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Two Big Battles For Trump; An ISIS Foothold In Southeast Asia; Six People Dead After Colombian Tourist Boat Sinks; Survivor Describes Panic Onboard Sinking Boat; Officials: 10 People Dead And 93 Still Missing; Trump to Meet with Indian Prime Minister Modi; Fighting Resumes in Philippines After Eid Ceasefire; ATF Raid on MS-13 Reveals Human Trafficking; Zuckerberg Lays Out New Mission for Facebook. Aired 1-2a ET
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[01:00:00] NATALIE ALLEN, CNN NEWSROOM ANCHOR: A packed tourist ferry capsizes in Colombia, killing at least six of the passengers; no one wearing a life jacket. U.S. President Donald Trump faces two big political battles: repealing parts of Obamacare and the scandal over Russian election meddling. Also, ISIS fighters battle street-to- street for the very first time in Southeast Asia gained a foothold in the Philippines. It's all ahead on here CNN NEWSROOM. Thank you for joining for us. I'm Natalie Allen.
Rescuers have been combing the waters of a reservoir in Northwest Colombia, looking for survivors of the tourist boat. At least six people have died, more than 30 others are said to be missing. The boat was carrying 150 people near the popular tourist town of Guatape. It tilted from side-to-side before the lower deck started taking on the water. One survivor says there was no life vest on board; here she is describing the scene for us.
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LORENA SALAZAR, RESCUED SURVIVOR (through translator): We were boarding the ship while we were close, and we saw it was going to turn. And when it was turning, it turned to the left side entirely. Only the boats near us helped, and they were throwing vest at us; it was complete chaos, everyone was screaming, praying, we didn't know what to do. At that moment, we didn't see anyone approaching us; they only came when they saw the ship was sinking.
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ALLEN: Journalist Rafael Poveda is in Colombian Capital Bogota for us. He joins me now on the line. Rafael, what else are you learning about? How this could've happened? And what about the people who are missing?
RAFAEL POVEDA, STRATEGIC SECTORS COORDINATING MINISTER (via phone): Not only survivors are describing that they've heard a loud explosion near the staff room that knocked out power a few minutes after. The tourist boat carrying at least 150 passengers began its crucial thing. Guatape (INAUDIBLE), as water flooded on board, pressure built and people were shocked there by the sinking ship. A traumatic video circulating on the social media show the part where the boat is rocking back and forth and people crawl down from a fourth-floor roof and it sank in a matter of minutes-for minutes exactly. A boat of recreational boats and jet skis rushed to the sea pulling the people towards the boat as it went down.
According to several rescue passengers, no life vests were given to them when they got into the ship. According to Margarita Moncada, Head of the Disaster Response Agency, 99 people were rescued and 14 managed to find a way to shore on their own and were in good condition. The reservoir of Guatape is a very popular weekend destination; a little more time, an hour from Medellin's, the second biggest city in Colombia. This big man-made lake was especially on Sunday as Colombians celebrating a long holiday weekend. Now, Colombians authorities are asking for scuba divers to assist in the search of at least 28 people, Natalie, that are reported missing.
ALLEN: That's very sad, do we know - those 28 people, were they on the lower level? Do we know?
POVEDA: Yes. The first two levels were the first to sink. There were four levels, as you can see in this resourceful media video. You can see the first two levels and they the levels that were packed with more people. Less people were on top. More of them were in the first and the second level, so that's why the (INAUDIBLE) here that the more than six people have been killed by this accident.
ALLEN: Rafael Poveda for us at the Bogota. Thank you for the information. Another tragedy in China, almost 100 people are still missing there, after a devastating landslide. The disaster struck village in Sichuan Province, Saturday, burying dozens of homes. Authorities say ten bodies have been recovered, thousands of rescuers have poured through debris looking for signs of life. State media report, a couple, and their baby were pulled alive from the revel, but even some officials admit, finding more survivors at this point will be difficult. Authorities say a 2008 earthquake and recent rainfall led to all of that that you see. The village just swiped away.
