US involvement in Mamasapano incident did not violate PHL laws – DFA

MANILA (Mabuhay) – American forces did not engage in combat or violate any Philippine law when they provided help to the PNP Special Action Force commandos during the Jan. 25 Mamasapano operations, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Thursday. In its report, the Philippine...

US played big role in botched Mamasapano raid: Senate

By Karl Malakunas Manila, Philippines |AFP|  – US forces played a “substantial” role in a botched anti-terrorism raid in the Philippines that left 44 local police commandos dead, according to a Senate report released Tuesday. The raid, known locally as Oplan Exodus, has plunged...

De Lima can’t see how Aquino is ‘ultimately responsible’ for Mamasapano

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Wednesday warned of hasty conclusions such as President Benigno Aquino III being “ultimately responsible” for the Mamasapano incident just because he knew about the mission to capture Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan and other...

Islamic militant group leader captured in PHL: AFP

Manila, Philippines |AFP| – Philippine security forces have arrested the head of a small Islamic militant group who was involved in protecting one of the United States’ “most wanted terrorists”, the military said Monday. Mohammad Ali Tambako was detained along with five...

BOI report shows Aquino ‘principally liable’

MANILA (Mabuhay) – How can Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II clear President Benigno Aquino III of the botched Mamasapano operation when the Board of Inquiry report shows he was responsible? That was one of the questions raised by militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan...

AFP extends all-out offensive vs. BIFF for another 3 days

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Wednesday extended for another three more days its all-out offensive against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, the splinter group of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. AFP spokesperson Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc said...

Napeñas’ camp: Why isn’t Aquino taking responsibility for Mamasapano ops?

MANILA, Mar 10 (Mabuhay) — A day after President Benigno Aquino III blamed former Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) director Director Getulio Napeñas Jr. for the Mamasapano clash that killed 44 commandos, the beleaguered police officer on Tuesday...

Displaced Maguindanao residents deal with various illnesses

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Some evacuees caught in the middle of the military’s all-out offensive against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Maguindanao are suffering from various diseases such as diarrhea, fever, and coughs and colds, a television report said Thursday. The...

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...