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FORT MAGSAYSAY, Nueva Ecija: The Philippines will file a diplomatic protest against China if it is proven that there was “militarization” in the Kagitingan (Fiery Cross) Reef, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Monday. In a news briefing after the turnover ceremony of the Philippine Army’s Special Operations Command (SOCOM),…

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FORT MAGSAYSAY, Nueva Ecija: The Philippines is preparing to file a diplomatic protest against China if it can prove that there is ongoing “militarization” in one of the disputed territories, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Monday. In a press conference here after the turnover ceremony of the Philippine Army’s…

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Nine members of the Islamic State-linked Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and a member of the Philippine military died on Saturday night in a gunfight at Barangay Maitumaig, Datu Unsay, Maguindanao, the Philippine Army reported on Sunday. Capt. Arvin Encinas, spokesman for the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, cited body count…

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Headless bodies of a married couple, believed to be victims of “rido” (clan feud) were found in the province of Basilan, the military said on Friday. The report said a militiaman heard five gunshots from an area in Mahatalang, Basilan at about 2 p.m. on Thursday. A woman’s body was…

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The military will resume combat operations against the communist New People’s Army (NPA) now that the holiday truce is over, the Department of National Defense (DND) said on Tuesday. DND spokesman Arsenio Andolong said starting at 12 a.m. on Wednesday, the military will pursue operations against the communist rebels. “The…

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has submitted a shortlist of three senior Philippine Navy officers who are vying for the post of Navy flag officer in command. A military source on Tuesday disclosed that the AFP Board of Generals has already passed a list of recommendations to Defense…

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Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa on Tuesday instructed all policemen to arrest barangay tanod (village watchmen) illegally carrying firearms in their localities. The order came after an incident in December last year involving 10 policemen in Mandaluyong City who mistakenly fired at a vehicle, killing…

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A police “threat” to the public may have been among reasons why there was a decrease on firecracker-related injuries while welcoming the year 2018, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa said on Tuesday. In a news conference, de la Rosa added that he had “motivated” and…

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Some 50 members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) engaged in a firefight with government troopers in Davao Oriental on Saturday morning, hours before the start of a ceasefire declaration in time for New Year celebrations. Capt. Jerry Son Lamosao, spokesperson for the Philippine Army’s 10th Infantry Division (ID),…

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The military’s Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) on Sunday reported that 144 members of the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) have surrendered to the government since January 7 last year. Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., WestMinCom commander, said of the 144 Abu Sayyaf surrenderers, 70 were from Basilan province, 53 from…

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