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  • Philippines May Get New Law: Sing National Anthem With Spirit or Face Prison Time

    06/27/2017 5:53:28 PM PDT · by DFG · 22 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | 06/27/2017 | Daniel Victor
    Filipinos would be required to sing the national anthem when it is played in public — and to do so with enthusiasm — under a bill that the House of Representatives of the Philippines approved on Monday. If the bill, which will be considered by the Senate, is approved and signed into law, a failure to sing the anthem, “Lupang Hinirang,” with sufficient energy would be punishable by up to year in prison and a fine of 50,000 to 100,000 pesos, or about $1,000 to $2,000. A second offense would include both a fine and prison time, and violators would...
  • Hostages in Philippine town forced to fight, loot, become sex slaves: army

    06/27/2017 7:29:50 AM PDT · by johnk · 3 replies ^ | Tue Jun 27, 2017 | 8:57am EDT | By Kanupriya Kapoor
    MARAWI CITY, Philippines Civilians held hostage by Islamist militants occupying a southern Philippine city have been forced to loot homes, take up arms against government troops and serve as sex slaves for rebel fighters, the army said on Tuesday. Citing accounts of seven residents of Marawi City who either escaped or were rescued, the military said some hostages were forced to convert to Islam, carry wounded fighters to mosques, and marry militants of the Maute group loyal to Islamic State. "This is what is happening inside, this is very evident," military spokesman Jo-Ar Herrera told a news conference. "These are...
  • ISIS Presents Battles In Philippines As Part Of War Against Christianity

    06/19/2017 10:51:05 PM PDT · by ifinnegan · 18 replies
    MEMRI ^ | 6/18/17 | MEMRI JTTM
    During its takeover of the city, ISIS took Christians hostage and later executed them. The organization reported on the execution of these "belligerent Christians" in Issue 10 of its English-language magazine Rumiyah, released June 7. On June 12 it also published a video allegedly showing the execution of Christians from Marawi.[2] Another ISIS video showed its fighters destroying a Catholic church in the city. ISIS fighters are shown destroying icons, statues and crucifixes and tearing up pictures of the Pope before setting fire to the church. To see a MEMRI TV Clip of excerpts from the video, click on the...
  • U.S. Troops are in Besieged City of Marawi, Philippine Military Says

    06/14/2017 10:38:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | 06/14/2017 | By FELIPE VILLAMOR
    MARAWI, Philippines — American troops are on the ground in the embattled southern Philippine city of Marawi, where the Philippine military is battling Islamic State-linked militants for control, a Philippine military spokesman said on Wednesday. The spokesman, Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla, said that the American forces were not engaged in combat, but his statement was the first official confirmation of the American military presence in Marawi. Philippine and American officials have previously said that United States Special Operations forces were providing military assistance in the battle for the city, but American officials have not said from where, and Philippine officials...
  • The OV-10 Bronco Is Wailing On ISIS Yet Again, This Time In The Philippines

    06/12/2017 12:31:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    The Drive ^ | June 11, 2017 | Tyler Rogoway
    The core of the southern Filipino city of Marawi was seized by Maute and Abu Sayyaf militants, which are directly affiliated with the Islamic State, on May 23th. Since then, Philippines armed forces have performed a a rolling counter-assault on the area in an attempt to dislodge the extremists. The Philippine Air Force's go-to weapon system for the battle? The OV-10 Bronco. The mission has proven to be extremely difficult as the fighters clearly had been planning and preparing the area for the battle for some time before executing their blitz. Stores of supplies and ammunition are said to be...
  • Video: Islamic State Destroys Statues, Burns Down Cathedral in Philippines

    06/06/2017 2:57:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Breitbart National Security ^ | 6/6/17 | Frances Martel
    Islamic State jihadis fighting to establish a caliphate in Marawi, the Philippines’ only “Islamic city,” released a video this week showing the complete destruction of the city’s St. Mary’s Cathedral.Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists affiliated with the local jihadi outfits, Maute group and Abu Sayyaf, overran the city in May, taking Christians hostage, killing anyone who could not recite Quranic verses, and flying the Islamic State flag over the city’s mosques. President Rodrigo Duterte imposed a 60-day martial law period over the entire island of Mindanao, where Marawi is located, and has launched an airstrike offensive against the terrorists.Philippine authorities believe that...
  • Marawi siege: Philippine militants 'stockpiled food and weapons'

