Month: April 2015

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Soldiers Capture NPA Rebel, Seize Weapons and Explosives

Soldiers from the Army’s 25th Infantry Battalion arrested on Sunday a member of the New People’s Army (NPA) and seized a cache of weapons and explosives from the captured rebel. According to SecurityMatters sources, Eugenio Piamonte alias Nestor was apprehended inside his hideout in Barangay Casoon, Monkayo town in Compostela Valley in the afternoon of...

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P6M Worth of Shabu Seized in Iloilo Drug Raid

Authorities seized some P6 million worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) in a buy-bust operation in Iloilo on Tuesday. Joint operatives of the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) and Iloilo Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (PAIDSOTG) arrested suspects Dennis Paderog and Christopher Paderog during the entrapment operation at Ungka Terminal in Pavia. A kilo...

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Coast Guard Arrests 19 Fishermen in Sarangani

The Philippine Coast Guard arrested on Sunday 19 fishermen caught using “likom,” an illegal fishing method that makes use of hollowed tree trunks to drive fishes into nets. The fishermen were identified as Manuel Polistico, Archie Castillon, Carlos Galinato, Arnel Castillon, Benedicto Ali, Wengly Kambel, Ker Bulat-Ag, Apolinario Pakot, Jerom Gomez, John Roy Bareto, Bary...

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Veloso Gets Temporary Reprieve; 8 Others Executed

Mary Jane Veloso, the Filipina sentenced to death by an Indonesian court for drug trafficking in 2010, has been spared from her scheduled execution Wednesday morning, Jakarta Post reported. According to the report, the Indonesian government carried out the executions of eight other death row convicts despite ardent pleas from the international community. Indonesian Zainal...

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Maguindanao Placed Under State of Calamity Due to Drought

Maguindanao has been placed under state of calamity for the second time this year, this time due to drought. The provincial board approved the resolution placing the entire province under state of calamity as the dry spell has affected over 2,000 farmers in 36 municipalities. Reports said damages to agriculture has breached the P80-million mark....

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Blaze Razes The Original Savory Restaurant in Binondo

A fire broke out at The Original Savory Restaurant, an iconic fried chicken eatery near Jones Bridge in Binondo, Manila before noon Thursday. The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said the blaze started at 11:02 a.m. and reached fifth alarm by 11:24 a.m. The fire spread to nearby building and reached Task Force Bravo by...

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Troops Recover IEDs, Firearms from NPA Rebels

Joint military and police operatives recovered three improvised explosive devices (IED) following an encounter with New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Pilar, Sorsogon Sunday. Lt. Col. Perfecto Peñaredondo, chief of the the Army’s 2nd Infantry Battalion, said soldiers led by 2nd IB 1Lt. Joel Pedregosa were patrolling the area with officers from the Philippine National...

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Why We Carry Weapons

It seems like it is often lost among the administrative, media, and management people, why security, law enforcement officers, and public safety personnel carry weapons. I hear it and see it too often in the deployment of security guards and in the actions of management that weapons are carried by security personnel for ‘intimidation’ purposes....

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Hijackers Posed as Cops, Arrested in QC

Authorities on Monday night nabbed two of five suspects who attempted to hijack a delivery truck carrying a thousand boxes of soap near a police checkpoint in Quezon City. The suspects, clad in police athletic uniforms and wearing ball caps, flagged down the delivery truck driven by Ernesto Oyte along G. Araneta Ave. at around...

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PH, US Kick-off Balikatan 2015

Balikatan Exercises 2015 officially began Monday with close to 12,000 Filipino and American troops participating in various military drills. At yesterday’s opening ceremonies at Camp Aguinaldo, Philippine officials were quick to say the exercises are not in response to the tensions brought about by Chinese aggression in the disputed waters of the West Philippine Sea....