DEMPSEY REYES

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The Philippine Navy will be receiving a self-sustained, unmanned Lighter-Than-Air systems coming from the United States government in a formal turn-over ceremony set on August 22. According to Capt. Lued Lincuna, Philippine Navy spokesman, the unit will be receiving the Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS) donated by the US government.…

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The Ulama League of the Philippines on Thursday called on President Rodrigo Duterte to stop bombings in Marawi City and find other ways to purge the remaining terrorists there. In a statement received by the military’s Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom), the group expressed its support to the government’s campaign against…

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The commander of the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division will be sitting as the new chief of the military’s Southern Luzon Command (Solcom). Maj. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal served as the commander of the 4th Infantry Division but prior to that he was the chief of staff of the Philippine Army…

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An Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) sub-leader who has six arrest warrants was killed in a shootout with military troops from Joint Task Force Sulu in Barangay Silangkan, Parang, Sulu Sunday. JTF Sulu commander Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana said the remains of Badong Muktadil was brought to a hospital in Barangay…

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Sunday said around 40 or more hostages are still being held by Islamic State-linked Maute terrorists in Marawi City. Capt. Jo-ann Petinglay, spokeswoman for the AFP’s Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom), said the estimated number was from the accounts of the four escapees…

NEW MARAWI DEADLINE

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Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has set a new deadline to finish off Islamic State-linked Maute terrorists in Marawi City: one to two months. Lorenzana told reporters Thursday night this was the assessment of ground commanders and troops in the war-torn Mindanao city. “We have asked, we asked the people there…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The United States is weighing additional support to the Philippine military as it fights an Islamist insurgency in the south, a US defense official said Tuesday. Discussions are “pretty advanced” and would see the US provide increased surveillance drone capabilities and training for local forces, the official told…

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Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chairman Jose Maria “Joma” Sison should be consulting a professional psychiatrist to treat his hallucinations over “reports” that the military is planning to assassinate him, according to Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Gen. Eduardo Año. “I believe Sison needs professional psychiatric…

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