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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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The human rights situation in the Philippines has considerably worsened during the second half of 2016 as a consequence of the war on drugs despite some positive developments in some areas, the latest annual European Union Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World said.

Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte yesterday led the launching of an alliance supporting the administration of her father at the Marquis Events Place at the Bonifacio Global Center in Taguig City.

After it introduced the first Quick Response code payments via app in the Philippines last May, PayMaya Philippines has announced that the scan-to-pay technology is now available across the country, with Smart Stores and select merchants in key cities allowing consumers to conveniently pay by simply scanning QR codes through their PayMaya app.

President Duterte has declared Nov. 13 to 15 as special non-working days in the National Capital Region, Bulacan and Pampanga to give way to activities related to the 31st ASEAN Summit to be held in Metro Manila and Clark Freeport in Pampanga.

Defense ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations yesterday condemned extremist violence including the siege of Marawi and lauded the Philippines for liberating the city from Maute terrorists.

Instead of stepping down on Dec. 31 as planned, Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista announced yesterday he was leaving his post after being informed that President Duterte had accepted his resignation “effective immediately.”

Former transportation secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and 10 others are facing graft charges in connection with an allegedly anomalous P3.8-billion contract for the maintenance of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3.

Around five million workers in Asia and the Pacific are not enjoying social benefits and labor protection, six years after the adoption of the International Labor Organization Convention on Domestic Workers.

ASEAN defense ministers called for "self-restraint" among its members around the South China Sea amid China's island-building activities and militarization.

 The newest alliance of supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte said it will try to encourage positive discourse on the use of social media but cannot promise to police its members.


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