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Key sites during the Marawi siege. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

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Hello Rappler readers,

Today, the Philippines marks exactly one year since the Marawi siege. Follow Rappler's coverage here.

President Rodrigo Duterte, meanwhile, insists war is the only alternative to dealing with China. His administration has been criticized for its response to the Chinese bombers that landed in the Paracel Islands.

New Senate President Vicente Sotto III also sat down with Rappler for a one-on-one interview about his plans, his stand on critical issues, and how he handles criticism.

Below are the big stories you shouldn't miss.

War vs pro-ISIS PH groups rages on

Marawi was a "setback" for the Maute Group and Isnilon Hapilon's faction in the Abu Sayyaf Group, but it was a "propaganda victory" for the Islamic State, said Southeast Asia security expert Zachary Abuza.

Hataman: We can't afford another Marawi war

On the first anniversary of the Marawi siege, ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman urged families who lost everything to make sure war would never happen again. He said Marawi "will rise with the renewed strength and courage of our people."

Duterte on China: War only alternative

President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated his belief that he has no other choice but to stay on China's good side as the only other option is to go to war. But various experts have pointed out there are other options for the Philippines.

Trump-Kim summit could be delayed

US President Donald Trump warned his landmark summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un may be delayed. "It may not work out for June 12," said Trump.

Sotto to campaign 'vigorously' for reelectionists

Senate President Vicente Sotto III vowed to campaign for reelectionist senators in the 2019 elections. Sotto, whose term ends in 2022, said: "I will be able to help those who we feel would be assets to the Senate."

Zuckerberg to European lawmakers: 'I'm sorry'

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg apologized to the European Parliament, saying that the social media giant is taking steps to prevent a repeat of its data privacy scandal.

World faces 'staggering' obesity challenge

Research showed that if current trends continue, 22% of people in the world will be obese by 2045 – up from 14% last year.

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