Pakistan's Prime Minister will visit the side of a deadly oil tanker explosion, Monday. The blast happened Sunday morning in the Town of Bahawalpur, at least 153 people were killed and dozens more injured after the tanker truck veered off the road, and then exploded just as villagers ran to the tanker gathering to collect fuel. For more now, here's CNN Lynda Kinkade.
[01:05:21] LYNDA KINKADE, CNN ANCHOR AND CORRESPONDENT: What should be a time of celebration turned into a tragedy in Eastern Pakistan, it happened just a day before the country's Eid al-Fitr Festival which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramada. A driver of a fuel tanker lost control of its truck; it veered off the road and began leaking fuel. 45 minutes later, it exploded; killing and injuring hundreds of people.
SOFIA SAIFI, CNN PRODUCER: A lot of villagers got into their (INAUDIBLE), and despite security officials trying to prevent them from going forward, they went and there with their carried cans, with their containers and tried to collect as much oil as they could to take back to their home. It is then when they were actually quite close to the container itself that the explosion took place.
KINKADE: Official says police had tried to clear people away from the crash site before the tanker exploded, the dozens remained nearby. Many of the bodies burnt beyond recognition, nearby vehicles incinerated. For survivors, many are suffering from burns, just 70 percent of their body; access to adequate medical care is crucial, near impossible to find with no burns center in Bahawalpur.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): Pakistan aviation helicopters have arrived. All those who are critically injured are being shipped today from Bahawalpur to Multan and KharianBruning Centers.
KINKADE: A state of emergency is being declared in the city and the provincial government has promised an inquiry into the cause of this tragedy. Lynda Kinkade, CNN.
ALLEN: Since the Grenfell Tower fire in London, authorities have been checking other apartments in the U.K. for fire safety and the results so far are startling. 60 apartment buildings have been tested for potentially dangerous siding-all 60 have failed. At least 4000 people now have been evacuated from tower blocks deemed unsafe. Many have refused to go that they don't want to leave their home, but they are being told that they must go. On Sunday, London's Mayor visited a mosque near where the Grenfell fire killed at least 79 people.
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SADIQ KHAN, LONDON MAYOR: One of the reasons why I've said this fire was preventable is because of the pretty long quarters of the cut for too long in the interest of saving, I think things that could've been done are haven't been. And I think one of the things that we need to make sure, at least, learn from this - the fire but also the public inquiry. I just wanted to make sure our buildings are the safest as they can be; clearly, they aren't. We need to make sure, probably and talking about health and safety negative terms, probably talking about how regulation will be recognized, but these regulation are there for a good reason.
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ALLEN: In all 600 building will be tested across the country. Auto parts company, Takata, is filing for bankruptcy. The Japan-based firm never recovered from a deadly airbag scandal. Its airbag inflators, as you may recall, were found to shoot shrapnel into drivers and passengers and tens of millions of vehicles were recalled. They were blamed, the airbags, for 11 deaths in the U.S. and several more elsewhere. For more on this, our Will Ripley joins me now from Tokyo. Yes, Will, this was just a huge recall that the company thinks; did they expect not to make it?
WILL RIPLEY, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: This is one of the worst auto scandals in history, Natalie. And it is not a surprise that Takata filed for bankruptcy here in Tokyo just - the announcement made formally just a few hour ago. It's a deal that's been in the works for more than a year. I mean, when you look at the staggering financial losses that this company has faced and continues to face in terms of not only the cost replacing all these airbags, but also lawsuits. There's that $1 billion fine that they have to pay in the United States because they manipulated key information about their airbag inflators for so many years.
And so, this bankruptcy is a way for them to try to pay back some of those losses but not all of them. The more than a dozen car manufacturers that are shouldering the brunt of the cost of replacing these tens of millions of airbags; they're going to have to assume most of that cost in the end. Of course, Takata shareholders also lose big time. That fine in the United States, that $1 billion that will be a key priority to payback in this one and a half-billion- dollar deal.
But it's really stunning, Natalie, this is a company that Takata family founded 84 years ago. The family has continued to control the company over the years, and to see the CEO today, this essentially presides over what has been the implosion of this company because of these technical issues and the deliberate manipulation of information for so many years. It is really a stunning fall for what was once a titan of the auto parts industry.
