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Duterte had warned of 'Isis disease' - Inquirer.net

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 »

Updates on Marawi deaths make Duterte cry - Inquirer.net

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 »

Duterte's reality check in Mindanao - Aljazeera.com

"[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 »

AFP plans one big punch vs terrorists - Inquirer.net

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 »

Maute group possibly drew foreign funders, sources say - Philippine Star

A police officer holds a poster of wanted militants known as "Maute " group at a checkpoint set up at the entrance to Iligan City on Saturday, May 27, 2017 in Mindanao. Iligan city is one of the safe havens for the tens of thousands of Marawi residents ...and more »

Philippines says beheaded civilians found in rebel-held town - Reuters

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Five decapitated civilians were found in a Philippine city occupied by Islamist rebels on Wednesday, the military said, warning the number of residents killed by rebel “atrocities” could rise sharply as troops ...and more »

Snipers, bombs, mortars - Philippine troops battle against Islamists - Reuters

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Sprawled on the boarded-up balcony of a two-storey house, the barrel of his rifle poked into a hole cut in the wood, the Philippine army sniper calls for quiet before taking his shot. “Firing,” he says evenly ...and more »

Children of War - Minda News

It's been over a month since fighting between government forces and the Islamic State-inspired Maute Group erupted in Marawi City. The conflict forced civilians to flee to areas outside of Lanao del Sur. Many of them sought refuge in evacuation centers ...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 »

Groups provide feeding program for Marawi students displaced by war - Philippine Star

Displaced school children from Marawi City feast on newly-cooked food rationed in makeshift learning facilities in campuses in neutral areas. Philstar.com/John Unson. LANAO DEL SUR, Philippines — Muslim school children from Marawi City are now ...and more »