Abu Sayyaf beheads 2 Vietnamese sailors

ZAMBOANGA CITY — Residents in Sumisip, Basilan province were horrified when they discovered early Wednesday the decapitated remains of two of the remaining five abducted Vietnamese sailors. “The bodies were found at around 5:40 a.m. by a resident in the area,” said Col. Juvymax Uy, commander of the Joint Task Force Basilan. He said the … Read More

Senators react to SC decision upholding martial law

MANILA — Senators on Tuesday had mixed reactions to the Supreme Court (SC) decision to uphold Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao. Senate Pres. Aquilino Pimentel III and Senators Eduardo Angara, Joseph Victor Ejercito, Sherwin Gatchalian, Richard Gordon, Gringo Honasan, Panfilo Lacson and Juan Miguel Zubiri supported this decision in separate statements … Read More

The Supreme Court has spoken — Palace

  MANILA — Malacañang on Tuesday lauded the Supreme Court (SC) decision affirming the constitutionality of President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao even as it reiterated its call for full support and cooperation from the public. “The High Court has spoken. Proclamation 216 is constitutional,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a … Read More

SC upholds martial law in Mindanao

MANILA — The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday ruled in favor of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation 216 placing the entire Mindanao under martial law. SC spokesman Theodore Te announced the directive was issued following Tuesday’s regular en banc session of the magistrates. Voting 11-3-1, the high court dismissed the three consolidated petitions challenging the constitutionality … Read More

Lorenzana: Hapilon still in Marawi

  MANILA — Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Monday said Abu Sayyaf leader and ISIS “emir” in Southeast Asia is still in Marawi City. The defense official issued this statement during “Mindanao Hour” briefing at Malacanang Monday. “According to our latest info, he is still inside Marawi. In fact, we got … Read More

Police, Army seize gun-making equipment

PANDAG, Maguindanao – Police and military forces busted Wednesday afternoon a notorious drug ring and gun-making syndicate sympathetic to ISIS. Senior Supt. Agustin Tello, Maguindanao police director and Lt. Colonel Harold Cabunoc, commander of the Army’s 33rd Infantry Battalion, led the joint operation in Barangay Kayaga here, arrested five suspects and seized several sachets of … Read More

DND chief thanks China for weapons donation

  MANILA — Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Wednesday expressed his gratitude to the People’s Republic of China for giving the Philippines free weapons and ammunition which it can use in the ongoing battle against Maute Group terrorists in Marawi City. “I am pleased to convey my gratitude to the People’s … Read More