DEMPSEY REYES

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The Philippines will send a 600-man contingent to Thailand to participate in the first Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Multilateral Naval Exercise (Amnex). The Amnex will be held on November 13 to 22. Capt. Lued Lincuna, spokesman for the Philippine Navy, said the 600 Navy personnel will leave the…

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PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa revealed on Monday that the Islamic State (IS) has a new “emir” or leader in Southeast Asia, Malaysian terrorist Amin Baco. Baco was earlier reported as having been killed by the military during clearing operations in Marawi City, which the…

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It would take a lot of troubling incidents before President Rodrigo Duterte can declare a revolutionary government, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Monday. Lorenzana downplayed the statement of left-leaning groups that Duterte was poised to declare a revolutionary government, saying these groups were making up stories. “I think they…

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THE head of the Armed Forces of the Philippines urged members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to fortify their border security to curb transnational crime and prevent the entry of terrorists. In a statement issued before next week’s Asean Summit in the country, Lt. Gen. Rey Leonardo…

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The wife of slain Maute leader Omarkhayam Maute was arrested along with six of her children in Iligan City on Sunday. Chief Supt. Tim Pacleb, Director of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Northern Mindanao, said in a report that the wife of the slain Maute founder was identified as…

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NEWLY appointed Armed Forces Chief Rey Leonardo Guerrero said he would push for stronger regional security in a bid to combat transnational crimes. Lt. Gen. Guerrero cited in particular border security with Malaysia and Indonesia through the Trilateral Cooperation Arrangement, which was signed by the two countries and the Philippines…

PH CALLS FOR STRONGER RESPONSE VS TERRORISM

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THE Australian government advised its citizens on Friday to exercise a high-degree of causing when going to the Philippines, citing a high threat of terror attack in various places including Manila. In a travel advisory dated November 3 posted on the Australian government’s Smart traveler website, travelers were told not…

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President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent overtures to the communist New People’s Army (NPA) such as offering homes and livelihood to every rebel who reforms, showed that he was “sincere” in bringing lasting peace to the country, according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Lorenzana on Friday said the NPA should stop its…

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Three female students drowned in a river in Barangay Salvacion in Busuanga, Palawan, at the height of heavy rains dumped on the province by tropical storm Ramil, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) reported on Thursday. The OCD in Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) said in a report that…

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An Indonesian terrorist who fought with members of the Islamic State (IS)-linked Maute group was arrested by village officials in Marawi City on Wednesday, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced. The Indonesian, identified as Muhammad Ilham Syahputra, 22, was intercepted and arrested by members of the Barangay Peacekeeping…

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