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Duterte absent as USA hands over spy planes worth $33 million

The Philippines has today (Thursday, July 27) taken possession of two brand-new surveillance aircraft, courtesy of the United States. The two Cessna C-208B Grand Caravans, worth $33 million, are capable of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. They can fly for five-and-a-half hours on a single tank of fuel. The aircraft will…

Duterte’s second State of the Nation Address – key points in brief

In a fiery State of the Nation Address today (Monday, July 24), President Duterte often veered off script, and as always laced his rhetoric with some colourful language. Here are some of the key points of the two-hour speech:   The war on drugs will be “unrelenting”. “The fight will be unrelenting….

Women’s group fears soldiers are threatening to rape Marawi evacuees

A women’s rights group has expressed concern over allegations that government troops threatened women with rape if they did not leave embattled Marawi City. Gabriela — a nationwide alliance of more than 200 women’s groups — say they are particularly concerned given president Duterte’s comments on rape at the outbreaking…