EDITORIAL - Eternal vigilance - Philippine Star

The price of liberty is eternal vigilance. Filipinos were often reminded about this during the struggle against the Marcos dictatorship, and even in the years after people power as the fragile democracy faced an unending stream of threats. Today the ...

Rodrigo Duterte jokes about soldiers committing rapes under martial law he ordered - Mic

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, the authoritarian leader accused of overseeing death squads that have killed thousands, joked about government soldiers committing rape during martial law, Reuters reported. During an address to soldiers on the ...

Philippines' Duterte under fire for second rape joke - BBC News

The president of the Philippines has come under fire for joking about rape in a speech to soldiers. While speaking at a military camp after imposing martial law across the south of the country, he said they were allowed to rape up to three women. This ...

Philippines steps up bombing of militants - Kuwait Times

MARAWI, Philippines: A fire rages in houses following air strikes by the Philippine Air Force yesterday. —AP. MARAWI, Philippines: Philippine security forces yesterday intensified a bombing campaign on homes and other buildings in a southern city ...

Philippines' Duterte To Visit White House In Fall 2017 - Source - Forbes

President Duterte of the Philippines plans to visit President Trump in Washington, D.C. in the fall, according to a source. Philippines analyst Richard Heydarian said on Al Jazeera yesterday, "From what I know from my sources at the highest level in ...

AFP turns to heavy firepower vs Maute - Philippine Star

Government troops patrol a deserted street in Marawi City as planes and helicopters bombed positions of Maute fighters yesterday. Civilians waved white flags from their windows to show they were not combatants as soldiers fought to wrest control of the ...

Business as usual for Mindanao banks - Philippine Star

In a public service announcement, the Bankers Association of the Philippines (BAP) said member banks in Mindanao would continue with normal banking operations. File. MANILA, Philippines - Philippine banks are business as usual despite the decision of ...

CHR to monitor censorship, arrests - Philippine Star

“We shall study the matter as we are still waiting for reports from our regional offices,” CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia told The STAR yesterday. File. MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is monitoring reports of censorship ...

Philippines at a grave risk of "contamination" by Isis - New Zealand Herald

Fires rage at several houses following airstrikes by Philippine Air Force in Marawi city. Photo / AP. Philippine military jets fired rockets at militant positions yesterday as soldiers fought to wrest control of a southern city from gunmen linked to ...

Philippines president jokes about rape in speech to soldiers - USA TODAY

ILIGAN, Philippines — Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte made a joke about rape as he urged soldiers to use the powers of martial law to take control of a besieged city in the southern Philippines. In the speech Friday, Duterte said he will pay the ...

Martial Law 2.0 in Mindanao: Beta version of Duterte's authoritarian project - Rappler

Duterte is using a sledgehammer to take on a job that is properly accomplished with precision tools. It is the convenient but indiscriminate weapon of an authoritarian leader. Senator Leila de Lima. Published 12:50 AM, May 28, 2017. Updated 1:11 AM ...

Philippine President Duterte under fire over 'sickening' rape joke - Livemint

Rodrigo Duterte had attracted controversy last year as well over his joke that he had wanted to rape an Australian missionary who was killed in the Philippines. Photo: Aaron Favila/AP. Manila: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte came under fire on ...

ISIS not a figment of the President's imagination - The Manila Times

IT is easy to misread, misinterpret and misunderstand a leader like President Rodrigo Duterte whose public pronouncements are a mix of jokes and serious allegations regarding the extent of corruption in government, the illegal drugs scourge and the ...

More air strikes in Marawi - Manila Bulletin

Security forces on Saturday dropped more bombs at positions of the Islamic State (IS)-linked Maute Group in a bid to wrest full control of besieged Marawi City where they have been battling Islamist militants for five days, vowing no let-up despite the ...

Clinton daughter calls Duterte 'murderous thug' after rape joke - The Manila Times

THE only daughter of former US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and ex-president Bill Clinton called President Rodrigo Duterte a “murderous thug” after the Chief Executive joked about owning up to rapes that could be committed by soldiers under ...

How we lose our freedoms - Inquirer.net

From the perspective of President Duterte and his advisers, there's probably no better time than now to determine what else he can do, or how far he can go, as president of this country. Declaring martial law in Mindanao is his way of testing the outer ...

Duterte jokes about rape while rallying troops to fight militants - CNN

(CNN) Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, giving a pep talk to his troops in the country's restive south, exhorted the soldiers to go all out in fighting Islamic militants and joked that under martial law they could even commit rape with impunity.

'Guided rockets' used during op targeting ISIS-linked militants in besieged Philippines city - RT

Philippines military helicopters fired guided rockets at positions of an Islamist rebel group in the besieged southern city of Marawi, apparently marking the first time the government has resorted to heavy firepower, Reuters reports. The operation ...

Mindanao bishops 'not against' martial law - The Manila Times

Mindanao bishops are “not against” the imposition of martial law in Mindanao but said it should be “temporary” and the public should be vigilant against possible abuses. The Palace welcomed the position of Mindanao bishops, even seeing it as a form of ...

Hunt for rebel leader narrows - The Hindu

Philippine armed forces helicopters fired guided rockets at Islamist militant positions on Saturday in an attempt to end a siege in the southern city of Marawi that has raged for five days. The use for the first time of the heavy firepower came amid ...