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Puno: Government to seek Vagni's peaceful release Business Mirror - Bong Garcia Jr.
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Clashes erupt in south Philippines Five soldiers were also hurt in the clashes on Friday when troops fought members of a breakaway faction of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) near ... Blasts rock restive town in Maguindanao GMA news.tv Philippine army kills 13 rebels in heavy fighting Reuters Sri Lankan hostage rescued in Philippines Umar Jaleel was rescued late Wednesday from his Abu Sayyaf captors in the town of Tipo-Tipo on Basilan island, regional police spokesman Superintendent ...
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Italian in Abu Sayyaf captivity sighted in Sulu GulfNews -
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Abu Sayyaf, military 'colluding' Manila Times - 18 hours ago
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Troops storm Abu Sayyaf's lair, 11 killed
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Sulu development projects go on despite Abu Sayyaf Business Mirror
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Security tightened in Sulu town after rescue of Red Cross worker GMA news.tv - 4 hours ago
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Police rescue ICRC worker from Abu Sayyaf gunmen in Sulu GMA news.tv
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US ready to help in Philippine hostage crisis AFP
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US marines train Filipino soldiers to solve hostage crisis Xinhua -
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Troops destroy Abu Sayyafs’ marijuana plantation in Jolo GMA news.tv -
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Philippine troops seize large amount of explosives The Associated Press
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7 Abu Sayyaf ‘conspirators’ freed Business Mirror
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Abu Sayyaf wants $5M for ICRC release - military report GMA news.tv - 15 hours ago
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Abu Sayyaf bandits desperate for way out - DILG GMA news.tv
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Abu Sayyaf wants to talk with DILG, DND chiefs - Sulu gov GMA news.tv - 9 hours ago
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Abu Sayyaf urged to free two hostages United Press International - 6 hours ago
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Abu Sayyaf releases one Red Cross hostage United Press International
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PRESS DIGEST - Philippine newspapers - April 1 Crisis team all out to save ICRC hostages Inquirer.net
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Red Cross Appeals to Philippine Militants Not to Behead Hostage Bloomberg
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Philippine abductors repeat threat despite partial military pullout Xinhua -
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Abu Sayyaf Threatens To Behead Red Cross Abductees Bernama - MANILA, March 25 (Bernama) -- Al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf militants threatened to behead three kidnapped employees of the International Committee of the Red ... Abu Sayyaf doesn't fear military, says former hostage ABS CBN News - The rising cases of kidnapping in Mindanao shows that the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) has "no fear of the military", a former ASG captive said. ... Top Asian News at 7:30 am GMT TMCnet - The latest threat was made by Abu Sayyaf commander Albader Parad on Monday during a phone conversation with a government official. The official spoke to The ... Palace wants ‘less talk’ about Sulu hostage crisis GMA news.tv - ... who has been working for the safe release of Filipino Mary Jean Lacaba, Italian Eugenio Vagni and Swiss Andreas Notter from the hands of the Abu Sayyaf. ... Senator talking to ‘fake’ Parad–Sulu gov Business Mirror - Richard Gordon had really been talking to Abu Sayyaf commander Albader Parad. Sulu Gov. Abdusakur Tan said Gordon, also the chairman of the Philippine ... Muslim scholars tackle kidnapping crisis in Mindanao ABS CBN News - ... all over Mindanao must intensify their religious campaigns and teachings to prevent individuals from joining the Abu Sayyaf Group or committing crimes. ... Powered by Google News
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Philippine general take leave at height of hostage crisis Xinhua -
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Sub-leader of kidnap group falls in Zamboanga City GMA news.tv -
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Escaped prisoners join Abu Sayyaf GulfNews -
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US envoy to Philippines appeals for kidnapped Red Cross staff release Xinhua -
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1 of 2 suspected kidnappers killed in Basilan
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Kidnapped 7-year-old rescued in S Philippines
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Civilians help authorities secure Sulu
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Philippine police：kidnapped Sri Lankan held by Abu Sayyaf rebels
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Philippine police：kidnapped Sri Lankan held by Abu Sayyaf rebels
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Sri Lankan peace activist abducted in Philippines
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Abu Sayyaf mortar attack wounds 10 Filipinos
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Troops clash with Sayyaf bandits in Sulu
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Sayyaf group admits custody of 3 ICRC workers in Sulu
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Muslim rebels turn to extortion: military ABS CBN News
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PIPVTR News Update on Sulu Kidnapping January 30, 2009
Officials Confirm Abu Sayyaf Holding 3 Red Cross Workers Pacific News Center
