DEMPSEY REYES

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ISLAMIC State (IS) terrorist leader Isnilon Hapilon offered millions of pesos to anyone who could help him, his family, and his members escape from the main battle area in Marawi City, Armed Forces Chief Eduardo Año said on Wednesday. “That was the main plan of Hapilon, to escape from the…

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SOLDIERS who stormed the building where Isnilon Hapilon and Omarkhayam “Omar” Maute were holed up did not know that the two men they shot and killed in the pre-dawn assault on Monday were the top terror leaders. A Facebook post of “Scout Rangers Books” narrated how troopers of the Army’s…

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MARAWI CITY: A dawn military offensive signaled the end of the road for the two top leaders of the five-month long terrorist siege of Marawi City on Monday. Military troops killed Isnilon Hapilon, emir or chieftain of the Islamic State (IS) in Southeast Asia, and Omarkhayam “Omar” Maute, leader of…

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DEFENSE Secretary Delfin Lorenzana announced on Monday the death of two key leaders of the Islamic State-linked Maute group in Marawi City. Lorenzana said IS Southeast Asian “emir” Isnilon Hapilon and Omarkhayam Maute were among the fatalities in the early morning fighting. “We were supposed to go to Marawi with…

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A blurred photo of terrorist leader Isnilon Hapilon after he was killed in a military operation in Marawi City late Sunday night, according to  a police source who released this image to reporters. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO KEY leaders of the Islamic State-linked Maute group were killed in the ongoing firefight between…

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The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) has expressed confidence in ending the presence of gangs in its jails in order to stop riots there. Incoming inmates would be warned in an orientation that gangs are not allowed inside the jails, according to BJMP spokesman Xavier Solda. Gangs would…

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MILITARY troops have found the remains of 22 Maute fighters in two establishments inside the commercial district of Marawi City, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said on Wednesday. Maj. Gen. Restituto Padilla Jr., the AFP spokesman, said the buildings were previously used by the Islamic State-linked Maute terrorists…

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FROM the moment that President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office, he has cast his eye on a better and stronger armed forces. In August this year, the Commander-in-Chief asked Congress to allot a budget for the hiring of 20,000 soldiers, a move welcomed by the military. Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla Jr.,…

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Two Army soldiers, one Air Force man and one Navy man are vying for the highest position in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has confirmed. In a text message on Monday, Lorenzana said there are four three-star generals “in the running” for the top…

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TWO Army soldiers, one from the Air Force and one from the Navy are vying for the highest position in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said. In a text message late Monday, Lorenzana said four three-star generals were “in the running” to replace the…

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