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July 2017

Marawi terrorists use social media to win over young Filipinos

A report on the growing Islamic State (IS) menace in Mindanao has shone a light on how militants use social media to recruit young Muslims to their cause. As we reported yesterday, the Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) released a report entitled Marawi, the ‘East Asia Wilayah’…



Woman arrested for online sex abuse of her own daughters

Police have arrested a 31-year-old woman for exploiting four girls, two of them underage, in a ‘cybersex’ den in Bohol. The raid yesterday (Friday, July 21) was reported by the International Justice Mission (IJM), an international group that works to protect women and children living in poverty. The woman was…


Robbers make off with just 500 pesos after shooting Scottish man

A Scottish man has been seriously injured after being shot by motorcycle-riding robbers who made off with just 500 pesos. Tareq Naggar, aged 44 from Glasgow, was drinking with his fianćee outside a mall in Talisay City at dawn on Thursday, July 20, when three men on a motorcycle pulled…


Despite protests, lawmakers overwhelmingly back martial law extension

Philippine lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to extend martial law on Mindanao until the end of the year. Only 18 members of the House of Representatives and Senate voted against retaining military rule on the troubled southern island, against 261 who gave it their backing today (Saturday, July 22). The vote…



Duterte to communists: “No more talk, let’s fight!”

President Duterte has today (Friday, July 21) told the communists that the time for talking is over, following a series of attacks on government troops. Speaking at a Davao City investment forum, the president said he was “tired” of talking to communist rebels and that they should just fight it…



Experts warn Marawi crisis will inspire further terror attacks

A leading think-tank has warned that the ongoing fighting in Marawi may act as a catalyst for increased terrorist activity in the Philippines. A report by Jakarta-based Institute of Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) has warned that the ability of Islamic State-affiliated militants to hold the Philippine armed forces at…