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ZAMBOANGA CITY: While fighting between the military and the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Sulu province subsided early on Friday, the number of villagers who had abandoned their houses continued to rise as more families fled for their safety. Officials said at least 5,000 people – mostly from Patikul town…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday condoled with the families of soldiers slain in fierce clashes with Abu Sayyaf militants in Sulu province, promising them aid and free education for their children. Duterte, accompanied by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Philippine military chief General Ricardo Visaya, promised to provide…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Police arrested three persons, including a son of Zamboanga City Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, for alleged possession of illegal drugs at a checkpoint in the village of Divisoria here on Tuesday. They said Oliver Iturralde, 18, and his companions riding a motorcycle were found with eight sachets of…

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The New People’s Army (NPA) on Friday released three police officers they held as “prisoners of war” or “POW” and turned them over to their families and church leaders. The rebels said Chief Insp. Arnold Ongachen and Police Officer 1 Michael Grande were fetched by representatives from Exodus of Justice…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Police shot dead a man, believed to be high on drugs, who went berserk and wounded five people, including a seven-year-old girl, with a sword in Zamboanga del Sur. Authorities tried to negotiate peacefully with Jose Carreon to surrender but he charged the officers like a raging bull…

DUTERTE BOOSTS TROOPS VS ABU SAYYAF AFTER BEHEADING OF HOSTAGE

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has reiterated his order to government troops to “destroy” the Abu Sayyaf following reports that an 18-year-old Filipino hostage was beheaded by the terror and kidnapping group. Duterte, in a news conference in Davao City early on Thursday, said he will be “harsh” in going after the…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Suspected Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits freed a woman trader whom they kidnapped in Zamboanga Sibugay province on August 5 but kept her husband and son captive in Sulu. Police said Nora, together with her husband Elmer Ronoc, and their son Ricson, 8, were taken by the bandits…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Three soldiers and a militiaman were killed in fierce clashes Tuesday with Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) terrorists in the restive southern province of Basilan in Mindanao. Officials said the fighting erupted in Tuburan town where security forces were chasing after the ASG bandits, who had pledged allegiance to…

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