Month: September 2015

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Ninety Individuals Charged over Mamasapano Encounter

Ninety individuals, including commanders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) have been slapped with charges of direct assault with murder on Tuesday, for the bloody Jan. 25 Mamasapano encounter which left 44 commandos of the elite Special Action Force (SAF) dead. The special investigation team of the National...

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Three Foreign Tourists, Filipina Abducted from Samal Island Resort

Two Canadians, a Norwegian, and a Filipina were kidnapped from a resort on Samal Island in Davao del Norte Monday night, the military said. Capt. Alberto Caber, chief of the public affairs office of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Eastern Mindanao Command identified the abducted foreigners as Canadians John Ridsel and Robert Hall, Norwegian...

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Marching for Peace in the Countryside, Marching for Inner Peace

I joined the “Marching for Peace, Serving the Countryside” activities last August 10, 17 and 18. This is a peace-building initiative that was identified by the security sector and fully supported by the Provincial Government through its Provincial Peace Integration and Development Unit (Pro-PIDU) under the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO). The Civil Society...

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One Cop Killed, Two Wounded in NPA Ambuscades in Surigao del Sur

A police officer was killed, two others were wounded, and two were able to escape from two separate ambush incidents involving New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Cortes, Surigao del Sur Friday. According to SecurityMatters sources, some 50 NPA rebels ambushed a police car carrying four officers at around 9 a.m. in Purok 5, Barangay...

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Cessna Plane Crash Kills Pilot, Student

A pilot and his student died after their Cessna trainer plane crashed at the end of the runway of Plaridel airport Tuesday afternoon. Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) reported that the C152 trainer aircraft, with registry number RO-C8691, crash-landed at 4:46 p.m. in Barangay Agnaya, Plaridel carrying pilot-in-command Capt. Arthur Rebollido, 40, and...

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Kidnapped Construction Workers Rescued from Abu Sayyaf Bandits

The nine construction workers abducted by the Abu Sayyaf Monday morning have been rescued afternoon of the same day, the military reported. Joint elements of the Marine Battalion Landing Team 11 (MBLT 11) and 64th Infantry Battalion under Joint Task Group- Basilan rescued the victims from their abductors in Barangay Kaumpamatsaken at around 4:40 in...

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CSG-SOSIA Warns Against “Agaw Armas” Modus

The Civil Security Group – Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies (CSG-SOSIA) has issued on Sept. 8 an advisory warning all private security agencies, associations, organizations, and personnel of the “Agaw Armas” modus perpetrated by fake SOSIA/ FEO inspectors. In said advisory, CSG-SOSIA cited a report on an incident that transpired at the British...

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Improving Traffic Situation in Metro Manila (Part 2)

(Last of two parts) More Suggestions As they say, we do not need to reinvent the wheel. These are unoriginal ideas that may appear to make sense but have somehow gotten no action or just a half-hearted effort from the government. However, if taken seriously and in conjunction with other traffic improvement measures, these could...

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Improving Traffic Situation in Metro Manila

(First of two parts) I have no illusions about this proposal. Everything I know about traffic I have learned from being stuck in it so this is really more of a concept that was born out of frustration, common sense, and a few bits of road rage sprinkled here and there. Sometimes impatience does have...

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DPWH Recommends 3-Passenger Rule on EDSA to Ease Traffic

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) wants private vehicles carrying less than three passengers to be barred from EDSA during peak hours. DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson said the government is “seriously considering” the proposed scheme to address the worsening traffic congestion in Metro Manila. “Ang pino-propose namin, which is being seriously considered, ay...

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