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  1. #41
    Killing NO. 83:

    Mindanao (2nd Update) Blasts hit bus terminal in Koronadal; 1 dead
    08/03/2007 | 05:50 PM


    http://www.gmanews.tv/story/54264/(U...al-bomb-blasts

    1 killed, 4 hurt in Koronadal bomb blasts
    08/03/2007 | 09:19 PM

    Two bombs ripped through a crowded bus terminal in the southern Philippines on Friday, killing at least one passenger and wounding four others, police said.

    An improvised bomb left near the baggage of passengers waiting to board buses was the first to explode, followed shortly by a blast inside an already empty bus.

    Police Senior Superintendent Roberto Kiunisala said the first blast killed a 31-year-old man and wounded at least four other people, while no one was hurt in the second explosion.

    Kiunisala said the attack was believed linked to attempts by a criminal gang to extort money from the bus owners and is the third attack on the company since last month.

    The first blast was on July 7 also in the same terminal in Koronadal, where one person was wounded. The second attack was inside an empty bus in the nearby town of Tacurong on July 18, which wounded three passers-by.

    Friday's explosion badly damaged the bus and a nearby appliance store.

    Kiunisala, South Cotabato police director, said the blasts happened at around 5:25 p.m. inside YBL's private terminal along General Santos Drive.

    Kuinisala said the first blast happened at the waiting area of the terminal that was packed with people, and the second followed after a few minutes inside a bus that had just been cleared of passengers.

    Radio station dzBB quoted YBL officials as saying the bus bore the body number 1951.

    Kiunisala said the bus was totally burned, adding that explosives used were improvised devices.

    "This is extortion again by the Al-Khobar Gang. This is the third bus unit they have attacked," said Kiunisala.

    YBL seized national media attention following the separate bombings of its two units in Tacurong City and Koronadal City.

    For decades, YBL, owned by the Yap family, has dominated the Davao-GenSan-Koronadal route with their more than 50 fleets operating daily. The firm employs more than 200 workers.

    Its employees recently filed a notice for a strike before the Labor Department. - AP, GMANews.TV

    ==

    DOJ’s Gonzalez in hospital battling bleeding from ulcer
    08/03/2007 | 08:23 PM


    http://www.gmanews.tv/story/54257/DO...ing-from-ulcer


    (Updated 8:08 p.m.) Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez was rushed Friday to a still undisclosed private hospital in Metro Manila due to severe ulcer attack that usually eats into the blood vessels and the blood seeping into the digestive tract.

    In a phone interview, Gonzalez declined to reveal the name of the hospital where he was confined but said he has been on medical leave since Wednesday.

    "Dito lang ako sa tabi-tabi (I’m somewhere in Metro Manila)," the ailing secretary said in jest. Gonzalez, 76, has taken up residence in Valle Verde in Pasig City.

    In a separate phone interview with GMA-7 reporter Joseph Morong, Gonzalez said he was brought to the hospital "umagang-umaga" (very early Friday morning).

    Gonzalez also denied that he was brought to the intensive care unit of the hospital, but he expects to be discharged Saturday or before the end of the week.

    "I got a bleeding ulcer. I feel heavy but I'm alright. I'm in bed," he said in a slightly groggy voice when asked how he was feeling. He said that his physicians did not recommend that he undergo any surgery to remove the ulcers.

    What is bleeding ulcer?

    Bleeding from ulcers or gastrointestinal hemorrhage occur in the stomach and duodenum, according to online medical dictionary. If the bleeding is heavy, people will feel tired and weak.

    The disease is treated with several types of medicines including H2-blockers, acid pump inhibitors and mucosal protective agents. Patients could go under the knife if they fail to respond to medication or if they develop complications.

    Kidney problem

    Asked if he thinks he would be ready to return to work by Monday, he said: "[Maybe], we'll see."

    This is not the first time that Gonzalez has been taken to the hospital. After his trip to the hospital last April, he has started holding office at the Annex building of the DOJ instead of at the second floor.

    Reporters are aware that Gonzalez has a kidney problem but he has consistently kept mum about details. "Basta kidney problem daw."

    Recently, Morong said Gonzalez fell ill, "masama ang pakiramdam, nagsusuka. He said he didn't know he had ulcers."

    Before assuming the post of Justice secretary in 2002, Gonzalez had reportedly undergone dialysis treatment.

    The last time he was hospitalized, Gonzalez was taken to the Dr. Victor R. Potenciano Medical Center (formerly Polymedic Hospital) on EDSA in Mandaluyong City, where his wife is a stockholder. The hospital is a short distance away from the Gonzalezes' home in Valle Verde.

    Morong said that from the tone of his voice on Friday, Gonzalez seemed to be just mildly ill. "The sarcasm is still there." In prior illness episodes, Gonzalez had been observed to have turned serious and humorless.

    Radio dzBB station said it also got in touch with Gonzalez himself through a cell phone interview, although the secretary withheld details of his medical condition.

    He said he is optimistic that he would be out of the hospital either today (Friday) or Saturday. - GMANews.TV

    ==

    49 US solons urge Arroyo to act vs killings, rights abuses

    Worry US aid used to violate human rights


    By Veronica Uy
    INQUIRER.net
    Last updated 06:36pm (Mla time) 08/03/2007

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakin...ticle_id=80409

    MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATE) Saying “the well-documented violence that continues with impunity must be ended,” 49 members of the US House of Representatives have written President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo urging “strong and immediate leadership” to end extrajudicial killings and other human rights abuses.

    “Since the extrajudicial killings in the Philippines continue unabated, and given the fact that there are many unanswered questions about the role of the Philippine government and military in these deaths, we respectfully request your strong and immediate leadership in investigating and prosecuting those individuals and/or groups, including those in the AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines] and PNP [Philippine National Police], responsible for these killings, and in eliminating the underlying causes of the violence,” the bipartisan letter, dated August 1, said.

    The solons also worried that US aid to the Philippine military and police is being used to commit the killings, which human rights groups estimate have claimed the lives of more than 800 people -- mostly left-wing activists -- since Arroyo came to power in 2001, and other human rights violations as part of the government’s counterinsurgency program.

    “We are very concerned that the extrajudicial killings could be a conscious and systematic part of the Philippine government’s counterinsurgency program and that financial assistance from our government is being used to support, directly or indirectly, those within the PNP and AFP who are responsible for the killings,” they said.

    Noting that “the AFP and PNP receive a significant amount of aid from the United States to assist in training and professionalizing the Philippine security forces, to combat terrorist groups, and to upgrade military equipment and hardware,” they said “the numerous reports that our and other congressional offices receive indicate the need for our close monitoring of this situation, particularly regarding the alleged use of US assistance to implement the abductions and killings.”

    The letter was initiated by Representatives James L. Oberstar (Democrat-Minnesota) and Joseph R. Pitts (Republican-Pennsylvania) and its signatories included the following chairman of House committees and bodies: Tom Lantos (Democrat-California), Committee on Foreign Affairs; David Obey (Democrat-Wisconsin), Ways and Means Committee; John Lewis (Democrat-Georgia), Oversight Subcommittee; and Mike Honda (Democrat-California), Asian-Pacific American Caucus.

    The letter is just the latest in a series of actions by the US Congress to pressure the Philippine government to stop the extrajudicial killings.

