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Swiss escapes from Abu Sayyaf captors

SWISS  Lorenzo Vinciguerra, a bird watcher, inside  Camp Bautista Hospital in Jolo town, Sulu province, after his escape from the Abu Sayyaf. Another bird watcher, Dutchman Ewold Horn, is still in captivity as the military continues to pound the terrorists’ lair in Sulu.

A Swiss hostage escaped on Saturday from Abu Sayyaf extremists after hacking a militant commander and getting shot as he dashed to freedom, ending more than two years of jungle captivity in Sulu province, according to military officials.

Posted: December 7th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Mayor seeks probe of P250M ransom

UNDATED photo from the private terrorism monitor SITE Intelligence Group on Sept. 23 is reported to show members of the Abu Sayyaf who had held captive two German nationals released allegedly after payment of a P250-million ransom. AFP/SITE INTELLIGENCE GROUP

The mayor of the Sulu capital town Jolo is calling for an investigation of the alleged involvement of government officials in the payment of a P250-million ransom for the release of two German nationals who had been held captive by the crime group Abu Sayyaf, which has links to the international terror network al-Qaida.

Posted: October 25th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Priests to get tight security in Jolo

Orlando Cardinal Quevedo of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. INQUIRER file photo

Priests, nuns and lay leaders in Jolo, Sulu are now being guarded and closely watched by police and military authorities to protect them against the crime group Abu Sayyaf and other lawless elements, Orlando Cardinal Quevedo said.

Posted: October 23rd, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Priests, nuns in Jolo now being guarded by police, soldiers from Abu Sayyaf

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Orlando Cardinal Quevedo of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. INQUIRER file photo

Priests, nuns and lay leaders in Jolo, Sulu, are now being guarded and placed under close monitoring by police and military authorities to keep them safe from the Abu Sayyaf and other lawless elements, according to Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo.

Posted: October 22nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Human Rights Victims Claims Board: Where the elderly pour out their pain

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THIS PHOTO of police brutality on protesters is among those displayed in the exhibit, “Himagsik at Protesta,” put up by Karapatan at the University of the Philippines Library until Sept. 21 for the 40th anniversary of the declaration of martial rule. PHOTO REPRODUCTION BY TONETTE OREJAS

Outside a dull, unremarkable building at the University of the Philippines (UP) in Quezon City, a line of weary, graying folk brave the heat and the long wait to tell their stories from four decades ago.

Posted: September 28th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Nation,Nation | Read More »

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