PIPVTR News Update on Sulu Kidnapping January 29, 2009
'Proof of life' photo of Red Cross workers obtained by CES DRILON, ABS-CBN News They are alive and well! A source close to Sulu local government officials provided ABS-CBN this first photo of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) workers while in captivity. The photo, taken at 1 p.m. Wednesday, shows Filipina Mary Jean Lacaba, Italian Eugenio Vagni, and Swiss national Andreas Notter with Sulu Vice-Gov. Lady Anne Sahidula, a distant relative of Albader Parad, whom the military believes is holding the group. It's been two weeks since the three were taken in front of the Sulu provincial capitol, but there are indications it will take time before they are set free. Efforts are being made for the ICRC to send maintenance medicine for Eugenio, who has a blood pressure condition, and Mary Jean who has a thyroid problem. They have also asked for books and personal grooming items that will be delivered by a contact, whom Sen. Richard Gordon, Philippine National Red Cross chief, did not identify. Mary Jean, or Nene as she is fondly called by her officemates at the Department of Agrarian Reform in Davao, worked in the field most of the time. Her officemates are confident this experience will pull her through her ordeal in sulu. In her hometown of Toril, Nene's mother is still kept in the dark about her daughter's plight. The radio and the television set have been unplugged for fear she may be taken ill. In Zamboanga, action star Robin Padilla indicated his readiness to help negotiate the release of the Red Cross workers. An Islam convert, Padilla helped secure the freedom of students and teachers held by the Abu Sayyaf Group in Basilan in 2000. Padilla was supposedly sent by Gordon. The military however bristled at the involvement of the action star. Philippine Marines commandant Maj. Gen. Ben Dolorfino said it will complicate matters for them. Gordon admits talking to Padilla, but not on being an emissary to the kidnappers. The Marine commandant will also visit Basilan, where the three teachers kidnapped last Friday and an abducted businessman were believed to have been brought. They are said to be held in Tuburan town, a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf. Military sources said the four were taken by kidnap-for-ransom groups in Zamboanga and then passed on to the Abu Sayyaf Group. Source: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/regions/01/28/09/update-proof-life-photo-red-cross-workers-obtained
PIPVTR Today's News January 28, 2009
CPP, MILF, Abu Sayyaf committed worst human rights violations—AFP By CARMELA FONBUENA, abs-cbNEWS.com/Newsbreak | 01/28/2009
PIPVTR News Update on Sulu Kidnapping January 27, 2009
Kidnappers demand P5M for Lacaba’s release - professor
PIPVTR Today's News January 26, 2009
Release teachers, Zambo mayor appeals to captors
PIPVTR Today's News January 24, 2009
Life terms for MILF Rizal Day bombers
PIPVTR Today's News January 23, 2009
3 men found guilty of murder in deadly Rizal Day bombings at http://www.gmanews.tv/story/145592/3-men-found-guilty-of-murder-in-deadly-Rizal-Day-bombings Life imprisonment for three Rizal Day bombers http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/metro-manila/01/23/09/security-tight-manila-court-decides-rizal-day-bombings-case PNP on alert vs retaliatory attacks Promulgation of case vs Rizal Day bombers starts Arroyo: An earlier anti-terror law may have prevented attacks Rizal Day bombing chronology Second week of November -- Al-Ghozi, Muklis, Paks and Salman went to Cebu to meet Abu Ali (alias Cusain Ramos), their “contact" in the purchase of explosives. They were able to buy 70 kilos of explosives that will be used to bomb Metro Manila.
PIPVTR News Update on Sulu Kindnapping January 23, 2009
2 Abu Sayyaf men linked to priest killing in govt custody at http://www.gmanews.tv/story/145401/2-Abu-Sayyaf-men-linked-to-priest-killing-in-govt-custody ICRC wants ‘rapid, unconditional’ release of abducted workers at http://www.gmanews.tv/story/145453/ICRC-wants-‘rapid-unconditional’-release-of-abducted-workers Maritime security intensified to prevent kidnappings in the south at http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/regions/01/22/09/maritime-security-intensified-prevent-kidnappings-south Basilan official: Missing trader kidnapped by Sayyaf-linked group at http://www.gmanews.tv/story/145256/Basilan-official-Missing-trader-kidnapped-by-Sayyaf-linked-group Italian priest: People in south 'uneasy' after ICRC workers' kidnapping at http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/regions/01/22/09/italian-priest-people-south-uneasy-red-cross-workers-kidnapping
PIPVTR News Update on Sulu Kidnapping January 22, 2009
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PIPVTR News Update on Sulu Kidnapping January 21, 2009
Military rescue efforts for 3 Int'l Red Cross continue abs-cbnNEWS.com | 01/20/2009 11:53 PM
PIPVTR News Update on Sulu Kidnapping January 20, 2009
RP appeals to Swiss, Italian govts against paying ransom (Updated 10: 50 p.m.) MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang on Monday appealed to the Swiss and Italian governments to refrain from paying ransom to seek the release of their nationals abducted last week in southern Philippines.
PIPVTR News Update on Sulu Kidnapping January 19, 2009
Sulu officials, police: No word yet from ICRC abductors By DYBORRHAE JEWEL M. REYES, ABS-CBN Zamboanga
PIPVTR News Update on Sulu Kidnapping January 18, 2009
Kidnapped Int'l Red Cross workers alive, unharmed MANILA, Philippines — The Red Cross said Saturday that three workers kidnapped on a restive southern Philippine island have called colleagues and said they were unharmed.
PIPVTR News Update on Sulu Kidnapping January 17, 2009
Military tags Abu Sayyaf in ICRC staff abduction in Sulu (Updated 9 p.m.) MANILA, Philippines - The Armed Forces on Friday tagged the Abu Sayyaf in the abduction of three International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) workers in Sulu province Thursday.
