Philippines seeks 'terrorist' tag for 600 alleged communist guerrillas Mar 09, 2018 0 72 12345 REUTERSMANILAA UN special rapporteur, a former Philippine lawmaker and four former Catholic priests are among more than 600 alleged communist guerrillas the Philippines wants declared"terrorists", according to a government petition filed in court.The justice ministry last month said it wanted a Manila court to declare the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People's Army (NPA),"terrorist" bodies, but made no mention of individuals it would also target.The petition, a copy of which was seen by Reuters, suggests President Rodrigo Duterte is following through on his threats to destroy a movement he now regards as duplicitous.Within weeks of taking office in July 2016, Duterte freed some communist leaders and put leftists in his cabinet, to show his commitment to finding a permanent solution to a five-decade conflict.But he abandoned the process in November, after what he called repeated attacks by the NPA during talks.The petition said the rebels were"using acts of terror" to sow fear and panic to overthrow the government.Duterte has been venting his fury at the Maoists almost on a daily basis and considers them as much of a security threat as a plethora of domestic Islamist militant groups that have pledged allegiance to Islamic State. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Philippine CJ vows fight as Duterte, allies seek ouster Mar 09, 2018 0 347 Philippine women rally for rights Mar 09, 2018 0 83 New govt attack on critical Philippine news website Mar 09, 2018 0 63 Malaysia says MH370 report to be released after latest search ends REUTERS KUALA LUMPUR The full investigation report into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will be released after the latest search efforts are completed, officials said on Thursday, four years after .. Indonesia Islamic varsities 'ban' niqab over fundamentalism fears AFP Yogyakarta, Indonesia A pair of Indonesian Islamic universities are pushing female students to ditch niqab face veils -- with one threatening expulsion for non-compliance -- as concerns grow over rising .. Thai king to replace father on new banknotes BANGKOK Thailand's central bank displayed new banknotes on Thursday on which a picture of King Maha Vajiralongkorn will replace one of his late father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The banknotes mark another step in .. Indonesia to hand over luxury yacht to US amid 1MDB probe JAKARTA Indonesia is making preparations to hand over a luxury yacht seized in Bali last month to US authorities targeting assets allegedly bought with money siphoned off from a Malaysian state fund, a police official .. Indonesian zoo seeks arrest of visitor who offered orangutan a smoke Jakarta The management of an Indonesian~zoo is seeking the arrest of a visitor who tossed a cigarette into an orangutan enclosure, a spokesman said on Thursday.~A video posted on YouTube showed the orangutan at the zoo in .. Bangkok Elephants tromped across a manicured pitch in Bangkok on Thursday in the kick-off of a polo tournament raising money for the animals, who are celebrated as a national symbol but often subject to abuse. Dozens of .. Malaysian PM committed to search Kuala Lumpur Malaysia is steadfast in its pursuit of finding MH370, Prime Minister Najib Razak~said on the fourth anniversary of the disappearance of the plane carrying 239 people."As our latest search shows, we are ..