Philippines' Duterte under fire for second rape joke - BBC News

The president of the Philippines has come under fire for joking about rape in a speech to soldiers. While speaking at a military camp after imposing martial law across the south of the country, he said they were allowed to rape up to three women. This ...

Philippines at a grave risk of "contamination" by Isis - New Zealand Herald

Fires rage at several houses following airstrikes by Philippine Air Force in Marawi city. Photo / AP. Philippine military jets fired rockets at militant positions yesterday as soldiers fought to wrest control of a southern city from gunmen linked to ...

More air strikes in Marawi - Manila Bulletin

Security forces on Saturday dropped more bombs at positions of the Islamic State (IS)-linked Maute Group in a bid to wrest full control of besieged Marawi City where they have been battling Islamist militants for five days, vowing no let-up despite the ...

Duterte jokes about rape while rallying troops to fight militants - CNN

(CNN) Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, giving a pep talk to his troops in the country's restive south, exhorted the soldiers to go all out in fighting Islamic militants and joked that under martial law they could even commit rape with impunity.

'Guided rockets' used during op targeting ISIS-linked militants in besieged Philippines city - RT

Philippines military helicopters fired guided rockets at positions of an Islamist rebel group in the besieged southern city of Marawi, apparently marking the first time the government has resorted to heavy firepower, Reuters reports. The operation ...

Mindanao bishops 'not against' martial law - The Manila Times

Mindanao bishops are “not against” the imposition of martial law in Mindanao but said it should be “temporary” and the public should be vigilant against possible abuses. The Palace welcomed the position of Mindanao bishops, even seeing it as a form of ...