    Last March, the US Congress held a number of hearings on the issue and invited Filipino activists and church leaders to testify. After that, it included in the Foreign Operations Bill a provision specifying that US military aid to the Philippines cannot be used against Filipino civilians.

    “As you may know, there is increasing evidence from well-regarded human rights organizations, including the Melo Commission created by your government, which indicates the involvement of personnel from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP)” in the killings, the solons’ letter told Arroyo.

    Amnesty International and the United Nations Special Rapporteur Philip Alston have reported similar findings.

    According to Philippine-based human rights group Karapatan (Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights), since Arroyo became president in 2001 until May 15 this year, there have been 863 extrajudicial executions (including 51 journalists) and 196 abductions.

    The Philippines is the largest recipient of US military aid in Asia. This year, the US State Department proposed a total of $11 billion of military aid to the Philippines; this amount has been raised to $30 billion by the US Congress. The bill containing this proposal has not yet been enacted into law.

    Described by Oberstar as “a sincere communication between the two governments” intended to elicit a positive response from the Philippine government, the US legislators’ letter aired deep concerns over a “growing environment of impunity” in the Philippines.

    “The killing of civilians who are peacefully exercising their lawful right in a democratic society to express dissent is a gross violation of universally recognized human rights and international law,” it said.

    The lawmakers also cited the May 27 abduction of Pastor Berlin Guerrero, who was allegedly beaten by the abductors until he gave them the names of his family, parishioners, friends, and the password to his computer. The abductors reportedly then replaced Guerrero’s computer documents with incriminating documentation connecting Guerrero to the underground left.

    Guerrero remains detained by the Cavite provincial police.

    Reports received by US congressional offices say Guerrero had been tortured while reports from the United Church of Christ in the Philippines said the PNP has pointed to Philippine Navy intelligence units as the ones responsible for the pastor’s abduction.

    In reaction, the US-based Ecumenical Advocacy Network on the Philippines said the Congressional letter represents a growing awareness of US policymakers about the six-year surge of violence against progressive leaders in Philippine civil society.

    “But more needs to be done to ensure that US dollars are not supporting security forces in violation of US law,” it said.

    The Ecumenical Advocacy Network represents a coalition of American and Filipino-American church leaders and human rights advocates throughout the United States, lobbying against human rights violations in the Philippines.

    The 49 US lawmakers who signed the letter to Arroyo are:

    Brian Baird (Democrat-Washington), Tammy Baldwin (Democrat-Wisconsin), Howard Berman (Democrat-California), Dan Burton (Republican-Indiana), Julia Carson (Democrat-Indiana), Rosa DeLauro (Democrat-Connecticut), Keith Ellison (Democrat-Minnesota), Phil English (Republican-Pennsylvania), Sam Farr (Democrat-California), Chaka Fattah (Democrat-Pennsylvania),

    Trent Franks (Democrat-Massachusetts), Raul Grijalva (Democrat-Arizona), Luis Gutierrez (Democrat-Illinois), Maurice Hinchey (Democrat-New York), Mike Honda (Democrat-California), Jesse Jackson (Democrat-Illinois), Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (Democrat-Michigan), Mark-Steven Kirk (Republican-Illinois), Dennis Kucinich (Democrat-Ohio), Tom Lantos (Democrat-California),

    Rick Larsen (Democrat-Washington), Barbara Lee (Democrat-California), John Lewis (Democrat-Georgia), David Loebsack (Democrat-Iowa) , Zoe Lofgren (Democrat-California), Doris Matsui (Democrat-California), Betty McCollum (Democrat-Minnesota), Jim McDermott (Democrat-Washington), James McGovern (Democrat-Massachusetts), Jerry McNerney (Democrat-California),

    Mike McNulty (Democrat-New York), Jerry Moran (Republican-Kansas), James Oberstar (Democrat-Minnesota), David Obey (Democrat-Wisconsin), Donald Payne (Democrat-New Jersey), Collin Peterson (Democrat-Minnesota), Joe Pitts (Republican-Pennsylvania), David Price (Democrat-North Carolina), Jim Ramstad (Republican, Minnesota), Steven Rothman (Democrat-New Jersey),

    Bobby Rush (Democrat-Illinois), Jan Schakowsky (Democrat-Illinois), Adam Smith (Democrat-Washington), Fortney Stark (Democrat-California), Ellen Tauscher (Democrat-California), Lee Terry (Republican-Nebraska), John Tierney (Democrat-Massachusetts), Tim Walz (Democrat-Minnesota), and Frank Wolf (Republican-Virginia).

    Originally posted at 05:54 pm

  2. #42
    Killings Nos. 84-85:

    Sacked cop linked to drugs killed
    08/04/2007 | 05:26 PM

    Email this | Email the Editor | Print | Digg this | Add to del.icio.us A former policeman dismissed for alleged drug trafficking was killed in a firefight with his former colleagues at a gasoline station in President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's hometown of Lubao in Pampanga province Friday.

    Sun-Star Pampanga (www.sunstar.com.ph) reported Saturday that the fatality, PO2 Enelito "Neneng" Rivera, had been charged with drug trafficking in Floridablanca town in Pampanga.

    Rivera allegedly shot it out with operatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Mobile Group (RMG) 3 in a brief firefight at a gasoline station in Sta. Monica village.

    Lubao police director Supt. Edwin Mangiliman said Rivera was the one who killed policeman Dome Aries Ferrer during a raid on a suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) "tiangge" in Mabical village in Floridablanca town last April.

    In that incident, Ferrer was shot dead while leading policemen in serving a search warrant in Rivera's house in Mabical village. Ferrer, armed with high-powered firearms, managed to flee.

    Initial reports on Friday's incident indicated Rivera was cornered and arrested at the Guagua District Jail (GDJ) while visiting his girlfriend.

    While on their to bring Rivera to the 31st Mobile Company and RMG3 headquarters in the area, the arresting team stopped at a gasoline station to refuel.

    But as the team waited, Rivera suddenly got off the vehicle and fired at the arresting team, prompting them to fire back.

    Rivera sustained two gunshot wounds and died on the spot. Police recovered a cal-.38 revolver he used in the shootout, along with five mobile phone subscriber identity module (SIM) cards and four sachets of shabu.

    RMG-3 Chief Insp. Dan Gaylan said Rivera was invited for interrogation regarding his alleged involvement with an armed group operating in the second district.

    Prior to his arrest, Rivera visited his live-in partner Glordeliza Santos Pangilinan, who was detained at the district jail.

    Rivera tops the list of wanted drug personalities in the province. Police said he belongs to a big-time drug trafficking syndicate that distributes shabu in Pampanga.

    The gang is also active in robbery-hold-up activities, police said. - GMANews.TV

    http://www.gmanews.tv/story/54350/Su...o-drugs-killed

    ==

    Man celebrating birthday shot dead over land dispute


    By Jeannette Andrade
    Inquirer
    Last updated 07:07pm (Mla time) 08/04/2007


    MANILA, Philippines -- A man was shot dead by members of a rival family while he was drinking with friends to celebrate his 29th birthday late Friday night in Quezon City, police said.

    Joel Golimlim, of 56 Nitang Avenue, Brogue Compound, Barangay (village) Gulod, Novaliches, died on arrival at the Novaliches General Hospital after he was shot in the face by one of six assailants, all of whom have been identified and are still at large.

