Troops reach last strongholds of terrorists in Marawi City

Inquirer.net 11/11/2017

  Marawi City — Government forces conducting mopping up and clearing operations have finally reached the basements of the last two buildings near the Lake Lanao pier here, which served as the last strongholds of the Islamic…

US, Ph troops launch new counter-terror drills

AFP 10/02/2017

US and Philippine troops launched new joint counter-terrorism exercises on Monday, days after President Rodrigo Duterte, a fierce critic of Washington, reversed course in favor of pursuing one of Asia’s oldest military alliances. Duterte vowed last week…

Gov’t troops start final push to retake Marawi

Inquirer.net 08/30/2017

MARAWI CITY — Security forces started their final push on Wednesday in a bid to fully retake this war-torn city from the control of Islamic State-inspired militants. The fighting here has been ongoing for more than three…

Gov’t troops retake Maute stronghold in Marawi

Inquirer.net 07/04/2017

Government troops took control of a Maute terrorist group stronghold in Marawi City’s battlezone, the military said on Tuesday. Dansalan College, one of Maute’s positions since the fighting broke out on May 23, fell into the government’s…

Fil-Chinese group donates underwear for troops

Ador Vincent Mayol 06/28/2017

A FILIPINO-CHINESE group yesterday donated to the military 6,000 pieces of underwear for the soldiers fighting in Marawi City. Michael Que, chairperson of the SDS International Charities, turned over the items to Lt. Gen. Oscar Lactao, commander…

Police prepare for possible clash; augmentation troops requested

Jose Santino S. Bunachita, Nestle L. Semilla 05/07/2017

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…

American troops join two-month Balikatan

Ador Vincent S. Mayol, Nestle L. Semilla 05/01/2017

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…

American troops to join Balikatan

Ador Vincent S. Mayol, Nestle L. Semilla 05/01/2017

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…

40k troops to thwart terror threats to Asean summit

Inquirer, Inquirer.net 04/23/2017

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…

In which terrain can gov’t forces win?

Atty. Ruphil F. Bañoc 04/20/2017

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…

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