Two policewomen seized by Abu Sayyaf freed

The two policewomen who were abducted some two weeks ago in Sulu by suspected Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members were rescued on May 19 and were formally turned over to President Rodrigo Duterte in Davao City. The two Philippine National … Continue reading Two policewomen seized by Abu Sayyaf freed

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JORDANIAN journalist, 2 TV crewmen missing in southern philippines

A three-man news team for the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya network are missing on a remote Philippine island notorious for Islamist militants and kidnappings, police said Friday. Jordanian Baker Atyani and his two Filipino crew failed to return to their hotel on Jolo island on Tuesday, provincial police chief Antonio Freyra said. “The Jolo mayor offered to provide security for them, but they declined, saying they would not go far from their hotel,” Senior Superintendent Freyra told AFP by telephone. Local authorities searched their rooms in Jolo town centre after the hotel owner reported to police that they failed to return in … Continue reading JORDANIAN journalist, 2 TV crewmen missing in southern philippines

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Jemaah Islamiyah eyed in Cotabato City blast

BY ROGER M. BALANZA inAROUNDMINDANAO PUBLISHED IN THE DURIAN POST NO.73, August 8-14, 2011 Terrorists with links to the Indonesia-based Jemaah Islamiyah, the Asian cell of the international terrorist group al-Qaeda, had a hand in last week’s blast in Cotabato City that killed two persons, according to a military officer. The explosion was carried out by suspects with alleged links to the Indonesia-based Jemaah Islamiyah, said Lieutenant Colonel Prudencio Asto, apokesman of the Philippine Army’s 6th Infantry Division. The August 2 blast has led to the inevitable that dealt a blow to local tourism: United Kingdom warning its citizens against … Continue reading Jemaah Islamiyah eyed in Cotabato City blast

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Police hunt on for women bomb squad

Reports that a bomb squad composed of women is out to launch terrorist attacks on selected cities in Mindanao have put police on edge. The Mindanao terrorist group Abu Sayyaf, linked to the international terror group al-Qaeda of Osama bin Laden is said to employ  women in their bombing attacks. Superintendent Jose C. Carumba, Police Regional Office (PRO)-Davao spokesperson, said there is still no proof on the reports on the existence of the Bangsa Moro Women Auxiliary Force (Biwaf).  But he said PRO-Davao Director Jaime H. Morente, has ordered the intensification of intelligence operations in the region. Among the target … Continue reading Police hunt on for women bomb squad

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Pamatong’s Satanic Bill

The Durian Beat By ROGER M. BALANZA The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie was published in 1988 and was inspired in part by the life of Muhammad. Rushdie used magical realism and relied on contemporary events and people to create … Continue reading Pamatong’s Satanic Bill

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Anti-kidnap body spreads out in Mindanao

            As kidnappers snatch victims left and right all over the island, an anti-kidnapping agency plans to establish satellite offices in three key cities in Mindanao before the end of the month.             Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo said the Police Anti-Crime and Emergency Response (Pacer) satellites—in the cities of Zamboanga, Cotabato and Davao–would back local police and bolster tactical operations against known kidnap-for-ransom (KFR) groups.             Although it has been operating discreetly in Southern Mindanao for long, the field office would give Pacer a permanent home in Davao City. It would be working with anti-kidnapping operatives from … Continue reading Anti-kidnap body spreads out in Mindanao

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