    The assailants, identified as Rodel Sybingco, Ernesto Sybingco, Romeo Sybingco, Sammy Sybingco, a certain “Erick,” and a certain “Carlito,” escaped after the shooting.

    The Sybingco and Golimlim clans were allegedly involved in a months-long feud over the lot where the victim’s house is located.

    In a report, Police Officer 2 Joycelyn Marcelo of the Quezon City Police District said that at around 5 p.m. Friday, while Golimlim and his friends were drinking in front of his house, Romeo Sybingco dropped by and threatened the birthday celebrator.

    Witnesses, Marcelo said, recalled Sybingco telling Golimlim, “Hindi matatapos ang gabi na ito na walang bubulagta sa inyo,” (The night will not end without one of you dead).

    Alarmed by the threat, Golimlim decided to move the celebration inside the compound to avoid any trouble.

    Some five hours later, Romeo Sybingco returned with the other suspects, all armed with firearms.

    Without provocation, one of the suspects suddenly shot Golimlim in the face with a .38 caliber revolver then fled from the scene. The victim’s friends attempted to save him by bringing him to the nearest medical facility but their efforts proved futile.

    Police are now looking for the six men.


    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakin...ticle_id=80575

  3. #43
    Killings Nos. 86-87:

    Metro (as of 7:22 PM)

    Man kills two in Cavite shooting

    A man killed two persons in Bacoor, Cavite after one of the victims verbally scolded the suspect following a street accident.

    Police named the victims as Eduardo Estipon and Ricardo Francisco, both residents of Barangay Zapote. The suspect, meanwhile, was identified as Jimmy Makiling.

    Police said prior to the shooting, Makiling sideswiped Victoria Salinas with his bicycle Sunday morning.

    Francisco, who witnessed the accident, chided the suspect because instead of apologizing to Salinas, Makiling allegedly raised his voice at the woman.

    Irked by the criticism, Makiling vented his ire on Francisco and threatened to shoot him dead.

    Later, witnesses said they saw Makiling with his gun as he barged into the victims' homes.

    The suspect escaped after the shooting.

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=87231

    ===

    Phivolcs researcher shot dead in Sorsogon town
    08/05/2007 | 06:34 PM

    Email this | Email the Editor | Print | Digg this | Add to del.icio.us SORSOGON - An employee of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology here was shot dead on Saturday by two unidentified men in Irosin town, police said Sunday.

    The victim, Orlando Guardacasa, was a science research specialist assigned at the Bulusan Volcano Observatory Station, Insp. Jose Alianza, deputy chief of the Irosin Municipal Police Office, said.

    Guardacasa was driving a motorcycle from the town's center going to Sangkayon village when the assailants riding tandem on a black Honda motorcycle open fired. The attack took place around 7:30 p.m. in Gulang-gulang village.

    The victim was declared dead on arrival at the Irosin District Hospital from a gunshot wound to the head.

    Police have launched an investigation to determine the motive and the identity of the killers. - GMANews.TV

    http://www.gmanews.tv/story/54475/Ph...-Sorsogon-town

    ---

  4. #44
    KILLINGS NOS. 88-89:

    (UPDATE) La Union municipal treasurer slain


    By Yolanda Sotelo-Fuertes
    Northern Luzon Bureau
    Last updated 11:59am (Mla time) 08/06/2007


    DAGUPAN CITY, Philippines -- The treasurer of Bauang, La Union, was shot and killed by a lone gunman in front of her house in that town on Monday, police said.

    Superintendent Pedro Ubaldo, Bauang police chief, said Felicidad Picar was on her way to the town hall at 8 a.m. when the gunman, Rogelio Orduna not Albay as posted earlier, attacked her in Barangay (village) Santiago.

    Ubaldo said some residents tried to chase and arrest Orduna but were
    stopped by the suspect who brandished his gun and threatened to shoot them.

    Policemen later arrested Orduna in Barangay Urayong, also in Bauang, said Ubaldo.

    Ubaldo said Picar, the chairperson of the municipal board of canvassers in Bauang during this year's elections, received death threats during the
    election period.

    With a report from Thea Alberto, INQUIRER.net; Originally posted at 11:06am


    ==

    Alleged NPAs kill cop in Masbate
    08/06/2007 | 09:22 AM

    http://www.gmanews.tv/story/54534/Al...cop-in-Masbate


    Suspected communist rebels ambushed and shot dead Sunday afternoon a policeman in Pio V. Corpuz town in Masbate province.

    Radio station dzRH reported that the New People's Army-Jose Rapsing command claimed responsibility for the killing of non-commissioned officer Jojo Eser, whom it accused of extorting from local fishermen.

    The NPA claimed that Eser also guided the military in anti-insurgency operations and set up an intelligence network against communist rebels in the province.

    Initial investigation showed that the ambush occurred at 1 p.m. in the town. The police recovered four .45-cal. and two 9-mm shells from the scene.

    Pio V. Corpuz is a fourth-class town with a population of 21,519 people in 4,769 households. - GMANews.TV

  5. #45
    Killing No. 90, 91, 92:

    (UPDATE) Landslide kills 7 in Compostela Valley

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakin...ticle_id=80897


    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=87335


    By Thea Alberto
    INQUIRER.net
    Last updated 04:43pm (Mla time) 08/06/2007


    MANILA, Philippines -- At least seven people have been killed and five others are missing in a landslide in Compostela Valley province Monday, a police official said.

    The landslide at Barangay (village) Masara, town of Maco happened shortly after noon and damaged at least nine houses, according to Chief Superinendent Andres Caro, Davao region police chief, and radio reports.

    As of posting time, seven bodies have been recovered and were identified as Avelino Cayetano, Romani Cayetano, Annie Carreon, Angelito Carreon Jr., Loey Carreon, and Aiza Carreon, said Caro.

    Four of the missing were identified as Marissa Par, Julmer Cariaga, and a certain Patria. Another victim, Eumar Cayetano, had been brought to a hospital, Caro said.

    Search and recovery operations are ongoing, he said.

    Originally posted at 3:50pm

    ==

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=87336

    Region (as of 4:29 PM)

    Ex-village chief ambushed in Batangas


    Unidentified assailants ambushed a former village chief in Tanauan City, Batangas province Monday, DZMM reported.

    The victim was identified as Bonifacio Natanauan, former barangay captain of Barangay Cale. He was rushed to CP Reyes Hospital after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds to the body.

    The attack came two months before the scheduled barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections nationwide.

    Last month, Barangay Cale village chief Cesar Agoho died while undergoing treatment at the Mercado Hospital after he was gunned down in front of the Tanauan City Hall. Police said Agoho was walking to his car in front of the city hall around 9:45 a.m. on July 25 when two motorcycle-riding gunmen shot him.

    Also last month, the chairman of Barangay San Miguel in Sto. Tomas town, in Batangas province was wounded in a shooting incident a day before Agoho’s ambush.

    Chairman Romeo Mansanilla was having a drinking session with his friends when they were approached by five gunmen and took their wallets and cellular phones.

    The shooting started when Mansanilla tried to stop one of the gunmen from touching a woman who was drinking with them, the police said.

