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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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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Security forces are holding eight members and relatives of a jihadist group leader–Abdullah Maute–tagged as behind a series of terrorist attacks in southern Mindanao. Philippine Army soldiers and policemen intercepted the group that included three women while it was transporting explosives onboard a van in Barangay Nanagun in…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Authorities have arrested a sub-leader of a gang linked to the 2011 kidnapping of Australian adventurer Warren Rodwell in the southern province of Zamboanga Sibugay, police said on Sunday. The police added Hasim Calon alias Husien, who belongs to the kidnap-for-ransom group of Barahama Alih, was arrested by…

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The government and the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) have declared a ceasefire just days before the start of peace talks in Oslo, Norway. The CPP Central Committee and the National Operational Command of the New People’s Army (NPA) announced a unilateral ceasefire Friday night, hours after the release…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: After private negotiations for her safe release in the southern Muslim province of Sulu, a public school teacher was freed on Thursday by her captors from the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG). Edrina Manalas Bonsil was seized by five gunmen in Kanague village on August 16 while she was…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Suspected Abu Sayyaf militants have threatened to behead a young Filipino man they had kidnapped in the southern province of Sulu if their ransom demand is not paid. This developed as an Indonesian tugboat crew member who was set for execution by the Abu Sayyaf escaped Wednesday and…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits abducted a public school teacher on her way to work in Patikul town, Sulu, on Tuesday. Reports said Edrina Manalas Bonsil, who teaches at Tuup Elementary School, was traveling on a jeep when five gunmen flagged down the vehicle along Kanague village and forcibly…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Gunmen riding a motorcycle killed a police officer who was leading an anti-drug unit in a daring attack in Tacurong City in the southern Philippine province of Sultan Kudarat, police said. The added that 46-year old Senior Inspector Orlando Guira was killed in the ambush on Saturday evening.…

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