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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…


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…


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)…



Bodies of five decapitated civilians retrieved from Marawi City

The bodies of five decapitated civilians were recovered from Marawi City today (Wednesday, June 28), amid fears that many more victims will be found. The five mutilated bodies were among 17 retrieved from the besieged city, and are the first confirmation of reports of beheadings made by escapees. Other survivors…



Marawi priest seen alive amid reports that Christians beheaded

The military suspects that Islamic State-affiliated terrorists may have begun beheading Christians held as human shields in war-torn Marawi City. However, army sources believe that kidnapped Catholic priest Father Teresito Suganob — who was filmed by militants last month pleading for the lives of some 240 hostages — is still…