Duterte: AFP to decide on mosque strikes - Inquirer.net

President Duterte has changed his mind and now wants the military to decide whether to bomb mosques in Marawi where Islamic State-inspired terrorists are holed up to end the battle for control of the city. Speaking at the 23rd anniversary of the ...and more »

Duterte frowns on idea of reforming criminals - Inquirer.net

President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at the 23rd anniversary celebration of Tesda in Taguig on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017. President Duterte has derided the idea of reforming criminals, saying France and other members of the European Union misunderstand ...and more »

Jails, justice system at breaking point as Philippine drugs war intensifies - ABS-CBN News

A detainee watches a basketball game inside the city jail of Quezon City, Metro Manila. Reuters. MANILA - In a teeming prison for undertrials in the Philippines' capital Manila, Rody Lacanilao, an inmate for 18 months, says he prays for clear weather ...and more »

Philippines' Duterte Admits Murderous 'Drug War' is Unwinnable - Human Rights Watch

Protesters and residents hold lighted candles and placards at the wake of Kian Loyd delos Santos, a 17-year-old high school student, who was among the people shot dead last week in an escalation of President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs in Caloocan ...and more »

No theatrics in slay probe, UN rapporteur tells Duterte - Inquirer.net

The United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, Agnes Callamard, has rebuffed President Duterte's renewed goading for her to engage him in a public debate if she wants to investigate the killings in his war on drugs. “An official visit ...and more »

Philippines To Ramp Up Crackdown On 'Fake News' - The Daily Caller

Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte reportedly signed a bill Tuesday that will lead to higher penalties for citizens that commit a number of varying crimes, including publishing what the country's government considers “fake news.” The legislation, known ...and more »

French chargè d' affaires: Franco-PH ties remain strong - InterAksyon

French Embassy officials Legodec and Carole French Embassy Deputy Head of Mission Laurent Le Godec and Counselor for Political Affairs Christine Carole. PHILSTAR photograph. Relations between the Philippines and France remain strong amid the ...and more »

Duterte bid to free Marawi hostages before final battle - The Australian

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has sent a mediator to Marawi in a last-ditch effort to negotiate the release of up to 50 civilian hostages ahead of a final battle to recapture the besieged southern city from Islamic State-affiliated militants ...and more »

Lawmakers concerned about big jump in drug-war budget - ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Lawmakers urged the government on Thursday to explain a proposal to increase a police budget for anti-narcotics operations by 4,400 percent, amid concern about the scale of the bloodshed in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.and more »

Duterte: Bombing mosques where Maute hold captives up to AFP - Philippine Star

In this photo provided by Malacanang Palace in Manila, clad in a combat uniform and a protective vest, President Rodrigo Duterte holds an assault rifle during his third visit to the embattled Marawi city in southern Philippines Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 ...and more »