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A city lies in ruins so the victory is no cause for celebration, but President Duterte nevertheless declared Marawi liberated yesterday from terrorist forces.

Government forces are hunting down a Malaysian militant tipped to take over as head of the Islamic State group in Southeast Asia, after the killing of Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute, the terrorist group’s former leaders.

Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña has confirmed that his predecessor Nicanor Faeldon had received more than P100 million in pasalubong or welcome gift from smugglers and unscrupulous businessmen shortly after he was appointed to head the BOC in May last year, Sen. Panfilo Lacson bared yesterday.

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Disappointed by the meddling of the United Nations in his drug war, President Duterte said he would be asking the body to look for a better solution for the country’s vast problem on illegal drugs if the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency fails to make a dent in the menace by next year.

Severe Tropical Storm Paolo (international name Lan) continued to gather strength as it hovered slowly over the Philippine Sea yesterday, but state weathermen said it is unlikely to make landfall in the country.

Satisfaction with the Duterte administration’s anti-illegal drug campaign fell sharply in Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon in the past three months, results of the latest Social Weather Stations survey showed.

In the darkness just before dawn last Monday, the thermal monitor on the armored personnel carrier detected movement in a cluster of ruined buildings in the battle-scarred area of Marawi.

Martial law will remain in some parts of Mindanao despite the killing of Marawi siege leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omarkhayam Maute as the military still has to address the “greater threat” of more violence from what it called a network of extremists.

President Duterte yesterday accused transport group Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operators Nationwide and militant groups Kilusang Mayo Uno and Karapatan of being legal fronts of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

After declaring his intention to set up a revolutionary government to stave possible ouster moves, President Duterte maintained last night he is not keen on perpetuating himself in power as he reiterated his vow to step down after the end of his term in 2022.

Majority leader and Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas yesterday denied that there is a rift between him and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

The House of Representatives is drafting the Articles of Impeachment for a possible Senate trial of Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista next month or after Congress’ month-long break on Nov. 13.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology has released the draft of the administrative order detailing the guidelines for social media use of government agencies and employees.

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