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MILF kills Muslim bomber Abdul Basit Usman

COTABATO CITY, May 4, Updated — In the end, it was not the government forces which will prove successful in eliminating the country’s most wanted bomber who had eluded arrest for several months already. Abdul Basit Usman, who had a one million US dollars reward for his arrest, died in […]

Ameril Umra Kato, BIFF founding chairman dies of cardiac arrest

COTABATO CITY, April 14 — The founding chairman of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) is dead, rebel leaders and local officials today confirmed. Mohaqher Iqbal, chief MILF negotiator, said Uztadz Ameril Umra Kato died at about 2 a.m. Tuesday. He could not say where. BIFF spokesperson Abu Misry […]

OPPAP’s Deles statement rhymes with MILF’s Iqbal

MANILA, March 29 — OPPAP’s Teresita Quintos Deles on Friday expressed hope that the peace process will emerge stronger despite recent challenges it faced particularly after the tragic Mamasapano incident. “I admit we are bruised and feeling battered but we are here to proclaim we still stand firm (in pushing […]

MILF’s Iqbal positive on passage of proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

MANILA, March 29 -– Chief peace negotiator of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Mohaqer Iqbal on Friday said that the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law is “battered but not yet out.” The statement was made by Iqbal at the book launching marking the first anniversary of the signing of the […]

DBM explains, justifies funding issues of proposed Bangsamoro entity

MANILA, March 16 — Speaking on the funding issues surrounding the proposed Bangsamoro region, Department of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said, “We must consider the prevailing conditions in the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The region requires strong and consistent funding support to lift it out of poverty.” […]

The PNP- Board of Inquiry report on the Mamasapano incident

Executive Summary, Conclusions and Recommendations in the PNP-BOI Report on the Mamasapano incident MANILA, March 15 — Following are the complete texts of the Executive Summary, Conclusions, and Recomendations contained in the Philippine National Police – Board of Inquiry report on the Jan. 25 2015 Mamasapano incident: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY On […]

MILF reps negotiating with gov’t peace panel are Malaysian citizens?

MANILA, March 15 — Is the Philippine government peace panel negotiating with Malaysian citizens masquerading as representatives of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front? This is the gist of the concern brought forward by a Davao city congressman. Congressman Karlo Alexei Nograles on Saturday called on the Ad Hoc Committee on […]

Call to change members of gov’t peace panel fall on deaf ears

MANILA, March 13 — There will be no change in the composition of the government peace negotiating panel even with the urging of a senator to replace the peace adviser Teresita Deles and chief negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer for talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. In a privilege speech on […]

Senate gives P100-K to kins of fallen SAF44, other troopers

MANILA, March 12 – The Philippine Senate gave P5.1 million worth of financial assistance to the SAF troopers who were killed, wounded and survived the Mamasapano incident last Jan. 25. Before the Senate session ended Wednesday night, Senate President Franklin Drilon announced the financial assistance worth P100,000 each to the […]

More additional funds for lawmakers to support BBL, not true – Malacanang

MANILA, March 6 -– When there’s smoke, there’s fire. Malacanang on Friday denied speculations that additional funds will be given to lawmakers who will support the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). ”They might speculate that we will use PDAF. There’s no more PDAF,” Palace spokesperson Abigail Valte said […]

New radical Moro group emerges as splinter from BIFF – Reports

MANILA, Philippines – Reports confirmed that as the Philippine government is hell-bent at passing the much maligned Bangsamoro Basic Law, while military forces are fighting the war with Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom fighters (BIFF) and the Abu Sayyaf Group, another radical Muslim group is emerging as a new player in the […]

Philippine Army starts covert offensive to flush out BIFF

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao, Feb. 26 — Since when a military covert operation was announced for public and media consumption? This is one for the record when an army regional spokesperson said Wednesday the Army’s 6th Infantry Division has started covert operations against outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF). Capt. Joann […]

Armed men burns hideout of slain terrorist Marwan

COTABATO CITY, Feb. 26 – – Unidentified armed men burned down on Tuesday night the nipa hut of slain terrorist bomber Zulkipli Ibhir alias “Marwan” in Barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao. “Yes its true that Marwan’s house was burned,” Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) 7th Brigade commander Haramin said over a […]

