An army trooper walks past graffiti on a concrete fence near the frontline in Marawi on the southern island of Mindanao on June 22, 2017, as fighting between government troops and Islamist militants entered its fourth week. The fighting began on May 23 when hundreds of militants rampaged through Marawi, …

Report: Islamic State Using Stolen Cash, Gold, and Jewelry to Recruit in the Philippines

Militants allied with the Islamic State reportedly looted a fortune in cash, gold, and jewelry from the Philippine city of Marawi during their five-month occupation last year, and have used their booty to recruit hundreds of new terrorist operatives. Although its ambitions to use Marawi as the capital of a new caliphate were thwarted, ISIS has grown strong enough to battle Philippine troops again over the weekend.

Philippine presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he answers questions from reporters at the University of the Philippines in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila, Philippines, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. Five candidates are running for President in the coming elections this May. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Pro-Duterte Muslim Separatists Take Arms Against Islamic State in Philippines

Over the weekend, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte asked several Muslim separatist and Communist groups to fight alongside government troops against the Islamic State. The groups have not yet agreed to a formal alliance, but they have reportedly exchanged gunfire with ISIS militants.

PHILIPPINES, MARAWI CITY : A jail guard walks past an prison cell at the provincial jail in Marawi City, in southern island of Mindanao on August 28, 2016, a day after members of Maute group, a Muslim extremist inspired by the Islamic State movement, rescued their jailed colleagues. Muslim extremists …

Islamic State-Linked Jihadist Stages Massive Jailbreak in the Philippines

A group of jihadist militants in the southern Philippines broke into a jail Saturday night, freeing eight jihadist comrades and twenty other prisoners. Authorities say jail guards put up minimal resistance when confronted with a group of dozens of heavily armed terrorists.

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Duterte: ‘White Arab’ Islamic State Members Recruiting in Philippines

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte warned Wednesday of “white people, I suppose they are Arabs” looking to “indoctrinate” local populations in his country into radical Islam, and possibly working on behalf of the Islamic State (ISIS). Duterte announced a pay raise for all soldiers, ordering them to “destroy” Abu Sayyaf, a native jihadist group that has pledged allegiance to ISIS.

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Philippines President-Elect: I Won’t Live in Presidential Palace Because It Is Haunted

Populist firebrand Rodrigo Duterte is ready to assume the presidency of the Philippines in June, preparing an array of zero-tolerance laws against crime, including bans on public smoking and late-night drinking. What he will not be preparing for is a move into the presidential palace, he says, because he has been there and it is haunted.