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Duterte Declares Marawi Liberated from Terrorists

Manilla (TeleSUR) – Filippino President Rodrigo Duterte, during a visit, declared that Marawi City was “liberated.” The head of state was making his seventh trip to the city when he stated that the region was now free from ISIS-affiliated groups. “Ladies and gentlemen, I hereby declare Marawi City liberated from the terrorist influence that marks the beginning of […]

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US Reportedly Mulls Airstrikes against Daesh (ISIS) Militants in Philippines

Washington D.C. (TNA) – Washington may launch a military operation that would allow the US military to conduct airstrikes against Daesh (also known as ISIL or ISIS) positions in the Philippines, US media reported citing two defense officials. According to the NBC broadcaster’s Monday report, the plan to start the operation, which is currently being considered […]

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Philippines Extends Mindanao Martial Law to End of Year

Manila  (TeleSUR) – The vote came hours before a 60-day martial law proclamation was slated to end on Saturday night. Philippine lawmakers on Saturday voted to extend a martial law imposed by President Rodrigo Duterte in the entire Mindanao region to the end of the year. Duterte’s administration claims the extension will give the government more time to tackle armed extremists […]

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Philippines: Martial Law Threatens Escalation of Abuses

Manila (HRW) – Duterte Places Mindanao Under Military Rule, Suspends Habeas Corpus The Philippine government’s declaration of martial law in the southern island of Mindanao threatens to widen the scope of abuses under President Rodrigo Duterte, Human Rights Watch said today. On May 23, 2017, the Duterte administration declared martial law and suspended habeas corpus after […]

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China Offers $14m in Arms and $500m in Loans to Philippines

(GPA) Beijing – Just a few weeks after Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to China, the country has offered a substantial aid package. Following Duterte’s October meeting with Chinese premier Xi Jinping, the two countries seem to be confirming their new closeness with a massive aid deal. The aid package which includes a gift of […]

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After Death of TPP, China Makes Moves to Dominate Asia With New Trade Pacts

(GPA) Lima – For all the horrible chapters and faults of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), it seems President Obama was right about one thing – without the trade pact, southeast Asian countries are now looking to China for economic opportunity. This past week at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Peru, Barrack Obama spent […]

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The Philippines Welcomes Refugees: ‘They Can Always Come Here’

(teleSUR) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte decried western hypocrisy saying his country would welcome refugees until it was “filled to the brim.” In a wide-ranging interview broadcast on Al Jazeera Thursday, the Philippine president criticized western governments who have closed their doors to refugees fleeing U.S.-backed wars, saying his country would welcome them. “I say send […]

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America Losing Its Grip on Southeast Asia

(SCF) – The recent diplomatic row between the Philippines and the United States has come as a shock to U.S. State Department and Pentagon policy wonks but for astute observers of Southeast Asian politics, the decision of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to «pivot» to China and Russia was long in the making. Ever since the so-called «Yellow […]

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Philippines: Towards China And Away From USA

(SCF) – Since the end of WWII, the power structure in Asia-Pacific has been primarily dominated by the United States. With the turn of the twenty-first century, the center of gravity of global balance of power has shifted from Europe to the Asia-Pacific, mainly caused by the rise of China. The longstanding American influence in the […]

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