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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…

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Updated UK travel warning now includes parts of Cebu province

The UK government updated its travel advice for the Philippines today (Wednesday, July 25), including parts of Cebu province with Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago as places to avoid. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said all “non-essential” travel should be avoided due to the ongoing terror threat. Non-essential travel…



Duterte threatens to scrap government’s human rights watchdog

President Duterte has again slammed the government’s human rights watchdog, accusing it of being biased against the army and police. The president has suggested that the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) could be scrapped, and has ordered police officers or soldiers being investigated by the constitutionally mandated body to seek…



Romanian arrested for 2015 ATM scam nabbed again with accomplices

Three foreigners were arrested yesterday (Monday, July 24) for allegedly stealing money from ATMs in San Fernando, Pampanga. Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino, Central Luzon police director, identified the suspects as Nicaraguan Radu Minodor Sandor, aged 43, Italian Marcu Bogdan, 26, and Romanian Petro Ioan Uveges, 44. As we reported in…




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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…

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