Month: January 2015

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SAF Chief Sacked

Police Director Getulio Napeñas, chief of the elite Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF), has been relieved of his post following the bloody 12-hour firefight between government troops and elements of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25. At a press briefing in Camp Crame...

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Maguindanao Clash Death Toll Reaches 50; Military Still Confirming Marwan’s Death

The number of casualties from the encounter between officers of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) and elements of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Mamasapano, Maguindanao has now reached 50. Senior Superintendent Noel Armilla, PNP director for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), confirmed the figures Monday morning. All casualties were...

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Terrorist Marwan, 37 Policemen, 6 BIFF Killed in Maguindanao

Reports reaching SecurityMatters indicate that one of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) most wanted terrorists was killed together with more than 37 policemen in the vicinity of Barangay Pidsandawan, Mamasapano municipality, Maguindanao on Sunday, 25 January 2015. Twelve other policemen were also reportedly taken hostage by BIFF elements while six were killed and...

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Military Captures Four Abu Sayyaf Camps in Basilan Clashes

Philippine Army troops captured four Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) camps in a series of encounters that began Tuesday in Basilan, the military said. Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc Armed, chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Public Affairs Office, said six ASG members were killed and six others were wounded in the clashes while no...

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Unavailable Phones, Unavailable Rights

Much has been said about the recent visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines. From a security point of view, of particular interest was the disabling by telecommunications companies of mobile phone signals in the areas where the Pope was, upon government directive. Since current technology evidently is still in evolution, the shutdown of mobile...

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CAAP Inaugurates Upgraded Air Traffic System

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Tuesday inaugurated its P159.9-million Eurocat air traffic management system, replacing the outdated system it has been using since 1996. The state-of-the-art system upgrade features a computerized air traffic control and management solution that control en route, over flights, arriving, and departing air traffic from as far...

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5.5-Magnitude Quake Hits Sultan Kudarat

A 5.5 magnitude quake shook Sultan Kudarat in Mindanao early Wednesday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. The earthquake happened at 4:33 a.m., with its epicenter located at 70 kilometers southwest of Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat. It was tectonic in origin and had a depth of 620 kilometers. As of this posting, there...

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Eight Killed as Wall Collapses in Bulacan Warehouse

Eight people were confirmed dead when a wall of a warehouse building being constructed in Brgy. Ilang-ilang, Guiguinto, Bulacan collapsed Monday afternoon. According to an Inquirer.net report, seven of the fatalities were construction workers who were resting in the barracks when the warehouse’s north wall collapsed at around 3:30 p.m. The other casualty was a...

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Protecting Pope Francis

In a few hours from now, Pope Francis will land here in the Philippines to begin his 4-day visit to this predominantly Catholic nation. It will be the fourth time that the head of the Catholic Church will visit the Philippines. Pope Paul VI first visited in 1970 followed by Pope John Paul II who...

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