#Manila: Terrified Christians are escaping ISIS militants in the Filipino town of Marawi by wearing hijabs borrowed from Muslims. There are around 1,500 people trapped in the besieged Filipino city, which is about 60 miles south of Cagayan de Oro, Almost 100 people have escaped on foot, while others have swum across the river. Medics tending those who have made their way out alive recounted the resourcefulness of those who fled.
#Manila: 13 Philippine marines were killed in fierce fighting with militants linked to the ISIS who have laid siege to a southern city for nearly three weeks in the biggest single-day loss for government forces, the military said Saturday.
United States special forces have joined the battle to crush the militants holed up in Marawi City, the Philippines military said the US was providing technical assistance to end the siege but it had no boots on the ground.
Manila: The Philippines on Tuesday halted the deployment of workers to Qatar as the gas-rich Gulf state grappled with a diplomatic crisis after its neighbours cut ties with Doha. Labour chief Silvestre Bello said Manila was taking precautions as it fears that problems like food shortages could affect the more than 200,000 Filipinos in Qatar should the crisis worsen. President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman Ernesto Abella said the actions by the Gulf states may have “some ripple effects” on Filipino workers.
Philippine police have identified the gunman in Friday’s deadly attack on a casino in the capital, Manila, as a heavily indebted Filipino who was hooked on gambling. The suspect was named as Jessie Javier Carlos, a 42-year-old father of three and former finance department employee who owed more than $80,000, according to police. The ISIS group initially carried two statements claiming responsibility for the attack, but they contained discrepancies. In his first remarks on the assault, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said that the attacker was simply crazy.
He questioned what the gunman was going to do with the $2m horde of poker chips he had tried to haul away. He also discounted any links to ISIS , saying this “is not the work of ISIS. The work of the ISIS is more cruel and brutal.