[01:10:13] ALLEN: Yes, it certainly was a fall. What about the people that worked there? I assume they've all lost their jobs or how many didn't employ?
RIPLEY: Well, that is - that is one important part of this deal. Takata is hoping that by selling their assets and their manufacturing facilities to one of their main rivals, the company based in Detroit in the United States. They will allow Takata's manufacturing employees-and there are more than 40,000 of them-to keep their jobs. It'll allow operations to continue because, of course, they still have a monumental task ahead of them, to build these airbag inflators, their replacement units. Because so far, just a third of the affected cars to have then repaired, which means that there are tens of millions of people driving in the United States and around the world potentially at risk here.
ALLEN: Will Ripley for us on the latest. Thank you so much, Will. Well, for months, the U.S. President appeared in different two allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Why his position is shifting now? We'll have that here in a moment. Plus, President Trump is working the phones on health care. The fate of the latest effort to repeal Obamacare may now be in the hands of five Senators. And later this hour, the Philippine Military is fighting to take back a city from ISIS, a growing threat they pose to the region. We'll have that as well.
[01:14:02] KATE RILEY, CNN WORLD SPORTS ANCHOR: I'm Kate Riley with your CNN WORLD SPORTS headlines. After a stabbing experience, which could've ended Petra Kvitova's experience-that winning feeling again with victory at Sunday's Aegon Classic in England. Despite the loss of feeling in two of her fingers, Kvitova, returned to action at Roland Garros a month ago, reaching the second round. But now, the Czech star has overcome all the Ashleigh Barty 60 in the third set; came high first title since her event of December 2016.
We're to back you now for Formula One's Azerbaijan's Gran Prix. Tension setting early between new title rival Sebastian Vettel with the Germans penalized for swerving in Hamilton. The Brit was out in France but not for long, he's forced to give up his plead after having to hit to a loose headrest; as for the winner, Australia's Danny Ricciardo taking first.
To the America's Cup, where Jimmy Spithill's amazing 2013 comeback is rightly regarded as one of the sport's greatest ever comeback. His, as we recall, USA were 4-1 down going into Sunday. They lost the first race of that day, and the second as well. New Zealand's Peter Burling, a 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist, and showed master class especially at the start of the second race leaving the Americans saying catch up before them even though going. And that's a look at all your Sports Headlines, I'm Kate Riley.
[01:15:35] ALLEN: We turn to Washington now while several Congressional Committee that a special investigate Russian interference in last year's Presidential election. The U.S. President is now trying to set attention to man who had the job before him, Barack Obama. Ryan Nobles reports on what he's saying now about Hillary Clinton as well and Mr. Obama.
RYAN NOBLES, CNN WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT: President Trump spent a lot of time during the camping and after his election attempting to downplay Russia's role intervening the 2016 election. But now after this report in the Washington Post the details Obama administration response to the intelligence committee this assessment, he seems willing to admit Russia's efforts as long as he can blame President Obama for not doing enough. Former Obama administration officials argued that the den President found out about the problem too late to stop the impact of Russia's efforts. He was also concerned that intervening too much would have had a dramatic political ramification, perhaps giving the impression that Obama was working to help Hillary Clinton's campaign. But one former administration official concedes in the post report that they could have done more. And at the State of the Union, Adam Schiff a Democrat and a ranking member on the intelligence committee agreed.
REP. ADAM SCHIFF (D), CALIFORNIA: The American people needed to know I didn't think it was enough h to tell them after the election, but rather given the seriousness of this, I think the administration need to call up Russia earlier and needed to act to deter and punish Russia earlier. And I think that was a very serious mistake.