PIPVTR Today's News Update on Sulu Kidnapping January 16, 2009
3 Red Cross workers kidnapped in Sulu abs-cbnNEWS.com | 01/15/2009 1:24 PM
PIPVTR Today's News January 15, 2009
Blast hits Cotabato ahead of feast, 4 hurt - police
PIPVTR Today's News January 14, 2009
13 inmates escape from Sulu jail; 1 dead
PIPVTR Today's News January 12, 2009
6 soldiers killed, MILF says in new fighting in Maguindanao 01/11/2009 | 07:17 PM
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Arroyo outlines plan for Mindanao peace January 07, 2009 04:24:00
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Peace talks top Cabinet agenda
PIPVTR Today's News January 5, 2009
Bombing suspect, pal bolt North Cotabato jail
PIPVTR Today's News December 23, 2008
Stability before MILF talks resume By Katherine Evangelista
PIPVTR Today's News December 22, 2008
MNLF recruiting members in Sibuco, says mayor By QUEENIE CASIMIRO, ABS-CBN News Zamboanga |
PIPVTR Daily News December 18, 2008
Two soldiers killed in firefight vs ‘lawless' MILF group By RONNIE ENDERES, ABS-CBN News Iligan | 12/18/2008 2:21 AM
PIPVTR Daily News December 17, 2008
Manila declares holiday truce with Maoist rebels Reuters |
PIPVTR Daily News December 12, 2008
Ban on child warriors high on state’s peace agenda with Reds, Moros By Joyce Pangco Pañares
PIPVTR Daily News December 11, 2008
Military probing reports of two ASG commanders killed By DYBORRHAE JEWEL M. REYES, ABS-CBN News Zamboanga | 12/10/2008 11:13 PM
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Mumbai-type attacks unlikely in RP, says prof abs-cbnNEWS.com | 12/10/2008 1:33 PM
PIPVTR Daily News December 9, 2008
5 soldiers, 9 MILF rebels killed Sunday clashes claim life of peace panel member
PIPVTR Daily News December 8, 2008
Nine soldiers hurt in Sulu firefight vs suspected ASG By QUEENIE CASIMIRO, ABS-CBN News Zamboanga | 12/07/2008 6:24 PM
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7 wounded in Sultan Kudarat blasts: 2 in critical condition By Edwin Fernandez
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Zambo bizmen still alarmed vs kidnap threats By QUEENIE CASIMIRO, ABS-CBN News Zamboanga | 12/03/2008 12:28 AM
PIPVTR Daily News December 2, 2008
MILF: Violence unlikely to escalate in Mindanao Even with the pull out of the Malaysian delegation from the International Monitoring Team, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Tuesday assured that ceasefire mechanisms in Mindanao remain in place and that an escalation of violence in the region is "unlikely."
PIPVTR Daily News December 1, 2008
NPA releases video of ‘POW’ Army officer The New People’s Army group holding captive a Philippine Army junior officer has released a video of the young officer while captive and in a mountain camp of the rebel group.
PIPVTR Weekend News November 29-30, 2008
Mumbai terror rampage ends; Indian forces kill last gunmen 11/29/2008 | 10:20 PM
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US forces here to stay, says US envoy By Julie Alipala
PIPVTR Daily News November 25, 2008
US officials deny troops, projects are target of attacks in Sulu
PIPVTR Daily News November 24, 2008
MILF winds up probe on Bravo and Kato but results confidential By Edwin G. Espejo, Newsbreak | 11/24/2008 11:21 AM
PIPVTR Weekend News November 22-23, 2008
US envoy calls for ceasefire in Mindanao
PIPVTR Daily News November 21, 2008
2 alleged Abu members nabbed in Taguig By Marlon Ramos
PIPVTR Daily News November 20, 2008
Hundreds in Basilan town displaced as military bombard MILF forces ZAMBOANGA CITY - More than 800 residents were displaced when the military conducted mortar shelling and bombardment against 200 alleged members of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) at Sitio Malvar, Upper Mahayahay in Maluso town in Basilan Tuesday.
PIPVTR Daily News November 19, 2008
46,000 displaced by Mindanao fighting By Abigail Kwok
PIPVTR Daily News November 18, 2008
Army demands release of soldier held by NPAs
PIPVTR Daily News November 17, 2008
PHILIPPINES: More suffering, displacement feared in Mindanao before Arroyo term ends, say analysts
PIPVTR Daily News November 14, 2008
Explosion hits defense center in Davao Norte
Islamic states urge gov't, MILF to resume peace talks
by MANNY MOGATO, Reuters | 11/13/2008 7:36 PM
MILF doesn't trust gov't to reopen peace talks; wants foreign group
MANILA - Muslim separatist rebels in the Philippines said Thursday they do not trust the government to reopen stalled peace talks and are seeking international intervention to resolve the issue.
Ex-child fighter: NPA brainwashed me
By James Mananghaya
Zambo Sur priests still face kidnap threats
By Roel Pareño
Moro rebels eyed in market explosion in North Cotabato
By John Unson
Can Christian, Muslim leaders solve the Mindanao peace problem?
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Can religious leaders succeed in solving the Mindanao peace problem where traditional diplomatic channels have failed?
