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Terror warnings blamed as foreign visitors cancel trips to the Philippines

Tourism companies are reporting that foreign visitors have begun cancelling trips, particularly in the Central Visayas region. The news comes after Abu Sayyaf’s foiled kidnapping raid on Bohol island last week, and numerous travel advisories from overseas governments. Among the reported cancellations were 500 tourists from Japan, who were planning…


On-the-run terrorists behead “sickly” captive who was slowing them down

Abu Sayyaf terrorists have beheaded a Filipino captive, the military has revealed. Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana, military commander on Jolo island, said the ship’s captain — one of four fishermen abducted in December — was executed on Thursday. Noel Besconde was kidnapped by the Islamic State-affiliated group while fishing in…



Duterte hopeful that Abu Sayyaf leader has been killed

The lack of any intelligence reports about Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon has raised hopes that he is dead. As we reported in January, Hapilon was seriously wounded during military airstrikes. It is believed he was scouting for a new stronghold for the so-called Islamic State (IS), which had previously named…


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…


New footage of Samal Island kidnap victims held hostage by Abu Sayyaf

Three foreigners kidnapped by terrorists in the Philippines nearly six months ago have appealed to their governments for help to secure their release, as their Islamic State-afiliated captors issued a one-month deadline for their demands to be met. The three foreign men, who Philippine authorities have identified as two Canadians and a…