NOBLES: Now Schiff did go on to say that even though Obama could have and maybe should have done more that doesn't change the fact that candidate Trump was part of the problem aging WikiLeaks and even Russia on telling them in speeches to reveal more about hack the e- mails and e-mails from Hillary Clinton's private server. Well, now it appears that Trump is using Obama's in action to deflect from the investigation into his campaigns possible collusion with Russia which he has denied. Now yesterday morning Trump tweeting quote" Hillary Clinton colluded with the Democratic Party in order to beat crazy Bernie Sanders. Is she allowed to so collude? Unfair to Bernie" and during the campaign, Trump made this claim base on some of the hacked e-mails that were revealed in the WikiLeaks dump of the Democratic National Committee which showed some officials favoring Clinton's campaign during the primary season. This all comes in a time where Special Counsel Robert Mueller continues his investigation in at least three different Congressional Committees continued their probe into Russia's role in the 2016 election. Ryan Nobles CNN, Washington.
ALLEN: And the President is grappling with another major political battle over healthcare, Republican leaders want to hold the vote on proposed health care legislation this week. But the bill and its current form does not appear to have enough votes to pass. So Mr. Trump is trying to convent reluctant Republican Senators at least one Senator is waiting for the Congressional budget office to release its analyst on how many people will lose coverage under this plan. The budget office report is expected to be released maybe Monday, listen to how the Trump administration is defending the bill.
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TOM PRICE, UNITED STATES HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SECRETARY: The plan that we have will put in place would not allow individuals to fall through the cracks, would not - we would not play the rug out from under anybody, we would not have individuals lose coverage. And that they want for themselves and for their family, we want to make certain that healthcare is available to all Americans.
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ALLEN: Joining me now is CNN Political Analyst and Washington Post Columnist Josh Rogin, Josh thanks for being with us.
JOSH ROGIN, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: Of course.
ALLEN: Big week ahead, let's talk health care you've got a seal for the American citizen this is such a part of an issue when they aren't getting exactly the needy greedy details from this President, he just said Obamacare is tanking we've got the solution but they are Republicans Senators that don't disagree on that, so where are we?
ROGIN: President Trump seems not to be weeded to any particular version of this healthcare, he doesn't really seem to care about the details, he doesn't particularly familiar with the details, to be honest but what he knows is he wants the deal so he's lifted up the Republican leadership in the Senate to come up with a bill by the end of the week that can make get 50 votes. And what that means is that Mitch McConnell will spend the next few days wheeling and dealing to get those five Republicans senators were on the fence or objecting to the bill odd board. And if you can do that before the July 4th resets, rest assured the bill will pass and then Senators going home for the July 4th break will be above their, constituents that they got from they've done unfortunately those constituents are live are going to be confused by what exactly it is that they did.
[01:20:10] ALLEN: All right, and President Trump is not a guy who seems to believe that devil and details aren't rating it up to others, but is a win on rolling back Obamacare necessarily a true win is as if Bernie Sanders says this new plan favors the young and the wealthy and not the elderly and the poor.
ROGIN: That's definitely the drive of it and, you know, the bottom line is that, that this will be sort of one stop in many stops in the path of this bill will take it, so I'm going to back to House there's going to be a conference, there's going to more negotiation but the overall just of it is that those people who are young and healthy and that's will be -- have the opportunity to pay less and those people who are old and
sick will probably have to pay more that's what President was talking about when he told Senate leaders that the House bill was to quote on quote mean, you know, they'll be efforts to make it less quote on quote mean over the next four days. But that is essentially what they're going to do now, that could be a political benefit for Democrats in 2018, but the Republicans are betting that they ran on a promised repeal Obamacare they've got to get it done on way or the other and this is the path that they've chosen to take.
ALLEN: Well, let's talk about another topic that President Trump is being concede with for good reason that the Russian meddling in the elections continues to be a cloud over this White House, now he's blaming the Obama administration who did find out that Putin was directly responsible for the meddling. Months supported Americans which the polls who didn't take strong action, does President Trump have a point saying the Obama team dropped the ball?
ROGIN: Well yes, and no, I mean Trump President Trump and his White House can't have the both ways on the one hand they claim that the entire Russia stories are hoax and that which never be sure whether or not the Russians were behind and on the other hand he's now criticizing President Obama for not doing more to push back against Bush in interference. You know, which is it? And if he's now saying that the Obama administration response wasn't robust enough and there is an argument for that to be sure. Then it begs for question of what's he going to do to fix that and he hasn't said or done anything to indicate that he has a plan to prevent Russia from doing this again and to tear other actors from interfering in our next election and the election after that.
