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Filipino-flagged cargo ship “on autopilot” before deadly crash

Investigators suspect that the Philippines-flagged cargo ship that crashed into the USS Fitzgerald was on autopilot. The pre-dawn collision between the US Navy destroyer and the ACX Crystal cargo ship caused the death of seven sailors, including Filipino-American Carlos Victor Sibayan. The claim was made by a defence official, who spoke…

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Pro-IS terrorists storm Mindanao school as “diversionary tactic”

Pro-Islamic State militants stormed a school in Mindanao early this morning (Wednesday, June 21) and briefly held several students hostage. The attack by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) comes fighting between government troops and Islamist militants in Marawi City has entered its fifth week. About 300 armed men, including…



LOOK: Troops battling Marawi terrorists improvise wooden armour

Pictures from Marawi City showing armoured personnel carriers (APCs) clad in improvised wooden reinforcement have been going viral online. It is thought that the wooden coverings can trigger the explosion of Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs) before they make contact with the actual armour beneath. Lieutenant Colonel Jo-ar Herrera, spokesman for…


Philippine government condemns London mosque terror attack

The Philippines government has condemned the van attack outside a London mosque that left one person dead and 11 injured. “The appalling attack stands against the shared values of the Philippines and the UK as peace-loving and tolerant societies that respect all religions,” the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said…




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Mount Apo reopens to trekkers after devastating fire

Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines, will reopen to trekkers after a devastating fire destroyed huge tracts of forest and grassland last year. The decision follows extensive lobbying from local people who rely on guiding tourists as a major source of income. Kidapawan City Mayor, Joseph Evangelista, said…

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Tsunami warning after magnitude 7.2 quake rocks southern Mindanao

A massive magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck off the coast of Sarangani, Davao Occidental, early this morning (Saturday, April 29) prompting a now-cancelled tsunami warning. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the 4.23am quake’s epicentre was 33 miles off the coast of Sarangani, at a depth of about…

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