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Martial law in Mindanao

Martial law has been declared in Mindanao, after armed men, identified with the Maute Group, clashed with troops in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur. Initial reports, including the alleged burning of the local cathedral, caused President Duterte to proclaim martial law in Mindanao.

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) assured last weekend that it will wipe out the Abu Sayyaf within three months. Three months ago, President Duterte had ordered the military to finish the Abu Sayyaf in six months. “We are confident that we will meet our targets and deadline,” AFP spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said.

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Top Filipino fashion designer Renee Salud has said that the critically-acclaimed Mindanao Tapestry fashion show will continue to go around the world to wow other countries of the best Mindanao fabrics.

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Duterte firm on Charter change

President Duterte remains firm on his intention to amend the 1987 Philippine Constitution to attain peace in Mindanao.

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‘Bising’ unlikely to hit land

Tropical depression “Bising” is unlikely to make landfall over any part of the country but could still bring rains over parts of Visayas and Mindanao within the next two to three days.

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Tropical cyclone “Igme” (international name “Chaba”) has intensified into a typhoon but maintained a northwest movement and could leave the country’s area of responsibility by tonight.

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