Sulu town mayor’s daughter, ex-wife, abducted

ZAMBOANGA CITY (June 21) –Gunmen believed to be Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members on Wednesday seized two people, including an ex-wife and daughter of a former mayor, in the province of Sulu, a military official said. Talipao Mayor Nazer Tulawie confirmed the abduction of his stepmother Addang Tulawie, 60, and his half sister Edelyn. Edelyn …

Gunmen kill Army intel officer in Basilan ambush

ZAMBOANGA CITY– Police and military authorities are investigating the killing of an Army intelligence personnel in an ambush in Tipo-Tipo, Basilan province on Monday. Basilan Police Director Senior Supt. Rufino Inot said Tuesday he has ordered the case investigator to work closely with the military and all individuals to identify the killers of Sgt. Moh …

Duterte visits wounded soldiers in Davao

Davao City (May 25) — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte visited seven wounded-in-action soldiers at the Metro Davao Medical Research Center (MDMRC) here on Thursday to boost and uplift their morale. Right after inaugurating the Davao River Bridge, Duterte proceeded to the hospital to personally talk to his wounded soldiers. Duterte who cares   for his troopers,  …

World’s Miniature Mosques on Display in ARMM Trade Fair

COTABATO CITY (May 12) – Around 24 miniature mosques are on display here as the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) officially launched on Friday an exhibit of ‘Mosques Around the World. Sitti Djalia Turabin Hataman, Anak Mindanao (AMIN) foundation executive director, said the exhibit is a competition participated in by the region’s various offices …

Gov’t puts up P700M state of the art Media Hub in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —  Mindanao will soon have a state-of-the art, government-owned media hub as Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go and PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar led the groundbreaking ceremony of the P700 million Mindanao Media Hub along Carlos P. Garcia Highway in Davao City. In an interview, Andanar said the facility will …

Basilan PNP arrests 3 Chinese nationals suspected to be drug couriers

BASILAN. Philippines- Three (3) Chinese (Hongkong) nationals were arrested as alleged courier in Barangay Dansalan, Hadji Mutamad, Municipality in Basilan Wednesday night, May 2, 2018. Provincial Director Police Senior Superintendent Rufino Inot  identified the Chinese nationals as  Tsz Kin Tsui 40, Po Wong, 33, and Chun Wai, 32. Police authorities  flagged down the suspects  while …

Mary’s Cathedral in Marawi City up for demolition

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —  The 84-year-old  St. Mary’s Cathedral in Marawi City,    will be among the structures up for demolition should the government start to rehabilitate the war-torn city. The Catholic Bishop Conference  of the Philippines (CBCP),   website reported that  Bishop Edwin dela Peña of Marawi, has given his consent for the demolition of …

Army, cops uproot marijuana plants in Sultan Kudarat town

Sultan Kudarat, Philippines  — Government troops uprooted Friday more than 3,300 marijuana plants in a remote and mountainous village of Columbio, Sultan Kudarat. police said Saturday. Senior Insp. Jethro Dave Doligas, the Columbio Police chief, led government troops – who included soldiers from the Army’s 27th and 39th Infantry Battalions – in raiding the marijuana …

5 BIFF men arrested in Maguindanao

Sultan Kudarat, Philippines  — Government forces raided a marshland village in Maguindanao at dawn Friday, arresting five members of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and seizing three firearms from them. Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, the Army’s 33rd Infantry Battalion (IB) commander, said joint military and police elements, backed by armored personnel carriers, carried …