Troops, 200 MILF fighters clash
By James Mananghaya
Roxas hit for allegedly fomenting anti-Muslim sentiment
By Perseus Echeminada
1 soldier, 15 rebels killed in MILF raid
By John Unson
RP govt welcomes execution of Bali bombers
The Philippines on Monday welcomed the execution in Indonesia of three Islamic militants for their involvement in the 2002 bombings on the resort island of Bali, calling it "judicial retribution".
Focus on hunt for JI leader Noordin after Bali bombers' execution
JAKARTA - With the execution early Sunday of three Indonesian militants behind the 2002 Bali bombings, the focus is shifting to the hunt for a radical militant leader who allegedly masterminded the carnage.
FACTBOX: Where are Jemaah Islamiah's remaining top figures?
Indonesia has executed three members of Muslim militant group Jemaah Islamiah (JI) who were responsible for the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings in which 202 people died, an official at the attorney-general's office said on Sunday.
Bali bombers executed
Monday, November 10, 2008
Conflict areas in Mindanao remain low in literacy ratings
ZAMBOANGA CITY - Continued conflict, poverty and illnesses, these are among the main factors identified affecting literacy in areas in Mindanao that scored low in a literacy survey rating.
AFP: ASG sub-commander with P2M bounty arrested
ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Armed Forces’ Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom) has confirmed that elements of Joint Task Force Comet arrested a sub-commander of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) at the vicinity of Jolo, Sulu Wednesday.
Armed group harasses remote town in Lanao Sur
Tension gripped a remote town in Lanao del Sur province after its villagers were harassed by a group of gunmen before dawn Friday.
Blasts rock Army ammo dump in Shariff Kabunsuan
Sentries and other soldiers who were asleep were roused from their beds after the ammunition dump at the Army's 6th Infantry Division headquarters in Awang, Shariff Kabunsuan, exploded shortly before dawn Friday.
MILF help sought for 2 NGO workers
By Roel Pareño
Mindanao groups ask UN to get involved in peace talks
By NASH B. MAUNLANA, Newsbreak | 10/27/2008 2:49 PM
AFP says operations unhampered
By James Mananghaya
US experts urge GRP-MILF to resume peace talks
By JOSE KATIGBAK, STAR Washington bureau
NPAs free 7 comrades in daring attack on jail
By Arnell Ozaeta
2 suspected CPP members nabbed
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Philippines says foreign militants a worry
Islamist militants escaping from crackdowns in Indonesia and Malaysia continue to flee to the Philippines' southern island despite tightening border controls, the head of Manila's counter-terrorism unit said on Friday.
Int’l donor agencies pledge more assistance for Mindanao
DAVAO CITY – International donor agencies have vowed to continue supporting the Philippine government’s peace and development undertakings in Mindanao.
Rebellion raps vs CPP-NPA ‘leader’ junked
Candon, Ilocos Sur – A judge here has dismissed rebellion charges filed against a suspected ranking communist leader who was also linked by military authorities to the Oakwood mutiny in Makati City in 2007.
Sayyaf bandits threaten to harm 2 NGO workers
ZAMBOANGA CITY – Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits threatened to harm two female social workers they have held captive in Basilan since Sept. 15 if their ransom demand is ignored, a priest said.
Army overruns NPA encampment; 2 rebels nabbed
Two suspected New People's Army officials has arrested by the military after taking over an encampment of the rebel group in Sta. Cruz town in Davao del Sur province.
Six dead in clashes with Moro rebels in Maguindanao: military
ZAMBOANGA - Six people were killed in renewed fighting between Muslim guerrillas and government troops in the restive southern Philippines, the military said Wednesday.
Arroyo lauds troops for successful ops vs 'lawless MILF groups'
President Arroyo lauded troops pursuing “lawless Moro Islamic Liberation Front groups” (LMGs) in Central Mindanao in a visit to a military camp in Shariff Kabunsuan on Saturday.
Fears of MILF attacks still grip Lanao
The military is facing another challenge – to allay the fears of residents of Lanao del Norte that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) would launch new attacks.
MOA violated 36 provisions of the Constitution--Justice Carpio
Had the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front pushed through, it would have committed the country before the international community to make a “drastic change” to the 1987 Constitution, contrary to what government claimed would involve only minor changes.
Coast Guard seizes bomb materials at Batangas port
Batangas City – As part of its effort to fight terrorism in Southern Tagalog, Coast Guard personnel seized thousands of materials used in making explosives stacked in a vehicle bound for Iloilo at the Batangas Port yesterday.
Eight soldiers wounded in heavy fighting in Maguindanao
Eight soldiers, including an officer, were wounded in intense fighting with Muslim separatist rebels in the southern Philippines Sunday, the military said.
Mindanao politicians use teenagers as bodyguards
Children between the ages of 12 and 14 act as armed bodyguards for politicians in Mindanao, a Muslim youth leader revealed yesterday.
Dirllon Kidnapped Suspect Nabbed
A suspected Abu Sayyaf member believed to have been involved in the kidnapping in June of ABS-CBN news anchor Ces Drilon and her camera crew has been arrested, the military said yesterday.
NPA camps in Davao dismantled
Police and Army forces, after weeks of sustained anti-insurgency operations were able to dismantle mountain bases of the New People’s Army located in the outskirts of Davao City.
