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Duterte cancels visit to wake of cop slain in Bohol encounter

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MUDDY roads stopped President Duterte from attending the wake of the lone policeman killed during the encounter with Abu Sayyaf members in Inabanga town, Bohol, last week. Instead, Philippine National Police Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa visited the family of SPO2 Rey Anthony Nazareno in Barangay Ulbujan and conferred the Medalya ng Kadakilaan (Heroism […]

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

Gov’t troops secure Olango village due to “armed men”

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CEBU CITY–Government troops have surrounded a coastal village on Olango Island, 6.4 km from Lapu-Lapu City on Mactan Island, after a resident claimed seeing two armed men in the area past 2 p.m. on Thursday. When police responded to the area, they heard successive gunfire apparently from long firearms at Sitio Bas Toral, Barangay San […]

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

In which terrain can gov’t forces win?

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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 »

Napo evacuees return to farms, try to bring back lives before clash

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AFTER the armed encounter between government troops and suspected Abu Sayyaf members in Inabanga town in Bohol province, evacuees from Barangay Napo are trying to bring some normalcy back in their lives. Most of the evacuees from Barangay Napo have already returned to their homes to feed their animals and till their farms. Others joined […]

Posted: April 15th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

Inabanga village chief claims 2 killed in clash were villagers, not Abu Sayyaf

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INABANGA, Bohol-Do the five bodies recovered by the military really belong to members of the bandit group Abu Sayyaf? Not all, according to residents of remote village of Napo, Inabanga where alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf entered on Monday afternoon and engaged the joint military and police team in heavy gunfight that lasted for […]

Posted: April 13th, 2017 in Breaking | Read More »

Davide asks netizens: Be extra careful with posts

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WHILE social media has been a helpful platform when it comes to real-time updates, it is undeniably a double-edged sword that cuts both ways. In light of the clashes between government troops and the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Inabanga, Bohol over the last few days and amid travel advisories issued by different embassies warning […]

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

Travelers told: Stay safe

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Stay at home, or if you insist on traveling, don’t post your whereabouts online. Also verify every “advisory” and “alert” you read in social media. These were some of the tips given by Cebu City officials to city residents who will join thousands of Metro Cebu residents in heading to the province and outside Cebu […]

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

There’s no place like home for Estelita

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INABANGA, Bohol– Tuesday was the longest night for Estelita Esto, 27, as she wrapped her two children- Nicole,1, and Wisley, 3, in blanket to protect them from mosquito bites and the cold evening. Esto and other residents of Barangay Liloan Sur of this town were grateful they were evacuated to the Nabuad Elementary School at […]

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

More govt. troops arrive in Bohol

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INABANGA, Bohol-The clash between government troopers and suspected members of the bandit group Abu Sayyaf in Sitio Ilaya, in the remote village of Napo, Inabanga town, Bohol was not yet over, more than 24 hours since the fighting started. No one can come in and out of the village as both the police and the […]

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

Govt. forces continue to monitor Barangay Napo area

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  CEBU CITY–Airstrikes continued in Barangay Napo in Inabanga, Bohol until close to midnight on Tuesday, said Frank Baylosis, the municipality’s information officer. “But the airstrike was contained in Napo area,” he said. As of 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, around 1,081 families from Napo and neighboring barangays had been evacuated from their homes. Most stayed […]

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