Gov’t peace panel receives SAF guns from MILF

COTABATO CITY, Feb. 18 – Capt. Joanne Petinglay, speaking for the 6th Infantry Division, said the firearms were picked-up by members of the government and MILF coordinating committee on the cessation of hostilities in a remote village in Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The symbolic turnover of […]

Farmer returns helmet, military gadgets of fallen SAF commando

Farmer returns helmet, military gadget of fallen SAF commando SHARIFF AGUAK, Maguindanao, Feb. 16( –- A farmer who asked not to be named for security reason returned items of slain police commandos in the January 25 PNP Special Action Force debacle. Police officers in Maguindanao are expecting more personal items, […]

Rivals MILF, BIFF clash displace thousands in Maguindanao

PAGALUNGAN, Maguindanao, Feb. 16 — Rival elements of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters have crossed their path causing firefight and displacing thousands of residents. The clash involving MILF and BIFF forces has taken its toll on Muslim civilians, the same group these two organizations vowed […]

Robin Padilla, ARMM officials, entertain Mamasapano folks

Robin Padilla, ARMM officials, bring Valentine joy to Mamasapano folks MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao, Feb. 15 – A movie star and his TV personality-wife, together with the ARMM regional governor and his wife, on Saturday gave “extra love” to thousands of Muslim civilians displaced and affected by the Jan. 25 encounter here. […]

More tributes to the Fallen44 of Mamasapano killing fields

More song, slides tribute to the Fallen44 of Mamasapano killing fields Can’t get enough tributes? Here’s more gathered more tributes for the Fallen44, here highlighting one made for the PNP and by a private individual. Good enough the Fallen44 Philippine National Police Special Action Force that saw action in the […]

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Best tribute ever to the Fallen44 of Mamasapano killing fields

Best tribute ever to the Fallen44 of Mamasapano killing fields Perhaps, this is one of the best tribute ever for the Fallen44 Philippine National Police Special Action Force that saw action in the cornfields of Mamasapano, Maguindanao province. On the fateful day of January 25th, operating on “Oplan Wolvrine” hundreds […]

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Rivals MILF, BIFF clash displace thousands in Maguindanao

PAGALUNGAN, Maguindanao, Feb. 16 — Rival elements of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters have crossed their path causing firefight and displacing thousands of residents. The clash involving MILF and BIFF forces has taken its toll on Muslim civilians, the same group these two organizations vowed […]

DBM explains, justifies funding issues of proposed Bangsamoro entity

MANILA, March 16 — Speaking on the funding issues surrounding the proposed Bangsamoro region, Department of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said, “We must consider the prevailing conditions in the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The region requires strong and consistent funding support to lift it out of poverty.” […]

Call to change members of gov’t peace panel fall on deaf ears

MANILA, March 13 — There will be no change in the composition of the government peace negotiating panel even with the urging of a senator to replace the peace adviser Teresita Deles and chief negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer for talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. In a privilege speech on […]

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Robin Padilla, ARMM officials, entertain Mamasapano folks

Robin Padilla, ARMM officials, bring Valentine joy to Mamasapano folks MAMASAPANO, Maguindanao, Feb. 15 – A movie star and his TV personality-wife, together with the ARMM regional governor and his wife, on Saturday gave “extra love” to thousands of Muslim civilians displaced and affected by the Jan. 25 encounter here. […]

Armed men burns hideout of slain terrorist Marwan

COTABATO CITY, Feb. 26 – – Unidentified armed men burned down on Tuesday night the nipa hut of slain terrorist bomber Zulkipli Ibhir alias “Marwan” in Barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao. “Yes its true that Marwan’s house was burned,” Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) 7th Brigade commander Haramin said over a […]

MILF’s Iqbal positive on passage of proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law

MANILA, March 29 -– Chief peace negotiator of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Mohaqer Iqbal on Friday said that the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law is “battered but not yet out.” The statement was made by Iqbal at the book launching marking the first anniversary of the signing of the […]

Philippine Army starts covert offensive to flush out BIFF

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao, Feb. 26 — Since when a military covert operation was announced for public and media consumption? This is one for the record when an army regional spokesperson said Wednesday the Army’s 6th Infantry Division has started covert operations against outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF). Capt. Joann […]