Islamic State claims responsibility for Pakistan attack

Members of the Shiite Hazara community stand around the bodies of the 11 coal miners in the mountainous Machh area of Balochistan province, Pakistan. (Photo courtesy of AFP)

The Islamic State claimed credit for an attack in Baluchistan province early Sunday that killed 11 miners from Pakistan’s minority Shiite Hazaras. The incident occurred in the Mach area of the Bolan district, around 100 kilometers southeast of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan. The miners were kidnapped and driven to surrounding mountains before being blindfolded… Continue reading Islamic State claims responsibility for Pakistan attack

COVID-19 penetrates Fort Gregorio Del Pilar despite stringent protocols

Michelle Soriano, ABS-CBN News

Despite a strict COVID-19 protocol in place at Fort Gregorio del Pilar, where the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) is housed, the fatal virus has made its way into the PMA’s revered halls. According to the Baguio City Health Services Office’s daily COVID-19 monitoring bulletin on December 31, 2020, 14 of the total COVID-19 positive cases… Continue reading COVID-19 penetrates Fort Gregorio Del Pilar despite stringent protocols

2 communist terrorists surrender after successful military operations

Following successive military operations in Sultan Kudarat, two members of the communist terrorist group put down their arms and returned to the folds of the law, according to the WesMinCom Commander. The two were identified as Jonathan Saliling, a.k.a. Jonathan/Atan, and Michael Lugko, a.k.a. Umpak/Michael, both members of the East Daguma Front, Sub-regional Command Daguma,… Continue reading 2 communist terrorists surrender after successful military operations

Army troops rescued a wounded NPA guerrilla

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After being arrested by forces in Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat, on December 31, 2020, a medical team from the 38th Infantry (WE CLEAR) Battalion rescued the life of a wounded rebel. Elmer Lasib alias ‘Billy’ Ka Bodo, also known as ‘Ka Bogs,’ a former Commanding Officer of Front West Musa, was captured as a communist [New… Continue reading Army troops rescued a wounded NPA guerrilla

China rebuffs Taiwan’s latest offer of talks as a “cheap trick”

China has rejected Taiwan’s most recent offer of negotiations, describing it as a “cheap trick” and provocation in which the government seeks confrontation with China at any costs. President Tsai Ing-wen said in her New Year’s address on Friday that Taiwan is keen to engage in “meaningful” negotiations with China on an equal basis if… Continue reading China rebuffs Taiwan’s latest offer of talks as a “cheap trick”

Soldiers capture wounded NPA terrorist in Sultan Kudarat

Military troops from Joint Task Force Central apprehended a wounded NPA terrorist in Sultan Kudarat, according to Western Mindanao Command Chief Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr. “Based on the report, while our troops from the 38th Infantry Battalion were scouring the area in Sitio Upper Compac, Barangay Baglas of the municipality of Palimbang, they rescued… Continue reading Soldiers capture wounded NPA terrorist in Sultan Kudarat

Army in Panay, partners extend assistance to typhoon hit areas in Luzon

The Army’s 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division aided the Provincial Government of Capiz and partner stakeholders in Aklan Province during the hauling of relief assistance intended for the typhoon victims in Luzon on December 20 and December 25, 2020, respectively. The Philippine Air Force’s C130 aircraft brought a total of 63 tons of relief supplies from… Continue reading Army in Panay, partners extend assistance to typhoon hit areas in Luzon

Taiwan’s president reaches out to China again in her New Year’s speech

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President Tsai Ing-wen said in her New Year’s speech on Friday that Taiwan is eager to engage “meaningful” negotiations with China on an equal footing as long as both sides are willing to put aside their differences. Democratic Taiwan, claimed by China as its sovereign territory, has come under increasing pressure from Beijing, which has… Continue reading Taiwan’s president reaches out to China again in her New Year’s speech

23 former rebels get E-CLIP benefits in Aurora

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan Session Hall, Barangay Suklayin, in the capital city of Aurora, gave cash aid to 23 former rebels (FRs) who recently surrendered to the government (December 29, 2020), on Tuesday, December 29, 2020. Lt. Col. Reandrew P. Rubio, Commander of the Philippine Army’s 91st Infantry “Sinagtala” Battalion, said the activity began at 2:30… Continue reading 23 former rebels get E-CLIP benefits in Aurora

Army continues to score against NPAs in a series of clashes in Bukidnon

The 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade continued to score against the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army Terrorists (CNTs) in a series of clashes in the provinces of Misamis Oriental and Agusan del Norte on December 29 and 30, 2020, respectively, through its operationally controlled Battalions, 58th Infantry (Dimalulupig) Battalion and 23rd Infantry (Masigasig) Battalion.… Continue reading Army continues to score against NPAs in a series of clashes in Bukidnon