DEMPSEY REYES

DEATH TOLL NEARS 300 AFTER 3 WEEKS OF FIGHTING

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THE military on Tuesday said four out of 12 villages ravaged by fighting in Marawi City remained in the hands of about 200 members of the Maute group, with up to 1,000 civilians still trapped and enslaved by the Islamic State-linked terrorists. Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, commander of the Armed…

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“I love you all!” These were the last words of Private First Class Dhan Ryan Bayot in a phone call to his loved ones as he went into the thick of the fight with the terrorist Maute group in Marawi City on May 24. Dhan Ryan’s story tugged at the…

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The local government of Agusan del Norte is planning to implement curfew hours from 12 midnight to 4 a.m. in line with the declaration of martial law in the entire Mindanao, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Tuesday. DILG-Caraga Regional Director Lilibeth Famacion reported to acting…

CHINESE VESSEL SPOTTED

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CASIGURAN, Aurora: In a symbolic assertion of Philippine sovereignty, the military on Monday planted the Philippine flag at the Philippine Rise, the mineral-rich underwater ridge in the Pacific. Divers with the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) Northern Luzon Command went down 72 meters at the 13-million-hectare territory to attach…

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At least 191 terrorists have been killed since the battle for control of Marawi City erupted between government troops and the Maute Group nearly 3 weeks ago, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said. The Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division said on Sunday that government security forces are still…

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The leaders of the Maute Group, brothers Omar and Abdullah Maute, as well as Isnilon Hapilon, planned to kill Christians in Mindanao after taking Marawi City, security officials said Sunday. Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Eduardo Año said the three top terrorists wanted to seize Marawi City and…

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CASIGURAN, Aurora: Today, the Armed Forces of the Philippines will do what has never been done before to mark Independence Day —plant a flag underwater. A Philippine flag made of fiberglass will be planted by divers of the Philippine Navy on the underwater plateau of the Philippine Rise, (Benham Rise)…

13 MARINES KILLED IN 14-HR CLASH WITH TERRORISTS

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MARAWI CITY: United States special forces are providing support to the Philippine military battling to dislodge Islamist militants in a southern city, the US embassy said Saturday, as 13 Filipino Marines were killed in fresh fighting. The announcement of US help in the embattled southern region comes after President Rodrigo…

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THE reported escape of Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon from Marawi City has yet to be confirmed by the Department of National Defense (DND), as well as the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), officials said on Friday. “We are still verifying,” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a text…

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POLICE and military operatives recovered firearms and shabu from the houses of arrested former Marawi City Mayor Fahad Salic and former Mayor Mohammad Ali Abinal of Marantao, Lanao del Sur during separate operations on Thursday night. Elements of Martial Law Special Action Group, armed with a search warrants issued by…

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