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After five months of fighting and over 1,000 dead, the campaign to retake Marawi from militants professing allegiance to the Middle East-based Islamic State  is now officially over with 42 terrorists – including two women and five foreigners – killed in the final battle, the defense department and the military announced yesterday.

While he may be ready again for talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army, President Duterte told the rebels to “kindly stop” the killings first.

Protecting wildlife species is good for the economy as it will boost ecotourism that will generate jobs, officials of the United Nations said during the world’s wildlife conference that opened at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City yesterday.

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Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Monday declared an end to combat operations in Marawi City, saying the capital of Lanao del Sur had been cleared of militants after five months of fighting.

Malacañang on Monday announced that November 13 to 15 (Monday to Wednesday) will be special non-working days for the National Capital Region, Pampanga and Bulacan.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Monday led the launch of the Tapang and Malasakit Alliance, to gather support for government campaigns like the rehabilitation of Marawi City.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is congratulating the Philippine government on progress against militants in the southern city of Marawi.

President Duterte yesterday said he was long done with ratings after posting a winning margin of six million votes over his opponent in the May 2016 presidential polls.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources will push for greater protection and conservation of migratory species, including the whale shark, in this week’s wildlife conference.

The chair of the House committee on appropriations supports Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno’s promise to double the pay of soldiers and policemen, pursuant to the campaign promise of President Duterte.

The inter-agency body formed to review the government’s national broadband plan is ready to submit a “comprehensive”  recommendation to President Duterte to enhance internet access in the country, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar said yesterday.

Typhoon Paolo (international name Lan) exited the Philippine area of responsibility yesterday, but the state weather bureau spotted a new cyclone brewing east of the country that may follow Paolo’s track.

Malacañang is leaving it to the Department of Justice (DOJ) to look into allegations that Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV committed treason when he spoke with American officials to discuss corruption and the human rights situation in the Philippines.

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