PNoy hits Yolanda critics: Try feeding 1.47-M families

MANILA, Nov 7 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno Aquino III on Friday lashed out at his critics anew as he visited Eastern Samar to commemorate the first year after ‘Yolanda,” the strongest and deadliest typhoon to hit land. In his speech, Aquino slammed those who...

17 killed in clash with Muslim extremists: AFP

ZAMBOANGA (AFP) – Ten Muslim extremists and seven soldiers were killed on Thursday in one of the bloodiest clashes in the southern Philippines in recent months, the military said. Soldiers were approaching a known hotbed of the militant Abu Sayyaf group on the strife-torn island...

Death toll in assault on militants rises to 26

ZAMBOANGA (AFP) – The Philippines’ military said Thursday the death toll from an assault against Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic militants had risen to 26, with one marine among the dead as troops cleared the combat area. The latest fatalities on the southern island of Jolo bring to 33...

Five injured in attack on Philippine church

ZAMBOANGA (AFP) – Five people were injured Sunday when motorcycle-riding men hurled a grenade into a church in the troubled southern Philippines in a city known for Muslim rebel activity, officials said. One of two men on the motorcycle threw the grenade into the Roman Catholic...

PHL military to expand counter-terrorism unit

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Armed Forces of the Philippines is to triple the size of a special forces military unit that operates against armed groups responsible for deadly bombings and kidnappings of Westerners, officials said Tuesday. The Light Reaction Battalion is to be built up...

American abducted in Zamboanga in July freed

MANILA – An American national abducted in Zamboanga City last July 12 has been released but her 14-year-old son remains in captivity. Zamboanga City Mayor Celso Lobregat said Gerfa Lunsmann was freed but her abductors are still holding her son. There was no confirmation on...

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,...