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THE government on Saturday cancelled peace talks with communist rebels, citing their continuing offensives amid President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao. In a news conference, Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza announced that the government would no longer join the fifth round of peace negotiations with the National…

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MARAWI CITY/ZAMBOANGA CITY: Military aircraft continued to bomb terrorist targets in Marawi City as security forces battled the Islamic State (IS)-linked Maute group and their armed supporters fighting for the establishment of a caliphate in the restive Muslim region of Mindanao. Several houses, including one owned by a lawmaker, were…

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MILITANTS fighting under the black flag of the Islamic State (IS) group have turned an Islamic city in Mindanao into a battleground, and triggered warnings by President Rodrigo Duterte of a potential IS province or wilaya. The violence is the latest in four decades of conflict across the southern third…

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MALACAÑANG on Saturday called on Filipinos to pray for an end to terrorism in Mindanao, as the holy month of Ramadan began amid fighting in Marawi City that has displaced thousands of residents and left dozens of people dead. In a statement, Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella said the entire nation…

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THE implemention of a Mindanao-wide martial law will not target the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) engaged in peace talks with the government, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana clarified on Saturday. Lorenzana’s clarification came after CPP founder Jose Maria Sison warned…

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The Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is coordinating with Muslim leaders to help with the release of Catholic hostages, including a priest, held by the Maute group in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur. Fr. Chito Suganob and church-goers were hostaged by the Maute group that attacked Marawi City…

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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 support for martial law in the Southern Philippines.…

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The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has filed a criminal complaint with the Department of Justice against tobacco firm Mighty Corporation over alleged violations of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997. The company’s officers, President Lt. Gen. Edilberto Adan (retired), Executive Vice President Oscar Barrientos, Vice President for External…

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THE Department of Education (DepEd) on Saturday lauded the signing of Executive Order (EO) No. 26, which provides for the establishment of smoke-free environments in public and enclosed places. “The Executive Order will sustain the gains of DepEd in its implementation of its own comprehensive tobacco control policy, which has…

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