    The chairman's drinking buddies who were identified as Luciano Capunpon, Loreto Maniaga and Ronald Maligalig, residents of Barangay San Miguel, were killed in the incident. With a report from Arnel Ozaeta

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=87341

    Metro (as of 4:49 PM)

    Amateur boxer tagged in Tondo twin slays

    Police are now hunting down an amateur boxer who allegedly killed his 51-year-old live-in-partner and the woman's grandson Sunday night in Tondo, Manila, ABS-CBN News reported Monday.

    The suspect, identified only as “Roy”, 27-year-old, had been with victim Delia Mancio for six months.

    Mancio and her seven-year-old grandson were found dead at 10 p.m. in their house on Carlos Palanca Street in Tondo.

    Sulvera sustained bruises to the head and body and two stab wounds to the chest. Police said Mancio was choked to death.

    Gina Garcia, one of the victims’ neighbors, meanwhile, told police that the suspect sent her a text message admitting to the crime. With a report from Gretchen Malalad


    ==

    Bacolod photojournalist dies after freak accident
    08/06/2007 | 03:07 PM

    http://www.gmanews.tv/story/54594/Ba...freak-accident


    Sun.Star: Photojournalist Jiovanni Espartero of Visayan Daily Headlines passed away at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City Sunday morning.

    He died of a head injury.

    Espatero figured in a freak accident along the national highway in Barangay Pahanocoy, Bacolod Friday night last week.

    He was driving a single motorcycle when the accident happened in front of the old Jaz Cola plant.

  6. #46
    Killings Nos. 93, 94, 95:



    3-yr-old boy, parents die in Palawan grenade blast
    08/07/2007 | 11:15 AM

    http://www.gmanews.tv/story/54747/3-...-grenade-blast


    (Update) A three-year-old boy and his parents died after a grenade exploded before dawn Tuesday inside their house in Palawan.

    Radio station dzBB reported that the incident took place in Barangay (village) Poblacion in Taytay town at 2 a.m. Senior Superintendent Dennis Peña, provincial police chief, cited initial reports as saying that a grenade exploded in the house.

    Initially killed were John Paul Barbon, 3, and his mother Emily Barbon, 28. Emily's husband Julio Barbon, 32, died while undergoing treatment at a nearby hospital, a separate report from radio station dzMM said.

    Initial reports showed that the boy played with the grenade, accidentally triggering the explosion.

    However, investigators are not discounting reports that the father could have detonated the explosive device as he was seen drunk before the incident.

    Taytay is a first-class town with a population of 53,657 people in 10,083 households. - GMANews.TV

    ==

    Metro (as of 10:25 AM)

    Cops kill ATM robber in Cubao

    A suspected robber who victimizes people withdrawing money from automated teller machines in Cubao, Quezon City was killed in an encounter with the police, ABS-CBN News reported Tuesday.

    Inspector Boy Fabula said policemen shot at two robbers after receiving a report of an ATM robbery incident inside the business district. One of the suspects died in the shootout while the other escaped.

    Fabula said police have tightened security in the area after receiving reports of at least two ATM robbery incidents in Cubao everyday.

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=87443

    ==

  7. #47
    KILLINGS no. 96:

    1 Army soldier killed, 5 others hurt in Sulu clash

    08/08/2007 | 11:48 AM

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakin...ticle_id=81301

    Soldier killed, 7 hurt in Sulu clashes with Abu Sayyaf


    By Joel Guinto
    INQUIRER.net
    Last updated 12:49pm (Mla time) 08/08/2007


    MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATE) A government soldier was killed and seven others were wounded in two separate clashes between government troops and al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf bandits in the southern island province of Sulu on Wednesday, a spokesman for the Philippine Army said.

    At around 6:30 a.m., two platoons from the 33rd Infantry Battalion clashed with and an undetermined number of Abu Sayyaf bandits in Upper Sampunay village, Parang town, leaving a soldier killed and five others wounded, said Lieutenant Colonel Ernesto Torres Jr., quoting reports from the Joint Task Force Comet, the military's counter-terrorism unit.

    On Tuesday, at around 4 p.m., elements from the 3rd Marine Brigade encountered a group of Abu Sayyaf on Mt. Tubora in Indanan town, leaving two Marines wounded, said Brigadier General Ruperto Pabustan, chief of the Sulu-based Joint Special Operation Task Force.

    The Parang firefight was ongoing as of late


    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=87598


    http://www.gmanews.tv/story/54936/1-...-in-Sulu-clash


    (Updated 12:10 p.m.) One Army soldier was reported killed while five others were wounded following a clash with extremist Abu Sayyaf rebels in Sulu early Wednesday morning, the spokesman for the Philippine Army said.

    About 6:30 a.m., two platoons from the 33rd Infantry Battalion engaged an undetermined number of Abu Sayyaf rebels at Upper Sampunay in Parang town, said Lt. Col. Ernesto Torres.

    Torres said the information was relayed by the Armed Forces Western Mindanao Command.

    As of posting time, Torres said fighting was still on going.

    "Initially it was reported that one government troop was killed and five others were wounded. Terrorist casualties have not yet been determined," he said.

    Earlier on Tuesday, two Marine soldiers were wounded in an encounter with extremist rebels at the vicinity of Mt. Tubora in Indanan town also in Sulu province, said Brig. Gen. Ruperto Pabusatn, chief of the Armed Forces Special Operations Task Group based in the province.

    Pabustan said the government forces were composed of elements of the Marine Battalion Landing Team 5 and 3rd Marine Brigade.

    No casualties were reported on the rebel side.

    Thousands of troops are scouring the island-province of Sulu in search for the remaining leaders and members of the Abu Sayyaf, which authorities said has links to the al-Qaeda network of Osama bin Laden.

    Also included in the manhunt are operatives of the Jemaah Islamiyah who are being coddled by the extremist group. - GMANews.TV

    ==

    9-yr-old boy dies in Baguio landslide
    08/08/2007 | 10:03 AM

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=87581


    http://www.gmanews.tv/story/54914/9-...guio-landslide


    A nine-year-old boy was killed in a landslide that hit Baguio City early Wednesday morning, radio station dzBB reported.

    Doctor Anthony Golez, spokesman of the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC), cited initial reports which showed that the boy was pulled out of the soil and mud, but was declared dead on arrival at a nearby hospital.

    The boy was identified as Roñel Renon Ramos.

    The landslide occurred after the slopes along a hill in Sto. Niño village collapsed, destroying the house of the victim's family.

    On Monday, a landslide also hit a mining site in Compostela Valley killing 10 people and injuring five others. A number of the victims were children. - GMANews.TV

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    Home > Nation > Top Stories 3 kids saved, 2 remain under collapsed wall
    08/08/2007 | 07:56 AM


    http://www.gmanews.tv/story/54883/3-...collapsed-wall

    (Updated 8:35 a.m.) Three out of five children trapped when a wall collapsed on their house in a subdivision in Mambugan village, Antipolo have been rescued, a television report said Wednesday.

    Those rescued were identified as Angelo, a special child, his brother Adrian and sister Arlene.

    Jose Arorong said his five children failed to get out of the house in time after they felt the wall rumble and collapse on their house before dawn in Brentwood Subdivision in Mambugan village.