Army revives bayanihan strategy to fight NPAs
The Philippine Army has revived the age-old Filipino tradition of bayanihan in the fight against the communist insurgency, believing that military action alone is not enough to address the problem.
Escaped Batasan blast suspect surrenders
The escaped suspect in the bloody Batasan Complex bombing in November 2007 surrendered to a Quezon City judge Tuesday afternoon.
NPA resorting to terrorism - Army official
MANILA, Philippines - Members of the New People’s Army (NPA) are now resorting to terrorism in an act of desperation, an Army officer said Monday.
What Next for Abu Sayyaf?
The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) has a new leader: Ustadz Yasser Igasan. According to a reliable Army Commander, Igasan is a religious scholar, not a warrior. Sulu Representative Yusof Jikiri said he had heard Igasan was "very spiritual," but he also noted Igasan was a Tausog, an ethnic group known as fierce fighters.
Allocations for ‘peace roads’ in Mindanao realigned?
COTABATO CITY – North Cotabato Rep. Bernardo Piñol Jr. has asked the national government to look into what could be the “realignment” to Luzon and the Visayas of funds earmarked for supposed peace and development road projects for Mindanao of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
Biazon: No secret US military bases found in Mindanao
The Congressional oversight joint committee on the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) has found no evidence to support allegations that United States is maintaining military bases in Mindanao.
MILF nixes new government tack in peace process
COTABATO CITY – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) does not want to resume peace talks based on the government’s framework of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration.
'God's army' takes aim at Muslim rebels
ALEOSAN - Felimon Cayang says he is ready to die to save his native southern Philippine island from the Muslim separatist rebels spreading terror through its Christian communities.
Mindanao is focus of US for Southeast Asia peace and stability
WASHINGTON D.C. - The eyes of the United States are increasingly focused on Muslim Mindanao which could be a vital cog to America’s ability to build on the peace and stability of the Southeast Asian region.
2 NPAs slain in Davao clash
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
AFP scales down offensive in Moro areas due to Ramadan
MANILA - The Philippines has ordered troops to scale down an offensive to flush out rogue Muslim rebels in the south to allow Islamic communities to observe the holy month of Ramadan, the military chief said on Tuesday.
MILF suspect gunned down
COTABATO CITY – Soldiers gunned down a suspected member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front as they foiled an attempt to ransack their armory inside an Army base in Carmen, North Cotabato.
Mayor backs presence of US forces in RP
ZAMBOANGA CITY – A local executive here strongly defended the assistance being provided by the US forces to the local military in its fight against terrorism and insurgency in southern Philippines.
'War on terror' has not weakened al Qaeda: poll
LONDON - People across the world think the U.S.-led "war on terror" has not weakened al Qaeda and many believe it has actually strengthened Osama bin Laden's network, a poll for the BBC World Service said on Monday.
ACT urges Senate probe of alleged US troops in Abu Sabaya hunt
The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) on Sunday called on the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee on the Visiting Forces Agreement (LOCVFA) to investigate the reported involvement of United States troops in the operation that killed Abu Sayyaf spokesman Aldam Tilao, alias Abu Sabaya, in June 2002.
OIC offers help to Mindanao
The Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) has offered its support for economic development of Mindanao in the form of specific projects and funding assistance that can improve the lives of people in the southern Philippines.
The Moro Islamic Liberation Front: A terrorist organization?
In the aftermath of the ruthless attacks by three MILF field commanders on civilian populations in North Cotabato, Lanao del Norte, and Sarangani, the question of the MILF as a terrorist organization has again been raised.
Military downplays ex-Sayyaf men’s info
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Sayyaf surrenderees met JI bombers Dulmatin, Patek
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Terror tag sought for Kato, Bravo
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
2 kidnapped kids rescued in Sulu
Marines rescued yesterday two children of a businessman who were kidnapped last Sept. 16 by a group believed to have ties with the Abu Sayyaf in Patikul, Sulu, a military spokesman said.
Palace to take MILF recruitment of child soldiers before UN
Malacañang aims to bring before the United Nations the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) recruitment of children as fighters.
Army captures main MILF camp in Lanao
Army troops backed by rocket-firing helicopters and artillery seized the main Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) camp in central Mindanao after a week-long offensive at the boundary of the Lanao provinces.
2 Abu Sayyaf bandits fall
POLICE and military operatives have arrested two suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits, including one implicated in the beheading of Marine troops last year, in separate operations in the region, the police reported Tuesday.
Army says Bravo withdrawing to Lanao del Sur
Iligan City - Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) commander Bravo and his men has splintered their group and are now withdrawing towards Lanao del Sur following another encounter last September 14, this year at the boundary of Lanao del Norte.
Blast rocks Sarangani market
An explosion tore through a public market in Kiamba town in Sarangani province yesterday noon.
Troops overrun Kato’s camp
Troops backed by artillery overran a Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) base in Maguindanao yesterday after heavy fighting.
Malaysian PM disappointed over failed MOA between RP government and MILF
Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi was “more than disappointed” over President Arroyo’s decision not to sign a controversial territorial agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) but reiterated his commitment to the peace process in Mindanao, a senior Palace official said yesterday.