So, you know, it's easy to criticize the Obama administration and (INAUDIBLE) 2020, sure they deserve some criticism. But the Trump administration sort of skip to predict approach to this as everybody confused either they believe it or they don't either they think we need to do something or they don't. and the White House so far refuses to clarify.
ALLEN: In doing that why wouldn't he, you know, appoint Azar to look into this and make a big deal over that, wouldn't that have some weight with Americans who question with this White House is concerned with and what it's not?
ROGIN: Yes and there is a range of things that the President and the White House should be doing if there were serious about, first of all, punishing Russia for its interference and second of all deterring them doing it again. We're talking about, you know, fixing all of the election system to make them less vulnerable to cyber intrusions, we're talking, you know, using all the sort of tools of government to show that world that if this happens that there will be a response and that the price would be too high. And none of that is really going on, you know, on the one hand, we have the sort of separate this, the idea that, you know, that the White House is under investigation for collusion with the Russians during the interference.
And the fact that we have to do something to make sure this interference doesn't happen again that's where the White House is stuck; they can't wrap their minds around the fact that they could be innocent of collusion potentially but also be responsible for pushing back against the Russians. And until they sort of, you know, get passed that mental block, you know, we're not going to see any reelection.
ALLEN: Right, you know, because you would think that the White House would have the intellectual ban with to get past that to figure this out we hope so, Josh Rogin read his columns in the Washington Post and CNN Political Analyst thank you so much.
ROGIN: Thank you.
ALLEN: Well Senators consider the healthcare bill coverage for millions of Americans is on the line, Ethan is one of them. He was born with a rare genetic disorder in which some organs form on the wrong side of his body his mother Alison Chandra tweeted her son's latest hospital bill and it went viral, she wrote quote, "It seems fitting that, with the #TrumpCare debate raging, I got this bill in the mail today from Ethan's most recent open heart surgery" she says without insurance they would owe about $231,000 for about two weeks in the hospital. I think they owed 500 instead because of insurance, the Senate bill could allow insurance to cover fewer services for people with pre-existing conditions like Alison's son who is now three years old. And she is begging Lawmakers to consider the faith of children like Ethan.
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[01:25:25] ALISON CHANDRA, MOTHER OF CHILD WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITION: I don't think anyone can look a two-year-old child in the faith and say I think that you're not worth it. But what they're doing with this bill what they're doing with the lifetime cast is saying you have - you've used tough enough resource, I'm sorry that you were born sick, I'm sorry that your mother chose life for you and you were born sick but now that life is not worth saving anymore. You can't be - you can't call yourself pro-life if you're not willing to be part of the system that protects the most vulnerable. Protects life from birth to death. (END VIDEO CLIP)
ALLEN: Well if we soon find out what the Congressional report says about this new legislation would protect children life, Ethan, we'll get back to his mom and talk with her again. Well, President Trump meets with Indians Prime Minister later Monday; we'll tell you how differences on several key issues could dominate their talk, also ahead.
IVAN WATSON, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: ISIS fighter battling street to street not in the Middle East but for the very first in Southeast Asia. The security forces are on the hunt, they're looking for dozens of suspected ISIS militants and their also searching for prisoners who escaped from a jail that ISIS broke open during the first days of their attack.
ALLEN: How did ISIS gain a foothold in the Philippines? Ivan will report in just a minute.
[01:30:28] NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome back to our viewers here in the United States and around the world. You're watching CNN NEWSROOM. I'm Natalie Allen, with our top stories right now.
ALLEN: U.S. President Trump will meet with India's prime minister, Narendra Modi, as the White House Monday. Several issues could make their first meeting tense. Among them, Mr. Trump's opposition to a popular work visa that mostly goes to Indian tech workers, and the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, which, of course, India agreed to.
Let's talk about this "Time" magazine's Nikhil Kumar. He is in Delhi for us.
