AFP: Good to see Samal hostages in good health but no talks with criminals

MANILA, Oct 14 (Mabuhay) – The Armed Forces on Wednesday reiterated the government’s position against negotiating with lawless groups after hostages taken from Samal Island appealed for a stop to the military operations against the armed men holding them. Col. Restituto Padilla,...

Probers not yet convinced Abu Sayyaf carried out Samal kidnapping: AFP spokesman

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Investigators from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police are not yet convinced that the Abu Sayyaf Group kidnapped the three foreigners and a Filipino on Samal Island last week, a military spokesman said Tuesday. “The...

Basilan court declares Abu Sayyaf a terrorist group

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) is now officially recognized as a terrorist group under the Human Security Act of 2007. This was after Judge Danilo Bucoy of the Regional Trial Court Branch 9 in Isabela City, Basilan granted a request from the Department of...

5 Malaysian terrorists in Basilan

Foreigners suspected to be ISIS members MANILA, June 12 (Mabuhay) – At least five Malaysian terrorists who are reportedly in Basilan are suspected to be members of the extremist jihadists Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Security analyst Professor Rommel Banlaoi said he...

Abu Sayyaf behind twin blasts in Sulu – police

ZAMBOANGA (Mabuhay) – The Sulu provincial police office believes the twin explosion near their headquarters on Friday evening was a retaliatory attack from the Abu Sayyaf Group. Sr. Supt. Abraham Orbita, provincial director of Sulu police, noted that before the explosions, they...

Usman killed in firefight with MILF — AFP

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Known bomb-maker Abdul Basit Usman’s resistance against members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that were going to capture him when he entered their area started the firefight that led to his death, the Armed Forces of the Philippines...

3 gov’t troopers killed in Abu Sayyaf landmine attack

Manila, Philippines |  | Wednesday 3/4/2015 – Islamic extremists in the southern Philippines ambushed a military convoy Wednesday by planting a landmine that killed three soldiers, the latest outbreak of violence as the government cracks down on the militants. The military convoy...

Give peace a chance: Negotiators

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | AFP | – Philippine government and Muslim rebel negotiators issued a joint plea Saturday for the country to stick to a historic peace accord that is now in peril after a deadly clash spurred calls for retribution against the guerrillas. Both sides...

Aquino orders relentless offensive vs. Abu Sayyaf

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III wants a relentless hunt against the Abu Sayyaf Group members after the bandits released two German captives last week. In an interview in Leyte, Aquino described the ASG as a problem that already affected the country’s relationship...

German hostage in Mindanao appeals for help from PHL gov’t

MANILA (Mabuhay) – One of the two German hostages of the Abu Sayyaf Group in Mindanao has appealed for help from the Philippine government for their release, saying they may be beheaded soon should Manila refuse to give in to the bandits’ demands. Stefan Victor Okonek, 71,...
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