Month: August 2015

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ASG Sub-Leader Collared in Zamboanga Sibugay

An Abu Sayyaf Group sub-leader wanted for 21 counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention has been arrested in Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay. Reports from the Region 9 police office said joint police and military operatives nabbed Ibni Acosta, an alleged “operations leader” at his hideout in Barangay Poblacion shortly before 11 p.m. on Tuesday. Acosta,...

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Maguindanao Jailbreak: Five Escaped, Three Recaptured

Five inmates of the Maguindanao provincial jail managed to bolt out of their prison cell amid heavy downpour Tuesday night. The inmates were identified as Fahad Sangki, Faisal Macarimbang. Orak Makalay, Hakino Mento, and Tampakan Antilino. They were serving jail time for rape, theft, robbery, and drug trafficking. Jail warden Macapagal Blao said the jailbirds escaped at...

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Suspected NPA Rebels Torch Heavy Equipment in Davao del Sur

Several heavy equipment units belonging to an unidentified construction firm manning a road widening project at a section of the Davao City-Gensan Road were torched by suspected NPA rebels in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur. According to SecurityMatters sources, armed men believed to be communist rebels simultaneously burned two road-building heavy equipment along the national...

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Two Coast Guard Men Escape from Abu Sayyaf Abductors

Two Philippine Coast Guard personnel escaped separately from their Abu Sayyaf captors Thursday after an intense firefight broke out between the bandit group and government troops on Wednesday, the military said. Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command spokesperson Captain Rowena Muyuela said Seaman First Class Rod Pagaling and Seaman Second Class Gringo Villaruz...

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The Price of Armed Conflict: Trauma in Women and Children

In an interview with Jessica Zafra, Amy Tan, author of the modern classic The Joy Luck Club and other bestsellers, said “without trauma, you’ll never be a writer.” Now let’s see if I can write. Last July 11, New People’s Army (NPA) rebels raided the Civilian Volunteer Outpost (CVO) in Alagatan, Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental...

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24 Residents Hospitalized Due to Food Poisoning in CamSur

Twenty four residents were hospitalized after eating food served by organizers of a medical and dental mission in Banga, Tinambac, Camarines Sur Wednesday. Tinambac Municipal Health Officer Dr. Judy Reforma said the residents consumed leftover “paksiw” from the humanitarian mission sponsored by the local government. Reforma said the food was initially served to mission beneficiaries...

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Security Guard Shot Twice for Reprimanding E-gamer

A security guard was shot dead after reprimanding an e-gamer in Dasmariñas, Cavite, GMA News reported on Thursday. The report showed a CCTV footage where the guard, identified as Joel Lugasan, was seen reprimanding a man who was smoking inside the supposedly non-smoking area. In the video, the suspect was shown ignoring the Lugusan and...

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Four Killed, 16 Injured in Fatal Bus Crash

At least four people were killed and 16 others were injured after a Valisno Express bus with plate number TXV 715 rammed a concrete post marking the boundary of Quezon City and Caloocan City Wednesday morning. According to reports, the bus was speeding along Quirino Highway around 7:11 a.m. when it suddenly slammed into the...

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Customs Seizes Undervalued Luxury Vehicles in Batangas

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has seized at least fourteen “undervalued” luxury vehicles at a port in Batangas. BOC Deputy Commissioner for Enforcement Ariel Nepomuceno inspected the seized vehicles at the Asian Terminal Container Port Wednesday. Nepumuceno said the vehicles, which arrived at the Batangas port from the United Arab Emirates, Japan, and Hong Kong...