Afghanistan welcomes 'war on terror' shift on 9/11 anniversary
KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai Thursday welcomed a new US "war on terror" focus on Pakistan's border areas as more deadly violence underscored rampant militancy seven years after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Seven years after 9/11, Al-Qaeda is one the rise again - analysts
by Jim Mannion, AFP
PNP on alert as 9/11 anniversary nears
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has ordered all its field units nationwide to stay alert against local terror groups that may instigate terrorist activities in time for the seventh anniversary of the September 11 attacks in the United States.
MILF accused of killing Army sergeant in ceasefire committee
The military has filed a formal complaint against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) before a joint ceasefire monitoring body for the abduction and killing of a government representative to the ceasefire committee.
Unrest in Philippines may spill over to neighbours
MANILA: With peace talks between the Philippine government and Muslim rebels in tatters, analysts are warning violence will escalate and could spill over into neighbouring countries.
Army rockets kill 3 children, 3 others in south
MANILA - At least six civilians, including a pregnant woman and three children, were killed on Monday when Philippine army planes strafed and bombed Muslim rebel positions in the south a week after a peace deal collapsed, officials said.
MILF negotiator warns of humanitarian tragedy, foreign intervention
If the government's new peace strategy fails again to restore peace in Mindanao, humanitarian tragedy may set in making the Philippines susceptible to foreign intervention, a member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) peace panel said Thursday.
Military: MILF recruiting new members in Basilan and Sulu
Military officials claimed Wednesday that some Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) leaders have launched a recruitment campaign in Basilan and Sulu provinces.
More violence in south feared; ceasefire collapse seen
Malacañang has dissolved govt panel for talks with MILF - Zambo congresswoman
A Zamboanga City congresswoman on Wednesday said President Arroyo has dissolved the government panel for peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
AFP scales down offensive in Moro areas due to Ramadan
by MANNY MOGATOReuters MANILA - The Philippines has ordered troops to scale down an offensive to flush out rogue Muslim rebels in the south to allow Islamic communities to observe the holy month of Ramadan, the military chief said on Tuesday.
‘It’s prime time for interfaith dialogue in Mindanao’
Central Mindanao clashes hurdle to peaceful Ramadan
Yano assails MILF leadership over attacks by Bravo, Kato
Superferry 14 blast 'mastermind' deported from Bahrain
A ranking member of a local terror group in the Philippines suspected of masterminding the bloody Superferry 14 bombing in 2004 was deported from Bahrain on Saturday, police said. Ruben Omar Pestano Lavilla Jr., alleged founder of terror group Rajah Sulaiman Movement (RSM), was presented to the media by the Philippine National Police after arriving from Bahrain on Saturday.
Military vows to respect Ramadan
The military's Joint Task Force Comet based in Sulu assured Saturday that it will respect the observance of Ramadan that will begin next week.
CBCP calls for ceasefire in Mindanao during Ramadan
RP, Malaysia in talks to extend IMT
OSG asks SC to dismiss anti-MOA-AD petitions
The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) reiterated its call for the dismissal of the petitions seeking to nullify the Muslim ancestral homeland accord in the consolidated reply it filed Tuesday at the Supreme Court (SC).
Oakwood mutiny weapons needed in fight vs MILF
MILF rebel forces suffer heavy casualties - AFP
MILF raiders linked to JI
Rogue commanders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have strong ties with extremists, including the al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), and would continue to sow terror even when a final peace agreement is forged with the separatist group, security and intelligence officials said Sunday.
'More bloodshed if peace talks fail to start before Ramadan'
An Islamic scholar on Sunday warned that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front would not stop fighting the military until the government and the MILF go back to the negotiating table before the holy month of Ramadan starts a week from now.
MILF commander: Forces won't yield until MOA talks resume
Arroyo's new peace plan: dialogue and disarmament
Dureza to MILF: We'll talk peace after surrender of two commanders
MILF chairman calls for a stop to hostilities
Commander Bravo declares 'all-out war'
No stopping Mindanao attacks without pact, says MILF negotiator
Arroyo calls MILF attacks 'treacherous'
Gov't will no longer sign homeland deal with MILF: sources
AFP: 46 MILF rebels killed in Mindanao clashes
Security alert up in Mindanao after peace setback
by MANNY MOGATOReuters
Piñol: Esperon said govt won't defend NCotabato if attacked by MILF
By ANGELO GUTIERREZ
Supreme Court stops homeland deal with MILF
by MANNY MOGATO Reuters
'MILF may react badly to SC's TRO on homeland'
by CARMELA FONBUENAabs-cbnNEWS.com/Newsbreak
'No loss of RP territory in Moro homeland accord'
By ISAGANI DE CASTRO, JR.abs-cbnNEWS.com/Newbreak
Al-Qaida: Explosives expert wanted by US killed
By ANNA JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer Sun Aug 3, 4:15 PM ET
Zambo officials want SC to stop Moro homeland accord
By RJ ROSALADO
Sayyaf man with P150,000-bounty held in Zamboanga
By LEILA D. VICENTEABS-CBN Zamboanga
Abu Sayyaf abducts two women in Sulu -- officials
2 Abu fighters slain, Marine hurt in Basilan clash
By Joel Guinto
North Cotabato folk flee from MILF, militia clashes
By JASPER ACOSTAABS-CBN Cotabato
Uighur group claims China bus attacks, threatens Olympics
WASHINGTON (AFP) - A Uighur separatist group has taken credit for a deadly bus bombing in Shanghai in May and warned of new attacks in China during the Olympics, a group monitoring threats by extremists on the Internet said.
