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Philippine leader to expedite bill for self-rule in Muslim region

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Manila: President Rodrigo Duterte offered self-rule to the Philippines’ Muslim minority on Monday in an attempt to defeat IS militants who seized a southern city in the gravest challenge to his year-old rule.
Duterte hopes the promise of autonomy will persuade Filipino Muslims to reject the ISIS group, whose followers still control parts of Marawi after nearly two months of fighting that had left more than 500 people dead.

Kuwait embassy urges nationals in Philippines to remain vigilant

#Manila #Kuwait’s embassy in the #Philippines on Monday called on Kuwaiti nationals or potential travelers to be vigilant due to violence southern the country. The embassy said that ongoing violence in the South might spread to other areas nearby. It also called on nationals to contact the hotline 639998877897 and the embassy’s phone on 6325563868 in case of emergency. 

Muslims lend Christians hijabs to help them escape Isis in disguise

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#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.

13 PHL marines killed, US forces join fight as Marawi city siege continues

kuw#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.

Airstrikes In Marawi To Continue Amid Ramadan

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Philippine security forces dropped more bombs on Saturday on a southern city where they have been battling militants for five days, vowing no let up despite the start of Ramadan.
meanwhile, about 30 civilian workers asked for an immediate rescue as they were surrounded Saturday by the Maute militants in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.
The civilians called their families, asking for government forces to rescue them from the Maute militants.