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Abu Sayyaf abducts two new hostages after army frees Malaysian victims

Abu Sayyaf militants abducted two crew members from a cargo ship today (Thursday, March 23) just hours after soldiers rescued two Malaysian hostages from their clutches. The vessel was on its way to General Santos City from the central Philippines when gunmen in three speed boats ambushed it, a coastguard…






New York Times profile of Duterte dismissed as “hack job” by palace

A New York Times article about President Duterte’s upbringing and background has been dismissed by the Malacañang as a “hack job”. “One would expect more from The New York Times,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a statement. “Their article, ‘Becoming Duterte: The Making of a Philippine Strongman,’ sounds like a…