Boxing star Manny Pacquiao said on Sunday he will run for president of the Philippines next year, after railing against corruption in government and what he calls President Rodrigo Duterte’s cozy relationship with China. Pacquiao accepted the nomination of his political allies during the national assembly of the faction he leads in the ruling PDP-Laban Party, days after a rival faction nominated Duterte’s longtime aide, Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go, as its presidential candidate.
Twin blasts including a suicide bombing killed 15 people and wounded 75 others on a restive southern Philippine island on Monday, among them security forces and civilians, with Islamist militants suspected of being behind the attack. The bombs went off within an hour of each other in the main town on Jolo island, a stronghold of Abu Sayyaf, an Islamic State-linked group that has intensified its campaign in recent years through the use of suicide bombers.
Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog of the city of Ozamiz in Mindanao, his wife, and ten others were killed in a firefight with the Filipino Police on Sunday. President Rodrigo Duterte of Philippine accused Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog of the city of Ozamiz in Mindanao of his involvement in drug trafficking and forced a police raid on him on Sunday. According to the police, high powered rifles, cash, and methamphetamines were recovered from the house. Parojinog is the third mayor to die under Duterte’s accusations.
The Philippine Congress voted last Saturday to extend Martial Law in the whole southern part of the country in order to give the military five more months to crush ISIS inspired militants. Many believe the Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte is using the extension of the Martial law to seize more control over civilians and that he is trying to impose an authoritarian rule upon the country.