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Duterte's reality check in Mindanao -

"[R]eality has a way of catching up," warned former US President Barack Obama during his emotionally charged farewell speech. It was partly an admission of his own shortcomings, but also a subtle, yet poignant, word of caution to populist leaders ...and more »

Duterte: I cannot stop fighting in Marawi, won't talk with terrorists - GMA News

President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday said he will not stop the fighting in Marawi City even as he is carrying a heavy heart due to the rising number of soldiers killed in the ongoing conflict. "I cannot stop the fighting because I will never, never ...and more »

Fighting in Marawi displaces nearly 400000 - Rappler

Over 70,380 people have been housed in 79 government-run evacuation centers where relief officials are struggling to deal with outbreaks of illness. Agence France-Presse · @afp. Published 10:48 PM, July 01, 2017. Updated 12:03 PM, July 17, 2017 ...and more »

Duterte had warned of 'Isis disease' -

President Duterte had warned of the threat posed by the presence of the Islamic State (IS) in the Philippines as early as August, less than two months into his term, Malacañang said on Friday. Responding to analysts who said the war on terrorism had ...and more »

PH welcomes foreign aid for Marawi rehab -

Malacañang on Friday said the government was open to receiving foreign aid for the rebuilding of conflict-torn Marawi City. “The President's invitation for international partners to aid in rebuilding is not synonymous with humanitarian crisis. He said ...and more »

Duterte must ditch the disappearing act or face a new crisis – in public confidence - The Guardian

Despite a controversial year in power, the Filipino people have kept faith in their president but now they need to see he's still in control • Joanna Fuertes-Knight is a British-Filipina film-maker and journalist. Fri 30 Jun 2017 08.14 EDT Last ...and more »

Marawi death toll: 82 gov't troops killed, 39 civilians slain - Rappler

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella says the Scene of the Crime Operatives corrected an earlier report on the number of cadavers recovered by government troops. Published 3:53 PM, June 30, 2017. Updated 1:00 PM, July 01 ...and more »

Philippines military says it may use donated Chinese arms in Marawi - Asian Correspondent

THE ARMED FORCES of the Philippines (AFG) has said it may use weapons and ammunitions donated by China in the fight against Maute Group terrorists in Marawi City as the fighting enters its seventh week. China donated a shipment of more than 3000 ...and more »

AFP chief says Maute stronghold in Marawi 'getting smaller' - GMA News

Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Gen. Eduardo Año said the Maute group's stronghold in Marawi City is "getting smaller." Año said on Sunday that Maute group members are still holed up in an area covering at least four villages of the besieged city ...and more »

Marawi destruction 'beyond evil' -

MARAWI CITY — What used to be a lively strip of Barangay (village) Bangolo, where residents of the city got their fill of such food as pizza, had become the perfect example of destruction – with debris and skeletal remains of still unidentified people ...and more »