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July 22, 2017 1:31 PM ‘Red-tagging’ of lumad worsens under martial law in Mindanao

Participants in a letter-writing activity held at University of the Philippines in Diliman in Quezon City on Satuday, July 22, 2017, air their protests over martial law and its extension. The activity was organized by the Salinlahi Alliance for Children’s Concerns. (Photo from the Facebook account of Salinlahi) Even before President Rodrigo Duterte declared 6

July 22, 2017 8:46 AM Congress OKs extension of martial law in Mindanao

(UPDATE 4 – 4:25 p.m.) MANILA, Philippines – With a vote of 261-18, both houses of Congress gathered jointly voted on Saturday to extend President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial in Mindanao, and the suspension of the privilege of habeas corpus, for another five months or up to December 31, 2017. The vote for the resolution was 261-18 with the senators 6

July 22, 2017 1:21 AM US confirms N. Korea travel ban after Warmbier death

The United States confirmed Friday that it plans to ban its nationals from traveling to North Korea, in the wake of the death of an American student who was imprisoned by Pyongyang during a tourist visit. Travel agencies organizing trips to the isolated country had said earlier Friday they were informed of the impending change. Strict warnings against 6

July 21, 2017 11:06 AM Duterte to Red consultants: Surrender or be hunted down

President Duterte on Friday said he has abandoned talks with the communist rebels and ordered the arrest of National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) consultants. “Wala na. Ayoko na. Actually, maybe at this time they have decided really to stop talking and me I have also decided to just abandon the talks,” Duterte said in an ambush interview 4

July 21, 2017 7:56 AM ISIS central provided Marawi militants with funding, says report

MANILA, Philippines — The almost two-month old battle for Marawi may have been abetted by tens of thousands of dollars of financial support from the central command of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a report released on Friday said. Central to this operation of linking local Islamist militants still entrenched in Marawi and the central 14

July 21, 2017 7:42 AM NBI nabs suspect in Metrobank P900-M fraud case

The National Bureau of Investigation says the suspect, bank officer Maria Victoria Lopez, has refused to cooperate in the investigation MANILA, Philippines – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Friday, July 21, presented the bank officer suspected of committing the P900-million internal fraud at the Metropolitan Bank and Trust Co (Metrobank) 4

July 21, 2017 1:02 AM Aquino appeals charges filed against him by Ombudsman

Former President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday appealed the graft and usurpation charges that the Office of the Ombudsman has ordered filed against him, all the while defending his co-accused former Police director general Alan Purisima and pinning all the blame on Special Action Force (SAF) director Getulio Napeñas. In his motion for reconsideration 4

July 19, 2017 8:50 AM Surf’s up! North Korea tourism agency tries to woo foreigners

North Korea’s tourism agency has launched a website offering holiday options ranging from surfing to rice planting, despite strong US warnings to avoid travel to a nation where several trips have ended in jail. Sixteen Americans have been detained in the past decade in North Korea, including 22-year-old student Otto Warmbier who was given a long prison 2

July 19, 2017 7:27 AM Park refuses order to testify in Samsung heir's trial

Seoul (AFP) - South Korea's disgraced former president Park Geun-Hye on Wednesday again refused to testify in the corruption trial of the heir to the Samsung business empire, citing poor health. For the second time in a fortnight Park rejected a court order to give evidence in the case of Lee Jae-Yong, the vice-chairman of Samsung Electronics. Lee is accused 7

July 18, 2017 8:03 AM Maute court cases shifted to Taguig

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II expressed gratitude to the Supreme Court (SC) in granting his request to transfer to the Taguig City Regional Trial Court (RTC) the cases against members of the Maute terrorist group. Chief Supt. Agripino Javier, regional director of Police Regional Office-10 (right) presents Mohammad Maute (center) — believed to be the cousin 4