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AFTER two failed attempts, President Rodrigo Duterte finally visited Marawi City on Thursday to check on troops at the frontlines of the government’s battle against Islamic State-inspired Maute terrorists. This was confirmed by Malacañang, but provided no details of the President’s trip. In a media interview after the visit, Lt.…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte will deliver a “sensible, solid, and forward-looking” speech when he ad-dresses the nation on Monday, Malacañang said on Thursday. In a press conference, Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella said Duterte would most likely give the speech his “personal take” and “not just an ordinary technical report” in his…

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COTABATO CITY: Government forces repelled “simultaneous attacks” by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in two towns in Maguindanao on Wednesday evening, a spokesman for the military said Thursday. Capt. Arvin Encinas of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division described the incidents at 9 p.m. as an “encoun-ter” because “the troops…

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PARIS: AIDS claimed a million lives in 2016, almost half the 2005 toll that marked the peak of the deadly epidemic, said a UN report Thursday proclaiming “the scales have tipped.” Not only are new HIV infections and deaths declining, but more people than ever are on life-saving treatment, according…

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CONTRARY to a claim by former president Benigno Aquino 3rd, the Philippines is not falling into China’s debt trap, the country’s chief economist said on Thursday. In a press conference in Malacañang,  Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia stressed that the Duterte administration has “not yet signed any loan agreement with…

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THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) expressed support for President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to cancel peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) following a series of attacks by its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA). “Indeed, it is a futile effort to continue to…

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