First of all, Nikhil, Prime Minister Modi is a popular leader in India. And he has a lot of leadership underneath him. He's been in the business for a while. And he comes and meets Donald Trump, a new president, with no experience in politics really, and whose numbers are low as far as popularity. What do you think Prime Minister Modi's tact will be with this new president?
NIKHIL KUMAR, REPORTER, TIME MAGAZINE: I think the prime minister is looking to set the tone for India. It has become increasingly emboldened by bilateral relationship over the last two or so decades. You know, Mr. Modi's been prime minister since 2014. He was elected in May, 2014. And when he came to power, we didn't know much about his foreign policy. We didn't know what he would do, what relationships he would seek to cultivate. And there was a big question mark over the India/U.S. relationship. In the Bush years, he was banned from visiting the U.S., in fact, because of some sectarian in the state where he was a top official. As it turns out, he built up a very, very strong and deep relationship, a warm relationship with President Obama. But after the U.S. election last year, there's been uncertainty on the U.S. side. Now the Indians are trying to work out, what does the Trump White House want to do with India, with this relationship? And more broadly, what is the Trump White House's policy when it comes to Asia? And where does India fit into that? So I think he's going to try to find the answer to these questions and just set the tone for this relationship for the months and years ahead.
ALLEN: And let's look at the climate change issue. Do you expect him to bring that up? One would think so, because the world reacted so negatively when President Trump announced that the U.S. would back out.
[01:34:42] KUMAR: The world did, and you know, as you pointed out, Mr. Modi reaffirmed India's commitment to the agreement. In fact, at the same time that President Trump was announcing his intention to withdraw the U.S. from the agreement, from the White House, he was in Europe standing shoulder to shoulder with Chancellor Merkel and then President Macron and he reaffirmed in his commitment.
Is he going to bring it up? He wants to set the tone for this bilateral relationship. And I'm not sure that he's going to try to do anything or say anything that could potentially be controversial. He doesn't want to get into any controversy. He wants to understand the Trump White House, what it wants to do in the region, what it wants to do with India, where he wants to take the relationship. And above all, Mr. Modi is seeking continuity from the Bush and Obama years, during which time the India-U.S. relationship really deepened. So I'm not sure he's going to bring up any controversial issue. I think he's going to -- even though this is an issue where the two are on different sides of the fence, I think he's going to try and find common ground, more than anything else.
ALLEN: And that meeting is Monday so we'll hear about it afterwards.
Thank you so much, Nikhil Kumar, with "Time" magazine. We appreciate you helping us out with the story.
KUMAR: Thank you.
ALLEN: Fighting has resumed in the southern Philippines after a cease-fire for celebrations marking the end of Ramadan. Friday marked one month since deadly clashes broke out between the Philippine army and ISIS-linked militants. But during Sunday's eight-hour pause, people woke up to the call to prayer instead of gunfire. That must have been nice. The government says the fighting has killed dozens of troops and civilians. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced.
CNN's Ivan Watson joins us now from Hong Kong.
You went there and reported on this situation, and no one really expected, you learned, how fierce ISIS was going to be in that region. IVAN WATSON, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: I think it
completely took the government, the security forces, the intelligence agencies in the Philippines by surprise. It's been a wakeup call to the broader region about the threat of this newest incarnation of Islamic extremists in the Philippines. You had at least 69 government forces killed as of Saturday. Hundreds of thousands of people displaced.
And some counterterrorism experts have argued the success of the militants to hold on to the city for more than four than a month probably caught them by surprise as well. It is clearly a sign that ISIS is trying to establish a foothold in the Philippines and in southeast Asia.
WATSON (voice-over): ISIS fighters battling street to street. Not in the Middle East, but for the first time, in southeast Asia.
WATSON: On May 23rd, these extremists launched a sudden lightning assault on the city of Marawi in the Philippines. They captured the city and government weapons, burned a church, and murdered prisoners.
For months, the Philippine's military has struggled and failed to recapture the city, even though they bomb it daily from the sky.
WATSON: The government has also declared martial law here, setting up checkpoints across the island.
(on camera): The security forces are on the hunt. They're looking for dozens of suspected ISIS militants. And they're also searching for prisoners who escaped from a jail that ISIS broke open during the first days of their attack.
