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Philippines police kill 13 suspects in one day during drug raids

Philippine police killed 13 suspected drug dealers and arrested more than 100 people in dozens of anti-narcotics operations on Wednesday in a province north of the capital, its police chief said.

More than 4,000 Filipinos have been killed by police, and thousands more by unidentified armed men, during President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial 20-month war on drugs.

Most killings have been in rundown areas of Manila and the nearby provinces of Bulacan and Cavite.

 

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Philippines’ most active volcano could erupt within ‘days’

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology increased the alert level for Mount Mayon, located in the city of Legazpi.

Lava and ash clouds make surrounding area treacherous.

Thousands of people have fled from villages near the Philippines’ most active volcano after lava flowed from its crater, with scientists warning it could turn explosive “within days”.

Philippines: Christmas truce with rebel

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared a 10-day unilateral ceasefire with communist rebels to allow Filipinos to celebrate a “stress-free” Christmas season, two weeks after peace talks with the insurgents were formally scrapped.

Philippine leader declares communist rebels are terrorists

The Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, has formally declared that communist guerrillas are terrorists.

Duterte signed a proclamation that the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New People’s Army, are a terrorist organization, in the first step of a legal process to officially ban them.

 

 

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Filipino lawyers’ group challenges Duterte’s war on drugs

Announced from filipino lawyers.

A broad alliance to challenge President Duterte’s war on drugs amid unprecedented scrutiny of the campaign in which more than 3,900 mostly urban, poor Filipinos have been killed.

Philippines Report

Philippines Report - Terrorism

Significant changes noticed. High Terrorism Risk Level reported by the Philippines Report.

The persistence of Martial Law and the almost absence of controversy within the institutions is a guarantee of lasting for the existing military regime.

However, on the terrorist front, after the bombings on Marawi, continues the evacuation of the inhabitants.

Turkey has offered to welcome evacuated Muslims. The army has increased the number of soldiers on the island and continue researching militants into Islamic groups.

The terrorist threat remains high but after the bombings carried out by the Filipino army with the help of American aviation in Mindanao on the city of Marawi, the Abu Sayaf Group will need to reorganize also following the death of Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon and leaders of the Maute Group led by the Maute brothers.

Although martial law is currently in existence, the two terrorist groups are trying to reorganize themselves.

There is an escalation of attacks throughout the Asian area and in particular in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Borneo, Sri Lanka and India.

ISIS in this last period, has suffered considerable blows in Syria and the Philippines. Both states have been their stronghold in recent years.

The defeats suffered led to the flight of many ISIS leaders who were present in Syria and the Philippines. The consequence of the defeat is that many of the ISIS militants have already moved to Libya and Somali, but others have remained in Syria and the Philippines.

On the criminal front, the area most affected by the criminal phenomenon remains Manila.

 

Photo:  Reuters/Erik De Castro