- Edgar Matobato, the former member of the alleged Davao Death Squad, was temporarily released by authorities.
- President Rodrigo Duterte warned that he will declare martial law in Mindanao, following intense fighting against rebels. According to the President, only the LGUs can help him in ending terrorism, and ensuring that no civilian will be involved in the conflict. Duterte clarified that he does not wish to declare Martial Law, but he doesn’t have a choice if the mayors and Governors will not support him.
- Four suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf groupwere killed in an encounter with government forces in Basilan on Wednesday. Senior Superintendent Nixon Muksan, Basilan police director, identified two of the fatalities as Mobin Kulin, alias Mulawin, and Hadji Villamin Hassan.
- A total of 26,029 houses in 53 barangays here were destroyed in the quake that hit Surigao del Norte last month, the city disaster risk reduction management council reported yesterday.
- The Kilusang Mayo Uno expressed support to Kadamay Group for occupying the housing projects of the government in Bulacan. Bong Labog, National Chairman of KMU, said it is the right of poor Filipinos to benefit from the housing projects of government.
- Reports told that the Department of Justice is deploying 50 judges to immigration detention facilities across the United States. The department is also considering asking judges to sit from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., split between two rotating shifts, to adjudicate more cases, the sources said.
- International human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and a young Yazidi woman who was enslaved and raped by Islamic State militants pushed Iraq on Thursday to allow a United Nations investigation into crimes by ISIS.