Philippine President condemns Islamist group World

Philippine President condemns Islamist group

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte apologised on February 28 for failing to rescue German hostage Jurgen Kantner from the militant group Abu Sayyaf, but insisted not paying a ransom was the correct decision.
Philippine army to form task force for drug war World

Philippine army to form task force for drug war

The Philippine army will establish a battalion-sized task force to help the government’s anti-narcotics agencies track down high-level targets in the war on drugs launched by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Philippine President to review decisions to close nickel mines World

Philippine President to review decisions to close nickel mines

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he will review the order to close more than half of the country’s nickel mines for environment impacts, following an outcry from affected producers, Singapore’s Channel News Asia online newspaper reported on February 18.
Philippines dismisses 100 policemen for using drugs World

Philippines dismisses 100 policemen for using drugs

Nearly 100 policemen have been dismissed since the start of the year because they were found to be drug users, in a clean-up of the ranks after President Rodrigo Duterte halted police anti-drug operations, according to a local senior official.
Philippine army resumes assaults on rebel group World

Philippine army resumes assaults on rebel group

Philippine troops have resumed assaults against the New People’s Army (NPA), killing at least one gunman and capturing one of its leaders after President Rodrigo Duterte cancelled peace talks with the rebel group, said military officials on February 6.
Philippine ministers concern over mass pit closure World

Philippine ministers concern over mass pit closure

Philippine officials have warned that the decision by Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources Regina Lopez to close 23 mines could cause huge economic losses and unemployment for a large number of local workers.