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Militants open fire and burn police car in Philippine town


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Philippine President Duterte threatens to end military deal with U.S.

Philippine President Duterte threatens to end military deal with U.S.Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned the United States on Thursday he would repeal an agreement on deployment of troops and equipment for exercises if Washington did not reinstate the visa of a political ally.



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Philippine volcano recharging, scientist says, as shops, hotels told to keep shut

Philippine volcano recharging, scientist says, as shops, hotels told to keep shutA restive volcano in the Philippines has a high risk of eruption as it is “recharging” with fresh magma and rising emissions of toxic gas, a top scientist said on Monday, while authorities ordered commercial establishments to stay shut. Earthquakes were still happening at the Taal volcano, which shot giant clouds of ash miles into the air on Jan. 12, and levels of the gas were rising, a sign of magma “recharging” and “resupplying” beneath it, a Philippine vulcanologist said. “If it reaches the crater, it could cause a strong explosion,” Renato Solidum, director of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), told DZMM radio.



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Evacuation crackdown ordered as Philippine volcano 'recharges'

Evacuation crackdown ordered as Philippine volcano 'recharges'Philippine authorities ordered a crackdown Monday on evacuees’ daily visits to their homes in the danger zone around Taal volcano as scientists warned it could be “recharging” for a more powerful explosion. More than 110,000 people have taken refuge in evacuation centres since Taal burst to life a week ago, but many hard-hit towns have let residents back for hours each day to fetch items, feed livestock and clean up their houses. “We are directing DRRMCs (civil defence officers)… not to allow anyone to enter the danger zone,” said Epimaco Densing, undersecretary for the Department of Interior.



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Philippine military says 5 Indonesians kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf militants

Philippine military says 5 Indonesians kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf militantsThe Philippine military on Sunday said it has launched search and rescue operations for five Indonesian fishermen kidnapped by militants belonging to the Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf group in Malaysian waters last week. Three were released, while the remaining five were probably brought by their captors to the southern Philippine province of Sulu, said Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana, chief of the military’s Western Mindanao Command. Sulu is Abu Sayyaf’s stronghold.



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Philippine volcano simmers, officials brace for long crisis

Philippine volcano simmers, officials brace for long crisisPhilippine officials said Saturday they’re bracing for a long crisis whether the Taal volcano erupts more disastrously or simmers precariously for weeks or months, as massive numbers of displaced villagers languish in emergency shelters. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said more than 900 villagers who fell ill have been treated, mostly for exposure to volcanic ash, in evacuation sites since the volcano began erupting in Batangas province near Manila, the capital, last weekend.



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Philippine grandma sews face masks for Taal volcano evacuees

Philippine grandma sews face masks for Taal volcano evacueesWhen demand and prices of face masks shot up after a small yet destructive volcano south of the Philippine capital suddenly spewed volcanic ash, a 61-year-old seamstress sprang into action to help her neighbours. Rosalina Mantuano, a seamstress for 45 years, began sewing dozens of colourful masks using scrap fabric in her atelier and gave it away for free to her neighbours in Lipa city, just 20 km (12 miles) from the Taal volcano.



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Former Philippine police chief will be charged for drug war corruption

Former Philippine police chief will be charged for drug war corruptionThe former chief police enforcer of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly war on drugs will be charged with corruption for allegedly protecting officers linked to the narcotics trade, the country's justice department said Thursday. Oscar Albayalde resigned in October after serving as Philippine police chief for more than a year, having presided over an anti-narcotics crackdown that left thousands of drug suspects dead.



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Philippine volcano life-threatening despite `seeming lull'

Philippine volcano life-threatening despite `seeming lull'An erupting Philippine volcano remains life-threatening despite weaker emissions and fewer tremors, an official said Friday and advised thousands of displaced villagers not to return to the danger zone. The Taal volcano emitted weaker ash and steam explosions Thursday and Friday, the sixth day of its eruption. “When there is an explosion, that will be life-threatening, especially if people get very near, like on volcano island,” Renato Solidum, who heads the institute, told The Associated Press.



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Officials block villagers as quakes shake Philippine volcano

Officials block villagers as quakes shake Philippine volcanoA Philippine volcano that erupted last weekend belched smaller plumes of ash but shuddered frequently with earthquakes Thursday, prompting authorities to block access to nearby towns due to fears of a bigger eruption. A crater lake and nearby river on the Taal volcano dried up in signs of its continued restiveness, and officials have warned people against speculating that the five-day eruption is waning. “We have a seeming lull, but, again, as we emphasized earlier, there is something different happening beneath the volcano,” Ma.



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