Philippines president says US, Australia have ‘toned down’ human rights criticism

Rodrigo Duterte claims issue of thousands of drug war deaths was mentioned only in passing in meetings with Rex Tillerson and Julie Bishop The US and Australia have considerably toned down criticism of a drug war in the Philippines in which thousands have been killed, according to the countrys president, Rodrigo Duterte. During meetings at […]

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Wiki warriors: activists fighting to keep truth of brutal Marcos regime in Philippines alive

Revisionism becoming rife amid signs the descendants of the former dictator have never been closer to a political comeback Its basically like playing in the sandbox. You build a sandcastle and then another kid comes along and just kicks it over. Thats how it feels to be on the front lines of information warfare in […]

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Philippines: Duterte threatens to bomb indigenous schools

President claims tribal schools are teaching students to rebel against the government and says he will launch air strikes The Philippine president has sparked alarm among human rights groups after he threatened to bomb tribal schools, accusing them of teaching students to become communist rebels. In a televised news conference on Monday, Rodrigo Duterte condemned […]

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Trump conflict of interest concerns over links with law firm run by Philippine government official

Exclusive: Donald and Ivanka Trumps companies pay a firm managed by a foreign government official to secure their trademarks in the Philippines Donald and Ivanka Trumps companies employ a law firm managed by a Philippine government official, the Guardian has found, the latest in a website and Jamoras maintains ownership despite handing control to his […]

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Philippines police push for Muslim ID cards as counter-terrorism measure

Authorities in Central Luzon call for policy after Muslims blamed for failing to prevent Islamist conflict in the south Police from a region in the majority-Christian Philippines are considering issuing mandatory identification cards to thousands of Muslims living there a proposal Human Rights Watch condemned as collective punishment. Authorities in Central Luzon, a region north […]

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Philippines says beheaded civilians found in Isis-held town

Seventy-one security force personnel and 299 militants killed and 246,000 people displaced in conflict since 23 May Five decapitated civilians were found in a Philippine city occupied by Islamist rebels on Wednesday, the military said, warning the number of residents killed by rebel atrocities could rise sharply as troops retake more ground. The discovery of […]

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Battle for Philippine city rages three weeks after attack by Isis-linked rebels

US forces provide support to clear militants from Marawi, but Manila insists there are no American boots on the ground Bomb blasts have rocked Marawi City in the southern Philippines as the national flag was raised to mark independence day, almost three weeks after hundreds of Islamist militants overran the town and hunkered down with […]

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Ten Philippine troops killed by friendly fire in battle with Islamists

Defence secretary blames fog of war for deaths as clashes with militants in Marawi also claims the lives of foreign fighters At least 10 Philippine troops have been killed by air strikes aimed at taking out Islamist militants who are battling soldiers in the southern city of Marawi, the defence secretary said on Thursday. A […]

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Philippine army battles to contain Isis attacks from spreading to second city

Curfews and heavy military presence in Iligan, a city of 350,000, amid fears Islamist militants may seek to expand conflict Police and security services have imposed a night-time curfew and increased their presence in a second Philippine city following reports that Islamist militants fighting fierce battles in Marawi might pose as civilians to sneak out […]

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Marawi: Isis rampage in Philippines continues with 19 civilians killed

Official death toll from week of fighting rises to at least 85 as militants clash with security forces in Muslim-majority city Islamist militants locked in street-to-street battles with security forces in a southern Philippine city have killed 19 civilians, the military said Sunday, bringing the official death toll from nearly a week of fighting to […]

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