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As most Filipinos slept through the evening, drama unfolded at the Resorts World Manila after gunshots were heard and a fire broke out. While the Philippine National Police said the incident was a robbery, the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors terrorist organizations, said a Filipino operative working with the Maute Group claimed responsibility for ISIS.
Elsewhere, US President Donald Trump pulled the United States, the 2nd largest carbon emitter in the world, out of the Paris climate change deal.
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Shooting, fire hit Resorts World Manila
Gunshots were heard and a fire broke out at Resorts World Manila in Pasay City past midnight on Friday, June 2. The Philippine National Police is looking at the attack as a robbery. But SITE, a terrorism monitoring group, reported that a Filipino operative working with the Maute Group claimed responsibility for ISIS. The gunman died after apparently setting himself on fire in a hotel room.
Trump pulls US out of global climate change pact
As expected, US President Donald Trump declared that the United States will withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate deal. Trump complained that the deal gives other countries an unfair advantage over US industry and destroys American jobs.
Duterte to end martial law once Mindanao 'stable'
President Rodrigo Duterte claimed he would end martial law once Mindanao is "stable," but did not elaborate further on what "stable" meant. He also reiterated he would listen to recommendations of the military and the police.
Philippines among worst places for children to grow up in
Save the Children's "Stolen Childhood" report said the Philippines ranked 96th out of 172 countries in its End of Childhood Index. This means it's among the worst places for children to grow up in, based on statistics for child mortality, stunting, and adolescent births, among others.
Philippines has slowest average internet speed in Asia Pacific
The Philippines still has one of the slowest internet connection speeds across the Asia Pacific, results from Akamai Technologies' Global State of the Internet Report showed. Its average connection speed is just 5.5 Mbps, compared to the global average of 7.2 Mbps.