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Mindanao crisis: A city on fire -

"It would not be any different from what President [Ferdinand] Marcos did," declared Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte shortly after declaring martial law across the restive island of Mindanao. "I'd be harsh," he warned. The tough-talking Filipino ...and more »

Trump Praises Duterte for Philippine Drug Crackdown in Call Transcript - New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Trump praised President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines in a phone call last month for doing an “unbelievable job on the drug problem” in the island nation where the government has sanctioned gunning down suspects in the ...and more »

In pictures: ISIS takes control of its first city in the Philippines - AMN Al-Masdar News

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (8:30 P.M.) – Overnight, heavy clashes erupted in the predominately Sunni city of Marawi in the southern Philippines after security forces and ISIS sleeper cells battled it out for hours on end. 2 soldiers and 1 police officer were ...and more »

Philippines' Finance Minister Says Economy Not Threatened by Martial Law - U.S. News & World Report

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte talks to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and newly-appointed Central Bank Governor Nestor Espenilla at the Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, Philippines May 8, 2017. Picture taken May 8, 2017 ...and more »

'Respect human rights' warning from Amnesty over Philippines martial law - Asia Pacific Report

Pacific Media Centre News Desk. The Philippines must ensure that human rights are respected and protected, following the President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of martial law yesterday in the southern island of Mindanao, says Amnesty International ...and more »

"Daesh-linked foreign fighters involved in battle for Philippine city" - TRT World

The government announces foreigners are participating in the fighting as death toll rises to 46. Army deploys attack helicopters and special forces to drive the rebels out. President Rodrigo Duterte has imposed martial law on Mindanao, the country's ...and more »

Trump congratulates Philippine President Duterte on his handling of 'the drug problem' - CNBC

President Donald Trump applauded President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown on drugs in a phone call between the two leaders in April, according to the New York Times. "I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the ...and more »

Trump praises Duterte's deadly drug war in leaked transcript - CNN

(CNN) US President Donald Trump told his Philippines' counterpart that he was doing a good job fighting an illegal drug epidemic in his country, an effort that has led to thousands of deaths and drawn international condemnation from human rights groups ...and more »

Fight for Philippine city of Marawi rages on - TRT World

Daesh-linked militants laid siege to the mainly-Muslim city of Marawi, prompting President Rodrigo Duterte to impose martial law on the area. He threatens to expand it to the rest of the Philippines if militant activity continues. Duterte says he will ...and more »

'West is just double talk, I want more ties with Russia & China' – Duterte - RT

The Philippines should have stronger ties with Russia and China, as Western nations are only interested in double talk and disregard Philippines interests, President Rodrigo Duterte told RT and other Russian media ahead of his visit to Moscow. The ...and more »