorcycle- borne gunmen on Tuesday assassinated a mayor in a town north of the Philippine capital, the second such killing of an official in two days, police said. Ferdinand Bote, 57, became the 12th elected local official murdered since President Rodrigo Duterte unleashed a deadly anti-narcotics …

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