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AFP urged to probe intel failure in Marawi attacks

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 »

AFP: Slain suspect could have helped gather info about Abu Sayyaf


THE shooting by police of an Abu Sayyaf member who tried to escape was unfortunate because he could have been helpful in information gathering on the bandit group, the military said on Friday. Col. Medel Aguilar, Armed Forces of the Philippines Central Command (Centcom) spokesperson, said officials would have wanted to know more about the […]

Posted: May 5th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

Bato cancels trip to Tagbilaran upon Digong’s order

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PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) director Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa canceled his trip to Tagbilaran City, Bohol, at the last minute to be one of the judges of the Mutya ng Tagbilaran beauty pageant scheduled tonight. Dela Rosa sent word through Sr. Supt. Felipe Natividad, chief of the Bohol Provincial Police Office, that he will no […]

Posted: April 27th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

Three remaining members of Abu Sayyaf still in Bohol


One of the three remaining members of the Abu Sayyaf in Bohol was reportedly spotted in a village in Tubigon town which is adjacent to Clarin where the April 22 gunfight between government troops and the bandits ensued. A farmer, in a DYLA report, told the police that a suspicious-looking man requested for food and […]

Posted: April 27th, 2017 in Breaking | Read More »

AFP: Bohol Abu Sayyaf bandits ‘fighting for survival’

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The number of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members still being hunted in Bohol may just be down to two, fighting for their survival and no longer posing any threat, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Tuesday. AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said state forces have tracked the location of the two bandits […]

Posted: April 25th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

In which terrain can gov’t forces win?


I am now beginning to understand why it is really very hard for the government forces to fight the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Basilan and Jolo as can be gleaned from their failure to neutralize the small terrorist group in Bohol, a terrain which the ASG is not even familiar with. Lest I be […]

Posted: April 20th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Security troops sent to Bohol for ASEAN Summit meetings


Over 3,200 security forces from different government agencies mostly from Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) were sent to Bohol on Wednesday morning for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit meetings. The ASEAN Meetings in Bohol starts April 19 to April 22, 2017 in Panglao Island, Bohol. Despite […]

Posted: April 19th, 2017 in Breaking | Read More »

Hunt for 7 armed men continues

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CEBU CITY–Government troops continue to go after seven alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf Group and their local guide who were involved in the gunfight in Sitio Ilaya, Barangay Napo, Inabanga town, Bohol province last week. The Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police recently released the list of armed men who […]

Posted: April 17th, 2017 in Breaking | Read More »


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Inabanga, Bohol — A top military official yesterday declared that Bohol “is now the safest place on earth” after a successful government siege here that led to the death of six Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members, including the man believed to be a key leader of the Islamic militant group. Top officials of the Armed […]

Posted: April 12th, 2017 in Featured Stories,Headlines | Read More »

Asean meeting in Bohol to proceed as scheduled

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit meetings in the resort town of Panglao in Bohol next week will not be cancelled despite the bloody clash between government troopers and the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Inabanga town. “Business as usual. There are no cancellations. Kayang-kaya natin yan. (We can secure the delegates),” said […]

Posted: April 12th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »