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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…




Marawi City death toll passes 500 as 50th day of crisis looms

The number of fatalities confirmed since chaos broke out in Marawi has passed the 500 mark. Speaking at a press conference today (Monday, June 10), presidential spokeswoman Marie Banaag gave a breakdown of the casualties: The number of civilians killed by terrorists remained at 39. The number of slain militants…


Bibles for evacuees and plan for Muslim-only ID “risk inflaming tensions”

A Christian group has risked providing a pretext for Islamist radicalisation by handing out Bibles to Muslim evacuees from Marawi city. Similar concerns have been expressed over proposals for a Muslim-only ID scheme. Islamic teacher Abdulharim Ambor, whose school is currently an evacuation centre, said evangelists had distributed Bibles to…


Satellite images reveal devastation of Marawi City

Satellite images have revealed the extent of the damage done to Marawi since terrorists began their rampage through the city under the black flag of Islamic State. The images show flattened city blocks, government artillery placements and a huge crater next to the dome of an unscathed Islamic centre. The…


Abu Sayyaf terrorists behead two Vietnamese hostages

Two Vietnamese sailors have been beheaded after an eight-month ordeal at the hands of Abu Sayyaf terrorists. The Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) identified the victims as Hoang Thong and Hoang Va Hai, two of six crew members of a ship targeted by the Islamic State-affiliated group last November. Residents found…


Supreme court upholds martial law in Mindanao

The Supreme Court has today (Tuesday, July 4) upheld as constitutional President Duterte’s imposition of 60 days of martial rule across Mindanao. Military rule was declared on May 23, just hours after hundreds of Islamist terrorists seized control of Marawi City under the black flag of the Islamic State. Eleven…


Islamic State claims Manny’s defeat as an “act of Allah”

The Islamic State has proclaimed Manny Pacquiao’s defeat an “act of Allah” in answer to their prayers for the demoralisation of Philippine soldiers. The message from the unnamed IS operative also challenged the military to “bring all its soldiers against fighters in Marawi”, where Islamist militants continue to hold out…


Duterte threatens to jail critics of martial law

President Duterte has threatened to jail critics of martial law, just days before the Supreme Court is set to rule on its legality. The president imposed military rule throughout the island of Mindanao after Islamic State-affiliated militants went on the rampage in Marawi City on May 23. The president has…