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THE Australian government is set to send two surveillance aircraft to assist the Philippines in its fight against Islamic State (IS)-linked militants in Marawi City, a move welcomed by Malacañang and the Defense department on Friday. Two AP-3C Orion aircraft from the Royal Australian Air Force will provide surveillance support…

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The attack in Pigcawayan, North Cotabato by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) will not affect the government’s peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), an official from the office on the peace process said on Friday. Dickson Hermoso, assistant secretary of the Office of the Presidential Assistant on…

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‘Situation back to normal’ EIGHT people, including six terrorists, were killed following Wednesday’s attack by the Islamic State (IS)-linked Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in North Cotabato, but the situation was “back to normal,” the military said. The two others killed were civilian Towan Dading Esmael, 61, and Abraham Sakilan…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo reaffirmed on Tuesday the security cooperation between the Philippines and Indonesia amid the growing threat posed by adherents of the Islamic State (IS) in Southeast Asia. In a news conference, Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella said Duterte had a “productive and fruitful” phone…

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Malacañang dismissed as “huge fantasies” the latest allegations by Senator Antonio Trillanes 4th against President Rodrigo Duterte. Trillanes, during a weekly forum in the Senate on Thursday, said it was Duterte who ordered the downgrading of criminal charges against the policemen involved in the death of Mayor Rolando Espinosa of…

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President Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo have reaffirmed the bilateral cooperation between their countries amid the growing threat posed by militant backers of the Islamic State in Southeast Asia, a Malacanang official said on Thursday, June 22. In a press conference, Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella said Duterte had…

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THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said on Wednesday arming civilians in Mindanao to fight terrorists would do more harm than good, a day after the President raised the specter of civil war in the restive island. AFP spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla Jr. said arming civilians could exacerbate…

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Malacañang on Wednesday denied that President Rodrigo Duterte had suffered a mild stroke after the Chief Executive disappeared from public view for about a week. Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella issued the denial in reaction to the claim of former senator Francisco “Kit” Tatad in his The Manila Times column that…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte was expected to talk over the phone with Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday to discuss the reported presence of Islamic State (IS)-linked terrorists in Mindanao. Speaking to reporters in Cagayan de Oro on Tuesday night, Duterte said he was scheduled to talk to Widodo about the…

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