WILLIAM DEPASUPIL, TMT

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MILITARY helicopters in support of the Philippine National Police (PNP) have launched aerial attacks against elements of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) in Sagada, Mount Province that resulted in the capture of the rebels’ camp. However, an indigenous group reported on Tuesday that the attacks allegedly destroyed livelihood farms…

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GOVERNMENT security forces have engaged elements of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) in a firefight that resulted in the death of a civilian militia member but in the process also saved the lives of two government officials. Capt. Amado Gutierrez, spokesman, Eight Infantry Division, said on Wednesday that the…

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THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has neither reprimanded, censured, relieved nor imposed any form of punishment against Marine Brig. Gen. Alexander Balutan over his Facebook post expressing his disappointment over the misuse by some lawmakers of their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), or pork barrel fund. “He is…

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A group of civilian volunteers was ambushed by elements of the communist New People’s Army (NPA), leaving one dead and another wounded. Capt. Raul Villegas, spokesman of 10th Infantry Division, identified on Tuesday the lone casualty as Onded Ambusas of So Mangani, Barangay Tapak, Paquibato District, Davao City. Wounded was…

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ONE of the rebels killed in a recent encounter with military and police operatives was one of the members of the so-called Morong 43, according to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The Morong 43 refers to a group of health workers, which the military arrested on February 6,…

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NAVY technical divers recovered two more bodies from the sunken ferry M/V St. Tomas Aquinas 1, bringing the total number of casualties to 62 with 58 still missing. Lt. Cmdr. Noel Escalona, operations officer, Naval Forces Central, disclosed on Tuesday that bodies believed to be passengers of the ill-fated ship…

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THE Department of National Defense (DND) chief, Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, assured on Monday that the government is ready for any eventuality following the declaration of independence by Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Chairman Nur Misuari last week. “Pinaghahandaan natin ‘yan [We have prepared for it],” Gazmin told reporters even as…

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GOVERNMENT security forces have captured three more New People’s Army (NPA) camps in Samar province. Capt. Amado Gutierrez, spokesman, 8th Infantry Division, on Monday said the camps were located in the hinterland villages of Northern Samar. The first camp, he said, was discovered by elements of Bravo Company, 63rd Infantry…

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RESCUERS braved rough seas on Sunday as they continued the search for victims of the collision of a passenger ship and a cargo vessel even as hope in finding survivors dimmed two days after the disaster. Navy divers retrieved two bodies from the sunken MV Saint Thomas Aquinas yesterday, hours…

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CUSTOMS Commissioner Rozzano Rufino “Ruffy” Biazon has launched his promised crackdown on smugglers, purging the list of brokers and importers accredited by the bureau. “I already ordered the purging of the list and there were some that were already delisted, but there’s still a lot more to be done,” Biazon…

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