DEMPSEY REYES

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TWENTY Vietnamese fishermen were apprehended off Mangsee Islands in Palawan and found with at least 54 sharks and stingrays in their vessels, according to the Western Command (WesCom). Captain Cheryl Tindog, WesCom spokesman, said on Wednesday that the Philippine Navy vessel PC-375 was conducting maritime patrol within the waters off…

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The leadership of the Philippine Army warned on Tuesday of the existence of Islamic State (IS) sleeper cells across the country, which could mount another attack in the scale of the Marawi City siege one year ago. Lt. Gen. Rolando Joselito Bautista, the Army commanding general, said the military discovered…

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EXILED communist leader Jose Maria Sison and wife Julie have received compensation from a Philippine government claims board as victims of the Marcos Martial Law regime. In a television interview, Sison said the payment, P1.2 million each for him and his wife Julie, or a total of P2.4 million, was…

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The military acknowledges threats from terrorist groups in Marawi City ahead of the first anniversary of the attack on the city by the Islamic State-inspired Maute group in May last year. Col. Romeo Brawner Jr., spokesman for the Joint Task Force Ranao, on Sunday said they still foresee threats within…

ENTIRE PH ‘WITHIN RANGE’ – US THINK-TANK

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CHINESE air force bombers have landed for the first time on one of the disputed islands in South China Sea (West Philippine Sea), within range of the Philippines, in a move that could provoke renewed tensions between countries bordering the strategically vital maritime region. Bombers of various types—including the long-range,…

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Friday said it is exerting efforts in securing and patroling maritime territories of the country over China’s reported militarization of disputed areas in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea). The AFP, according to its spokesman Col. Edgard Arevalo, has been conducting…

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THE military exercises conducted by Filipino and US troops enhanced the capability of Philippine soldiers in fighting terrorists, Armed Forces chief Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. said on Friday. Galvez said this year’s Balikatan (shoulder to shoulder) exercises were “relevant.” “It can be said that this year’s culmination [of Balikatan] is…

BURNING OF LUMAD SCHOOLS

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Friday dared its accusers to file charges if they have proof that the military was behind the burning of Lumad schools. Col. Edgard Arevalo, AFP spokesman, made the challenge in response to allegations hurled by indigenous groups in Mindanao. “We challenge our…

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The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has demanded the release of a New People’s Army (NPA) leader arrested in Don Carlos, Bukidnon. In a statement late Tuesday, the CPP said the release of Zaldy Cañete, or Jinggoy, would be in return for the NPA considering captured soldiers as “prisoners…

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