WATSON (voice-over): The capture of Marawi, a deadly coming out party for ISIS in this part of the world.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It has changed the picture of extremism in southeast Asia. We need to be more worried that people with combat experience and leadership skills will be developing close to home, not in Syria and Iraq.
WATSON: ISIS in the Philippines is a coalition of many Islamist insurgent groups that have long plagued this country.
(SHOUTING) WATSON: But they've united for the very first time under the leadership of this man, Ispilan Hapalan (ph).
(on camera): Tell me about him, what kind of a man is Hapalan (ph)?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hapalan (ph) is very bold fighter.
WATSON (voice-over): This man is a former Islamist militant. Before renouncing violence and joining witness protection, he spent years in the jungle fighting alongside the man now leading ISIS in the Philippines.
(on camera): Do you think he enjoy killing people?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes. When I spoke to him many years ago, he always think that killing non-Muslims satisfies Allah, makes Allah happy, and I was shocked.
WATSON (voice-over): In the month-long battle in Marawi, ISIS have killed scores of Philippine soldiers and wounded hundreds more.
WATSON: The fighting has also triggered a humanitarian crisis. More than 330,000 people have fled their homes and hundreds of civilians are believed to be trapped in the conflict zone.
Amid this suffering and destruction, ISIS have accomplished one clear goal, announcing their deadly presence in this part of the world.
[01:40:15] WATSON: And, Natalie, what's striking about this is the militants have largely fought a conventional battle there. They've been going toe to toe against the armed forces of the Philippines. And they've used tactics like using mortars, rocket-propelled grenades, improvised explosive device, but we have not heard reports of the deployment of massive car bombs or suicide bombs, the likes of which we've seen in the Middle East. Counterterrorism experts argue that their goal is to capture and hold territory and formally declare a new province of the so-called Islamic State in southeast Asia. They also warn that when they eventually fall to the national military, that is when to start expecting the deployment of terrifying possible suicide bombs and car bombs in other parts of the Philippines -- Natalie?
ALLEN: When will it stop? We'll keep tabs on Marawi. Hopefully, they won't try to go anywhere else if they get pushed out of that city.
Thank you, Ivan. Ivan Watson for us.
A raid in Los Angeles targeting the deadly MS-13 gang reveals one of its occupations, human trafficking. The gang's connection to the crime, just ahead here. We'll tell you about it. Plus, an exclusive interview with this man. We think you know him.
Mark Zuckerberg, why the Facebook CEO says he's changing the company's mission.
[01:45:18] ALLEN: CNN's "Freedom Project" is shining a spotlight on the horrors of modern-day slavery and helping to bring an end to it. This week, it's exposing how multinational gangs and drug traffickers are involved in human trafficking. CNN was there when officers carried out a raid, targeting the MS-13 gang in Los Angeles.
Kyung Lah tells about their unexpected discovery.
KYUNG LAH, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Hours before dawn, ATF agents load onto an armored truck, leaving in a vehicle of war, heading to take down one of America's most-violent street gangs.
CNN was the only television network on this main raid, the largest in Los Angeles history, targeting the core leadership of the violent MS- 13 street gang.
(on camera): About 40 locations are all going to be hit at the same time, 4:00 a.m. local time. The target tonight, a dozen high-ranking gang members.
UNIDENTIFIED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER: Police!
LAH (voice-over): The target, a store front, a suspected hub for MS- 13. The notorious gang known for this brutal initiation of its members. Once in, gang members beat victims with bats and murder with machetes. Mexican drug cartels hire MS-13 members as their muscle.
This is what ATF agents anticipate on the other side of the door. But once inside, they find something else, men and women locked in a room, in deplorable, unsanitary conditions.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: There was a locked room where several individuals were located. We believe they may have been victims of human trafficking.
LAH: Human trafficking, part of this transnational gang connected to El Salvador. Agents say MS-13 preys on undocumented immigrants, sometimes forcing young women into prostitution.
Eric Harden is the ATF special agent in charge in Los Angeles.
