Philippines Cancels Peace Talks with Communist Rebels

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DAVAO CITY — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday called off peace talks with communist rebels ahead of their likely inclusion on a terrorist watch list, the government’s chief peace adviser said. The Duterte administration’s decision to end talks with the National Democratic Front (NDF), the political wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines […]

Soldiers now guarding vital installations in Marawi as President Duterte declares Martial law in Mindanao

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COTABATO CITY, May 24 —Government security forces are now deployed in several state’s vital installations in Marawi City as President Rodrigo Roa Duterte declared a 60-day military rule all over Mindanao following violence involving Maute terror group and Abu Sayaff. Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, spokesperson for the military’s 1st Division, also reported late Tuesday that […]

DSWD 12 opens search for Huwarang Pamilya 2017

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KORONADAL CITY, May 23 – The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Central Mindanao announced Tuesday that they will conduct a search for the Regional Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya. DSWD- 12 Regional Director Bai Zorahayda T. Taha said the search aims to recognize the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program who demonstrate positive Filipino values. […]

MNLF demands release of 11 men captured by soldiers as Maute in Lanao del Sur

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COTABATO CITY, May 23 — The eleven armed men captured by government troops earlier in separate raids in Lanao del Sur  were not Maute militant group followers of Moro National Liberation Front  chairman Nur Misuari. Ustadz Murshi Ibrahim, MNLF Secretary General, demanded Saturday the immediate release of their men Who were arrested during a raid […]

11 leftist rebels surrender to military in Sultan Kudarat

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KORONADAL CITY, May 23 — At least 11 leftist rebels surrendered Sunday morning to government security forces in Senator Ninoy Aquino town in Sultan Kudarat. 1st Lt. John  Austin Jamora, commanding Of 33rd Infantry Battalion, said Monday the returnees, operating in he village of Midtungok, also turned over their weapons that include five  M16 rifles, […]

Guns bombs recover at NPA camp in Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat

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In this picture shows 1st Marine Brigade commander BGen. Melquades V Ordiales Jr (right) inspects one of the landmine recovered during the clearing operations on May 13, 2017 following a gun battle with gun battle with Communist rebels in Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat. Troops also recovered an M16 rifle and four sets of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) at […]

Rebel Casualties in Southern Philippine Assault Reach 31: Military

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In this picture shows Maj. Gen. Arnel Dela Vega, commander of the Philippine military’s 6th Infantry Division, answers questions from reporters in Cotabato while displaying firearms recovered from members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Liberation Front who were killed during five days of clashes in the south, May 11, 2017. (Photo by Mark Navales)    

T’boli folks plan to start growing strawberries in South Cotabato

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T’boli, South Cotabato, May 12 – Strawberry plants will soon grow in this town. Around 30 farmers in the village of New Dumangas, all beneficiaries of the government’s anti-poverty program, will start to cultivate strawberry in 1.4 hectare of lands as part of efforts to attract both foreign and local tourists. “This month they will […]

Conditional cash grants beneficiaries forms own association in North Cotabato

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MAKILALA, North Cotabato, May 10 – Residents in and around this town have formed their own civic association to help each other in times of crisis. The association, Makilala Pantawid Beneficiaries, specifically aims to help its members by providing emergency fund assistance to cover hospital bills and burial expenses. Benilda Cortez, provincial link for Pantawid […]

Four policemen wounded in Maguindanao roadside bomb attack

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GENERAL SANTOS CITY, May 9 – Suspected Muslim rebels detonated a homemade bomb Tuesday morning in Mamasapano town in the southern Philippine province of Maguindanao leaving four policemen wounded. Town mayor Zamzamin Ampatuan said cops were on board a patrol car heading to the provincial headquarters in nearby town of Shariff Aguak around 10:45 a.m. […]

Army claims 22 break rebels dead in their ground and air assault in Maguindanao

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COTABATO, Maguindanao, May 9 – The Philippine military claimed Tuesday they have killed twenty-two breakaway Muslim rebels in a series of operations in the southern Philippine province of Maguindanao. Captian Arvin Encinas, spokesperson for Army’s 6th Division, said among those killed was Esmael Abubakar, also known as Commander Khalid and Bungos, a sub-leader of the […]

DSWD intensifies efforts to reduce poverty in North Cotabato

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KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, May 9 – The government intensified efforts to reduce poverty among residents covered by Conditional Cash Transfer in North Cotabato. Benilda Cortez, provincial link of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, reported Tuesday that around 50 selected parent leaders in Makilala town attended last month Entrepreneurship and Financial Literacy Training facilitated by the […]

Researchers found ideal temperature for mosquito to spread diseases

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SAN FRANCISCO, May 5 — A group of researchers at Stanford University have found that 29 degrees Celsius, or 84 degrees Fahrenheit, is the best temperature for mosquito to spread disease. According to a report of PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, when temperatures were cooler or warmer, the traits for mosquito to spread diseases, such as […]

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