President Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao on Tuesday night after fighting raged in Marawi City between government forces and militants linked to the Islamic State (IS) group. More »


Nationwide martial law eyed

MANILA – With the likelihood of violence in Marawi City spilling over into the Visayas and Luzon, President Duterte said Wednesday he might expand the coverage of his martial law declaration for

Duterte declares martial law in Mindanao

MANILA — President Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao on Tuesday night after fighting raged in Marawi City between government forces and militants linked to the Islamic State (IS) group. Mr. Duterte

Martial law will be harsh, says Duterte

MANILA – President Duterte warned on Wednesday that he would deal harshly with terrorists, after declaring martial law in Mindanao following clashes in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur province, between government forces

Martial law cheered, jeered at House

MANILA — One of President Duterte’s allies said the declaration of martial law in Mindanao should help authorities solve “other problems like criminality” in the region, though the threat of the Maute

Terrorists hold priest hostage

COTABATO CITY—Marawi City Bishop Edwin dela Peña said he rushed back to his diocese after he received word about gunfights and explosions there from his secretary, who was calling to update him

Marawi fighting leaves 21 dead, 31 wounded

MANILA – Government forces flushed out Maute group militants from their positions in Marawi City last night, leaving at least 21 people dead and 31 wounded, officials said. Armed Forces of the

House approves bill granting free tuition in SUCs

MANILA — The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a bill seeking to promote universal access to quality tertiary education by providing free tuition in state universities

Panel OKs traffic emergency powers

MANILA — Opening private subdivision roads, stopping courts from issuing temporary restraining orders (TROs), and canceling contracts are among the new powers of the Duterte administration in dealing with the traffic crisis

Senate body junks hit men’s testimonies

MANILA — Confessed assassin Arturo Lascañas, a retired Davao City police officer, is not the person who can prove the existence of the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS) because his testimony is

Outcry at PH ban on religious ‘distractions’

MANILA — Philippine authorities have banned hanging rosaries and religious icons off car dashboards because of safety concerns, prompting an outcry from the Catholic Church which insists they offer divine intervention on

Anti-distracted driving law suspended

MANILA — Amid public criticism, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) suspended on Tuesday the new law forbidding the use of electronic communication devices while driving pending a review of the guidelines. The

Duterte fires DDB chief for ‘contradicting’ stats

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte fired the chairman of the Dangerous Drugs Board for allegedly using contradicting statistics. “And I would like to put to task publicly this (Benjamin) Reyes. You know

Duterte meets Putin at Kremlin before heading to PH

MOSCOW — President Rodrigo Duterte met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin shortly before his scheduled departure for the Philippines. The two leaders smiled and shook hands with each other

Año extended as AFP chief for another 6 months

MANILA — Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Gen. Eduardo Año will have to extend for another six months instead of taking over as Interior Secretary, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday. “Año

Aquino declines to comment on martial law declaration over Mindanao

MANILA — Former President Benigno Aquino III recalled on Wednesday the time he considered declaring martial law in Sulu to address the terrorist threat in the island province in Mindanao but did

Duterte playing with fire, says Joma

MANILA — President Duterte is “playing with fire” with his declaration of martial law in Mindanao, Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison said on Wednesday. “Only those greedy