    "Okay sila pero nahihirapan sila sa loob. Nakalusot kami pero sila ang naipit (They are okay but they are having a hard time. We tried to escape but they failed to get out of the house in time)," Arorong said in an interview on dzBB radio.

    As of 6 a.m., one of the children was rescued and brought to a nearby hospital, but was not immediately identified. Initial reports indicated the child, a male, had a bruise in the forehead.

    The five who were initially trapped in the house were Arlene, Ameriza, Armida, Ian and Angelo Arorong. The elder Arorong said they moved into the area in 2001.

    Residents said the wall that collapsed was 12 to 15 high and 200 meters long. - GMANews.TV

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    Metro (as of 9:59 AM)

    Wall collapses in Antipolo, 5 rescued

    Rescuers saved Wednesday five siblings trapped for three hours under a collapsed wall in Rentwood Subdivision, Sitio Maligaya I, Barangay Mambugan in Antipolo City.

    Authorities said the wall collapsed on a house at around 4 a.m. after heavy rains caused the wall's foundation to shift.

    Siblings Arlyn Arurong, 25; Ameriza, 22; Armida, 21; Ian, 20; and Angelo, 17, were rescued after authorities drilled two large holes on the collapsed wall. The five were brought to hospital for medical treatment.

    Continuous rains brought on by tropical storm "Chedeng" (international codename Pabuk) have affected various parts of Luzon since Monday.

    As of 5 a.m., the tropical storm has crossed the southern tip of Taiwan and continues to move in a westward direction towards southern mainland China.

    Public storm signal no. 1 remains hoisted over Batanes and Babuyan Islands.

    Weather bureau PAGASA reported Wednesday that an active low pressure area was estimated at 430 kilometers east of Northern Luzon.

    It said Chedeng and the active low pressure area will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon, which will bring rains over Luzon and Visayas particularly at the western sections.

    "Those living in low lying areas and near mountain slopes are advised to take all the necessary measures against possible flashfloods and landslides," PAGASA reported.

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    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=87479

    National (as of 3:50 PM)

    DOJ chief: I almost died

    Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez said Tuesday he nearly died after he was hospitalized last week due to ulcer attack, ABS-CBN News reported.

    "Muntik na raw akong mamatay dahil sa mga dugo (They said that I almost died because of the blood). I vomited," Gonzalez said in a phone interview.

    Gonzalez said he was rushed to Victor R. Potenciano Medical Center in EDSA Mandaluyong Friday morning after he vomited blood. He was confined for treatment of bleeding ulcers and discharged Monday afternoon.

    He said he suffered from ulcers due to his irregular eating habits while working at the Department of Justice (DOJ).

    He said President Arroyo talked to his daughter on Monday to ask if the President could visit “but I was about to be discharged.” Gonzalez said he is now recuperating at his home in Pasig City.

    He said he will go back to work Wednesday. He said the first item on his agenda upn his return is to release the executive order placing the Presidential Commission on Good Government under the supervision of the DOJ.

  8. #48
    Killings Nos. 97, 98, 99, 100:

    National (as of 2:24 PM)

    Four dead as 23,000 flee fighting in Jolo

    Agence France Presse

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=87601


    ZAMBOANGA - Three Muslim extremists and a soldier were killed Wednesday amid renewed fighting in the southern Philippines where more than 23,000 people have fled their homes, officials said.

    Five soldiers were also wounded in the clash with Abu Sayyaf militants in Parang town on the southern island of Jolo, said local commander Maj. Gen. Ruben Rafael.

    A cache of bazooka shells and grenades was recovered after the fighting, Rafael said.

    It was the second firefight in Jolo this week following a battle in Indanan town on Tuesday that left two Marines wounded and an undetermined number of Abu Sayyaf wounded or dead.

    On nearby Basilan island, fighting broke out Monday between Marine forces and another Muslim group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), despite a ceasefire.

    Von Al Haq, the MILF representative on the ceasefire board, said the Marines spotted unidentified armed men and began shelling them but the shells landed on an MILF camp, resulting in a brief gunfight between the soldiers and the separatists.

    No one was hurt in the clash, Von Al Haq said.

    Tensions have been high on Basilan since MILF forces, believed backed by Abu Sayyaf men, ambushed a Marine convoy on July 10, killing 14 Marines.

    Ten of the Marines were beheaded but the MILF has denied any involvement.

    After initially blaming the MILF, the government has since said witnesses identified four Abu Sayyaf members as involved in decapitating at least four of the Marines.

    The Abu Sayyaf group, which the US and Philippine governments have linked to the Al-Qaeda terror network, has been responsible for numerous attacks on Christians and foreigners throughout the Philippines in recent years.

    Since the July 10 ambush, the government has been building up its forces on Basilan in preparation for a retaliatory attack on the MILF.

    The civil defense office said 23,873 villagers have fled their homes to avoid getting caught up in the fighting when it starts.

    More than 15,000 have evacuated in the central part of the main southern island of Mindanao where the bulk of the MILF's forces are located while more than 6,600 have evacuated in Basilan.

    The government, with the support of the Red Cross and the World Food Programme, is stockpiling rice, tents, clothing and medicines for use of the evacuated villagers.

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  10. #49
    Killings Nos. 101 to 113:

    National (as of 10:30 AM)

    Source: Abu Sayyaf sub-leader killed in Sulu


    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/topoftheh...?StoryId=87712

    A sub-leader of the dreaded Abu Sayyaf Group was killed during an encounter between the extremists and military troops in Indanan, Sulu province, ABS-CBN News reported Thursday.

    Sources told ABS-CBN correspondent Ina Reformina that Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Marad Astig, one of the trusted aides of Radulan Sahiron, has been killed in an encounter in Barangay Sinugan, Indanan town around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday.



    Sahiron is included on the US terror wanted list with a $5 million reward on his head.

    The source told Reformina that members of Astig's family were reportedly seen grieving over the extremist's demise. The source added that Astig's body was buried by fellow bandits near the site of the encounter.

    Earlier reports said two Marines were wounded in the gunfight.

    Also Wednesday, members of Task Force Comet encountered Abu Sayyaf bandits in Barangay Lanao Dakula in Parang town around 6:30 a.m.

    Maj. Gen. Ruben Rafael, Task Force Comet commander, said three Abu Sayyaf men and a soldier were killed in the encounter. He said more extremists might have been killed as some of the Abu Sayyaf men were seen dragging their dead comrades as they fled.

    “The offensive is ongoing and all the wounded have been evacuated and treated for minor wounds,” he said.

    Rafael said fighting ensued after troops from the Army’s 33rd and 35th Infantry Battalions caught up with the Abu Sayyaf band of Jul Asbi, Albader Parad and Umbra Jumdail alias Dr. Abu Pula.

    The soldiers recovered several grenade launchers and rounds of 90rr (recoilless rocket) ammunition from the scene, he added.


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    QC jeepney group leader shot dead


    By Jeannette Andrade
    Inquirer
    Last updated 12:23pm (Mla time) 08/09/2007


    MANILA, Philippines -- The head of a transport group in Quezon City was killed by two gunmen on Thursday morning , a police report said.

    Romulo Odal, president of the Project 6 Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association, was killed by two gunmen at the corner of Road 3 and Road 7, Project 6 at 9 a.m.

    Odal, 50, is a resident of Sitio (sub-village) Mabilog, Culiat.

