Aquino: BBL will prevent extremism in PHL

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III said that the passing of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will likely prevent the growth of extremism in the country, a threat that has become imminent following the increase in local bandit groups pledging support for ISIS. In a...

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...

AFP aids Muslim group despite bloody clash

Manila, Philippines | AFP |  – Philippine soldiers rescued members of a Muslim armed group from rival extremists despite frayed ties over the killing of 44 policemen last month, a military report said Sunday. Members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which is engaged...

3 Pinoys missing, new death toll after Libya raid

Tripoli, Libya | AFP | – Three Filipinos are missing after gunmen attacked an oil field in Libya and killed 11 workers earlier this week, the parallel administration that controls the capital said Thursday, revising a previous toll. Mashallah al-Zwei, oil minister in the...

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...

JI leader Marwan believed dead in Mamasapano clash

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said the military is now confirming reports that Jemaah Islamiyah leader Zulkifli bin Hir also known as Commander Marwan was killed in a day-long firefight between the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Moro Islamic...

ARMM gov: Zambo bus terminal blast meant to kill innocent people

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Governor Mujiv Hataman on Friday said the explosion across a bus terminal, which killed one person and hurt 48 others, was a “heinous act” intended to kill innocent civilians. In a press statement, Hataman condemned the...

Muslims in Marawi march against Charlie Hebdo

Manila, Philippines | AFP | – Around 1,500 people protested in one of the Philippines’ main Muslim-majority cities on Wednesday against the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo’s caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, police said. Local politicians, teenaged students and women...

Security ‘nightmare’ for Papal visit in PH

MANILA, Jan 14 (Mabuhay) — Philippine troops are facing a security “nightmare” during Pope Francis’s visit starting Thursday, with potential stampedes, Islamic militants and lone-wolf assailants all concerns. Nearly 40,000 soldiers and police are being...

Potential terrorist threats in Mindanao cited in US worldwide caution

MANILA, Jan 10 (Mabuhay) – The United States on Saturday cautioned its nationals in the Philippines against travel to parts of Mindanao due to the threat from the Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah. In a worldwide alert, the US noted the JI and Abu Sayyaf have cells in Southeast...