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Thousands still in evacuation center 11 months after Zamboanga siege

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A young evacuee, one of the thousands affected by the stand-off between Philippine government forces and Muslim rebels, shelters from the scorching heat as others queue up for food distribution at an evacuation centre inside a sports complex in Zamboanga, on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on September 20, 2013. Philippine security forces killed eight Muslim rebels on September 20 as they hunted the remnants of a guerrilla force hiding in homes of the major city and believed to be holding hostages.      AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE

Eleven months after Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) forces tried to occupy the city, the residents displaced by the conflict still do not know if government has a clear housing plan for them.

Posted: August 14th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Security concerns delay Palparan transfer to Bulacan jail

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INQUIRER PHOTO/JOAN BONDOC

Justice Secretary Leila De Lima on Wednesday said retired General Jovito Palparan cannot be immediately transferred to the Bulacan Provincial Jail despite orders from the Malolos, Bulacan Regional Trial Court Branch 14.

Posted: August 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Samar governor cites anti-insurgency gains

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After more than four decades of battling communist rebels in Samar, the governor of this impoverished province announced on Monday that the efforts had reached a step close to a complete rout.

Posted: August 13th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Tiamzons no shows in arraignment for illegal gun possession

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Communist Party of the Philippines and New People’s Army chief Benito Tiamzon (left) and his wife, Wilma (right).  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The lawyers of Benito Tiamzon and Wilma Austria Tiamzon, the alleged top leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), who were arrested months ago, has asked the court to drop the criminal charges against their clients, saying the firearms and explosives the military claimed to have found in their possession during their arrest were “planted.”

Posted: August 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

BIFF continues to harass military detachments in Maguindanao

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Members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).  INQUIRER MINDANAO FILE PHOTO

Members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters launched mortar attacks on two military detachments in Maguindanao on Friday.

Posted: August 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

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