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Women’s group fears soldiers are threatening to rape Marawi evacuees

A women’s rights group has expressed concern over allegations that government troops threatened women with rape if they did not leave embattled Marawi City. Gabriela — a nationwide alliance of more than 200 women’s groups — say they are particularly concerned given president Duterte’s comments on rape at the outbreaking…

Duterte says Moro homeland in Mindanao possible within three years

President Duterte has told Muslim Moro people that they can expect to have their own “homeland” in Mindanao within three years. Speaking to an audience in Cagayan de Oro, the president said that if the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) submitted an updated version of the proposed ‘Bangsamoro Basic Law’…


Mount Apo reopens to trekkers after devastating fire

Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines, will reopen to trekkers after a devastating fire destroyed huge tracts of forest and grassland last year. The decision follows extensive lobbying from local people who rely on guiding tourists as a major source of income. Kidapawan City Mayor, Joseph Evangelista, said…

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Philippine government condemns London mosque terror attack

The Philippines government has condemned the van attack outside a London mosque that left one person dead and 11 injured. “The appalling attack stands against the shared values of the Philippines and the UK as peace-loving and tolerant societies that respect all religions,” the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said…

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Tsunami warning after magnitude 7.2 quake rocks southern Mindanao

A massive magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck off the coast of Sarangani, Davao Occidental, early this morning (Saturday, April 29) prompting a now-cancelled tsunami warning. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the 4.23am quake’s epicentre was 33 miles off the coast of Sarangani, at a depth of about…

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