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Despite protests, lawmakers overwhelmingly back martial law extension

Philippine lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to extend martial law on Mindanao until the end of the year. Only 18 members of the House of Representatives and Senate voted against retaining military rule on the troubled southern island, against 261 who gave it their backing today (Saturday, July 22). The vote…


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…


Desperate measures: How to survive a night in the jungle

It may be hard to imagine that you can end up lost in a jungle, or any similar wild environment, but why not be prepared if such situation comes up? Nature can be tough with humans, especially when you find yourself in a place without gadgets, technology or any other…




Peace talks with communists halted after vow to resist martial law

The latest round of peace talks with communist rebels has been called off after they ordered their fighters to step up attacks in response to martial law. Speaking after nearly 10 hours of closed-door discussions, the government’s chief negotiator Jesus Dureza said: “We are maintaining the decision made not to…




“Prepare to fight another dictator” – battle lines drawn over martial law comments

Patriotic Filipinos “should start preparing to fight another dictator”, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV warned today (Monday, January 16) following Duterte’s latest comments on martial law. Former Navy officer Trillanes, who led two coup attempts against President Gloria Arroyo, said: “Soldiers should also start reviewing their constitutional mandate.” Speaking in Davao City on…