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  • After raging and swearing at US, Philippines' Duterte tells Tillerson 'I'm your humble friend'

    08/08/2017 1:40:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Business Insider via Reuters ^ | 08/08/2017 | Karen Lema, Reuters
    MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte called himself a "humble friend" of the United States on Monday, taking a break from his notorious hostility towards Washington to grant a warm reception to visiting U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Duterte's often profanity-laden tirades against the United States has become his trademark during his year-old presidency, but he appeared happy to meet Tillerson, who was in Manila to attend a regional security meeting dominated by North Korea's missile tests, and maritime squabbles. "I am happy to see you ... and you have come at a time when the world is...
  • Now We’re Sending Planes And Drones To The Philippines

    08/07/2017 7:23:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/07/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    With all of the unrest going on in other parts of the world this summer (North Korea, Venezuela, Turkey, Syria, etc.), it’s not too surprising if we miss some of the stories coming out of the Philippines. But they’ve got their own share of troubles to worry about. Their new president has been raising eyebrows around the world with his war on drugs, which sometimes entails killing the occasional mayor of a smaller city, as well as some external threats as well. But they remain one of our allies, at least for now, and you take your friends where...
  • Police Raid In Philippines Kills Mayor Who President Had Named As Drug Suspect

    07/30/2017 11:09:43 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    A late-night raid in the southern Philippines left 15 people dead, including the mayor of Ozamiz City — the latest high-profile casualty of the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody war on drugs. President Rodrigo Duterte is waging a bloody war on drugs in the Philippines. Last year, Duterte published a list of more than 150 government officials he accused of having ties to the drug trade. Ozamiz Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr., and his daughter, Vice Mayor Nova Echaves, were on that list. Now Parojinog and his wife are dead, and Echaves is under arrest. Police raided the mayor's house overnight...
  • Philippines: top N. Korean diplomat to join security meeting

    07/27/2017 12:00:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Washington Times ^ | July 26, 2017 | The Associated Press
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) - North Korea’s top diplomat will attend an annual Asian security conference in Manila, where concern over the North’s nuclear weapons program is expected to be high on the agenda, Philippine officials said. A North Korean delegation led by its vice foreign minister flew to Manila on Wednesday to discuss the participation of North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho in the ASEAN Regional Forum, the Department of Foreign Affairs said. Ri’s attendance at the meeting is definite, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano told a news conference. The meeting is scheduled on Aug. 7, the department said.....
  • ‘I’ve seen America, it’s lousy’: Duterte vows never to visit US

    07/22/2017 2:40:49 PM PDT · by plain talk · 55 replies ^ | 7-21-2017 |
    Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has fired back at US senators who criticized abuses during his ‘war on drugs.’ While the US lawmakers opposed any possible trip by Duterte to America, the leader said he had no intention of visiting the “lousy” country. “There will never be a time that I will go to America during my term, or even thereafter,” Duterte said on Friday, as quoted by Reuters. The Philippine leader was also surprised that the senators would think he was willing to go to the US. “I've seen America and it's lousy,” Duterte said.
  • India 3rd largest terror target after Iraq and Afghanistan: US report

    07/22/2017 4:58:37 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 5 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Sunday, July 23, 2017 | Neeraj Chauhan, TNN
    Highlights o India has displaced Pakistan on a list of countries facing terror attacks in 2016 o According to the report, out of 11,072 terror attacks in 2016 worldwide, India bore the brunt of 927 o The US analysis labelled Naxals as the third most deadly terror organisation in the world after IS and Taliban [Caption] The Modi government has decided not to seek a political outreach and concentrate on intensive security operations. NEW DELHI: India has displaced Pakistan on a list of countries facing terror attacks in 2016, with higher fatalities and injuries than its restive neighbour, according to...
  • INC buys another US town

    07/16/2017 5:15:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Philippine Star ^ | July 17, 2017 | Edu Punay
    MANILA, Philippines - The expansion of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) continues in the United States with the acquisition of a second town: the long-abandoned Johnsonville in Connecticut, reportedly for $1.85 million. Glicerio Santos Jr., general auditor of the INC, announced over the weekend that their church acquired Johnsonville as part of its aggressive expansion in the US. Reports said the seller of Johnsonville was the Meyer Jabara Hotels, which bought the property for $2.5 million in 2001. Reports also said the sale of the property was quick; emissaries first visited Johnsonville only in late June. The INC earlier acquired...
  • ‘As Young as Possible’: Norwegians Order Child Abuse On Demand From Philippines

    06/02/2017 6:21:00 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 6/2/17
    Last year, Norway made headlines with its major crackdown against child abuse dubbed Operation Dark Room. In recent months, the investigation has grown to involve more suspects and cases. Norwegian police are particularly worried about child abuse happening abroad.So far, the Norwegian police have revealed at least 300 cases where children were grossly abused and exploited. In several cases the police have been investigating, small children in the Philippines were sexually abused in front of camera on order from Norway. The assaults were streamed online, and Norwegians paid to watch the abuse. The price for such a grim spectacle varied between $20 and $50, the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet...
  • Philippines Likely To Buy Super Tucanos

    06/30/2017 5:41:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    AIN online ^ | June 29, 2017 | Chen Chuanren
    The Embraer Super Tucano is the sole compliant bidder for a Philippines Air Force (PAF) requirement for a new close air support (CAS) aircraft. The PAF has prioritized CAS and air to ground munitions procurement as a result of the takeover by Muslim extremist insurgents of the city of Marawi on the southern island of Mindanao. An Embraer spokesperson said the company is committed to fulfilling the requirement. The PAF is seeking six aircraft for CAS to complement, and eventually replace its aging fleet of OV-10 Bronco twin turboprops. The Broncos have recently flown missions over Marawi, dropping 500-pound Mk...
  • Philippines approves $6 bln worth of infrastructure projects

    06/28/2017 11:59:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Nasdaq ^ | June 28, 2017 | Neil Jerome Morales, Reuters
    MANILA, June 28 (Reuters) - A Philippine government panel led by President Rodrigo Duterte has approved 305.64 billion pesos ($6.05 billion) worth of infrastructure projects aimed at spurring one of Asia's fastest growing economies. The Southeast Asian country is boosting infrastructure spending to create jobs, lift economic growth to as much as 8 percent, and attract foreign investors turned off by high power prices and transport bottlenecks. The biggest project approved for bidding and construction was the 211-billion pesos railway project north of the capital Manila that will be funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency, Economic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia...
  • 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.