Month: March 2015

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Palace Assures Peace Council Created ‘Only to Review BBL’

President Aquino formed a five-man citizens’ peace conclave called the Citizens Leaders’ Council on the first anniversary of the signing of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) peace agreement last Friday. Created to review and improve the proposed BBL, the council is composed of “citizen leaders” from the government, business, religious, and civil society sectors headed by...

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PH: China Wants Total Control of South China Sea

China has been aggressively rushing massive reclamation projects in the South China Sea in an aim to bolster its territorial claims, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said in a news conference Thursday. “China is accelerating its expansionist agenda and changing the status quo to actualize its nine-dash line claim and to control nearly the...

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If BBL Gets Watered Down, We’re Going to the UN–MILF

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is looking at the possibility of elevating their concerns to the United Nations if the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) gets delayed or watered down, MILF Central Committee Vice Chairman Ghazali Jaafar said. For several months, the separatist group has been vocal in saying that they do not have other...

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DND Partially Terminates P1.2-B Chopper Deal

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin on Wednesday ordered the partial termination of the P1.2 billion UH-1 helicopter contract with US supplier Rice Aircraft Services Inc., after the firm failed to deliver the ordered units within “180 days upon the opening of the letter of credit.” A notice of termination signed by the Defense chief was sent...

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Displaced Maguindanao Residents Will Return Home Soon

Some estimated 40,000 families or 120,000 people displaced from 11 affected Maguindanao towns will soon return home after the government offensive launched last February against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) has simmered down, the military said. Captain Joan Petinglay, spokesperson of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division said that they will determine which areas are...

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Girder Launcher in Skyway Construction Site Crashes on 5 Vehicles, Causes Heavy Traffic

A girder launcher working in a portion of the 1.6-kilometer long NAIA (Ninoy Aquno International Airport) Expressway in Pasay City broke loose and fell on five vehicles Monday afternoon. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA) Metrobase said that the accident happened at about 3:32 p.m. near the southbound lane of Tramo-Andrews Avenue. According to SecurityMatters...

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Abu Sayyaf Frees Kidnapped Businesswoman in Jolo

Suspected Abu Sayyaf men freed in Jolo, Sulu Thursday a businesswoman they held captive for over a month, the military reported. Col. Allan Arrojado, commander of the Joint Task Group Sulu said in an Inquirer.net report that Hadja Dengkim Yap was released by the bandits to her family at the Jolo wharf between 9 and...

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1,000 Sacks of Smuggled Rice Intercepted by Security Forces

A passenger vessel loaded with an estimated 1,000 sacks of smuggled rice that came from Sulu was intercepted by a joint team of police and military security forces in Zamboanga City on Wednesday. According to Police Superintendent Ariel Huesca, commander of the Public Safety Battalion, members of the police and the Marines held M/V Magnolia...