ERIC HARDEN, ATF SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE, LOS ANGELES: I find all gangs here to be brutal and savage in one way or another with the human trafficking in how they victimize and dominate females. That's all violent and very brutal.
LAH: Law enforcement took the victims in, trying to figure out how they ended up here, an unexpected part of a three-year investigation. The overall raid netted dozens of suspects. ATF agents call it a success.
UNIDENTIFIED ATF AGENT: They're called the worst of the worse. So arresting those people, it does make the neighborhood safer, at least for a time.
LAH: In the ongoing battle on Los Angeles streets.
Kyung Lah, CNN, Los Angeles.
ALLEN: The U.S. State Department is getting ready to release its annual Trafficking in Persons, or TIP report, the first one under the new Trump administration. We will be there broadcasting the release live. Find out which countries the U.S. believes are improving in the fight against modern-day slavery and which are losing ground. It happens at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Washington.
And CNN NEWSROOM will be right back.
[01:52:01] ALLEN: Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has laid out a new mission for the world's most popular social media network. That mission, bringing the world closer together. It's been several years since Zuckerberg sat down for an extensive interview, but in a CNN exclusive, he tells our Laurie Segall about the future of Facebook.
LAURIE SEGALL, CNN BUSINESS & TECHNOLOGY CORRESPODNENT: Facebook is changing its mission from initially being about being open and connecting the world to being a little more specific, to building communities, making the world closer together. It's a big deal, because it's a change for Mark Zuckerberg. Any time a tech company changes their core mission statement, people pay attention. This is the first time in history that Mark Zuckerberg has decided to. It's a bit of a moment in time. He talked to me about rethinking the company and the company's role at a time where there's some really challenging questions.
I sat down with him here in Chicago. Take a listen.
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MARK ZUCKERBERG, FOUNDER & CEO, FACEBOOK: I used to think if we worked to give people a voice and help people connect, that I was going to make the world better by itself. We're still going to do that, but now I feel like we have a responsibility to do even more. Because today, a lot of society is divided. So it's pretty clear that just giving people a voice and connecting people isn't enough. We also have to do work to bring people closer together. That's what the new mission is all about. It's bringing the world closer together. So not just simply connecting but also helping to close in the gaps.
SEGALL: Let me ask you how you do that. Technology always promised to help us discover and help us learn. There's the question does it make us more insular, and is information being hijacked and spread. As you make the future of Facebook these communities, how do you make sure they remain a place for authenticity and real discourse?
ZUCKERBERG: People are connecting with something they have in common. If you want to engage on things you disagree on, society is divided on, the first thing you need to do is connect over your common humanity. It's not as simple as we both have families or we both like a TV show together. So bringing people together and creating these communities, is a lot of what we can do to help create more civil and productive debate on some of the bigger issues, as well.
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SEGALL: I had to ask him, is this politically motivated? You have to look at his track record. He writes this whole manifesto about technology and democracy in February. His New Year's resolution was to spend more time outside of Silicon Valley at dinner tables around the country. He kind of sidestepped that but he did say he believes that we were politically divided. And he said that's why he feels a responsibility to build out these organic communities online. Of course, that comes with some of the negative stuff. You have to make sure you're not spreading hate speech. You have to make sure trolling isn't rampant. These are the tough questions Facebook is looking at as it looks to the future.
[01:55:08] ALLEN: You might have seen this next video on Facebook. Passengers on an AirAsia flight survive what you can call a very bumpy ride. Not just your typical bumpy ride.
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ALLEN: That plane shook for a very long time until it landed. Apparently, an engine issue forced the plane to return back to Perth just an hour into its flight to Malaysia. One passenger told CNN he heard a loud bang and the plane began to shake and rattle violently. But the flight did land safely, back in Perth, about two hours later. The passengers broke into applause. The pilot had told them to pray. It appears to be the third incident since May.
Glad they made it home all right.
And that is this hour of CNN NEWSROOM. I'm Natalie Allen.
Much more ahead in the next hour with Rosemary Church and George Howell. Please stay with us. Thanks for watching.
[02:00:10] GEORGE HOWELL, CNN ANCHOR: It's the grand old divide. Republican Senators asking the party's leadership --