DEMPSEY REYES

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A civil war in the Philippines is far from happening but should Christians start to fight Muslims, it will be difficult to stop it, Armed Forces chief Eduardo Año said on Thursday. He was reacting to the warning of President Rodrigo Duterte that a civil war may erupt if Christians…

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The Philippine and United States militaries will conduct humanitarian assistance engagements starting today in line with the US Pacific Command (PACOM)-directed humanitarian assistance mission program. The program, known as the Pacific Angel 2017 (PACANGEL 17), serves as the commander of the US PACOM’s humanitarian assistance and civil military operations mission.…

5 HOSTAGES MISSING

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HUNDREDS of armed men attacked government troops in a North Cotabato village on Wednesday in a hit-and-run assault that may have been intended to help Islamist militants who were engaged in a nearby urban war, authorities said. Five civilians used as human shields were missing, and soldiers were pursuing the…

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UPDATE 2: Suspected members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) raided a school in Pigcawayan, North Cotabato on Wednesday morning, trapping 70 civilians whom police have rescued, according to reports gathered by The Manila Times. The school in Barangay (village) Malagakit in the town of Pigcawayan, is the scene…

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UPDATE: Suspected members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) raided a school in Pigcawayan, North Cotabato on Wednesday morning, possibly trapping civilians, according to reports gathered by The Manila Times. The school in Barangay (village) Malagkit (Malagasit in some reports) in the town of Pigcawayan, is now the scene…

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A memorandum from a police station in Valenzuela City about an alleged plan of members of the Maute Group to bomb several areas in Metro Manila caused a stir when it circulated online on Tuesday. National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Oscar Albayalde said the police will validate the…

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A descendant lost in the dusty archives of an illustrious family, or one mired in the rabble of present-day politics? Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said he is a descendant of Dr. Jose Rizal during ceremonies commemorating the national hero’s 156th birth anniversary in Calamba…

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Deaths rise to 329
Philippine troops pounded Islamist militants holding parts of southern Marawi city with air strikes and artillery on Saturday as more soldiers were deployed and the death toll rose to more than 300 after nearly a month of fighting. Fires erupted and dark plumes of smoke rose…

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Some members of the Islamic State-linked Maute group may have disguised themselves as evacuees from Marawi City and could have reached Iligan and Cagayan de Oro cities, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) warned on Friday. As a result, government forces tightened security in Iligan and Cagayan de Oro,…

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The military arrested on Thursday Mohammad Noaim Abdul Maute, cousin of the Maute brothers leading Islamic State-linked terrorists occupying parts of Marawi City, in an operation led by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Cagayan de Oro City. The arrest of Mohammad,…

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