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Duterte (wrongly) tells soldiers they can arrest without warrants

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has disputed President Duterte’s assertion that the military can arrest people without warrants under martial law. Speaking to troops on Friday, the president said they could search homes and arrest people using arrest, search and seizure orders (Asso). However, the CHR has said that the…

Abu Sayyaf suspected after coast guard beats off pirate attack

The Philippine coast guard have foiled an attempted pirate attack on a cargo vessel by suspected Abu Sayyaf terrorists. The attempted boarding yesterday (Tuesday, April 18) of the Doña Anabelle occurred off Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte about 50 miles to the north of the Sulu archipelago, the Islamic State-affiliated group’s…

Two suspected MILF members arrested after twin bomb blasts

Two suspected Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) members have been arrested today after twin bombings in Mindanao left more than a dozen people injured. Chief Superintendent Raul Supiter, director of Sultan Kudarat Provincial Office, said the first explosion took place yesterday (Monday, April 17) at 6.40pm on the rooftop of…

Abu Sayyaf terrorists kill three militiamen, while others lay down arms

Three militiamen were killed while six special forces soldiers and 11 other militiamen were wounded in clashes with Islamic State-afilliated Abu Sayyaf Group in Sumisip, Basilan, this morning (Monday, April 10). Captain Jo-Ann Petinglay, spokeswoman of the Western Mindanao Command, said the first encounter occurred at 7.15am in Barangay Cabcaban….