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Singapore offers SAF assistance to counter terrorism in Philippines

SINGAPORE: Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen has offered the Singapore Armed Forces’ (SAF) assistance to counter the threat of terrorism in Philippines together with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) said on Wednesday (Jul 19). In a media release, MINDEF said the SAF’s assistance will include a Republic of Singapore Air Force C-130 transport aircraft, use of the SAF’s urban training villages for AFP troops, and a detachment of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to enhance the AFP’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, MINDEF said. TheRead More

Duterte seeks extension of martial law until end of year

Photo President Rodrigo Duterte Faced with the lingering threat of rebellion in Mindanao, President Duterte is seeking the extension of martial law in the troubled region until the end of the year. The President sent a seven-page letter to Congress leaders conveying his request for a five-month martial law extension, admitting the government has unable to put an end to the threat posed by terror groups by July 2 Proclamation No. 216 on the 60-day martial law in Mindanao aimed to quell lawless violence and rebellion, signed by the PresidentRead More

Philippines acquires 2 spy planes from US

The United States will provide two Cessna 208 aircraft to aid Philippine troops fighting ISIS-inspired militant groups in Mindanao. MANILA, Philippines — Washington has offered to send two surveillance aircraft to assist the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations against terrorists, the US ambassador said Tuesday. US Ambassador Sung Kim said that two Cessna 208 planes will be turned over to the Philippine government in a couple of weeks. Kim stressed that the US is deeply concerned about the security situation in Marawi City, where government forcesRead More

Gunman dead after shooting at Resorts World Manila

MANILA: A man who fired shots inside a casino in the Philippine capital apparently killed himself on Friday (Jun 2), the national police chief said, after initially claiming police shot the assailant dead. “The lone gunman is already neutralised. He is dead. He burned himself inside the hotel room,” police chief Ronald Dela Rosa told reporters outside. “He lay down on the bed, covered himself with a thick blanket, apparently poured petrol on the blanket and burned himself.” Dela Rosa made the comments about an hour after claiming in aRead More

2,000 trapped as fighting rages in Philippines city

MARAWI, Philippines: Two thousand fearful civilians were trapped on Sunday (May 28) inside a southern Philippine city where troops are battling Islamist militants, authorities said, as the death toll from almost a week of fighting neared 100. The military intensified a bombing campaign on parts of Marawi on Mindanao island, one of the biggest Muslim cities in the mainly Catholic nation, as it accused the gunmen of atrocities including murdering women and a child. Air strikes on militant controlled areas heard from Marawi’s provincial capital — Aya Lowe (@AyaloweCNA)Read More

The women behind the Philippines’ bubbling craft beer scene

The idyllic island of Palawan, in the southwest corner of the Philippines, is best known for its turquoise waters and secret lagoons. But the far-flung getaway has recently caught the eye of craft beer enthusiasts too, thanks to the work of the island’s first craft brewery. Said to be the first women-run beer operation in the Philippines, Palaweño Brewery — located in Puerto Princesa, the island’s largest city — harnesses fresh local ingredients to fuel its recipes. The diverse menu could include anything from the hoppy Ayahay IPA to theRead More

Kidnap threat at Philippine tourist hotspots

MANILA: Terrorists are planning to kidnap foreigners in tourist hotspots across the central and western Philippines, Western governments said Wednesday (May 10) following a foiled abduction attempt by Islamist militants a month ago. President Rodrigo Duterte said security had been increased on the western island of Palawan, one of the Philippines’ most popular tourist destinations, after the US embassy warned of a kidnapping threat there. “The US Embassy has received credible information that terrorist groups may be planning to conduct kidnapping operations targeting foreign nationals in the areas of Palawan,” itRead More

5.6-magnitude quake hits Philippines

MANILA: A 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck the centre of Mindanao island in the Philippines on Wednesday (Apr 12), the US Geological Survey said. The quake, initially reported as a 6.0-magnitude, struck at 5:21am on Wednesday (2121 GMT on Tuesday). It was very shallow, at a depth of six kilometres, which would have amplified its effect. Its epicentre was 75.5 kilometres northeast of Cotabato on the large southern island of Mindanao. A 5.6-magnitude quake is considered moderate and is capable of causing considerable damage. Link to this post!

Semi-permanent buildings demolished for RPTRA in North Jakarta

.The Jakarta administration demolished over 31 illegal buildings under a North Jakarta toll road on Friday to make way for the development of a child-friendly integrated public space (RPTRA) Officers from the public order agency (Satpol PP), local police and military were present during the demolition under the Wiyoto Wiyono toll road in Warakas subdistrict, Tanjung Priok, although no resistance was seen during the process. “We announced the demolition plan a long time ago to street vendors and illegal building’ owners. We hope the plan to build an RPTRA willRead More

Philippines marshals troops in deadly anti-drug crackdown

The Philippines’ main antinarcotics agency signed an agreement with the military Tuesday to harness troops in President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly anti-drug crackdown after he barred the national police force from carrying out the campaign to cleanse its ranks of rogue personnel. Military spokesman Col. Edgard Arevalo said that troops would only back up the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, or PDEA, which has a tiny force, in assaults against major drug suspects and in raids in far-flung areas facing insurgency and terrorism threats under the new agreement. Troops would not getRead More

I want to be the first senator to become world champion

MANNY PACQUIAO has been juggling his training with his new role as a Senator in the Philippines. “It took discipline to manage my time effectively,” Pacquiao said, “to balance my training camp and my Senatorial duties. I feel good. Every day I was able to get in all my training. I ran every morning and did my strength and conditioning with Justin Fortune. I worked with Freddie every evening at the gym after work. There were some days where I would have to come in later if my work in the Senate demanded I stayRead More

Manny Pacquiao wins Senate seat, bringing him closer to presidency

Boxing great Manny Pacquiao has won a seat in the Philippine Senate based on an unofficial count and was set to be proclaimed on Thursday with other senatorial winners, bringing him closer to a possible crack at the presidency. The 37-year-old Filipino slugger has garnered more than 15.5 million votes with more than 96 per cent of voting precincts counted and was in seventh place of 12 winning senators. Earlier this year, he said that he planned to retire from boxing to become a full-time politician. Pacquiao is considered aRead More