    06/05/2017 10:29:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | 06/06/2017
    Senior military officials told reporters that they believed the militants were hiding in an extensive network of underground shelters, built years ago. "There are underground tunnels and basements that even a 500-pounder (bomb) cannot destroy," said Maj Gen Carlito Galvez, head of the military command in the Western Mindanao region. Government and military estimates on the number of militants left in Marawi have ranged from 40 to 200. ... The militants were also apparently well-prepared for a possible siege, and had placed supplies in mosques and religious schools - which are off-limits for air strikes - days before seizing the...
  • ISIS thugs in the Philippines film sacrilegious rampage as they smash statues, [tr]

    06/05/2017 9:56:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 5, 2017 | Luke Barnes
    ISIS militants have gone a sacrilegious rampage, smashing statues and setting fire to a church building in footage purportedly filmed in a besieged city in the southern Philippines. The jihadis gleefully topple crucifixes, stamp on posters of Pope Francis and destroy effigies in the church, believed to be located in the city of Marawi, southern Philippines.
  • Resorts World to give PHP1 million to each of the families of victims in casino attack

    06/04/2017 8:30:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Coconuts ^ | June 5, 2017 | Staff
    The management of Resorts World Manila has promised financial assistance for the families of the 37 victims killed in the recent attack in the luxury hotel and casino. “We are extending PHP1 million to [each of] the families of the deceased,” Steve Reilly, the casino’s chief operating officer, announced Saturday, according to a report by ABS-CBN News. At current exchange rates, PHP1 million is worth about $20,200. A gunman fired shots and set gaming tables alight in Resorts World Manila on Friday morning. Most victims died to smoke inhalation in the blaze that followed. The mother of gunman Jessie Javier...
  • Cardinal: Stop Anti-Mulsim Hate

    06/03/2017 3:44:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 56 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | June 3, 2017 | Gloria TV
    Cardinal: Stop Anti-Muslim Hate Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato, Mindanao/Philippines, emphasized in a statement on May 27th the need to educate Christians to stop anti-Muslim hate. "Intolerance and discrimination against Muslims are not new, but signs of these phenomena seems to be on the rise in recent days." The statement came in the wake of the Marawi crisis during which an Islamic group burned down Marawi Cathedral, taking a priest and several churchgoers hostage. Quevedo was made a cardinal by Pope Francis in April 2014.
  • 34 bodies found in Resorts World Manila

    06/01/2017 9:29:19 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | 2 June 2017 | By Ralph Ellis and Holly Yan
    Thirty-four bodies have been found inside Resorts World Manila, which was attacked by a lone gunman in the early hours of Friday morning, according to a local official. The victims did not appear to have been shot, but indications were that they had suffocated, Bureau of Fire Protection, Southern Police District Director P/Supt. Tomas Apolinario said in an interview ....
  • Resorts World Manila: At least 36 bodies found at casino complex

    06/01/2017 9:25:57 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 25 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6/2/2017 | BBC
    At least 36 bodies have been recovered from a casino and hotel complex in the Philippines capital, Manila, where a lone gunman opened fire overnight. Most of the dead appear to have suffocated after the man set fire to casino tables, local media reported. The gunman began shooting at TV monitors in Resorts World Manila in the early hours of Friday morning sending terrified patrons fleeing. Police said he later killed himself by setting himself on fire..... Officials insisted that the incident was a robbery attempt, and not terror-related despite an apparent claim by the so-called Islamic State......
  • HOTEL UNDER ATTACK Manila hotel shooting – ‘ISIS’ gunmen storm hotel in Philippine’s capital

    06/01/2017 11:00:01 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 60 replies ^ | 1st June 2017, 6:57 pm | By Maryse Godden
    DOZENS of tourists have been injured – with fears Brits are among those hurt – after gunshots and explosions were heard outside a resort in Manila, initial reports say. The shooting took place at Resorts World Manila in Pasay City, Philippines, around midnight local time.
  • 'What was your reaction when your father was f***ing Monica Lewinsky?' Philippines president

