Duterte Agrees With Trump, Terror in Quebec + Other Tough News
Terrorist attack on Quebec mosque shocks Canada.
During Sunday evening prayers, masked gunmen entered a Quebec City mosque and opened fire on worshippers, killing at least six. Two suspects were arrested, and the area surrounding the mosque was sealed off, but further details on their identities and motif have not yet been released. The attack comes at a time of increasing unease over refugees and immigrants in Western countries. Starting with Europe’s refugee crisis, ISIS-inspired terrorist attacks in France and Belgium, and U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to ban refugees and citizens from seven Muslim majority countries, this latest attack will likely lead to renewed debates. After Trump’s ban, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took to Twitter to explain that refugees are welcome in Canada, and reiterated on Sunday, January 29, that diversity and religious tolerance are values that Canadians will continue to uphold.
Duterte tells overstaying Filipinos to return home.
President Rodrigo Duterte, fighting a war on drugs and corruption at home, agrees with the way his U.S. counterpart has been conducting his campaign to shut down the United States’ borders. In December 2016, Trump praised the Philippine president’s tough stance on crime, and since his inauguration he has swiftly and controversially followed through on his election campaign promises to crack down on illegal immigration and terrorism. Reciprocating Trump’s support, Duterte told Filipinos living in the United States illegally to return home, and emphasized that, if caught by the U.S. authorities, they would not receive any support from the Philippine government.
Miss France crowned new Miss Universe.
At the Miss Universe pageant held in Manila on January 30, Iris Mittenaere, a 24-year-old model and beauty queen from Paris was proclaimed the most beautiful woman in the world. Beating 86 other contestants, Miss France is the second representative from her country to claim the crown after Christiane Martel’s win in 1953. Haiti’s Raquel Pelissier and Colombia’s Andrea Tovar were named first and second runner-up respectively, while the Philippines’ representative Maxine Medina reached the top six.
President Duterte to step up military campaign in Lanao del Sur.
After a recent vow to stop ISIS’s foray into Mindanao, the president has now ordered a full-scale military campaign to combat terrorism in Lanao del Sur, Mindanao. The proposed plan focuses on the Maute group operating in the region, and tasks the Armed Forces of the Philippines with “a full-press military operation.” Duterte warned that an embargo may be necessary to prevent the group from using explosive devices, which it had done before, and indicated that he had already asked China’s assistance in obtaining advanced weaponry to effectively fight the group.