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,...

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...

Pope to meet Muslim, Buddhist leaders in PHL visit

Manila, Philippines  – Pope Francis will meet with leaders of various religions when he visits the Philippines next month, pushing a message of tolerance in order to combat global religious conflicts, a church official said Monday. The pontiff will hold a 10 to 15-minute dialogue...

House body OKs bill on protecting children in areas of armed conflict

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The House Committee on the Welfare of Children has reported out for floor deliberation a measure protecting the Filipino children in any part of the country where there are armed conflicts between the government forces and rebel groups. Rep. Aurora Cerilles...

MNLF asked to allow humanitarian aid to come in

MANILA, Sept 10 (Mabuhay) — Senator Nancy Binay asked the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) to allow humanitarian aid groups to enter controlled villages in Zamboanga City without fear of being killed. She noted stores, pharmacies and commercial establishments have...