JULMUNIR I. JANNARAL, TMT

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EIGHTY-four young and former members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Basilan have completed a series of psycho-social sessions and a brief course on farming to help them start a new life. Most of the 84 returnees, in their teens or early twenties, were forcibly recruited into the lawless…

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SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao: A barangay (village) chairman and seven of his men were arrested over the weekend in General Salipada K. Pendatun town in Maguindanao for alleged possession of shabu and explosives. Senior Supt. Agustin Tello, Maguindanao provincial police office director, said Datumama Bantuan Abdul, chairman of Barangay Midconding, used…

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COTABATO CITY: Mayor Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi is set to declare a state of calamity here if floodwaters brought about by heavy rains will continue to spread through low-lying barangay (villages). Halima Satol-Ibrahim, chief city information officer, on Friday said the mayor is only waiting for the final flood assessment by the…

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COTABATO CITY: The Regional Board of Investments (RBOI) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) said on Wednesday that the ARMM is eager to supply cassava and cassava flour to Nestle’s P2-billion protomalt processing plant for its Milo health food drink. Nestle recently announced that construction of the Milo…

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COTABATO CITY: Some leaders of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) are wondering why the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) did not acknowledge their counterpart revolutionary group, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) during the presentation of the new draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in Malacanang on Monday. The…

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COTABATO CITY: Officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and the Simunul local government recently launched a seaside historical landmark honoring Sheik Karimul Makdum, a 14th century Arab missionary, judge and scholar who taught southerners Islamic peace activism that outlawed Islamic terrorists at present are trying to destroy.…

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GENERAL SANTOS CITY: A print journalist, the son of a local publisher was arrested in a drug sting by narcotic agents acting on tips from vigilant members of the media here. Gil Cesario Castro, director of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-12) on Saturday said Richard Cordova Basilio, 42, was…

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COTABATO CITY: Some 80,000 cloth and disposable diapers have been distributed to displaced lactating mothers as part of the continuing humanitarian assistance to affected residents in Marawi City. It were given to nursing mothers currently in evacuation centers as well as those staying in their relatives’ houses. ARMM’s Cabinet Secretary…

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COTABATO CITY: Maria, 47, and Jurharie, 48, had been engaged in seaweed farming in Tawi-Tawi for many years. But for the couple, the seaweed, or agal-agal in Sama and Tausug dialect, is more than a sea product. It is their life. For Maria, her day starts by tying seaweed seedlings…

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COTABATO CITY: Investment pledges in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) grew by nearly 74 percent to P3.65 billion in the first six months of 2017 amid the conflict in Marawi City that started in the third week of May. “Despite the Marawi crisis, the investment prospects of ARMM…

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