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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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Malacañang claimed that the goal of the military rule has been attained because security forces have foiled an attempt by the extremist group to establish a province in Marawi.

A month into the siege in Marawi City that has killed hundreds, the Duterte administration has not received-- and will not ask-- for any foreign assistance, government officials said on Friday.

The Philippine government on Friday stressed that it is capable of handling the threat of the ISIS despite suggestions from the United States to help the country in countering the international terrorist group.

The government on Friday assured the public that the attack of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) bandits on a town in North Cotabato is not connected to the situation in Marawi City.

The Philippine military admitted on Friday that around 40 foreign terrorists had already entered the country as it highlighted the need to secure its borders especially in the troubled south.

The Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia would work together to prevent the Islamic State from setting up bases in the region, Malacañang said on Friday.

Authorities are not ignoring the threats by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters to attack Davao City to avenge the deaths of 13 senior members killed by soldiers recently.


The Judicial and Bar Council released the names of the final nominees for Supreme Court associate justice, who will replace retiring magistrate Bienvenido Reyes.

The Commission on Audit has noted several irregularities in the Bureau of Fire Protection's P2.577-billion firetruck procurement deal entered with a Filipino-Chinese joint venture in 2015.

The Philippine military admitted that a tactical alliance between two terror groups in Mindanao was possible as it downplayed threats that the next target of Islamist operations was President Rodrigo Duterte.


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