Bus carrying frontliners set to fire, 3 passengers perished

DAVAO CITY — A bus carrying frontliners was set to fire along the national highway in Barangay Bialong, Mlang , North Cotabato at about 4:40 Thursday afternoon, June 3, Three passengers were charred beyond recognition. Bernardo Tayong, Mlang’s disaster risk reduction and management officer, said they are still identifying the victims. In an interview Tayong …

Major General Almerol is new Eastmincom commnader

DAVAO CITY — Major Gen. Greg T. Almerol will formally sit as the new commander of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) on Monday, March 8. Almerol succeeds the post of newly installed Philippine Army Chief Lt. General Jose Faustino. Almerol who served as the Commander of the 2nd Infantry Division …

Call Mindanao natives as ethnic group not “Lumad”-NCIP

DAVAO CITY —- Calling Indigenous Peoples of Mindanao ‘Lumad’ is a misnomer, said the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, a thing the agency wants to correct. The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) issued a resolution denouncing the use of the term “lumad” when referring to Indigenous Cultural Communities (ICC) and different Indigenous Peoples (IPs) …

20 fully-armed terrorists, their families scamper while AFP pursues operation

ILIGAN CITY —–  About 20 armed terrorists and their families now scamper for safety as the military pursues operation against them in Lanao del Sur. Brigadier General Jose Maria Cuerpo, commander of the Army’s 103rd Infantry Brigade in Marawi City, said these armed group, identified as the new group of Dawlah Islamiya Lanao are on the …

Former speaker Alvarez explains his abstention in leadership voting

DAVAO CITY — Former House Speaker and Davao del Norte First District Congressman Pantaleon Alvarez voted for  abstention during the selection of the next leader of the House Representatives last week saying he is not infavor of term-sharing.  In an interview with Abs-Cbn’s TeleRadyo, Alvarez said he did not support any camp whether the side …

Suspected female Indonesian terrorist, 2 others nabbed in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Government security forces on Saturday arrested an Indonesian woman believed to be a suicide bomber, and two others in a law enforcement operation in Jolo, Sulu, the military said. Brig. Gen. William Gonzales, commander of the Joint Task Force (JTF) Sulu, said Indonesian national Rezky Fantasya Rullie alias Cici; Inda Nurhaina, wife of Abu …

Groundbreaking for Davao-Samal bridge set in January 2021

Davao City — Despite hitches, Island garden City of Samal Mayor Al David Uy revealed, the  groundbreaking for the Davao-Samal bridge will take place in January 2021. Uy said the September 24, 2020  meeting with Department of Public Works and Highways Undersecretary Emil Sadain and Davao del Norte  Governor Edwin I. Jubahib has threshed out some issues and …

Gov’t forces rescue kidnapped Fil-Am in Zambo Norte

ZAMBOANGA CITY — Joint government forces successfully rescued the 64-year-old Filipino-American on Wednesday at around 10:30 in the morning after a gun battle with armed men believed to be members of the Abu Sayyaf Group in the hinterlands of Barangay Pisa Itom, Sirawai town, Zamboanga del Norte. During the firefight, the armed men left Triplitt which …

PNP-SAF arrests local terrorist in Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA CITY — A member of a local terrorist group was arrested by operatives from the 82nd action company of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force here on Sunday, September 27, in Barangay Recodo. Authorities identified the suspect as Hajili Banah, a.k.a. Hashim Saripada was arrested by virtue of the two warrants of arrest docketed …