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.
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said he may decide next month on the fate of dozens of mining operations and contracts that his predecessor ordered closed, suspended or canceled to protect watersheds and other natural resources.
The United Nations' top rights official said Presidents Rodrigo Duterte and Donald Trump are “breaking long-held taboos” against human rights violations and warned against undermining civil liberties in the fight against Islamic militants.
President Rodrigo Duterte is "alive and well," presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella told a press briefing in Malacañang Tuesday amid renewed speculation about the chief executive’s wellbeing triggered by his latest lengthy absence from the public eye.
Vice President Leni Robredo rallied Filipinos on Monday to show a “united front” amid the continuing crisis in Marawi City. Rather than find fault, Robredo said the people should stand together behind the government to defeat the threat of terrorism.