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Peace talks cancelled after communists attack presidential security team

The Philippines has cancelled peace talks with communist rebels after guerillas attacked a convoy of presidential security guards, killing one and wounding six. President Duterte was not at the scene at Arakan town in North Cotabato province on Mindanao when the clash between the guards and New People’s Army (NPA)…


US issues fresh warning on travel to Philippine trouble spots

The United States has urged its citizens to avoid all “non-essential travel” to several areas in the southern Philippines. In a travel warning issued this week, the US warned its citizens against travelling to Marawi City and to the Sulu Archipelago and surrounding seas due to “terrorist threats, insurgent activities…


Duterte pushes Muslim self-rule in bid to head off extremism

President Duterte has offered self-rule to the Muslim minority in the south of the Philippines in the hope of heading off violent extremism. The president hopes the promise of autonomy will persuade Filipino Muslims to reject extremist groups, such as the Islamic State-affiliated militants who continue to hold out in…


Communists vow nationwide offensives if martial law extended

Communist rebels have vowed to launch “armed counteractions and offensives” nationwide to protest at the proposed extension of martial law in Mindanao. The leadership of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) said today (Tuesday, July 18) that a five-month extension would result in worse abuses by the military and…




Duterte: I’ll resign if law forbids threatening to kill criminals

President Duterte has lashed out at Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales after she criticised his repeated threats to kill suspected criminals. Speaking today (Monday, July 17), the president said: “Do not play God and shut up” after she “castigated” him in an interview on Japanese television. During this interview, she described…