Palace verifying claims of Turkish terror group in PH

MANILA — Malacañang on Thursday said the government is verifying the claims made by the Turkish ambassador over the presence of a Turkish terror group in the Philippines. “The military is verifying the statement of Turkish Ambassador Esra Cankorur regarding the presence of Turkish terrorists, particularly the Fetullah Gulen Movement, in the Philippines,” Presidential Spokesperson … Read More

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