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58 dead in 3 days in renewed Philippine anti drug bloodshed

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine police killed at least 26 more drug and crime suspects in overnight gunbattles in the capital, bringing to 58 the death toll in a renewed bloody crackdown in the last three days that received praises from the president. President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his satisfaction with the new spike in drug killings and reassured …

Sea dispute, N. Korea, Muslim militants top ASEAN meetings

  MANILA, Philippines  – Alarm over North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile tests, a tentative step to temper South China Sea disputes and unease over a disastrous siege by pro-Islamic State group militants will grab the spotlight in an annual gathering of Southeast Asia‘s top diplomats with their Asian and Western counterparts. The 27 nations deploying their foreign …

US moves to have North Korea suspended from Asia forum

MANILA, Philippines — Washington is seeking talks on how North Korea can be suspended from Asia’s biggest security forum as part of a broader effort to isolate Pyongyang diplomatically and force it to end its missile tests and abandon its nuclear weapons program, U.S. and Philippine officials said. Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan …

Philippine mayor linked to drugs, 14 others killed in raids

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines—   Police in the southern Philippines said they fatally shot 15 people Sunday, including a city mayor who was among the politicians President Rodrigo Duterte publicly linked to illegal drugs, in the bloodiest assault so far in Duterte’s anti-drug crackdown. Officers were to serve warrants to Ozamiz Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. to search his …

Philippine rebels: Peace pact ‘best antidote’ for extremism

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group said Monday a peace accord it’s trying to implement with the government is “the best antidote” for violent extremism exemplified by a bloody siege of southern Marawi city by Islamic State group-aligned militants. Government and rebel representatives submitted a new draft law to President Rodrigo Duterte which aims …

Philippine airstrike kills 2 soldiers, wounds 11 in Marawi

MANILA, Philippines—A Philippine air force fighter jet missed its target in an airstrike Wednesday against Islamic State group-aligned militants in southern Marawi city, killing two soldiers who were hit by debris from a building where they were taking cover, military officials said. Eleven other soldiers were slightly wounded and taken to a hospital after being …

Duterte says siege may end soon but IS threat will persist

MANILA, Philippines—Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday that a disastrous siege by Islamic State group-aligned militants of a southern city may end in 10 to 15 days but warned that the threat posed by the brutal group will continue to plague the country. Duterte said he would try again this week to travel to Marawi …

Pacquiao backs call for WBO review of his loss to Horn

MANILA, Philippines—Manny Pacquiao asked the WBO to act on a request by Philippine sports officials for a review of his welterweight world title loss to Jeff Horn, saying he didn’t want to see the boxing industry “dying because of unfair decision and officiating.” While Pacquiao has accepted his defeat to Horn, who fought in his …

Militant siege, drug killings mark Duterte’s stormy 1st year

MANILA, Philippines—It’s been a remarkably turbulent first year for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, whose war on drugs has left thousands of suspects dead and prompted critics to call his rule a “human rights calamity.” One accused him of crimes against humanity before the International Criminal Court. A former state prosecutor, Duterte denies condoning extrajudicial killings …

Philippine leader tells troops not to fear civilian deaths

MANILA, Philippines—Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte assured troops on Wednesday that he would protect them from any legal action if they accidentally kill civilians while battling militants who have besieged a southern city. Duterte ordered the army to destroy the militants aligned with the Islamic State group who attacked Marawi on May 23, sparking fighting that …

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