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40k troops to thwart terror threats to Asean summit

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Manila — The government will deploy 40,000 security and emergency personnel to thwart terror threats to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Manila this coming week, according to government officials. Ambassador Marciano A. Paynor Jr., director general for operations of the Asean 2017 National Organizing Council, said the government did not want […]

Posted: April 23rd, 2017 in Nation | Read More »

ARMED MEN SPOTTED ON OLANGO?

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Government troops have surrounded a coastal village on Olango Island, 6.4 kilometers from Lapu-Lapu City on Mactan Island, after a resident claimed to have seen two armed men in the area past 2 p.m. on Thursday. When police responded to the place, they heard successive loud bursts believed to have come from long firearms at […]

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

Security troops sent to Bohol for ASEAN Summit meetings

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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 »

PNP readies signal jammers for Asean meetings in Bohol

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  The Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7) has secured mobile phone signal jammers in time for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) trade ministers’ meetings which starts today in Bohol. But Chief Supt. Noli Taliño, director of PRO-7, was tight-lipped on whether or not they would use the jammers which prevent cellular […]

Posted: April 18th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

South Koreans cancel trips to Bohol

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  FOLLOWING the special travel advisory issued by the Korean Consulate in Cebu, tour bookings to Bohol have been canceled by Korean tourists supposed to visit the island. An official from the Korean Tour Agencies Association (KOTAA) in Cebu said around 90 percent of bookings for Bohol through their member agencies have already been canceled. […]

Posted: April 18th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

Window dressing for Asean is over

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Less than two weeks after the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) meetings here in Cebu, streets dwellers who were hauled by government men to keep them away from the eyes of foreign delegates are back on the streets and in their favorite abode—the skywalks. While driving to the office early Monday morning, I could […]

Posted: April 18th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

AUGMENTATION FORCE

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Security beefed up for Asean meetings in Bohol as Korean Consulate issues travel advisory As the meetings of the trade ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) started in Bohol yesterday and in the face of the encounter between government forces and members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), a joint security augmentation […]

Posted: April 17th, 2017 in Featured Stories,Headlines | Read More »

ABU LEADER KILLED

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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 »

‘Impeccable hospitality’

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Meetings related to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit recently held in Cebu may not have been as long or as huge as past activities of its kind, but local stakeholders nonetheless cited gains from having it held here. Ma. Elena Arbon, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Cebu provincial director, said Cebu’s […]

Posted: April 7th, 2017 in Featured Stories,Headlines | Read More »

Finance ministers tackle cooperation among ASEAN countries

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LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu–Finance ministers and central bank governors from ASEAN member-states on Friday discussed strategies to build on gains achieved in previous years toward regional financial integration by 2025. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Amando Tetangco Jr. said recent global and regional developments provide the ASEAN bloc both the opportunities and challenges in the […]

Posted: April 7th, 2017 in Breaking | Read More »