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An Army officer and five of his men were charged by the military for allegedly looting houses in Marawi City, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) confirmed on Tuesday. Col. Romeo Brawner Jr., deputy commander of Task Group Ranao, said administrative charges have been filed against the soldiers. “We…

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A FLEET-MARINE contingent composed of more than 500 Philippine Navy personnel arrived in Manila on Monday after a five-month deployment to Marawi City to fight with the Islamic State (IS)-linked Maute terrorists. They were welcomed by Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado, the Philippine Navy chief, at Pier 13 in Manila’s…

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Even if he was trained to kill, “Sierra 1-6” always breathed a prayer and asked for God’s forgiveness every time his rifle snuffs out a life in the battlefield in Marawi City. “The fear was there, but in return, thinking about the result of what I was about to do,…

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At least 4,000 evacuees returned to their homes Sunday, five months after the Maute group seized strategic areas in Marawi City, forcing hundreds of thousands of residents to flee. Col. Romeo Brawner Jr., deputy commander of Joint Task Group Ranao, said residents of Basal Malutlut, which is five kilometers away…

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Martial law in Mindanao might stay until the end of the year despite the termination of combat operations against Islamic State-linked Maute terrorists in Marawi City, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has said. “I think it will stay until December 31 [since it was extended], because we will still go to…

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President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed proper compensation to the kin of the two Vietnamese fishermen who were killed last month while allegedly poaching in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea), according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. The commitment was made after Lorenzana held a dialogue with his Vietnamese counterpart,…

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DEFENSE ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) on Wednesday called on North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons programs, condemning multiple ballistic missile launchings that violated United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolutions. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, who chaired the Asean Defense Ministers’ Meeting, said ministers expressed concern…

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President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Lt. Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero as chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Guerrero, chief of the Eastern Mindanao Command, will replace AFP chief Gen. Eduardo Año who retires today. Guerero was the former commander of the 3rd Infantry Division of…

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CLARK, Pampanga: Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Tuesday that the Philippines has received a “long list” of names of returning fighters, including “a couple of Filipinos” from Iraq and Syria. “Recently, I got a message from our Embassy in Baghdad and we have this information from Kurdish Intelligence and they…

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