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ZAMBOANGA CITY – Abu Sayyaf militants allied with the Islamic State raided Monday a village in Basilan province in the southern Philippines, killing at least 10 people before escaping to the hinterlands, government officials said. They said more than three dozen civilians were also wounded in the daring attack in…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Suspected communist New People’s Army (NPA), abducted a policeman in a daring mission in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato on Wednesday. Lawmen said Police Officer 2 Briston Catalan just brought his children to school and was returning home on a motorcycle when intercepted by armed men, believed to be…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Another Filipino hostage of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) escaped before dawn on Monday and was recovered by Joint Task Force (JTF) Sulu on Tapiantana Island off Sumisip town in Basilan. In a report, JTF Sulu commander Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana said that Edmund Ramos, alias Moymoy, was…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: The Moro Islamic Liberation Front or MILF will not back down from its original demand of Muslim autonomy greater than the existing Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao or ARMM. The MILF signed an interim peace deal with the government in 2014 and has been pushing for the approval…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Three of the four construction workers held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) last month escaped from their captors in Sulu on Friday, a day after soldiers clashed with the bandits. Officials identified them as Felimon Cordero, Jayson Baylosis and Joel Adanza. The fate of the fourth…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Malaysian authorities have arrested 19 undocumented Filipinos who sneaked by boat into the oil-rich state of Sabah, reports on Thursday said. The New Straits Times said members of the Malaysian armed forces intercepted the boat in Sabah carrying a group of men late on Tuesday night. The Filipinos,…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: The number of military casualties continue to mount as security forces battle local Islamin State (IS)-style terrorists for nearly three months after they occupied Marawi City. Captain Jo-ann Petinglay, spokesman for the Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom), said some 122 soldiers have died since fighting broke out on May…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Two suspected drug pushers were killed and four policemen were injured in an anti-drug operation in the southern Philippine province of Sulu, officials said on Tuesday. Among those injured in Monday’s fighting was the police chief of Maimbung town, Inspector Ergie Wanawan, who led the operation that resulted…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Two radio reporters were killed in separate attacks in the provinces of Sultan Kudarat and Zaboanga del Sur. Police said gunmen killed Leodoro Diaz, 60, a freelance reporter of Radio Mindanao Network and columnist for tabloid Sapol, in the village of Katiko, President Quirino town in Sultan Kudarat…

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Seven loggers including two pro-government militias, abducted by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) last week were found dead in the restive province of Basilan. Police said the victims were beheaded. Their decomposing bodies were discovered in separate areas in Lantawan town where the bandits seized them. The victims’…

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