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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…



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…


Health crisis looms as 31 Marawi City refugees die in shelters

Thirty-one refugees who fled the siege of Marawi City have died due to disease, a health official said today (Wednesday, July 5). Eight of the deaths were due to diarrhoea and dehydration while the others were caused by strokes, pneumonia and blood infection. Other recorded health problems in the evacuation…


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…


Nearly 400,000 displaced by Marawi crisis as disease fears grow

The Marawi crisis has displaced nearly 400,000 people, it was revealed today (Saturday, July 1), as officials warn of disease outbreaks and psychological trauma among refugees. The city has been reduced to a ghost town after the local Maute terror group, which claims affiliation with the so-called Islamic State (IS)…


Duterte to reduce public appearances until Marawi crisis ends

President Duterte has announced he will cut down on his public appearances until the Marawi crisis is over. Speaking at the 140th anniversary of the Philippine-Chinese Charitable Association in Manila, the president said he would spend more time visiting military camps to boost the morale of troops. “You know you’d…