Philippines, rebels reach deal on Muslim homeland
Reuters - 7/28/2008 12:10:07 AM
Ancestral domain accord opens door to MILF declaration of independence: analysts
By ISAGANI DE CASTRO, JR.abs-cbnNEWS.com/Newsbreak
Homeland deal with MILF 'big push' for peace process
by MANNY MOGATOReuters MANILA - A landmark deal between the Philippine government and the country's biggest Muslim rebel group on a homeland for Muslims was welcomed on Thursday, but analysts and residents in the area said more needed to be done.
Gov't, MILF reach deal on homeland
by MANNY MOGATO
Two sub-contractors of Globe Telecom abducted in Basilan
By LEILA VICENTE ABS-CBN Zamboanga Zamboanga City - Basilan Police Provincial Office has confirmed that two sub-contractors of Globe Telecom were abducted in Barangay Languyan in Mohammad Adjul municipality in Basilan Wednesday afternoon.
New US, Aussie aid may boost RP fight vs pirates, militants
By MANNY MOGATO
82 Olympic 'terrorists' jailed
Beijing - Chinese police have this year detained 82 suspected terrorists in the nation's Muslim-populated far northwest who were planning to attack the Beijing Olympics, state media reported on Thursday.
Tracking the terrorist money trail
By DAVID DIZONabs-cbnNEWS.com
'End terror in south by cutting funds, helping returnees'
By DAVID DIZON
Documentary on Ces Drilon's kidnapping on Sunday, July 13
abs-cbnNEWS.com. You've seen the news coverage, but do you know the story?
Militants in SE Asia rely on donations-experts
MANILA, July 9 (Reuters) - Islamic militants across Southeast Asia have become increasingly dependent on donations, including zakat (alms), to finance bombings because governments have tightened bank controls, according to security experts.
Terror netted Abu Sayyaf P1.4B since ’92
By Alcuin Papa
Three ASG members get life imprisonment for 2005 Valentine’s Day blast
By MARIETON PACHECO
Sayyaf gives ransom deadline for co-op men
By ROEL PAREÑOThe Philippine Star ZAMBOANGA CITY – An Abu Sayyaf faction has given the Basilan Electric Cooperative (Baselco) until Tuesday to pay ransom for its four kidnapped workers or it would increase the demand and "sacrifice" one of the hostages.
MILF pushing govt to restart stalled peace talks: military
Marines seize alleged Abu Sayyaf marijuana plantation in Sulu
Members of the Marines' Joint Task Force Comet on Thursday raided and seized a marijuana plantation in Sulu, believed to be a source of funding for the terror group Abu Sayyaf, military officials announced Monday.
11 killed as troops clash with MILF: military
Agence France-Presse ZAMBOANGA - At least 11 people were killed in a new outbreak of violence Wednesday between troops and Muslim militants, threatening a fragile peace accord in the southern Philippines, officials said.
PIPVTR Executive Director Attends Two Seminars in Japan
PIPVTR Executive Director, Rommel C. Banlaoi, attended two consecutive seminars in Tokyo, Japan to discuss capacity building for counter-terrorism in Southeast Asia.
US designates Rajah Solaiman Movement terrorist entity
By Bill RoggioJune 16, 2008 3:27 PM
Arroyo: Govt set to restart peace talks with MILF
Arroyo orders manhunt for kidnappers; Drilon says it was an 'eye-opener'
Arroyo orders manhunt for kidnappers; Drilon says it was an 'eye-opener' Source: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/topofthehour.aspx?StoryId=122185
PIPVTR Attends Shangrila Dialogue 2008
Anwar urges Malaysian govt to send back Mindanao peacekeepers
by ISAGANI DE CASTRO JR.
MILF rejects direct talks with Manila
Soldiers fail anti-terror test in Camp Aguinaldo
Fighting between MILF, gov't erupts in Basilan
by MANNY MOGATOReuters Source: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=118358
CATR Accepts PIPVTR in the Board of Governors
The Council for Asian Terrorism Research (CATR) formally admitted to the Board of Governors the Philippine Institute for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (PIPVTR) at the 7th Bi-Annual CATR Conference held at Sofitel Wentworth Sydney, Australia held on 6-8 May 2008.
Abu Sayyaf leader wounded, son killed in Philippine offensive
Philippine Muslim Rebels Warn Cease-fire Could Falter if Malaysian Peacekeepers Leave
Malaysia says it won't abandon peace process in Mindanao despite pull-out
MILF: Malaysians ‘irreplaceable’ as peace mediators
In a few days, the Malaysian government will pull out half of the 41 peace monitors it has deployed in Mindanao since 2004. The rest will be out by September.
Peace talks with MILF may collapse if Malaysia withdraws
The five-year ceasefire between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in Mindanao is not the only benefit at stake if the Malaysian government makes good its threat to withdraw its peacekeepers in the International Monitoring Team (IMT).
