Reporter’s Notebook: What I Saw in Cox’s Bazar

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Usually it takes an hour to travel from the port city of Cox’s Bazar to Teknaf, the southernmost town in Bangladesh, on a road that runs along the sea. But these days, buses plying Marine Drive take at least four hours to reach Teknaf. Rohingya refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine state have flooded the roadside spaces. […]

Four policemen wounded in Maguindanao roadside bomb attack

People drive past an APC in Kauran, Ampatuan in the southern Philippines province of Maguindanao on December 24, 2015. Seven Christian farmers were killed on December 24 as Muslim guerrillas launched a series of attacks in the troubled southern Philippines, the military said. (Mark Navales)

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. […]

ISIS cell in Mindanao

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A Video grab photo of Esmail Sheikh Abdulmalik alias Abu Turaifie (center) released three days ago shows by his jihadist militia he is still alive leading the newly formed organization “Jamaatul Muhaajireen Wal Ansar”, a breakaway group from Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) that supports the demands of the international terrorist organization Islamic State of […]

China’s Leader Urges Restraint on North Korea in Call With Trump

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BEIJING — China’s president, Xi Jinping, has urged President Trump to show restraint toward North Korea despite signs that the North may be preparing a nuclear test. Mr. Xi made the appeal in a phone call with Mr. Trump on Monday that reflected growing alarm over North Korea’s plans, which could tip the region into […]

China alarmed by PHL military officials’ visit to Pagasa Island

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BEIJING, April 22 — China has lodged representations with the Philippine side following a visit by the Filipino defense and military officials in Pagasa Island, according to the spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry. ”Gravely concerned about and dissatisfied with this, China has lodged representations with the Philippine side,” Lu Kang said in a press […]

Sueno: I’m just sacrificial lamb and no hurt feelings as he and Duterte part ways

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GENERAL SANTOS CITY, April 6 – Former Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael “Mike” Sueno, who claimed he just a sacrificial lamb, said he is innocent and has no hurt feelings with President Rodrigo Duterte who fired him over corruption allegations. Sueno, also former governor of South Cotabato province, told location radio station Thursday he […]

UNICEF seeks fund to help 22-M African children

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JUBA, March 29 (PNA/Xinhua) — The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) said Tuesday that it appealed for about 255 million U.S. dollars to respond to immediate needs of 22 million children in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. In a statement, UNICEF said nearly 1.4 million children are at imminent risk of […]

ARMM PNP chief visits his men in Sulu

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    Arrival Honor given by Sulu Police Provincial command to welcome Regional Director Police Chief Supt. Reuben Theodore C. Sindac and party of PRO-ARMM visiting his men in Sulu for inspection on March 24, 2017. PCSupt. Sindac on his first sortie among his men, distributed for the first time, 30 thousand rounds ammunition of […]

Singaporean bomb expert, 20 others, killed in Maguindanao military operations

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COTABATO CITY, March 20 — The military claimed Sunday at least 21 armed Moro rebels, including a Singaporean bomb expert of  the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s (ISIS), were killed in series of operations in the province of Maguindanao. Capt. Jo-Ann Petinglay, Armed Forces Western Mindanao Command spokesperson, said the foreigner, identified as Muhammad […]

Suspected communist rebels burn five heavy equipment in Mindanao

State security forces secure the highway in the southern Philippine town of Datu Unsay, Maguindanao. Mindanao Post Photo

KORONADAL CITY, Dec. 7 – Suspected communist rebels torched five heavy equipment as they stormed on Tuesday a construction firm in South Cotabato, police said. Supt. Barney Condes, chief of police of Koronadal City, told reporters around 20 heavily armed New Peoples Army raided the Happy Living Realty and Development Corporation around 7:00 p.m. in […]

Disaster risk reduction and mngt operations center unveiled in Philippines

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MANILA – The Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) yesterday [5 December 2016] inaugurated the country’s first Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Operations Center (DRRM) for agriculture. Envisioned to be a monitoring hub for natural calamities that pose a threat to the agriculture sector, the centre will serve as […]

President Duterte warns worse terror attack to happen in the country 

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DAVAO CITY, Philippines, Dec. 6 – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte warned Friday of worst terrorism problem in the country’s history as authorities placed the nation in terror alert level 3. “Nakikita naming in the next two three years. Bantay kayo,” Duterte said over the weekend during the culmination of Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group […]

MNLF Misuari faction to be engaged by govt separately

A Moro islamic Liberation Front fighter is seen at a checkpoint in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, Philippines. Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Mindanao Post)

MANILA, Nov. 10 — The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Secretary Jesus G. Dureza pointed out that the concerns of the group of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari and his followers will have to be handled separate from that of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) […]

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