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After more than eight hours in joint session, Congress granted yesterday President Duterte’s request for an extension of martial law in Mindanao until Dec. 31 this year as casualties mount in the battle between government troops and Islamic extremists in Marawi City.

Police barred yesterday an official of an international organization of liberal politicians from visiting detained Sen. Leila de Lima at the Philippine National Police (PNP) detention center in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos has yet to decide whether to attend the next hearing of the House of Representatives regarding the alleged misuse of tobacco excise funds released to the province.

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The crew of a Navy destroyer that collided with a Philippine-flagged cargo ship will “certainly” be held accountable for the crash that killed seven American sailors, a US defense official said Friday.

Five more soldiers were killed in action after intense fighting on Friday that enabled government forces to capture one of the Maute terror group’s strongholds in Marawi City, the military reported yesterday.

President Duterte has pitched for new legislation on mining, saying he is set to gather all stakeholders of the industry to discuss his proposal for a modified measure.

Marine soldiers have captured a major camp that the New People’s Army  established in Bataraza in Palawan, the Western Command  said yesterday.

A Sulu congresswoman wants President Duterte’s martial law not only extended by five months but also expanded as well to cover the entire archipelago.

A young Army lieutenant drew applause from lawmakers for his dedication to duty during deliberation on President Duterte’s request to Congress to extend the imposition of martial law in Mindanao yesterday.

Critics should stop comparing him to the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos despite his determination to keep martial law in effect in Mindanao at least until the end of the year, President Duterte said on Friday.

The Philippines topped other countries in Asia and the Pacific in the number of new HIV infections from 2010 to 2016, the UNAIDS Data 2017 showed yesterday.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) yesterday lauded Air Asia, the country’s flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific for giving extra benefits to troops deployed to the frontlines.

Former education secretary Armin Luistro has defended two Turkish schools in the country against allegations that they are terrorist fronts.            

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