Abu Sayyaf primary suspects in Zamboanga blast
Zamboanga City (PNA)-–Authorities pointed to bandits of the Abu Sayyaf Group, listed as a terrorist group by the United States and the European Union, as primary suspects in Sunday’s blasts which damaged a cathedral in this city.
Police find bomb parts in search of terrorist in Laguna
By Thea Alberto
JI, al-Qaeda regrouping to boost forces in Southeast Asia
By EDITH REGALADOThe Philippine Star
AFP: Success of recent operation in Sulu due to civilian support
By: ABS CBN
Singapore ministry says alleged JI arrested
by Agence France-Presse SINGAPORE - An alleged militant from Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) who was being groomed to be a future leader of the terror group has been detained, officials said Sunday.
A warrior’s tale
By Johnna Villaviray-Giolagon
ASG Suspect Killed in Jolo
ZAMBOANGA (AFP) - Security forces shot dead an Islamic extremist in an operation in the southern Philippine island of Jolo on Friday, the military said.
Suspected JI, Abu Sayyaf members nabbed in Boracay
Source: ABS-CBN News a thttp://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=111852
Terrorists spreading more 'gospel of hate' on Internet
By DAVID DIZONabs-cbnNEWS.com at http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=111463
News Brief: Secretary Ermita Launches PIPVTR at Protect 2008 as the RP's Main Think Tank on Terrorism Studies
Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita, who is also the Chairman of the Anti-Terrorism Council, launched the Philippine Institute for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (PIPVTR) at the Hotel Intercontinental Manila on 6 March 2008 on the occassion of the opening of Protect 2008 co-organized by the Leverage International.
Current Terrorism Situation in the Philippines Presented
Prof. Rommel C. Banlaoi, Executive Director of the Philippine Institute for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (PIPVTR) , presented a lecture before members of the Philippine Chapter of ASIS International at Discovery Suites, Ortigas Center on 21 February 2008.
Terror expert doubts JI bomber Dulmatin is dead
Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer at
Bomber Dulmatin 'found dead'
ASG/JI Plot to Assasinate President Arroyo Revealed
Source: Agence France Presse at http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/topofthehour.aspx?StoryId=109148
PIPVTR Presents Paper at Seapower Conference 2008
The Philippines Institute for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (PIPVTR) represented by Prof. Rommel C. Banlaoi, the Executive Director, presented a paper at the 2008 Seapower Conference held in Sydney, Australia on 28-31 January 2008. The Conference was organized by the Royal Australian Navy and the Seapower Centre.
Qaeda recruit Padilla sentenced to 17 years
Source: Reuters at http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=106487
Military aims to cut Reds by a quarter in 2008
Source: Agence France-Presse at http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=105094
PNP: Biogas caused Glorietta blast
RP seeks federal solution to Muslim rebellion: official
Source: Agence France-Presse at http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/topofthehour.aspx?StoryId=104927
Pope warns of terrorists getting nuclear weapons
Philippines Arrests Abu Sayyaf Militants
By TERESA CEROJANO – Associated Press at http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gbbrM4tlcyWbaQovzuwDB1aCQ6BwD8TUTSUO0
NPAs down to 5,700, ASGs to 380
Source: Reuters at http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=104670
Army condemns first NPA attack in 2008
ABS CBN News On Line
Coup plots and insurgency hinder growth in Philippines
by Alastair McIndoe, PHILIPPINES CORRESPONDENT
Abus abduct 2 in Sulu
The Philippine Star 12/14/07
Al Qaeda claims deadly Algiers bombs
by Agence France-Presse
Philippines Convicts 14 Abu Sayyaf Militants Linked to 2001 Kidnapping
Friday, 7 December 2007, 6:05 am
ICPVTR, Leverage Meet PIPVTR Founders
Dr. Rohan Gunaratna, Head of the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research and Ms. Cecilia Sanchez, Chair of the Leverage International, met with the Filipino founders of the Philippine Institute for Political Violence and Terrorism Research on 21 November 2007 at Camp Aguinaldo Gold Club in Quezon City.
Leverage International to Launch PIPVTR at Protect 2008
Leverage International (Consultants), Inc., in cooperation with the Anti-Terrorism Council of the Philippines, is organizing the PROTECT 2008 - "Doing Business Amidst New Threats III" on March 6-7, 2008 at the Hotel Intercontinental Manila, Philippines.
PIPVTR Signs MOA With BIPSS
Convinced of the necessity of promoting and reinforcing the cooperation, the mutual exchange of information, the improvement of research and academic programs, and the exchange of experts and researchers, the Philippine Institute for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (PIPVTR) and the Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 7 November 2007 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The MOU was signed a day before the commemoration of the Festival of Lights in Malaysia called Deepavali, which celebrates the victory against evil.
ICPVTR Hosts Visit of PIPVTR
The International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR) based in Singapore hosted the visit of the Philippine Institute for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (PIPVTR) on November 4-5, 2007.
PIPVTR Attends 5th CATR Bi-Annual International Symposium
With a theme “Understanding the Role of the Media In the Spread of Ideological Extremism” , the Council for Asian Terrorism Research (CATR) held its 5th Bi-Annual International Symposium at JW Marriot Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 5-7 November 2007. The Philippine Institute for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (PIPVTR) participated in the said event through Prof. Rommel C. Banlaoi, the Chairman of the Board and Executive Director.