Canada warns vs travel to ARMM, Davao after kidnappings

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Canada is calling on its citizens in the Philippines to “exercise a high degree of caution” following the abduction of three foreigners, including two Canadian tourists, on Samal Island in Davao del Norte. In an advisory, Canada advised...

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 beheads CAFGU member in Basilan attack

MANILA, June 6 (Mabuhay) – A member of the Citizens Armed Forces Geographic Unit was beheaded while another was wounded in an attack by the Abu Sayyaf in Basilan on Saturday. Police said the attack occurred at 5:40 a.m. in Barangay Mabolo in Maluso town. Initial police reports...

SWS: After Mamasapano incident, approval rating for Bangsamoro deal and BBL dips

MANILA, May 15 (Mabuhay) – After the Mamasapano, Maguindanao clash that killed 44 Special Action Force personnel last Jan. 25, only about one of five Filipinos approve of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro political entity and the Bangsamoro Basic Law. These were among of...

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...

John Estrada on opportunity and loyalty

Before becoming one of today’s prized actors, John Estrada was a teenager in Basilan who never stopped dreaming of appearing on TV one day. His grandmother initially thought his ambition was pie in the sky until producer Douglas Quijano discovered him to play a part in the iconic...

Aquino cites peace and dev’t reforms in ARMM at LGU Summit

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – President Benigno S. Aquino III cited peace and development reforms in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) during the 2nd Local Government Summit in Davao City on Wednesday. In his speech, the President mentioned that the ARMM is among the places...

New commanding officers in key military commands well qualified – AFP chief

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Armed Forces of the Philippines chief-of-staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista said on Monday the three ranking officials who will take over the key commands of the AFP are well qualified for the job. He was referring, among others, to incumbent Western Command chief...

PFDA bares P183-M fish port projects for ARMM

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — The Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) Friday bared the construction of more than P183-million worth of fish port projects in seven municipalities of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) that is part of a comprehensive peace and...

DA to ensure rice, food supply in Tawi-Tawi, Sulu

The Department of Agriculture will provide an additional supply of rice and basic food items for Tawi-Tawi, Sulu, and Basilan to satisfy the increased demand due to the influx of returning Filipinos and refugees from Sabah. Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala has instructed...