Philippine News

US Pinoys support Duterte’s imposing martial law in Mindanao

MANILA—A US-based Filipino group is fully supporting President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s action declaring martial law in the whole Mindanao region in the wake of the wave of terror perpetrated by Islamist Maute terrorists. “We salute and express our full support for our troops in their heroic role to fight and eradicate terrorism in Mindanao and …

Philippines forces hit militants; civilians wave white flags

MARAWI, Philippines — Philippine military jets fired rockets at militant positions Saturday as soldiers fought to wrest control of a southern city from gunmen linked to the Islamic State group, witnesses said. Civilians waved flags from their windows to show they are not combatants. The city of Marawi, home to some 200,000 people, has been …

Defense chief says Mindanao martial law not targeting NPAs

MANILA—The declaration of martial law in Mindanao does not target the New People’s Army (NPA) operating in the region, said National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Saturday. Secretary Lorenzana, in a statement forwarded to the PNA, said martial law was declared in order to address radical Islamic terrorism and narco-terrorism in Mindanao brought about by …

Russia looking for more engagements with ASEAN nations, says defense chief

MANILA — Russia wants more engagements with ASEAN member states, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has said. “I think they would like to have an engagement with ASEAN and since we are the chairman now, maybe they would like to have a foothold maybe to deal with the other members of the ASEAN,” Lorenzana said when …

Pres. Duterte vows full support for troops fighting Maute

MANILA—President Rodrigo Duterte has promised full support for government troops fighting the Maute group in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur province. “May full support kayo sa akin. (You have my full support.) I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel to look for money to see you through,” President Duterte told members of the 2nd …

DTI announces areas under price control in Mindanao, warns vs profiteering

MANILA—The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is informing all consumers and retailers that prices of basic necessities in an area proclaimed or declared under martial law shall be automatically frozen at their prevailing prices or placed under automatic price control. DTI said the price control is pursuant to Section 6 of the Republic Act …

Abella: The rest of the country is doing very well

DAVAO CITY—Malacañang on Friday assured that the country’s economy will weather effects of the declaration of martial law in Mindanao. In a press briefing here, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella cited a statement from the Department of Finance noting that the economy has ample buffers to withstand adverse effects of the current unrest in Mindanao as …

Philippines official: Terror suspect still in besieged city

ILIGAN, Philippines –One of Asia’s most-wanted militants is still hiding out in a city in the southern Philippines where government forces backed by armoured vehicles and helicopters are battling gunmen linked to the Islamic State group, the country’s military chief said Friday. The city of Marawi, home to some 200,000 people, has been under siege …

Martial law shouldn’t be cause for concern for law-abiding citizens—Calida

MANILA—Solicitor General Jose C. Calida on Friday said President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law and suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao should not be a cause for unnecessary concern for law-abiding citizens in our country. Calida said President Duterte has ample factual basis for such a proclamation on …

House gives final nod to preserve 1,446 heritage schools

MANILA—The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a measure which mandates the conservation of “Gabaldon School Buildings” nationwide as a significant part of Filipino heritage. The lower chamber approved House Bill 5577 with 221 votes on the affirmative, zero negative, and no abstention. The measure seeks to rehabilitate and repair the …