Military arrests leader of new armed group

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Philippine security forces have arrested the leader of a small but violent Muslim rebel faction, an army spokesman said on Monday. The government of the largely Christian country has been battling Muslim rebels for decades and while a peace process with the...

US Marine offered plea deal

PHL court gives L/Cpl Pemberton chance to avoid murder trial that could net him 40 years in jail Olongapo , Philippines |AFP| – A Philippine court on Tuesday offered a plea bargain to a US marine accused of murdering a transgender Filipina, according to lawyers, in a case that...

AFP hunts ‘coddled’ most-wanted bombmaker

Manila, Philippines | AFP |  – The Philippine military is trying to capture a bombmaker it believes is being “coddled” by Filipino militants who have pledged loyalty to Islamic State, authorities said Sunday. The capture of Abdel Basit Usman is one of the objectives of a major...

Thousands flee as AFP hunts Muslim rebels

Manila, Philippines |  | Wednesday 3/4/2015 – About 45,000 people have fled their homes in the impoverished southern Philippines as the military hunts Islamic militants, including a top terror suspect wanted by the United States, authorities said Wednesday. Soldiers have...

Franch president heads to PHL for climate push

Manila, Philippines | AFP |  – French President Francois Hollande will on Thursday arrive in the Philippines with actresses Marion Cotillard and Melanie Laurent to promote the fight against climate change. The two-day trip to the Philippines, the first by a French head of state,...

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...

DNA shows ‘Marwan’ likely killed in Mamasapano raid: FBI

By Joel Guinto Manila, Philippines | AFP |  – The FBI has said that DNA analysis indicates one of the world’s most wanted terrorists, Bali bomber Zulkifli bin Hir, was likely killed in a Philippine police raid last month that also claimed the lives of 44 commandos. The hunt for...

Recriminations as PHL probes slaughter of SAF members

Manila, Philippines | AFP | – The Philippine military and police defended their actions Wednesday as an angry nation demanded answers following the slaughter of 44 police commandos in a chaotic anti-terror operation. The policemen were attacked by at least two Muslim rebel...

Aquino gets silent treatment from SAF troops with low morale

MANILA, Feb 4 (Mabuhay) — After meeting with families of slain police commandos last Friday, President Benigno Aquino spoke to members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) and even asked them to air their grievances following the bloody encounter...

Roxas says he wasn’t told in advance of raid

Manila, Philippines | AFP |  – The Philippine interior secretary said Sunday he did not know in advance of plans for an anti-terror raid that triggered a bloodbath in which 44 police commandos were killed. Manuel Roxas, who is in charge of the national police, said he had...