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Old 07-10-2016   #81
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Philippine president blames US for Middle East violence

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The new Philippine president blamed U.S. intervention for the bloody conflicts in Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries in his latest criticism of Manila's closest security ally.
The new President appears ready to walk his own path. Very direct, and not relying on conventional wisdom. In some ways he seems to have some pragmatic ideas, and in other areas he appears to be grasping at straws. It could be another interesting few years in the Philippines.

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They forced their way to Iraq ... look at Iraq now, look what happened to Libya, look what happened to Syria," he told the Muslim community in southern Davao city in a ceremony marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. "People are being annihilated there including children."

The former Davao mayor has said he would be a leftist president who would chart a foreign policy not dependent on the United States.

He has pointed out the benefits of nurturing friendly relations with Beijing, including a Chinese offer of financing railway projects in the Philippines. The country has had frosty ties with China under Duterte's predecessor, Benigno Aquino III, who bolstered security ties with the U.S. to deter China's assertiveness in the disputed South China Sea.
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Old 09-16-2016   #82
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(CNN)The Philippines top diplomat has told a forum in Washington that his country "cannot forever be the little brown brothers of America."
Philippines Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay made the comments after a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington Thursday, during which he described the US relationship with the Philippines as cooperative and symbiotic.
http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/16/asia/l...hilippines-us/
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Old 10-04-2016   #83
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A critical commentary on the 'Panic about IS in the Philippines', with the Abu Sayyaf group being the focus:https://theconversation.com/panic-about-is-in-the-philippines-masks-a-very-real-war-in-the-country-65196?

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For now, the spectre of IS in South-East Asia is a case of an awful lot of smoke and very little fire. And as Duterte joins in the hyperbole, many of the Philippines’ same old mistakes are already being repeated.
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Old 10-27-2016   #84
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, during a visit to Japan, told Japanese and Philippine business leaders Wednesday that he wants foreign troops -- read U.S. troops -- out of his country, possibly within two years.
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MANILA, Philippines (AP) Gunmen attacked a Vietnamese cargo ship off the Philippines' southern tip, killing a Vietnamese crewman and abducting six others including the vessel's captain, the Philippine coast guard and the ship's owner said Monday.
Coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo said the Vietnamese coast guard reported that the MV Giang Hai, with 17 crewmen on board, was attacked by pirates Sunday night about 20 miles (31 kilometers) north of Pearl Bank in Tawi-Tawi, the Philippines' southernmost province.
Personnel of the Philippine coast guard, police and marines found the ship had drifted near the province's Baguan Island. Upon boarding the vessel, they found 10 Vietnamese sailors alive and one dead.

Pham Van Hien, head of the safety department of Pham Hai shipping company, the owner of the cargo ship based in Vietnam's northern port city of Hai Phong, said the captain was among those abducted. The attack occurred while the vessel was transporting 4,500 tons of cement from Indonesia to the Philippines, he said.
The gunmen destroyed some of the ship's equipment, but the 10 remaining crew members managed to sail the ship, Hien said.
He said the company had informed the IMB Piracy Reporting Center in Malaysia to seek its help in securing the return of the kidnapped crew members.
Balilo said pursuit operations are underway, but the location of the abducted crewmen and the identity of the attackers remain unknown.
Abu Sayyaf militants and allied gunmen are suspected of being behind previous sea assaults in the area, including an attack last November on another Vietnamese cargo ship whose captain and five crewmen were also kidnapped. They are believed to be held by the militants in the southern province of Sulu, where the kidnappers are holding at least 20 foreign and local hostages in different jungle locations.
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Piracy is a perennial problem in the waters around the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia known as the Sulu-Celebes Sea; with irregular Western media reports on kidnappings. This BBC report is an update, with a focus on multilateral action or inaction.


Link:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-39252503
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte cut short a visit to Russia and imposed martial law on the island of Mindanao on Tuesday after a fierce bout of fighting erupted during a raid by security forces at a hideout of Islamic State-linked militants.
Two soldiers and a policeman were killed and 12 wounded amid chaos in Marawi, a predominantly Muslim city of about 200,000 people, where members of the Maute militant group took control of buildings and set fire to a school, a church and a detention facility.
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Philippines Struggles to Suppress ISIS-Linked Rebels as Foreign Fighters Found

A SWJ Blog link to a WSJ report on the fighting with an ISIS affiliate in Marawi; which has several comments on veteran observers and our own local observer Dayuhan - worth a read.

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