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June 2017

A year of speaking his mind: Duterte’s first year in quotes

President Duterte is not a man afraid to speak his mind, often in language that could best be described as “colourful”. Foreign leaders, the Catholic Church and even the Pope himself have felt the sharp side of his tongue. As today (Friday, June 30) marks the first anniversary of his…


More than 250 Abu Sayyaf fighters taken out of action this year

The military says the net is closing on Abu Sayyaf with more than 250 militants taken out of action this year. The Armed Forces Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) has announced that 94 have been killed, 66 captured and another 98 have surrendered since January. In a press statement, Wesmincom said…



Estonian accused of raping 18-year-old at Bantayan beach resort

A Estonian man has been arrested for allegedly raping an 18-year-old girl at a beach resort on Bantayan Island. Xander Tann faces two counts of rape and trafficking charges, said Shiela Illustrisimo of Santa Fe town police’s Women and Children’s Protection Desk. The 29-year-old denies the allegations, and says he…


Babies aged just two months among victims of online child abuse

A human rights group battling the scourge of online child abuse has revealed that infants aged just two months are among the victims. The International Justice Mission (IJM) has also revealed that eight out of 10 of those rescued from “cyberporn” operations are minors and that the majority are under…


A journalist’s view: Fighting back against the troll army

  In the past decade, more than 800 journalists have been killed in the course of their work according to UNESCO, while hundreds more have been assaulted, imprisoned or harassed. The nature of the threat is changing as the virtual world spills into the physical. The experiences of Filipino journalist…


Duterte to reduce public appearances until Marawi crisis ends

President Duterte has announced he will cut down on his public appearances until the Marawi crisis is over. Speaking at the 140th anniversary of the Philippine-Chinese Charitable Association in Manila, the president said he would spend more time visiting military camps to boost the morale of troops. “You know you’d…



Bodies of five decapitated civilians retrieved from Marawi City

The bodies of five decapitated civilians were recovered from Marawi City today (Wednesday, June 28), amid fears that many more victims will be found. The five mutilated bodies were among 17 retrieved from the besieged city, and are the first confirmation of reports of beheadings made by escapees. Other survivors…


Saving Ryan’s privates? Business group donates underwear to troops

A Filipino-Chinese business group hoping to “support” and “uplift” troops fighting in Marawi have donated 6,000 pairs of underwear. Michael Que, chairman of the SDS International Charities, handed over the gift at Camp Lapu-Lapu in Cebu City today (Wednesday, June 28). He said: “We want to support our troops in…