    Police said the incident happened in front of an eatery at 106 Road 3, Project 6, where the victim was reportedly having coffee when two bonnet-masked men started shooting at him.

    Odal was declared dead on arrival from multiple gunshot wounds at the East Avenue Medical Center.

    Police investigators recovered eight .22 caliber shells at the scene.

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    Alleged rebel hit men kill ‘bum’ in Quezon


    By Delfin Mallari Jr.
    Southern Luzon Bureau
    Last updated 01:32pm (Mla time) 08/09/2007


    LUCENA CITY, Philippines -- Two suspected New People’s Army (NPA) hit men gunned down a man described as a neighborhood bum in the village of Lutucan Malabag in Sariaya town, Quezon Tuesday, police said in a belated report Thursday.

    The report identified the victim as Ariel Maghirang.

    Police Officer 1 Rommel Elardo, the case investigator, said that at around 12:30 p.m. one of two men onboard a red motorcycle approached Maghirang and shot him pointblank in the nape.

    The men then introduced themselves as NPA rebels and fled.

    The victim was rushed to the Gregg Hospital in the town proper but died while undergoing treatment.


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    http://www.gmanews.tv/story/55131/Ab...-ambush---Army


    9 soldiers killed, 2 hurt after ambush by Abus in Sulu


    By Julie Alipala, Joel Guinto
    INQUIRER.net, Mindanao Bureau
    Last updated 01:21pm (Mla time) 08/09/2007


    ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- (UPDATE 2) At least nine soldiers were killed and two others wounded when Abu Sayyaf bandits ambushed a band of soldiers in Crossing Maimbung in Sulu early morning Thursday, a military official said.

    Major Eugene Batara, spokesman of the Western Mindanao Command, said elements of the 33rd Infantry Battalion were on their way to the market when fired upon by undetermined number of bandits.

    He said the military lost a radio unit and at least six M-16 rifles during the incident.

    It was not clear if the ambush was related to encounters between government troops and Abu Sayaf bandits in Parang town on Wednesday, and on Mt. Tubora in Indanan town on Tuesday, said Lieutenant Colonel Ernesto Torres Jr., Army public affairs chief, in a phone interview with Manila-based reporters.

    One soldier was killed and seven others were wounded in these encounters, according to reports.

    At around 7:45 a.m. Thursday, soldiers from the 33rd Infantry Battalion were riding a 6x6 truck on an administrative assignment in Maimbung when the suspects fired at them, Torres said.

    "It was a brief ambush. The troops were not even on patrol, they were on administrative assignment, moving logistics, moving people," Torres said.

    "We do not know the motive for the attack yet. It was a clearly unprovoked attack," he said.

    Asked if the al Qaeda-linked bandits were stepping up offensives against government forces in Sulu, Torres said: "We do not know yet."

    Torres said the military was confirming reports that some "high-value targets" were killed in the Parang encounter last Wednesday.

    He said Abu Sayyaf commander Radullan Sahiron reportedly led the bandits in the encounter.

    The Abu Sayyaf group has been responsible for numerous attacks on Christians and foreigners throughout the Philippines in recent years.

    The Abu Sayyaf and members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) were behind the July 10 attack, the military and government have said.

    The MILF, which is suppose to be observing a three year-old ceasefire, has admitted killing the Marines but denied beheading them.

    More than 23,000 villagers residing near MILF camps in the southern Philippines have fled their homes for fear of getting caught up in any possible government attack.

    Despite the heightening of tensions, government peace negotiators have said they expect to reopen peace talks with the MILF in Malaysia before the end of this month.

    With a report from Agence France-Presse; Originally posted at 11:46am

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    Boy dead, 10 others electrocuted in Manila sidewalk


    A nine-year-old boy died after being electrocuted while clinging to an electric post in Sampaloc district in Manila Wednesday night, ABS-CBN News reported.

    The report said Raymart Blanco was walking on the sidewalk along the flooded Dimasalang Street around 8:30 p.m. when a truck passed.

    To avoid being dragged by the wave created by the passing truck, Blanco clung to an electric post and got electrocuted. The boy was already dead when brought to Hospital of Infant Jesus on Laong Laan Street.

    Meanwhile, 10 students of University of Sto. Tomas were electrocuted while walking on the sidewalk along Dapitan Street, also in Sampaloc district, around 7:30 p.m.

    The report said the students were buying food when they were electrocuted. A radio DZMM report said three of the students identified as Jacinto Angelo Inoino, 17; Hans de Jesus, 15; and Edson Yambot, 17, were in critical condition. They are confined at UST Hospital.

    (First posted 8/9/2007 at 12:03:18 p.m.)



    8-yr-old boy killed, 3 UST students hurt by live wire
    08/09/2007 | 12:12 PM

    An eight-year-old boy was killed while three students were reported in critical condition after touching live wire in two separate incidents in Manila, radio station dzMM reported.

    Supt. Ernesto Barlam, police chief of Manila's Sampaloc police station, identified the first victim as Raymart Blanco, a Grade 2 pupil of 2016 Simon street, Sampaloc.

    Initial reports showed that the boy was strolling along Dimasalang Street when a truck passed.

    The passing truck caused floodwaters on the street to rise and Blanco touched an electric post which apparently had a live wire.

    He was declared dead on arrival at the nearby Infant Jesus Hospital.

    A second incident, involving three teenagers, took place along Dapitan street.

    The victims are students of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) along España street.

    The students were identified as Angelo Inolino, 17, Franz De Jesus, 15, and Edson Yambot, 17.

    While on their way to have lunch, the victims accidentally touched an electric post with a live wire, sending electric shocks all over their bodies.

    They were all rushed to the UST Hospital where they remain under critical condition. - GMANews.TV

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    Bystander shot, seriously wounded in Sta. Ana gang war
    08/09/2007 | 08:04 AM

    A 26-year-old bystander is now fighting for his life after being shot, as not even the heavy rains in the city prevented a gang war from erupting in Manila's Sta. Ana district.

    Radio dzBB reported Thursday that Ryan Marvin Casaclan, 26, was rushed to the Ospital ng Maynila after getting caught in the middle of the gang war in Sta. Ana before dawn Thursday.

    Casaclan is now in critical condition after sustaining a gunshot wound in the chest, after being mistakenly tagged as a member of a rival gang.

    Police said Casaclan was having a drinking spree with some friends when a rumble erupted nearby. Without warning, a member of the fighting gangs tagged him as a member of a rival gang.

    He tried to run from the scene but the gang members chased him, and shot him.

    The gang members fled the scene after a responding team from the Manila Police District's Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit arrived at the scene. - GMANews.TV

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  11. #50
    KILLINGS Nos. 114 - 161:

    'Fifty dead' in Philippines clash

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asi...ic/6939753.stm


    More than 50 people have been killed in clashes between troops and Islamist militants in the southern Philippines, military officials say.
    The fighting, on Jolo island, began on Thursday when militants ambushed a military convoy, killing 10 soldiers.

    Fifteen more soldiers died in later gun battles, and at least 27 militants were killed, the military said.

    It blamed Islamic militant group Abu Sayyaf and rogue elements in the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).

    Thousands of Philippine troops, backed by US military trainers, are based in Jolo, some 950km (600 miles) south of the capital, Manila.

