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The government is already preparing a master plan for the rehabilitation of the war-ravaged Marawi, the public works secretary announced on Thursday, although its final shape is still uncertain as authorities could not yet go inside the city.

President Rodrigo Duterte assured troops on Wednesday that he would protect them from any legal action if they accidently kill civilians while battling militants who have besieged Marawi City.

 President Duterte wants Clark Development Corp. (CDC) president Noel Manankil out of his post following reports that he has been demanding P2 million each from locators in the freeport.

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The decapitated bodies of five civilians have been found in Marawi City in an area previously occupied by the Maute group, the military said yesterday, warning the number of residents killed by extremist “atrocities” could rise sharply as troops retake more ground.

President Duterte may have won overwhelmingly in 2016 but he has done nothing good for the country since he assumed office last year, citing the thousands of extrajudicial killings related to the war on drugs and unabated poverty.

 An official of the House of Representatives yesterday warned former senator Bongbong Marcos that he could be charged with obstruction of justice for advising his older sister Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos not to attend a House committee hearing on alleged anomalies in the provincial government.

Security forces yesterday seized firearms and ammunition during a raid on a house in Misamis Oriental of former Marawi City mayor Fahad Salic, who is under arrest for rebellion.

China yesterday pushed for joint military training and intelligence-gathering exercises with the Philippines in the fight against terrorism.

A Chinese billionaire and philanthropist who donated P1.4 billion for the construction of a major drug rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija is being investigated by Chinese authorities on corruption charges, according to a report by the Financial Times.

President Duterte reiterated yesterday that no policeman or soldier would be put behind bars for following his orders to go after drug personalities.

Unlike in other parts of the world where he is seen as an incompetent leader, US President Donald Trump is perceived favorably by a majority of Filipinos, who gave him the highest confidence vote among citizens of 37 countries surveyed by an international research center.

He’s losing his hair due to stress over reports of the increasing number of soldiers killed in the Marawi City siege.

The Senate will wait for the decision of the House of Representatives on Malacañang’s proposal to again postpone the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections this October before deciding on the measure.

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