Activists storm US embassy on 119th Independence Day

Activist groups from all over the country marched to the United States embassy in Manila on the 119th Philippine Independence Day celebrations to demand for the pull out of foreign soldiers.

Groups led by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan said there is no genuine independence in the Philippines as long as foreign intervention is present in the country.

The activists also scored US military presence in the ongoing battle in Marawi City between government troops and ISIS-supported Maute and Abu Sayyaf groups. (Videography by Ivan Dexter Tolentino, Jola Mamangun and Esther Anne Cabrillas / Editing by Jo Maline D. Mamangun) Read more

Duterte points at Lorenzana for US presence in Marawi

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte said it was the Defense department that decided to seek help from the United States armed forces in the ongoing battle for Marawi City.

In a press briefing during a visit to wounded soldiers in Cagayan de Oro City today, Duterte said he did not know the US military was already in Marawi helping the Armed Forces of the Philippines fight the Maute and Abu Sayyaf terror groups.

“I am not aware of that until they arrived. When I declared martial law, I gave the power to the defense department,” the President said as he gestured at National Defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana standing beside him. Read more