    They have been fighting Islamist militants affiliated to various groups who have been hiding in the island's mountainous terrain for several months.

    Gun battles

    Thursday's fighting took place near the town of Maimburg.


    Troops have been fighting militants in Jolo for several months

    A troop convoy was ambushed on its way to the town early in the morning.

    Reinforcement troops were then flown in to engage the militants, sparking gun battles that went on late into the night.

    A military spokesman said that the militants had carried away their dead, but that the number of casualties was based on confirmed reports from the field.

    The MNLF, which signed a peace deal with the government in 1996, said it was behind Thursday's ambush, which it said was in retaliation for an army offensive on Wednesday.

    But military officials also blamed Abu Sayyaf, the group behind the Philippines' worst terror attack - a ferry bombing in 2004 that killed more than 100 people.

    The US has listed Abu Sayyaf as a terrorist organisation and says it has links to Al-Qaeda, as well as the regional militant group Jemaah Islamiah.


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    (UPDATE 2) 57 killed, 42 hurt in Sulu clashes

    Army battalions off to southern province

    By Joel Guinto
    INQUIRER.net
    Last updated 12:51pm (Mla time) 08/10/2007


    MANILA, Philippines -- Three days of fighting between government forces and Al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf militants and their allies in the southern island province of Sulu has left 57 combatants killed and 42 others wounded, a military spokesman said Friday.

    A nine-year-old boy, reportedly a son of an Abu Sayyaf commander, was also killed during one of four engagements.

    He was caught in the crossfire when Abu Sayyaf members, assisted by rogue Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels, ambushed Army troopers in Maimbung town on Thursday morning, said Lieutenant Colonel Bartolome Bacarro.

    A total of 26 soldiers and 31 Abu Sayyaf fighters were killed, while 17 soldiers and 25 extremists have been wounded in the four incidents, Bacarro told reporters in Camp Aguinaldo.

    Bacarro said two Army battalions would be sent to reinforce troops in Sulu, bringing to roughly 4,000 the number of forces running after the extremists, who are allegedly hiding Umar Patek, and Dulmatin, two bomb experts of the Jemaah Islamiyah terror network who allegedly masterminded the 2002 Bali bombings,.

    On Thursday, 25 soldiers from the 33rd Infantry Battalion were killed, 10 in the Thursday morning ambush, and 15 others in an armed engagement also in Maimbung the afternoon of the same day.

    It was the biggest single day casualty for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in recent years, Bacarro said.

    "As to the efforts against the ASG [Abu Sayyaf group], this will not slacken. We will continue looking for them, hunting them down," Bacarro said.

    There were no reports of new clashes Friday.

    The MNLF has confirmed that its men were involved in the clashes, but said it was an offshoot of an earlier military attack that killed a high-ranking leader and three others.

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    Death toll in Sulu clashes rises to 26 soldiers, 27 Abus
    08/10/2007 | 08:38 AM

    http://www.gmanews.tv/story/55302/De...ldiers-27-Abus



    (Updated 11:15 p.m.) Fierce clashes between government troops and the Abu Sayyaf Group in Sulu have left 26 soldiers and 27 bandits dead, the military said Friday. Officials also insisted that contrary to earlier reports, Moro National Liberation Front fighters were not involved in the fighting.

    Armed Forces public information office chief Lieutenant Colonel Bartolome Bacarro said in a text message on Friday morning that since the fighting started on Tuesday, 26 soldiers have been killed in a series of clashes in the restive island-province.

    Army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Ernesto Torres said 27 Abu Sayyaf members were also killed based on intelligence reports, although only one body has so far been recovered.

    Meanwhile, radio station dzBB reported that Western Mindanao Command spokesman Major Eugene Batara said soldiers had not battled MNLF fighters.

    But on Friday early morning, GMA News' Chino Gaston reported that military officials said the clashes were apparently staged by Abu Sayyaf and MNLF members.

    Also on Thursaday afternoon, MNLF deputy chair Hatimil Hassan had said its forces staged the ambush in Maimbung town that left nine soldiers dead.

    "It was not Abu Sayyaf. It was our troops. The problem is with the military. They initiated the attacks," said Hassan, who added that the attack was in retaliation for the killing of four of their comrades, including a commander, earlier that day.

    The government and the MNLF signed a peace accord in 1996 although some of the Moro group's fighters have sporadically clashed with soldiers.

    Thousands flee

    The Department of Social Work and Development said more than 4,300 people have fled since the fighting started.

    Bai Racma Imam, secretary of the DSWD in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, said the number of evacuees may swell as fighting continues.

    Imam said the evacuees included 615 families from Parang town and 160 families from Indanan.

    "We are afraid that the fighting will escalate in other towns. There is possibility also that the current figures of displace people will balloon due to the ongoing fighting," Imam said.

    "The immediate needs of the people in the area right now are blankets, food supplies and medicines for the children," she added.

    Deadly ambush and pursuit

    The fighting started on Tuesday, when two Marines were wounded in a firefight with gunmen near Mount Tubora in Indanan town.

    On Wednesday early morning, a soldier was killed in a clash with Abu Sayyaf members near Barangay (village) Upper Sampunay in Parang town. Five other troops were wounded.

    On Thursday early morning, it was reported that nine soldiers were killed in an ambush at Maimbung town. One of two wounded troops later died, brining the toll to 10.

    The soldiers were onboard a military truck on an “administrative" assignment when they were attacked by an Abu Sayyaf band led by Radullah Sahiron, believed to be the group's top leader in Sulu.

    The military could not say if there were casualties on the attackers’ side.

    Officials tagged the Abu Sayyaf in the attack but the MNLF owned up to the ambush, saying it was in retaliation for an earlier military attack that left four of their comrades, including a commander, dead.

    In the afternoon that day near Indanan town, troops sent to pursue the gunmen behind the ambush stumbled upon a bigger force reportedly led by Abu Sayyaf commanders Albader Parad and Dr Abu Pula.

    In a statement on Friday morning, the Army said the firefight left 15 soldiers dead and 10 others wounded.

    It added that 27 attackers were killed out of the 120-man group that engaged the soldiers in a three-hour firefight. But only one body of an attacker in that incident has so far been recovered.

    The military initially tagged the attackers as a combined Abu Sayyaf-MNLF force but the Western Mindanao Command clarified that only the former was involved.

    The Army’s statement on Friday again blamed the attack on the Abu Sayyaf along with “rogue" MNLF members under Dr Abu and another unidentified leader.

    It added that one of the slain Abu Sayyaf gunmen was a certain Salip Edimar, reportedly part of Sahiron's close-in security. - GMANews.TV

    NDCC: Death toll reaches six, damage hits P16M
    08/10/2007 | 08:38 AM


    http://www.gmanews.tv/story/55301/ND...mage-hits-P16M

    The death toll from storms "Chedeng" and "Dodong" reached six, even as the estimated damage to property reached P16.803 million as of Friday morning.

    As of 6:45 a.m. Friday, the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said the latest fatalities included a 40-year-old Bulacan resident and a 17-year-old girl in Baguio City.

    It identified the first victim as Marcelo dela Cruz, 40, a resident of Liputan village in Meycauayan. Dela Cruz was electrocuted.

    The second victim, Remedios Memorado, 17, of Baguio City, died after being hit by a flying galvanized iron (GI) sheet.

