5 Abu Sayyaf Group members yield in Basilan

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On July 19, 2021, five members of the Abu Sayyaf Group led by the late Isnilon Hapilon surrendered to the military in Lamitan City, Basilan, according to Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom) Commander Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr. As per the WesMinCom commander, the militants turned themselves in at the 68th Infantry Battalion Headquarters in Campo… Continue reading 5 Abu Sayyaf Group members yield in Basilan

PH Army captures 18,433 rebels using a ‘whole-of-nation’ strategy

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Through the Duterte administration’s “whole of nation” integration effort, a total of 18,433 former rebels from Communist Terror Groups (CTG), including 92 “kid soldiers,” have returned to the fold of the law and are now living regular lives. At the weekly virtual press conference of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict… Continue reading PH Army captures 18,433 rebels using a ‘whole-of-nation’ strategy

China did not ‘expel’ a US warship, US Navy says

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China’s assertions that it employed naval and air forces to evict a US warship from its territory this week are incorrect, according to US Navy officials. The destroyer John S. McCain was “expelled” from waters around the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea, according to a senior colonel with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.… Continue reading China did not ‘expel’ a US warship, US Navy says

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to visit Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam

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According to the US embassy in Hanoi, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will visit Southeast Asia later this month. His itinerary includes stops in the Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam. “Secretary Austin’s visit will demonstrate the importance the Biden-Harris Administration places on Southeast Asia and on ASEAN as an essential part of the Indo-Pacific’s architecture,” Pentagon… Continue reading US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to visit Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam

Caught between China and the U.S., Asian countries stockpile powerful new missiles

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Asia is sliding into a dangerous arms race as smaller nations that once stayed on the sidelines build arsenals of advanced long-range missiles, following in the footsteps of powerhouses China and the United States, analysts say. China is mass producing its DF-26 – a multipurpose weapon with a range of up to 4,000 kilometres –… Continue reading Caught between China and the U.S., Asian countries stockpile powerful new missiles

Philippine Army, LGU turn over Masjid to Bangsamoro community

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In honor of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha, the Municipal Government of Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur, the Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB), and the 547th Engineer ‘Agila’ Battalion (547EBn) handed over a Masjid to the Bangsamoro Community of Barangay Mama of the same municipality in a simple but fitting Masjid Ribbon Cutting and… Continue reading Philippine Army, LGU turn over Masjid to Bangsamoro community

DND Secretary Lorenzana hails National Democratic Front’s designation as terror group

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Delfin Lorenzana, Secretary of the Department of National Defense (DND), praised the Anti-Terrorism Council’s (ATC) resolution branding the Philippines’ National Democratic Front (NDF) as a terrorist organization on Tuesday. The latest finding, according to Lorenzana, will “justify and enable the defense sector to move forward in its efforts to address internal security concerns.” Lorenzana claimed… Continue reading DND Secretary Lorenzana hails National Democratic Front’s designation as terror group

Over 200 loose firearms yielded to gov’t forces in Basilan

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The military acquired more than 200 loose firearms from Basilan’s local chief executives in support of the province’s Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Program implementation. “Through the combined efforts of the Joint Normalization Committee, Joint Task Force Basilan, and Provincial Government of Basilan, the SALW program was successfully implemented and subsequently earned overwhelming support… Continue reading Over 200 loose firearms yielded to gov’t forces in Basilan

France, South Pacific nations will join forces to tackle ‘predatory’ fishing as China’s reach expands

As China widens its marine reach, French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Monday that France and South Pacific nations will establish a South Pacific coastguard network to combat “predatory” behavior, which an aide claimed was aimed at illicit fishing. To offset China’s influence, the US and its allies, notably France, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand,… Continue reading France, South Pacific nations will join forces to tackle ‘predatory’ fishing as China’s reach expands

Abra police officers applauded for assisting a girl with cerebral palsy

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The Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, praised police officers from two Abra municipal stations for collaborating to care for an 11-year-old girl with cerebral palsy. Eleazar praised the Pearrubia and Bucay municipal police stations, particularly Bucay police Cpl. Rochelle Venus Palino, for providing “genuine care” to children. “I commend Cpl. Palino and… Continue reading Abra police officers applauded for assisting a girl with cerebral palsy