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Calida: Hapilon is ISIS leader in PH

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Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon, the target of a military operation that developed into a full-scale battle in Marawi City, is the designated leader of the Islamic State or ISIS in the Philippines, a Philippine government official confirmed Friday. Solicitor General Jose Calida, in a press conference in Davao City, admitted that the rebels have […]

Posted: May 26th, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

AFP launches air strikes in Marawi City

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines has launched “precise” air strikes in three barangays (villages) in Marawi City as fighting with the remaining members of the IS-linked Maute Group went on the third day. “’Yung ginagawa natin, napaka-precise. Gumagamit tayo ng surgical air strikes (What we used is very precise. We used surgical air strikes),” […]

Posted: May 25th, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

Maute group holds priest, 4 others hostages — ARMM exec

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The Islamic State–linked Maute group has taken hostages a Catholic priest and four other civilians in Marawi City, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Regional Vice Gov. Haroun Alrashid Lucman said on Wednesday. Lucman confirmed this information to INQUIRER.net in a phone interview. He said his office was able to validate reports that the Maute […]

Posted: May 24th, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

AFP urged to probe intel failure in Marawi attacks

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MANILA — Two senators said on Wednesday that the country’s security forces most likely suffered a failure of intelligence for something as big as the Marawi City attacks by the Abu Sayyaf and the Maute Group to happen. Senators Panfilo Lacson and Juan Miguel Zubiri urged the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National […]

Posted: May 24th, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

DILG maps out follow-up clearing ops in Marawi

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Interior and Local Government Officer-in-charge Catalino Cuy on Wednesday assured the residents of Marawi City that the government security forces are on top of the situation and are doing their best to ensure the people’s safety amid the terror attack in the city. In a statement, Cuy said clearing operations are now being conducted by […]

Posted: May 24th, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

Police, soldiers ‘clash’ with ‘kidnappers’

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ILOILO CITY — Gunfire and explosions erupted along the white beach and waters of Boracay Island on Saturday as security personnel “clashed” with “kidnappers.” But the tourists were not scared but were instead drawn to the armed men along the beach near Boat Station 1, at the northern end of the island. Security personnel were […]

Posted: May 22nd, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

Duterte urged: Do not compromise with Mighty

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TAX EVASION PROBE MANILA — A group of pro-Duterte anti-crime advocates called on the government, on Sunday, not to entertain any compromise deal with homegrown cigarette maker Mighty Corp., whose top executives were facing investigation for the alleged nonpayment of P36.5 billion in excise taxes. The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) also urged the […]

Posted: May 21st, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

LPA increases chances of rains in N. Luzon

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A LOW pressure area (LPA) was spotted near Batanes on Sunday, enhancing the chances of rain in parts of Northern Luzon. The LPA was last spotted 300 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes, and was enhancing the frontal system affecting Northern Luzon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said. Pagasa weather forecaster Gener […]

Posted: May 21st, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

De Lima to Pimentel: Let me vote on crucial bills

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MANILA — Detained Sen. Leila de Lima is asking Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III to back her bid to seek occasional furloughs so that she could cast her vote in crucial landmark legislation. In a letter to Pimentel dated May 11, De Lima asked for a “modicum of support from your office as Senate President […]

Posted: May 21st, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

Iloilo traffic enforcers to use speed guns to catch speedsters

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ILOILO CITY — Speed guns will soon be used in this traditionally laid-back city to help curb an increasing number of road accidents blamed on speeding. Starting June 1, traffic enforcers with speed guns will be deployed along key streets in the city to implement a speed limit ordinance passed in 2015. Lawyer Hernando Galvez, […]

Posted: May 21st, 2017 in Nation | Read More »