    05/31/2017 11:14:32 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 33 replies
    dailymail ^ | 5/30/17 | Gareth Davies
    Full title.......................'What was your reaction when your father was f***ing Monica Lewinsky?' Philippines president Duterte hits back at Chelsea Clinton after she criticised his 'joke' about troops raping women............................... Rodrigo Duterte on Friday told his soldiers they could rape up to three women Chelsea Clinton, daughter of ex-US President Bill Clinton, hit out at the remark Duterte said he was being sarcastic when he made widely-criticized comment He hit out at Chelsea, asking: 'when your father, the president of the United States, was f***ing Lewinsky and the girls in the White House, how did you feel?
  • Chelsea Clinton slams Philippines president's 'rape joke'

    05/27/2017 11:55:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Khaleej Times ^ | May 28, 2017 | Reuters
    Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has sought to reassure soldiers who might be accused of committing abuses under martial law, and jokingly said that if any of them were to rape three women, he would personally claim responsibility for it. "I'll imprison you myself," he said, referring to any soldiers who commit violations, then he joked: "If you had raped three, I will admit it, that's on me." Duterte made the remark in a speech to soldiers on Mindanao island, where he imposed martial law on Tuesday to try to crush Daesh-linked rebels, who have been battling the military after laying...
  • Philippine President Duterte Fears CIA Assassination, Blames U.S. for ISIS Presence

    05/27/2017 11:14:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    MintPress News ^ | 05/25/2017
    MANILA– The Philippines has become the first nation in Asia to have one of its cities fall to the international terror group Daesh (ISIS). Clashes between militants and Filipino security forces began Monday night in the southern city of Marawi, as the government raided a home where the leader of the local branch of Daesh, Isnilon Hapilon, was believed to be hiding. Hundreds of gunmen descended upon the city following the raid, including Daesh forces and members of militant groups that have pledged allegiance to Daesh, including Maute and Abu Sayyaf. Abu Sayyaf also shares links to al-Qaeda – an...
  • ISIS Terrorists Go On Rampage In Philippines: President Declares Martial Law

    05/26/2017 7:53:10 AM PDT · by · 6 replies ^ | May 25, 2017 | Andrew Bieszad
    Islamic terrorists went on a rampage in the Philippines, massacring nine Christians and kidnapping a priest as President Duterte declared martial law in an effort to stop the violence according to a recent report: ISIS-linked militants reportedly captured nine Christians, tied their hands together and shot them dead in a city in the Philippines. The Maute group forced the civilians off their truck at a roadside checkpoint in Marawi City on Wednesday and murdered them after they were identified as Christian, local media reported. Harrowing images show the group lying dead face-down in the grass, amid reports that villagers are...
  • Philippines troops backed by attack helicopters battle Islamist militants

    05/26/2017 6:16:20 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 27 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | May 25, 2017
    Philippines troops backed by attack helicopters battle Islamist militants in besieged southern city -excerpt- Army tanks packed with soldiers rolled into the mainly Muslim Marawi City as gunfire and explosions rang out after militants linked to the Islamic State group torched buildings, seized more than a dozen Catholic hostages and raised the black flag of Isil. The army sent about 100 soldiers, including US-trained special forces, to retake buildings and streets in the area held by militants of the Maute group, which has pledged allegiance to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).
  • Philippines terror: Americans warned after church hostage-taking, policeman beheaded

    05/24/2017 12:46:31 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 24, 2017 | Fox News
    The United States Embassy issued a warning to U.S. citizens in a southern Philippine city on Wednesday after terrorists linked to the Islamic State swept through the region, beheading a police chief, burning buildings, seizing a Catholic priest and his worshippers and raising the black flag of ISIS, officials said. The embassy suspended mission personnel travel to Mindanao as they analyzed the chaos that has left at least 21 people dead. "While the U.S. Embassy has no information that the events in Marawi City represent a direct threat to U.S. citizens or U.S. interests in the Philippines, we encourage U.S....
  • Duterte says he may widen martial law from Island of Mindanao to include all of the Philippines

    05/24/2017 7:29:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/24/2017 | By Vincent Bevins and Emily Rauhala
    MANILA — Since winning the presidency a year ago, the words “martial law” have rarely been far from Rodrigo Duterte’s lips. Amid calls to “slaughter” criminal suspects, the Philippine president has often mused about the possibility of declaring it, casting himself as a reluctant savior, the strongman who does not want to take charge — but would. On Tuesday evening, after clashes between security forces and Islamist insurgents left three dead, he fulfilled his own prediction, declaring martial law across a vast swath of the southern Philippines. On Wednesday, he said the law would be as “harsh” as it was...