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GOVT OFFICIALS JOIN CPP ANNIVERSARY FOR FIRST TIME

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COMMUNIST Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison has condemned the Duterte government for reneging on its supposed commitment to free 434 rebel leaders languishing in jails across the country. Sison, chief political consultant of the National Democratic Front (NDF), the CPP political arm negotiating peace with the Philippine…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Police and military authorities arrested a notorious Abu Sayyaf commander at a private hospital in Zamboanga City where he was undergoing medical operation after being wounded in a battle with security forces in Sulu province. The officials said Hairulla Asbang alias Ahadi, who was implicated in the September…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: At least 16 people were injured in a grenade attack on Christmas Eve outside a Roman Catholic church in southern Philippines where security forces have launched continuing offensives against jihadists in the restive region. Authorities said a police officer was among those injured in the attack outside the…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Four Filipino fishermen were reported missing off Celebes Sea near Tawi-Tawi province in the Sulu Archipelago and feared to have been abducted. The missing sailors – Noel Besconde, the ship’s captain, his mechanic Reyjim Rocabo, and crew Roy Ramos and Roel Liones – are working for the Ramona…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Various business groups, including some of the country’s big corporations, have pledged economic support to Sulu to help the Duterte administration bring peace and development to the province. The commitment was made during the “Negosyo Para sa Kapayapaan sa Sulu: Christmas Townhall with the President – launched recently…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Abu Sayyaf rebels killed three Army soldiers in fierce clashes in southern Philippines where security forces are battling the notorious group tied to the Islamic State, the military said Sunday. The military said 17 other soldiers were wounded in fighting that erupted on Saturday in Patikul town in…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: An Abu Sayyaf leader tagged as behind the kidnappings of two Canadians and a Norwegian in Samal Island was among those killed by Malaysian authorities in a sea battle off Sabah’s Semporna district. Army Major Filemon Tan, military spokesman, identified the slain leader as Abraham Hamid, who led…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Malaysian police forces clashed with suspected Abu Sayyaf rebels killing three of them off Semporna City in Sabah after they attacked at least two sea trawlers. The Malaysian media said police captured two more gunmen and rescued a fishing boat captain, believed to be a Filipino holding a…

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