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 …

 The list of 132 Mayors in Mindanao affected by the NaPolCom order

DAVAO CITY (July 5)—The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) ordered the withdrawal of the deputation of seven (7) Governors and 132 Mayors in the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte, Sultan Kudarat, Sulu, Basilan, Tawi-Tawi and in the city of Cotabato. Napolcom Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that their …

President Duterte to communist rebels: “Stop waging war”

DIGOS CITY, Philippines—“Would you please stop waging war?” this how  President Rodrigo Duterte urged the New People’s Army (NPA) Saturday here. Expressing disgust over the cancelled 5th round of talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines/News People’s Army (CPP/NPA) in May 27 after the rebels ordered its fighters to step up attacks against the military following …