Abu Sayyaf

Abu Sayyaf militants show ISIS flag.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Like most rebellions, the Marawi rebellion couldn’t have happened without the financial support of someone who has the wherewithal to sustain a long siege. More than six weeks after the attack, the militants are still entrenched in Marawi City. No amount of ground assault by the Philippine Marines or bombing by Philippine Air Force warplanes could dislodge the militants consisting of Read More …

In this undated photo made available, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, by Philippine National Police in Manila, Philippines, Khair Mundos, left, a top commander of the Abu Sayyaf extremist group who is on the U.S. list of most-wanted terrorists and has once acknowledged receiving al-Qaida funds to finance local bombings, poses with his comrades while training at their camp on Mindanao island in southern Philippines. Philippine security officials said Mundos was arrested in a slum community near Manila's international airport but it was not immediately clear why he was in the capital. The military and police have been hunting him for his alleged involvement in bombings and kidnappings. (AP Photo/Philippine National Police)

By Jim Gomez Associated Press MANILA — Philippine security forces on yesterday captured a top Filipino commander of the Abu Sayyaf extremist group who is on a US list of most-wanted terrorists and has acknowledged receiving al-Qaeda funds to finance bombings in the country. Khair Mundos did not resist when army troops and police arrested him in a slum community near Manila’s international airport. It Read More …

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Source: The Daily Tribune Contrary to claims of President Aquino that the situation in Mindanao will soon return to normal with the Zamboanga City crisis coming to an end, former Philippine Constabulary (PC) chief retired Maj. Gen. Ramon Montano stated that the ongoing crisis had spread over to other areas, resulting in Mindanao being in practically a state of war. “Mindanao is now in a Read More …

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Making life worth living By Ellen Tordesillas Malaya We condole with the family of the seven Marines who were killed in Patikul, Sulu last Saturday and those of the eight policemen who were killed by a landmine allegedly planted by the New People’s Army in Allacapan, Cagayan Monday. The police officers killed were Police Officers 2 Dexter Cubilla, Angelbert Mateo, Elmark Rodney Pinated, Jonnel Bowat Read More …

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By Roel Pareño The Philippine Star  MANILA, Philippines – Two main camps of the Abu Sayyaf group were overrun by forces of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in its latest offensive in Patikul, Sulu yesterday. MNLF commander Ustadz Habier Malik said his forces were able to overrun two camps of the Abu Sayyaf but were not able to recover the Jordanian journalist taken hostage Read More …

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By Roel Pareño The Philippine Star  ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Muslims versus Muslims – this is mutual annihilation and it must stop. A senior member of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) issued this call yesterday as the group massed for a bigger assault on Abu Sayyaf strongholds in Sulu. The fighting, which erupted Sunday morning, has prompted hundreds of villagers to flee their homes Read More …

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By Florante S. Solmerin Manila Standard Today Clan wars may escalate Members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and bandits from the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters headed by Umbra Kato have clashed several times recently, and a military official said the skirmishes could escalate although the clashes had nothing to do with the framework agreement signed between the MILF and the government the Philippine government Read More …

Corporate Watch By Amelia H.C. Ylagan BusinessWorld A woman’s drawn-out wail cut the tentative silence after the raspy breathing of the wounded young soldier suddenly just stopped. Outside the makeshift nipa hospital hut, the rustling leaves on the trees beyond poised in suspended animation as the wind held its breath to give reverence to the life gone away so quickly and so harshly — and Read More …

COMMONSENSE By Marichu A. Villanueva The Philippine Star If we are to believe the official reports of the military, last week’s encounter of Marines with lawless elements in the jungles of Sulu involved heavily armed Abu Sayyaf terror bandits. At least seven Marines were killed in action while 26 others were wounded in the military offensive on a large camp of the Abu Sayyaf. By Read More …

By Erick San Juan I was bombarded by several emails and text messages from concerned citizens and bloggers like Ferdie Pasion, Walter Siy, Architect Ben Yu, Victor Yam,etc. Their mails and messages are really fiery and thought provoking. The issue is all about the helplessness of our military being set up and killed by a small group of scalawags in the south. This week, seven Read More …