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Duterte declares Marawi liberated

MANILA, Oct 17, (Agencies): Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared the southern city of Marawi liberated from pro-Islamic State militants on Tuesday, although the military said 20-30 rebels were holding about 20 hostages and still fighting it out. In a rousing address to soldiers a day after the killing of two …

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Philippines, Australia hold drill – ‘Battle for Marawi to end soon’

SUBIC BAY, Philippines, Oct 15, (Agencies): Filipino and Australian naval forces darted across the sea and landed on a Philippine wharf in a disaster-response drill Sunday that reflects their deepening security ties in a region prone to calamities, piracy and territorial rifts. Lt Col Daniel Turner of the Australian Defence …

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‘Drug war kills poor only’ – Chief won’t stop cops seeking church ‘help’

MANILA, Oct 3, (RTRS): The Philippines’ top police commander on Tuesday said he would not prevent officers involved in the country’s bloody war on drugs from seeking church protection and testifying to their alleged abuses, providing they told the truth. Police chief Ronald dela Rosa was reacting to a statement …

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Philippines Army captures ‘pro-IS’ base in besieged city – Priest rescued

MARAWI, Philippines, Sept 17, (Agencies): The Philippine military said Sunday it had captured the command centre of Islamic State (IS) group supporters who have besieged a southern city for nearly four months. Security forces have engaged in ferocious street-tostreet combat and launched airstrikes in their efforts to expel the fighters …

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Drug war, Islamists risks – ‘Martial law very remote’

MANILA, Philippines, Sept 16, (Agencies): The Philippine defense secretary said Friday that President Rodrigo Duterte has considered the possibility of placing the entire country under martial rule over fears of planned leftwing protests getting out of control, but added that the prospect of such a step is “very remote.” Defense …

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Troops, rebels team up against ‘pro-IS’ group – ‘Win-win situation’

DATU SALIBO, Philippines, Sept 6, (Agencies): The Philippine military said it has teamed up with old foes behind a long-running Muslim insurgency as it looks to eject a breakaway gang of radical militants pledging loyalty to the Islamic State group. As artillery shells and rockets pounded targets nearby, soldiers were …

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Philippine lawyers to file murder complaint against police in latest teen killing

A Philippine government agency on Monday said a murder complaint would be filed against policemen who shot dead a teenager accused of robbery, the second such case in just over a week against police from the same part of the capital, Manila. The Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) said an autopsy …

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‘Battle against IS is in final stages’

MANILA, Aug 30, (AFP): Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday a three-month battle against Islamic State group supporters occupying parts of a southern city was in its “final stages”. Duterte gave his assessment shortly after government troops secured a vital bridge in Marawi city, allowing them easier access into areas …

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Muslim rebel group sounds IS alarm – MILF seeking to prevent militants from gaining foothold

DATU SALIBO, Philippines, Aug 23, (AFP): The Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group said Wednesday it had lost 10 fighters in battles to stop a “growing force” of radical militants who support the Islamic State group. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front is seeking to prevent the militants from gaining a foothold …

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Philippines’ new gen of communist rebels

AT A GUERRILLA CAMP, Philippines, Aug 16, (Agencies): A kerosene lamp flickers beside a Macbook in a jungle camp as ageing Philippine communist leader Jaime Padilla plots the next step in one of Asia’s oldest insurgencies with a new generation of fighters. Fuelled by one of the world’s starkest rich-poor …

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