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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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There is no evidence of hacking in the erroneous posting of transactions that took place at the Bank of Philippine Islands (BPI) two weeks ago, an official of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said yesterday.

Former Presidential Commission on Good Government chairman Camilo Sabio was sentenced to up to 20 years’ imprisonment as the Sandiganbayan found him guilty of two counts of graft over alleged anomalous car lease deals entered into with the United Coconut Planters Bank in 2007 and 2009.

India’s population is expected to surpass China’s in about seven years and Nigeria is projected to overtake the United States and become the third most populous country in the world shortly before 2050, a United Nations report said Wednesday.

On its 45th year, the Rotary Club of Manila awarded four Journalism Awards in the Print Category to The Philippine STAR in a ceremony held yesterday at the New World Hotel in Makati City.

State regulator Philippine Gaming and Amusement Corp. has indicated that it intends to lift the suspension of Resorts World’s casino gaming license soon.

With the ongoing crisis in Marawi City, the Philippines might become a “magnet” for Islamic State militants fleeing allied offensives in Mosul in Iraq, Armed Forces chief Gen. Eduardo Año said yesterday.

Combined government troops and militiamen have driven back to the Liguasan Marsh more than a hundred Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters rebels who tried to occupy two villages in Pigkawayan, North Cotabato the other day.

The Islamic State-inspired Maute group of extremists are abandoning their weapons and blending in with the civilian evacuees to escape Marawi City, the military said yesterday.

The Chinese government will construct two bridges crossing the Pasig River in Manila and Makati City, the Department of Public Works and Highways said yesterday.

Alleged mastermind of the multibillion-peso pork barrel fund scam Janet Lim-Napoles yesterday maintained her innocence in the anomaly.

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