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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…



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…