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First, last soldiers in Zamboanga siege not among Aquino ‘awardees’

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President Benigno S. Aquino III, assisted by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, confers the Distinguished Conduct Star, Distinguished Service Star and Gold Cross Medal to the awardees during the Flag Raising and Awarding Ceremony at the GHQ Canopy, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Monday (November 04, 2013). The Commander-in-Chief honors the men in uniform who gallantly fought to rescue civilian hostages from the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) – Misuari faction during the three-week Zambonga City siege last September. Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau

President Aquino may have awarded 18 out of the 2,000 troops who successfully accomplished their mission in Zamboanga City, but none of the awardees came from Zamboanga City or Basilan.

Posted: November 4th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

3 NPA rebels killed, 3 soldiers injured in Zamboanga del Sur clash

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Three communist rebels were killed while three soldiers were injured in a clash in Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, a report reaching the military’s Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) based here, said.

Posted: January 24th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Public school teacher freed by kidnappers in Sulu

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A public school teacher kidnapped five weeks ago was freed in Sulu Monday morning, a military official said later in the day.

Posted: December 24th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Top level revamp set after retirement of 2 AFP senior officers

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The retirement of two senior officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), including its number two man, has triggered a top-level revamp in the military organization.

Posted: October 21st, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Soldiers ‘refused to leave each other’

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“They stuck together and refused to leave each other.” That and not operational lapses, according to the military, was the reason why many soldiers were killed or wounded in a clash with Abu Sayyaf bandits in Basilan province on Thursday.

Posted: July 28th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Kidnapped Sulu midwife released by captors — Naval officer

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Kidnapped Sulu midwife Rosalyn Kiram, 54, was freed by her captors around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Colonel Jose Cenabre, deputy Naval commander for Western Mindanao, said.

Posted: March 21st, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

AFP mobilizes to bring relief supplies to ‘Sendong’ affected areas

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have begun mobilizing to bring much needed relief supplies to victims of tropical storm “Sendong” (international name: WASHI) in Mindanao, an AFP spokesperson said Monday.

Posted: December 19th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

New MILF attacks kill 7

Suspected Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) guerrillas struck twice on Sunday, leaving five civilians and two more soldiers dead amid a rising clamor for swift military action against the perpetrators of the worst government losses in years. The Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) reported that Hassan Asnawi, a commander of the MILF’s 114th Base Command, led [...]

Posted: October 24th, 2011 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

US cable says general gained from Abu kidnap

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A top marine officer profited from deals during negotiations for the release of three International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) workers kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf in 2009, then Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro was quoted as saying in a confidential US cable released by WikiLeaks. The officer named in the cable released by the [...]

Posted: September 7th, 2011 in Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Military’s Zamboanga camp now bombproof

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The entrance to the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Western Mindanao Command headquarters is now bombproof.

Posted: June 17th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

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