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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Soldiers killed a battle-hardened communist rebel leader and captured a female fighter in fierce clashes on Saturday in Santa Cruz, Davao del Sur. Officials said Julito Pueblas, alias Taghoy, commanding officer of Sentro de Grabidad, said to be the hard core unit of the New People’s Army (NPA) and blamed…

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THE sacking of the regional director of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in Bicol has generated counter charges of corruption. Former Bicol regional director Jun Abrazaldo said he will file a case against LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra 3rd for being unfair and allegedly siding with operators of…

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TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan: A national government-sanctioned mining company is gearing up for initial exploration activities off Cagayan waters to see the possibility of extracting black sand or magnetite near three coastal towns in the province. Napoleon de Leon Jr., JDVC Resources Corp. president, however, said the company has not yet…

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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: Three soldiers were wounded in an early dawn firefight during a raid in a farming village in Bukidnon on Saturday, resulting in the arrest of a barangay (village) chairman and 17 others. The wounded soldiers were identified only as Corporals Manatad, Dumpa and Salido who were declared in stable condition after…

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Aklan’s power provider has assured its customers that there would be no power cut in Boracay once the six-month closure of the island resort takes effect next week. Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte approved an inter-agency task force’s recommendation to close the island to tourists for six months to pave the…

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A 4.7-magnitude earthquake struck Sarangani on Sunday morning. According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the quake was felt at 10:29 a.m. 252 kilometers east of the province. It had a depth of 114 km and was tectonic in origin. The tremor was not expected to trigger aftershocks or cause any…

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Troops from the Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) on Saturday seized four improvised explosive devices (IEDs) from communist New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Rizal, Cagayan province after a one-hour firefight. Lt. Col. Isagani Nato, Nolcom public information chief, said a caliber 22, a radio communication gadget, three backpacks, medicine packs,…

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URDANETA CITY, Pangasinan: Two alleged leaders of an organized crime gang engaged in gun-for-hire in Tarlac and Pangasinan, allegedly planning to kill several candidates in the barangay (village) elections were arrested here with firearms and shabu. The suspects were identified as as Paul Barriga, 30, leader of “Pusakal Gang” based…

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THE Manila Police District and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency confiscated three kilograms of shabu worth P15 million in a buy-bust over the weekend. Arrested in the operation in Santa Cruz, Manila was Jason Chen, a Chinese. Authorities said the drugs seized from Chen were placed in three plastic packs.…

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The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Saturday warned law enforcers to be careful in the government’s war on drugs since syndicates are out to defend their illegal trade no matter what it takes. The warning came a day after simultaneous drug raids in Bulacan left 13 suspects dead and led…

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