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Philippines’ Marcos to inspect storm damage as death toll hits 98

Philippines Imus Nalgae aftermath

Manila, The PhilippinesReuters Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr, is set on Monday to fly over flood-submerged districts to inspect the damage after Tropical Storm Nalgae barrelled across the Southeast Asian country over the weekend, killing at least 98 people. More than half the deaths were recorded in the southern autonomous region of Bangsamoro, often due […]

Philippines’ Marawi conflict “not only about religion”, study finds

World Watch Monitor A study by International Alert shows that the armed conflict in the southern Philippines city of Marawi last year was not only about religion. Findings of the study, released by the independent peacebuilding group in the capital Manila on 2nd October, said that the war was not the result of a religious conflict. “Evidence shows that […]

Philippines priest celebrates first year of “second life” after escape

Fr Soganub

World Watch Monitor On the anniversary of his escape last week, the Catholic priest held hostage for four months by an Islamist group in the southern Philippines city of Marawi says he has since found a new lease of life, reports Catholic news agency UCAN. Fr Teresito Suganob was one of around 200 people taken hostage when Islamists stormed the city […]

In The Philippines, Mindanao Christians present ‘policy agenda’ for new Muslim region

World Watch Monitor Christian leaders have submitted a “Christian policy agenda” to the transitory body that will facilitate the formation of a new autonomous Muslim region in the southern Philippines, reports the Catholic news website UCAN. The agenda, put together after consultations last month in several areas set to become part of the new region, was […]

Fears new Muslim region in southern Philippines could spark Christian exodus

World Watch Monitor Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has called on all communities in the southern Mindanao region to support the Bangsamoro Organic Law that is to facilitate the creation of an autonomous Muslim region. During a ceremony on Monday, 6th August, he urged the local population “to actively participate in constructive discussions about the law”, which will […]