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The Australian government has deployed two spy planes in Mindanao to help the Philippine government in its ongoing campaign to liberate Marawi City from the Islamic State (IS)-linked Maute terror group.

Despite backlogs in producing voters’ identification cards, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) wants to come out with a new ID that will be piloted in Metro Manila.

The Commission on Audit (COA) has noted several irregularities in the procurement deal between the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and a Filipino-Chinese joint venture firm in 2015, which involved P2.577 billion worth of fire trucks, including the delivery of defective ones.

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Scholars will start watching today for the new moon to appear to mark the end of the month-long Islamic fasting season.

 The communist National Democratic Front (NDF) has submitted its list of consultants and personalities participating in the peace talks with the Philippine government.

 Social healing must start now even if the terrorist Maute group still hounds Marawi City, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza said yesterday.

 

 The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) has no capability to assassinate President Duterte, Malacañang said yesterday as it laughed off a supposed death threat scribbled on a blackboard at a school in a North Cotabato town raided earlier by militants.

One of the Maute brothers and a Malaysian financier of the siege in Marawi City are believed to have been killed as the local jihadists aligned with the Islamic State (IS) group have become increasingly constricted after a month of fighting, Armed Forces chief Gen. Eduardo Año said yesterday.

A month after President Duterte placed Mindanao under martial law, Malacañang claimed that the goal of the military rule has been attained because security forces have foiled an attempt by the extremist group Islamic State (IS) to establish a province in Marawi City.

Government troops continued beating back the Islamic State-inspired Maute militants and uncovered two tunnels described as among the insurgents’ last defensive positions in Marawi City.

Government troops yesterday recovered two kilos of shabu worth P10 million from a house owned by the former mayor of Marawi City.

 Traffic and navigation application Waze will soon incorporate some upgrades to make it more compliant with the country’s Republic Act 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act, an official of the company said yesterday.

Both Malacañang and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) claimed that the recent attack carried out by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Pigkawayan, North Cotabato was a desperate attempt to recover from setbacks brought about by ongoing military operations against the rebels.

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