Duterte-MILF camp to meet in KL to discuss implementation of CAB 

Philippines' president-elect Rodrigo Duterte speaks during a press conference in Davao City, in southern island of Mindanao on May 26, 2016. 
Explosive incoming Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has launched a series of obscenity-filled attacks on the Catholic Church, branding local bishops corrupt "sons of whores" who are to be blamed for the nation's fast-growing population. / AFP / MANMAN DEJETO        (Photo credit should read MANMAN DEJETO/AFP/Getty Images)

KORONADAL CITY, Philippines, July 24 – Government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) representatives are set to meet in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia anytime to discuss the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro that represents the final peace agreement between the state and the rebel group. Ghadzali Jaafar, MILF’s first vice chair for political affairs, […]

Mindanao governor denies drug lord accusation


COTABATO CITY, Philippines, July 19 – Maguindanao Governor Ismael Mangudadatu vehemently denied Monday accusations himself and two siblings are engaged in illegal drug trade. Mangudadatu made the pronouncement after a Facebook posts by a certain Bai Utto, apparently a pseudo-name, tagged him and two of his siblings, Khadafe and Ibrahim, as drug lords operating in […]

Abu Sayyaf frees former Italian missionary captive

Abu Sayyaf gunmen in Sulu.

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines, April 9 – Extremist group Abu Sayyaf released on Friday their former Italian mission captive in the southern Philippine province of Sulu. According to Mindanao Examiner, the victim, 57-year-old Rolando del Torchio, was picked up by government troops from a passenger boat and brought him to a military camp in Jolo town around […]

Largest mass screening for TB held in New Bilibid Prison – ICRC

An inmate undergoes chest X-Ray examination as part of the TB mass screening process. The mobile X-Ray was donated by the ICRC. NBP photo/ ICRC

Manila, March 29 — The largest mass screening for tuberculosis (TB) in the country is being held for about 5,700 inmates in New Bilibid Prison (NBP), Muntinlupa City, as part of efforts to end TB in Philippine jails and prisons. The mass screening in the maximum security compound, which began on March 14 and will […]

Governor asks responsible for Mt. Apo fire to come out


COTABATO CITY, Philippines, March 29 – North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza on Tuesday called on responsible for the fire at the Mt. Apo National Park to come out and face the consequences of their actions. At the same time, Mendoza appealed for more help to immediately put off the fire from spreading as she urged […]

Envisioned Maguindanao airstrip to service Japanese, Arab traders

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TALAYAN, Maguindanao, March 26 2016– Local officials in the fertile, but impoverished town of Talayan in the southern Philippines have unveiled a multi-million peso plan to build an airstrip for easy transport of agricultural products and shifted to Davao Port before shipping abroad. Datu Ali Midtimbang, a former Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) turned businessman, […]

Troops regain control of town controlled by ISIS inspired militant group in Mindanao


Troops regain control of town controlled by ISIS inspired militant group in Mindanao BUTIG, Lanao del Sur, March 1 – Government security forces regained control of Butig town in Lanao del Sur on Tuesday as they captured three major strongholds of ISIS-inspired militant group following a ten-day operations that left 24 rebels, three soldiers dead […]

Tension high in Lanao town

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LANAO DEL SUR – Tension is running high in Lanao del Sur’s Balabagan town after its vice mayor refused to step down as acting mayor despite an order from the Department of the Interior and Local Government. Mayor Edna Ogka-Benito said supporters of Vice Mayor Quirino Sampiano – many of them armed with steel pipes […]

El Nino begins decline after ‘powerful’ impact: UN

El Nino hit North Upi, Maguindanao.

GENEVA – The 2015-2016 El Nino weather phenomenon, one of the most powerful on record, has begun its decline but continues to have a strong influence on global climate patterns, the UN’s weather agency said Thursday. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said El Nino, which occurs every two to seven years, has “passed its peak” […]

MILF chief told men to maintain defensive mode as he vows to preserve gains of 17-years peace process


COTABATO CITY, Philippines, Feb. 18 — The head of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front vowed to preserved the gains of their 17 year old peace talks with the government as he ordered his men on the ground to silent their guns and maintain on defensive mode at all time. “In spite of the non passage […]

Nike cuts ties with Manny Pacquiao after derogatory comments – ESPN


Nike terminated its endorsement contract with Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday after the Filipino boxer made derogatory remarks toward same-sex couples, according to ESPN. “We find Manny Pacquiao’s comments abhorrent,” the company said in a statement. “Nike strongly opposes discrimination of any kind and has a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights […]

ISIS officially recognizes oath of allegiance from PH militant groups- The Star


PETALING JAYA, Malaysia—Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has officially recognized the bai’ah or oath of allegiance from southern Philippines-based militant groups although it has yet to make an official “wilayat” or province in the South-East Asian region. According to American anti-terror blog, The Long War Journal, recognition of the bai’ah could pave the […]

Red Cross extends assistance to people affected by Typhoon Melor


MANILA, February 12 — The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has scaled up its humanitarian assistance to tens of thousands of families who have lost their homes and livelihoods after the onslaught of Typhoon Melor (local name: Nona). The typhoon made landfalls over Northern Samar, Sorsogon, Masbate, Romblon, and Oriental Mindoro provinces on 14 […]

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