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Gutsy officer in bungled raid found guilty, demoted

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“I fell here, I’ll rise here.” A bemedaled Army officer kept up a brave front on Tuesday as he was found guilty by a general court-martial of bungling an operation against renegade guerrillas in Al-Barka town, Basilan province, two years ago, causing a clash that left 19 Special Forces soldiers dead.

Posted: July 10th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Military court finds remaining officer in bungled Basilan operations guilty

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A soldier carries a wounded comrade airlifted by helicopter from Al-Barka, Basilan, for treatment in Zamboanga City last month. At least 19 soldiers of the Special Action Forces were killed in a clash with Moro rebels. AP FILE PHOTO

The remaining officer facing charges in the bungled operations in Al Barka, Basilan in 2011 which claimed lives of 19 of the Army’s Special Forces and injured 14 others was found guilty by military court on Tuesday.

Posted: July 9th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

An encounter for peace in Al-Barka

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MEMBERS of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)  and the Philippine Army’s 103rd Brigade test their strengths in a game of tug-of-war in October last year to celebrate the formal signing of the framework peace agreement between the government and MILF negotiators in Malacañang. RICHEL V. UMEL

The last time they met, heads rolled as blood flowed in what was seen as one of the most grossly lopsided encounters between soldiers and Moro rebels in Basilan.

Posted: January 19th, 2013 in Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Regions | Read More »

AFP to review guilty verdict vs soldier in al-Barka debacle

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines will review the general court martial’s guilty verdict against Colonel Almikandra Undog, one of the soldiers involved in the Al-Barka debacle in 2011, which killed 19 members of the Philippine Army’s Special Forces.

Posted: January 11th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

AFP speeds up court martial of 4 military officers over Basilan massacre

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The General Court Martial (GCM) of four senior military officers over the Al Barka, Basilan massacre a year ago is being fast-tracked, an Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman said Wednesday.

Posted: October 17th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

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