Phl Navy Welcomes Royal Australian Navy in Zamboanga

Zamboanga City, Philippines — The Philippine Navy welcomes the visit of the Royal Australian Navy Vessels – Her Majesty Australian Ship (HMAS) Larrakia and Her Majesty Australian Ship (HMAS) Maitland and delegates on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at Zamboanga City Port. The Commander of the Western Mindanao Command, Naval Forces Western Mindanao, Rear Adm. Rene …

Duterte provides P500-M for rehab and treatment of wounded soldiers

MANILA, Philippines —  President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday said he had ordered the release of PHP500 million for the treatment and rehabilitation of soldiers injured or disabled in the war to liberate Marawi City. The President made the announcement at the Bonifacio Naval Station Officers’ Clubhouse Social Hall, at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City during the …

Church group bucks local peace talks with Reds

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines —  A church-based peace advocacy group has expressed opposition to the localized peace talk initiative now being pushed by the government. While they support the continuation of peace talks between the goverment and the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP) said the talks must …

2 ‘narco-generals’ sacked

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has dismissed two high ranking police officials he earlier accused of being involved in the illegal drug trade. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella named the two officials as former National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director, Chief Supt. Joel Pagdilao; and former Quezon City Police District (QCPD) head, Chief Supt. Edgardo …

Zambo police killed army soldier on his way home from Marawi

LAMITAN City, Basilan — Two police personnel of Zamboanga del Norte killed an army soldier who was on his way home from Marawi City battlegound. The death of Army  Private First Class  Rodillo Bartolome y Torres, 33 yrs old, married, a resident of Brgy. Kanipay, Midsalip Zamboanga del Sur, a member of the Philippine Army …

Five armed men, two navy officers killed in Sulu encounter

Zamboanga City, Philippines — Five armed men were killed  while the government forces suffered two casualties in a four-hour fight between the Naval Forces Western Mindanao early morning Thursday, August 10  at vicinity of Sitio Langhub, Brgy Pang, Kalingalan Caluang, Sulu. The firefight resulted to the death of two navy officers namely;  SSgt Pedro H …

Abu Sayyaf bandits execute 7 in Basilan

BASILAN CITY, Philippines—Suspected members of Abu Sayyaf bandits killed seven people they abducted 11 days ago in Basilan. The victims were identified as the following: Nestor Divinagracia, 50; and, his son, Ily, 25; Berto Lacastesantos, 48; Hernando Sally, 53; Renato Casiple, Jr., 36; Rene Sanson, 28; and, Mamerto Falcasantos, 55. Five of the seven  decapitated …

Beheading of Vietnamese sailors a propaganda ploy — AFP

MANILA, July 5 — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday said the beheading of two Vietnamese hostages by the Abu Sayyaf is a propaganda ploy by the terrorist group to project strength amid heightened military operations that “tremendously degraded their capacity.” “This (beheading) is a show of force although they are not …