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IBP to sue over ML ‘abuses’

THE Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) yesterday vowed to press charges should illegal searches and seizures sans valid court warrants continue in war-torn Mindanao. The group issued the statement as it noted and documented the alleged abuses being committed…

3 Southeast Asian neighbors talk terrorism

SAYING the terrorists nowadays have become more sophisticated and innovative, officials of the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia have agreed to adopt comprehensive, flexible, more cohesive, and coordinated moves to combat terrorism and criminal activities. Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Malaysian…

Wounded soldiers tell tales of horror

INSIDE the “Heroes’ Ward” at a hospital in the Philippine capital, wounded soldiers read the Bible and recount horror stories of an unprecedented urban war against fighters linked to the Islamic State group. A month of combat in the southern…

Sneak attack

AROUND 300 heavily-armed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) gunmen early yesterday morning attacked two separate security detachments in Pigcawayan, North Cotabato, police said. A Police Regional Office 12 report said that the BIFF members led by Commander Abunawas Damiog alias…

Marawi City will be beautiful again – DU30

“GAGANDA ulit ang Marawi,” President Rodrigo Duerte said even as he pushed for the hastening of the peace talks with the Muslim bandit groups to prevent civil war in Mindanao. “Tutulungan ko kayo. Huwag kayong mag-alala. Tutulungan ko kayo hanggang…

PH, Indon leaders to talk about region’s security

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte was set to talk over the phone to Indonesian President Joko Widodo yesterday to thresh out the reported presence of Indonesian Islamic fighters in Mindanao. “He will ask questions and I have so many questions for him.…

9 wounded soldiers fly to Manila with Duterte

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte showed his soft spot for soldiers as he took nine wounded soldiers with him aboard the presidential plane on the way to Manila after his visit to troops at Camp Evangelista in Cagayan de Oro City Tuesday…

Dialog with cargo handlers pressed

Dialog with cargo handlers pressedUSTOMS chief Nicanor Faeldon said he will continue to conduct consultations with various stakeholders before implementing a widely-criticized draft order that seeks to establish temporary storages for overstaying and abandoned cargoes at Port of Manila and…

Homicide raps in Espinosa slay deplored

A NUMBER of senators condemned the recent decision of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II to downgrade the murder charges against the principal suspects in the killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr., paving the release from jail of ranking…

Marawi death toll now 349

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) yesterday reported that the death toll from the continuous firefight between government forces and ISIS-inspired Maute Group has climbed to 349 including 258 terrorists, 65 government forces and 65 civilians. AFP spokesman Brig.…

Only the truth will set you free, ‘Ilocos 6’ told

DESPITE the personal appeal of former First Lady and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos to release the six provincial employees now under detention at the House of Representatives, the lower chamber’s committee on good government refused to set them free…

Terror attacks threat puts major airports on alert

THE Philippine National Police-Aviation Security Group (Avsegroup) yesterday placed all airports on red alert following reports that members of the extremist Maute Group and Bangsa Moro Islamic Freedom Fighters will stage terror attacks on vital installations and urban centers across…

Maute bomb expert charged

A BOMB expert of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)- inspired Maute Group who was arrested recently was charged with rebellion before the Cagayan de Oro City Prosecutor’s Office, Supt. Lemuel Gonda, spokesman of the Northern Mindanao Regional…

Terrorists make DU30 see need for US aid

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte “has accepted” the need of government troops for US assistance in flushing out terrorists from Marawi City. “He (Duterte) has accepted the situation at this stage,” Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella told Palace reporters yesterday when asked if…
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