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Police prepare for possible clash; augmentation troops requested

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BANTAYAN MAYORAL CONFLICT As the conflict between the two contending mayoral rivals is expected to escalate, the police are on heightened alert should any trouble arise. Bantayan Mayor Arthur Despi will not step down despite a Supreme Court ruling upholding a resolution by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) canceling his Certificate of Candidacy (COC). Despi […]

Posted: May 7th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

American troops join two-month Balikatan

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AS the military continues to hunt down the three remaining Abu Sayyaf bandits in Bohol, about 50 American soldiers will join the civil military exercises dubbed Balikatan in some parts of the Visayas. Col. Medel Aguilar, commander of the Philippine Joint Civil and Military Operations Task Force, clarified that the Balikatan is not related to […]

Posted: May 1st, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

American troops to join Balikatan

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CEBU CITY–As the chase to arrest the three remaining Abu Sayyaf bandits in Bohol continues, some 50 American troops will participate in the civil military exercises dubbed Balikatan in some parts of the Visayas. But Colonel Medel Aguilar, commander of the Philippine Joint Civil and Military Operations Task Force, said the holding of the Balikatan […]

Posted: May 1st, 2017 in Breaking | Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Armed men sighted in Bohol town; Firefight with govt troops ongoing

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INABANGA, Bohol-There was an ongoing firefight between joint police and military team and at least 10 armed men on board two separate bancas in Barangay Napo, Inabanga town, Bohol. Superintendent George Vale, head of Police Community Relations Office at the Bohol Police Provincial Office, said he could not tell if the armed men were part […]

Posted: April 11th, 2017 in Breaking | Read More »