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Beyond the Headlines: ISIL's influence in the Philippines

We talk to Florian Neuhof should president Rodrigo Duterte decides to crack down on the Islamist surge on several of the Philippines' islands

Government soldiers stand guard in front of damaged building and houses in Sultan Omar Dianalan boulevard at Mapandi district in Marawi city, southern Philippines. Romeo Ranoco / Reuters
Government soldiers stand guard in front of damaged building and houses in Sultan Omar Dianalan boulevard at Mapandi district in Marawi city, southern Philippines. Romeo Ranoco / Reuters

The Philippines are experiencing an ISIL-influenced insurgency.

We analyse what might happen should president Rodrigo Duterte decides to crack down on the Islamist surge on several of the country’s islands. We talk to Florian Neuhof who has reported from the scene of an intense battle between the two sides.

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Finally we are joined by Anna Zakarias, who covered one of the more business-oriented date festivals. The prices at these events can go up to several dozen dollars per piece.

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