DEMPSEY REYES

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Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa on Sunday appealed to police regional directors to celebrate the New Year by achieving zero death and the lowest number of injuries caused by firecrackers. “I am appealing to your sense of urgency. Let us make this New Year celebration…

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Three members of the New People’s Army (NPA) have surrendered to the military based in Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat, after a year of “waiting for school teachers” inside a rebel camp. Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, Philippine Army’s 33rd Infantry Battalion commander, identified the former rebels as Ryan Mama, 24m his sibling…

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President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the fast-tracking of rehabilitation works in areas affected by tropical storm “Vinta” as he presided over a meeting with officials of various government agencies in Tubod town, Lanao del Norte, to assess the extent of devastation. The President said he wants the immediate rehabilitation of all…

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TWO people were killed and two others were wounded in a misencounter in Mandaluyong City on Thursday night, as policemen and village watchmen involved in the shooting incident were relieved from their posts immediately pending results of an investigation. The fatalities were identified as Jonalyn Ambaan and Jomar Hayawon. Injured…

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Military cites Christmas Day attacks in Davao
The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Wednesday accused the communist New People’s Army (NPA) of violating its own ceasefire for the Christmas season, but vowed to stick to the truce declared by President Rodrigo Duterte. Col. Edgard Arevalo, the military spokesman, cited…

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) went on full alert on Tuesday for possible attacks coming from the New People’s Army (NPA), with its umbrella organization, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), celebrating its 49th founding anniversary amid a Christmas ceasefire declared by both sides last week. Col.…

CARDINAL TAGLE APPEALS FOR DONATIONS

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THERE are enough funds to assist families of the victims of disasters, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported on Tuesday. NDRRMC spokeswoman Romina Marasigan said each family that lost a loved one would receive P10,000 from the government while those with injured members would get P5,000.…

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Four members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) were killed and five others injured after the military launched an airstrike at Datu Unsay, Maguindanao, on Monday night. The area was attacked by the BIFF bandits an hour or so earlier. Capt. Arvin Encinas, spokesman for the Philippine Army’s 6th…

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THE death toll from a storm that unleashed landslides and floods across the southern Philippines climbed to 240 with scores of others still missing, officials said Monday. Tropical Storm “Vinta” (international name: Tembin) struck on Friday the country’s main southern island of Mindanao, which often escapes the 20 or so storms that…

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