PHL, MILF rebels to sign peace treaty on March 27

MANILA (AFP) – The Philippines and Muslim rebels are to sign a treaty on March 27 to end one of Asia’s longest and deadliest rebellions, a senior aide to President Benigno Aquino said Friday. The terms of the deal, completed in January after drawn-out talks, would see the Moro...

Five dead in blast outside Philippine school

ZAMBOANGA, March 10, 2011 (AFP) – A powerful blast believed to be from an improvised bomb killed five people outside a primary school in the southern Philippine island of Jolo on Thursday, the military said. Those killed were rickshaw drivers waiting for commuters, but the...

Indonesia, Philippines boost joint anti-terror fight

JAKARTA, March 8, 2011 (AFP) – Indonesia and the Philippines on Tuesday pledged to boost cooperation in the fight against terror during the first visit to Jakarta by Philippine President Benigno Aquino. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the two countries...

Philippines detains Islamist militant blamed for kidnaps

ZAMBOANGA, December 21, 2010 (AFP) – Philippine security forces said Tuesday they had detained a suspected Islamist militant accused of taking part in kidnappings in the country’s troubled south. Abu Isaac, an alleged member of the Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group,...

WikiLeaks: US suspected Saudi ambassador to the Philippines of terror link

MANILA, December 7, 2010 (AFP) – The United States suspected a Saudi Arabian ambassador to the Philippines of potential involvement in funding terrorists, according to US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks this week. A security aide of then-US president George W. Bush...