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Duterte explains buy-bust operations, calls rebels terrorists + more terrifying news

Turkey's serious about fighting ISIL.
ILLUSTRATOR Jasrelle Serrano
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Duterte responds to damning Amnesty International report.

The president criticized the human rights organization over its report on the Philippines’ war on drugs, claiming that the non-profit did not consider the country’s difficult circumstances which warranted such harsh actions in the first place. Duterte also explained where the alleged cash payments for the killings could have come from, stating that the anti-drugs units are allotted an annual Php150 million budget, from which police would receive Php5,000-10,000 to use in individual buy-bust operations. He also asked PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa to look into the allegations.

Duterte considers Communist Party of the Philippines terrorists.

The status of the peace negotiations continues to deteriorate as President Duterte called the CPP, NPA and NDF a terrorist group. The NPA, which recently declared an end to its unilateral ceasefire, hopes to continue negotiations, but the President’s statement on Sunday only increases political uncertainty. Yesterday, Duterte expressed his outrage over last week’s killing of three off-duty soldiers by rebels in Bukidnon, and demanded the rebels’ surrender.

US court puts temporary freeze on travel ban.  

President Trump’s ill-conceived executive order received another setback after a US appeals court in San Francisco rejected Trump’s emergency motion to reinstate the ban. The ban puts travelers and green card holder from seven Muslim majority countries in a legal limbo, with many being prevented from entering the United States. Protests continue to be held in cities across the United States, while the legality and purpose of the ban are questioned by US diplomats and foreign leaders alike.

Turkey detains more than 400 suspected ISIL members.

On Sunday morning, Turkish police conducted nationwide raids resulting in the arrests of hundreds of alleged ISIL members, many of them foreign nationals. Initially a transit point for foreign jihadists travelling to Syria, Turkey became increasingly involved in the conflict, supporting various Syrian opposition groups in the fight against ISIL. After several terrorist attacks on Turkish soil, the Istanbul night club attack which killed 39 people being the most recent, the government started a nationwide crackdown on terrorism. Turkey is involved in the conflict not only militarily but also diplomatically as Russia’s partner in the peace negotiations between the Syrian regime and the opposition.

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