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Duterte's reality check in Mindanao -

How Rodrigo Duterte had to cut down on tough talk and quietly accept US military help against ISIL. Richard Javad Heydarian by Richard Javad Heydarian. 30 Jun 2017. "[R]eality has a way of catching up," warned former US President Barack Obama during ...and more »

Fighting in Marawi displaces nearly 400000 - Rappler

EVACUEES. Soldiers escort rescued civilians at a village on the outskirts of Marawi on May 31, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP. MANILA, Philippines – Local terrorists occupying Marawi City in Lanao del Sur have forced nearly 400,000 people in the wider ...and more »

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

“You'll see less of me until the Marawi incident is over,” the Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte announced, having re-emerged after disappearing from public view for the second time this month, as an Islamic State-aided insurgency grips the country ...and more »

Updates on Marawi deaths make Duterte cry -

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech at the Sports and Tourism Complex in Tagum City to mark the 50th founding anniversary of Davao del Norte on Saturday, July 1, 2017. (Photo from an RTVM video). DIGOS CITY – President Rodrigo Duterte said on ...and more »

AFP plans one big punch vs terrorists -

BATTLE ZONE A soldier inspects the City Hall building in Marawi as more soldiers are ordered to the battle zone to flush out terrorists still occupying four villages in the city. —JEOFFREY MAITEM. The military is looking to deliver one big punch that ...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 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 »

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 »

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 »

Duterte to communists: Can we stop fighting for a while? - CNN Philippines

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 1) — President Rodrigo Duterte called on communist rebels to stop fighting government forces and continue the peace talks. "Can you just stop fighting for a while?" he said in a July 1 speech at the 50th founding ...and more »