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Community networks a better defense against terrorist threats


  CEBU City has a better defensive structure against terrorist threats because of the networks established in the community, compared even to other countries, said Mayor Tomas Osmeña. He said the reaction to reports of the presence of armed men on Olango Island only enhances the influence of lawless elements to impose fear to the […]

Posted: April 21st, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »


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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 »

“Suspicious-looking” men held by police in Oslob


CEBU CITY–Police have held for questioning six “suspicious-looking” men on board a van in Barangay Tan-awan, Oslob town, 121 kilometers south of Cebu City. Five of them are Muslims from Lanao del Norte while one is a Christian from Iloilo, said SPO1 Arturo Balmores, deputy chief of the Oslob Police Station. Balmores said they received […]

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

Bato warns Abu Sayyaf their days are numbered


“Bilang na ang mga araw nila. (Their days are numbered).” This was the message of Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa to the remaining Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members who had escaped after engaging government forces in a gun batle in Barangay Napo, Inabanga town in Bohol last week. Speaking […]

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



Police and military officials on Saturday assured that Cebu is safe but urged the public to remain vigilant in the wake of the firefight that claimed nine lives in Bohol this week as well as several unverified reports of terrorist sightings in the province circulating through text and on social media. The assurance came amid […]

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

Credible after all: A personal reminder against confirmation bias


The US embassy’s diplomatically-worded “unsubstantiated yet credible” intel, which was the basis of a travel advisory issued over the Central Visayas, turned out to be credible after all. On the morning of April 11, suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), found their way to Inabanga, Bohol, and engaged in an armed battle with […]

Posted: April 15th, 2017 in Opinion | 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 »

Davide asks netizens: Be extra careful with posts


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 »

Moro raids and the Japanese occupation


The clash in Inabanga, Bohol, the other day between government forces and the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf brings to mind the dreadful centuries of Moro slave raids that decimated the coastal towns of the Visayas and Luzon between 1599 and the mid-1800s. Inabanga and also Tagbilaran, among other coastal settlements of Bohol, suffered so much […]

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