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...

Philippine Army denies existence of ‘hit list’

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Philippine Army on Saturday denied that the military has a “hit list” of 70 activists in Mindanao and leaders of progressive groups. “There is no such thing as hit list in the AFP. Everybody knows that only the New People’s Army is making a hit list,” said...

Anakbayan blasts Aquino’s response to Lumad killings

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The leader of youth activist group Anakbayan slammed President Benigno Aquino III for his response to allegations that military and paramilitary groups are killing indigenous peoples in Mindanao. Vencer Crisostomo, national chairperson of Anakbayan, said the...

Disgraced PHL police officers and brother masons

Families of the slain 44 members of the Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) were able to receive some semblance of justice from the Aquino administration, following the dismissal recently of resigned police chief Alan Purisima from the service. It...

PHL’s highest-ranking communist rebel captured: AFP

Manila, Philippines (AFP) – The top communist guerrilla leader in the Philippines has been arrested in a blow to the decades-old Maoist rebellion following the detention of his predecessors last year, officials said Tuesday. Adelberto Silva is considered the “highest...

Soldier killed in clash with rebels in Sorsogon

LEGAZPI CITY (Mabuhay) -– An Army soldier was killed and another was wounded in a clash on Saturday with New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in a remote village in the town of Gubat town in Sorsogon, a Philippine Army officer said. Captain Marjorie Panesa, public affairs chief of the...

Foreign birdwatchers nearly caught in gun battle in Mindanao

Manila, Philippines | AFP | – A group of birdwatchers from Britain, Denmark and Australia narrowly avoided getting caught in a gun battle between the Philippines military and insurgents that left their guide wounded, officials said Saturday. Three Britons, three Danes and an...

DFA chief: Norway assured PHL of its commitment to Mindanao peace

MANILA, Feb 14 (Mabuhay) – Despite the bloody clash between government troops with Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters and other armed groups in Mamasapano town in Maguindanao last January 25, Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende assured Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del...

Peace talks with communist rebels to restart soon

Manila, Philippines | AFP | – The Philippine government and communist rebels said Friday that formal negotiations to end a lengthy insurgency could restart shortly, though the rebels’ armed wing announced it was beefing up its guerilla campaign. Peace talks regarding one of the...

AFP to be on alert during CPP anniversary

MANILA, Dec 23 (Mabuhay) – The Armed Forces of the Philippines will be on alert right after Christmas as the Communist Party of the Philippines (AFP) commemorates its 46th anniversary. However, it “will not launch any kind of offensive operation” against the insurgents, said AFP...