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, Philippines—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 deputation …

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 …

Remaining Maute terrorists now on the verge of defeat — AFP

MANILA, Philippines — The remaining Maute Group terrorists, holed up in Marawi City, are now on the end on their rope and are on the verge of being defeated by containing military units. Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla who noted that the surviving lawless elements are now fragmented and …

AFP pays tribute to soldiers killed, wounded in Marawi City fighting

MANILA, Philippines–The Armed Forces of the Philippine (AFP) on Monday paid tribute to the 15 soldiers killed and 61 others wounded in the ongoing clearing operations against remaining Maute Group terrorists still hiding in Marawi City, Lanao Del Sur. AFP public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo said “The AFP pays tribute to the 15 …

Navy deploys BRP Tarlac to transport supplies in Marawi City

MANILA, Philippines— Full speed ahead. This was the apparent message of the Philippine Navy (PN) as it dispatched Monday the BRP Tarlac (LD-601), its first strategic sealift vessel, to transport military vehicles and other supplies which is essential to dislodging the Maute Group terrorists in Marawi City, Lanao Del Sur. PN spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna …

“Oplan Bolabog” by Davao City Police nets 250 individuals

DAVAO CITY, Philippine– About 250 individuals were invited by various police precincts here for failure to show proof of residency in their villages. Tuesday dawn, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio reminded all Davao residents to always bring their identification cards. The Oplan “Bulabog” (operation Sudden Flight) is a surprise community visits by law enforcement authorities to check …

Davao City sets security guidelines as the President orders Martial Law in MIndanao

DAVAO CITY, Philippines–City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio issued local guidelines in the light of the Martial Declaration by President Rodrigo Duterte. Despite the martial Law declaration, Duterte-Carpio emphasized the government is doing it’s best to secure the people as she asked people’s cooperation in the wake of this development. But Duterte-Carpio emphasized the local guidelines set …