Aquino: We won’t allow armed groups hinder Mindanao growth

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Recent activities by armed groups in Mindanao will not stop the government from pushing through with its development plans in the region, President Benigno Aquino III said Monday. In a speech, Aquino said his administration will continue undertaking projects in...

PHL military alarmed at militants’ ransom showcase

MANILA, November 5, 2014 (AFP) – The Philippine military on Wednesday expressed alarm that Islamic rebels may go on an arms spending spree after they posted a video online showing what they claimed to be a multi-million-dollar ransom windfall. The Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf...

Aquino: Expect ‘significant accomplishments’ in campaign vs. Abu Sayyaf

MANILA (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino on Wednesday said the public can expect “significant accomplishments” in the government’s campaign against the Abu Sayyaf bandit group in the coming weeks. During a forum organized by the Foreign Correspondents Association of the...

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...

Pinoy peacekeepers in stand-off with Syrian rebels

43 UN peacekeepers seized by armed men with links to Al-Qaeda in Syrian Golan Heights: UN UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – Syrian armed groups, some of whom are linked to Al-Qaeda, captured 43 UN peacekeepers on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights on Thursday and surrounded 81 others, the...

Islamic militants kill 21 Muslims marking Eid: AFP

MANILA (AFP) – Islamic militants on Monday massacred 21 people, including one child, who were travelling to a village feast in the southern Philippines to mark the end of Ramadan, the military said. About 50 Abu Sayyaf gunmen opened fire on two vehicles in the remote town of...

17 killed in clash with Muslim extremists: AFP

ZAMBOANGA (AFP) – Ten Muslim extremists and seven soldiers were killed on Thursday in one of the bloodiest clashes in the southern Philippines in recent months, the military said. Soldiers were approaching a known hotbed of the militant Abu Sayyaf group on the strife-torn island...

Filipino militant on US ‘most wanted’ arrested: police

By Mynardo MACARAIG MANILA (AFP) – A Philippine Islamic militant on the US government’s “most wanted” list was arrested in a Manila slum on Wednesday, authorities said, seven years after he spectacularly broke out of jail. Khair Mundos, who had a $500,000 US government reward on...

PHL nabs rebel linked to US soldiers’ bombing death

MANILA (AFP) – Philippine security forces have arrested a Muslim rebel linked to a 2009 roadside bombing that killed two US soldiers on the volatile southern island of Jolo, a police official said Monday. Mihaji Hamjuda, also known as Mahang, was arrested in a joint operation by...

PHL, MILF rebels seal historic peace deal

By Karl Malakunas MANILA, March 27, 2014 (AFP) – The biggest Muslim rebel group in the Philippines signed an historic pact Thursday to end one of Asia’s longest and deadliest conflicts, promising to give up their arms for an autonomous homeland. Following four decades of fighting...