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Mindanao bishops won’t ‘absolutely reject’ martial law

Catholic bishops in Mindanao said they “do not have solid and sufficient facts to absolutely reject the declaration of martial law as morally reprehensible” but stressed that the measure “must be temporary” and vowed to “condemn any abuse.”

‘AMININ KO NA AKIN ‘YUN’ | Duterte cracks rape joke in pep talk to troops

(UPDATE - 12:22 p.m.) “‘Pag naka-rape ka ng tatlo, aminin ko na akin ‘yun (If you rape three times, I’ll take the blame),” President Rodrigo Duterte told troops in Iligan City on Friday.

TIME FOR EVERYTHING | Duterte quotes Ecclesiastes to troops being sent to fight Maute

"There is a time for everything." President Rodrigo Duterte quoted from the only part of the Bible that he said he reads - chapter three...

‘Constitutionally mandatory’ to convene Senate, House on ML – Lagman

It is “constitutionally mandatory” for the Senate and the House of Representatives to convene in joint session to revoke or not President Rodrigo Duterte’s martial law declaration, a senior lawmaker said.

‘ISIS-designated leader in PH’ Isnilon Hapilon still in Marawi, has ‘deteriorated’ – AFP chief

Former Abu Sayyaf senior leader Isnilon Hapilon, who is reportedly now the emir of the Islamic State forces in the Philippines and was seen with members of the Maute Group when it attacked Marawi, is still in the city and "is not in good condition."

Second explosion rocks Kidapawan hurting 2 more cops; mall bomb threat also reported

Another explosion took place in Brgy. Marbel (Embac), Kidapawan City in North Cotabato past 2 p.m., Friday, May 26, hurting two policemen.
(UPDATE - 11:24 a.m.) President Rodrigo Duterte was warned by a predecessor on Friday against pushing through with any plans to expand martial law beyond Mindanao to the Visayas and even nationwide.

LOOK | Freeing Marawi house by house, street by street

InterAksyon's Erwin Mascarinas shows the slow and deadly work of government troops fighting house by house, one street at a time, to clear Marawi City of gunmen from the Maute group.

Soldier killed, 10 wounded in clash with Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

A soldier was killed while 10 others were wounded in a clash with the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu province early Thursday, officials said.

Magnitude 5.4 quake jolts Luzon

No casualties were reported, but engineering and safety teams from the Manila city government are checking on structures that may have sustained damage following a magnitude 5.4 earthquake Thursday night that originated west of San Marcelino, Zambales.
Russian Lada nonnuclear submarine

DND eyes purchase of Russian weaponry, possibly including diesel-electric submarine

MANILA, May 25 - The Philippines is planning to acquire weapons, including advanced diesel-electric submarines from Russia. This was disclosed by Department of National Defense...

China supports Duterte Martial Law: ‘His leadership will safeguard security in Mindanao’

China is strongly supporting the Philippine government’s efforts in suppressing terrorism by declaring martial law in Mindanao.

Maute background, links: Little-known group becomes formidable force in PH

The little-known group has raised its profile since President Duterte took office 11 months ago, most notably with a September 2016 bombing of a street market in the chief executive's hometown of Davao City.