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Ten Pakistanis detained trying to reach Abu Sayyaf stronghold without papers

Ten Pakistanis have been apprehending while attempting to reach the Abu Sayyaf stronghold of Basilan without any documentation, it was revealed today (Thursday, March 16). Coast guard spokesman Lieutenant Commander Alvin Dagalea said the Pakistanis, who identified themselves as businessmen and their wives, were about to catch a ferry from…


Seven arrested in Sabah, Malaysia, over suspected links to the Islamic State

Five Filipinos and two Malaysians have been arrested in Sabah, Malaysia, over alleged links to so-called Islamic State (IS). Two Filipinos who are permanent residents of Sabah were arrested over allegations that they helped transport Indonesian and Malaysian IS terrorists to Mindanao. One was identified as a 31-year-old female immigration…



Deploying soldiers to war on drugs risks suspension of US military aid

Washington could suspend military aid to the Philippines if soldiers are deployed to President Duterte’s war drugs, an American analyst said today (Friday March 10). He also said that annual US-Filipino war games – that have been held for more than three decades and are the cornerstone of the two…


Duterte threatens martial law if violence in Mindanao gets worse

President Duterte warned today (Thursday, March 9) that he would be “forced” to declare martial law in Mindanao if violence in the region got any worse. Speaking to an audience of local officials in Davao City, the president said: “You help me, or I will declare martial law tomorrow for…


Troops recover body of beheaded German as noose closes on Abu Sayyaf

Philippine troops have found the remains of Jurgen Kantner as the army presses ahead with its bid to free 30 other captives of the Islamic State-affiliated terror group. Marines dug up the head and body of Mr Kantner yesterday (Saturday, March 4) in the mountainous region of Indanan town in Sulu province said regional military…



Ten Abu Sayyaf terrorists killed as Army closes net on group

A clash between the Army and Abu Sayyaf today (Friday, March 3) resulted in the death of 10 terrorists, including two grandsons of the group’s leader Radulan Sahiron. On the government side, 17 soldiers were injured in the clash, the second since the terror group beheaded German hostage Jurgen Kantner…


Police called back to drug war amid calls to target Abu Sayyaf terrorists

President Duterte has relaunched his war on drugs, despite calls for extra manpower to be deployed against Abu Sayyaf and other terror groups. Less than a month after the Philippine National Police (PNP) was fired from his campaign, the president said he now needed more manpower to redouble his crusade…