    Earlier, the NDCC reported that at least two were killed in Baguio, one in Abra, and two in San Miguel town in Bulacan.

    The updated NDCC report said 53,514 families or 239,232 persons in 215 villages in Metro Manila, Cordillera, Ilocos, Central Luzon and Southern Luzon were affected.

    Of these, 2,942 families or 11,880 persons were brought to 33 evacuation centers.

    Also, the NDCC said 42 houses were damaged in Zambales and Benguet, 32 of them totally destroyed.

    Damage to infrastructure was estimated at P4.3 million; damage to crops at P109,900; and damage to fisheries at P12.393 million, including P1.545 million in Hagonoy, Bulacan, and P2.096 million in Malolos, Bulacan.

    The storms caused the collapse of a mini dam in San Ildefonso in Bulacan; a riprap of the riverbank in Limay, Bataan; the Maasin earth dike in Candaba, Pampanga; the Gugu Dike in Bacolor, Pampanga; and a three-meter portion of the Baluto earth dike in Tarlac.

    For its part, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said 39 road sections in major and secondary roads remained impassable to light vehicles due to flooding.

    The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said it has prepared P9.509 million in relief goods.

    Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) and the Philippine Coast Guard have given fishermen and shipowners a "free hand" to decide whether to set sail during Storm Signal 1.

    Radio dzBB reported that the DOTC and PCG reached the agreement after meeting with the Philippine Inter-Island Shipping Association (PISA) Thursday.

    Under the agreement, the DOTC will allow shipping companies to decide if they will leave port during Storm Signal 1. Previous guidelines automatically forbade ships from leaving port during Signal 1.

    However, the decision must still get the approval of the transportation secretary.

    On the other hand, the (PISA) said ships are automatically barred from leaving port during Storm Signals 2 and up.

    Also, the PCG said it will let fishermen use their "intelligent judgment" to decide if they will leave port even under Storm Signal 1. - GMANews.TV

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    Death toll from southern Philippines fighting rises to 21
    Posted: 10 August 2007 0257 hrs

    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stori...293132/1/.html



    A Philippine marine soldier




    ZAMBOANGA, Philippines : Twenty soldiers and a civilian were killed Thursday as fighting between government forces and Muslim gunmen spread in the southern Philippines, the military said.

    Gunmen ambushed a military convoy and killed 10 soldiers near Maimbung town on Jolo island, military sources said on condition of anonymity.

    A child living in the area was also killed in the crossfire, they added.

    They said the attackers were understood to be members of the Moro National Liberation Front, a separatist guerrilla force that signed a peace treaty with Manila in 1996. Some of its members, however, have refused to disarm.

    Nine soldiers were killed and two others were wounded earlier in the day in another village near Maimbung in an attack believed to be launched by the Abu Sayyaf, an Islamic militant group with alleged ties to the Al-Qaeda network, said local military spokesman Major Eugene Batara.

    One of the wounded soldiers from this attack later died in hospital, a source said.

    "We have reports that the Abu Sayyaf were the ones who attacked them," Batara told reporters, saying the gunmen also took six M-16 rifles.

    The attack is the latest episode in an escalation of violence in the restive Philippine south, where troops have been massing since July 10 when 14 Marines were killed on the nearby island of Basilan. Ten of them were beheaded.

    At least three Abu Sayyaf extremists and a soldier were killed Wednesday and two Marines were wounded Tuesday in clashes in Jolo.

    The Abu Sayyaf has been responsible for numerous attacks on Christians and foreigners throughout the Philippines in recent years.

    The military has been on an offensive against the Abu Sayyaf in Jolo island since last year and has killed two major Abu Sayyaf leaders since.

    The Abu Sayyaf and members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) were behind the July 10 attack, the military and government have said.

    The MILF, which is supposed to be observing a three year-old ceasefire, has admitted killing the Marines but denied beheading them.

    More than 23,000 villagers residing near MILF camps in Basilan have fled their homes for fear of getting caught up in any possible government attack.

    Despite the heightening of tensions, government peace negotiators have said they expect to reopen peace talks with the MILF in Malaysia before the end of this month.

    Meanwhile, police confirmed that an alleged Abu Sayyaf member suspected of taking part in the beheading of the 10 Marines had surrendered to a local television crew on Basilan island.

    "He surrendered and he is denying the accusations against him. We should talk to him to find out the truth," said a regional police official.

    Two other suspects in the beheadings had earlier turned themselves in after the government announced it was going after them.

    2 dead in predawn explosion in Malabon
    08/10/2007 | 06:27 AM


    http://www.gmanews.tv/story/55281/2-...ion-in-Malabon


    A father-and-son tandem was killed in a violent explosion that destroyed their two-storey house in Malabon City before dawn Friday.

    Radio dzBB reported that police initially identified the fatalities as Romulo and Rodel Sese, tenants of a two-storey house owned by a certain De Andres at Sitio 6, barangay Catmon.

    Sketchy initial reports indicated sticks of dynamite exploded inside the house. It was not immediately clear if the victims were fishermen who used dynamite in their activities.

    The report said police are still analyzing the scene of the incident.

    Police noted that the roof was blown off, and the victims’ blood was splattered all over the house’s walls. - GMANews.TV

    ===

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=87871

    WWII bomb kills four in Zamboanga

    Agence France Presse

    Four people were killed by a bomb they had fished out of the sea off the southern Philippines, police said Friday.

    The fishermen brought the bomb back to their home in the coastal village of Rio Hondo near Zamboanga City and tried to pry the casing open, triggering a blast that leveled the house and killed all four.

    Police said two other people were injured, adding that the ordnance appeared to date from World War II.
    ===

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=87862

    Tornado kills 1 in Zambales

    One man was killed while 12 houses were destroyed after a tornado struck San Antonio town in Zambales province, radio DZMM reported Friday.

    Zambales Gov. Amor Deloso said the unidentified old man lived in one of the houses destroyed by the tornado. Twenty families were left homeless by the weather disturbance.

    Deloso said seven municipalities in Zambales were still flooded due to heavy rains brought on by tropical storm Dodong (international codename Wutip), which has already left the Philippines.

    The governor said 23 homes were swept by flashfloods in two barangays in Sta. Cruz municipality. He said the newly-built Angeles Bridge in Castillejos municipality was also destroyed by floods.

    Other municipalities affected by heavy rains and floods were Subic, San Marcelino, San Narciso and San Felipe.

    In Pampanga, rescue operations were conducted in 22 barangays in Candaba municipality. Mayor Jerry Pelayo said floodwaters in the municipality continued to rise Friday.

    Floodwaters as high as 10 feet surged to Candaba after two dikes in barangays Barangka and Punong Gubat were destroyed by flashfloods before dawn Thursday.

    Pelayo said he will place the municipality under a state of calamity later in the day.
    ===

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=87820

    Quezon City policemen shoot dead 3 robbery suspects


    By PERSEUS ECHEMINADA
    The Philippine Star

    Quezon City policemen have intensified the crackdown against street criminals and resulted in the killing of three suspected robbers while two others were arrested and a counterfeit syndicate was busted in separate operations on Thursday.

    Police Senior Superintendent Magtanggol Gatdula, Quezon City police director, reported to Mayor Feliciano Belmonte Jr. that operatives of the District Police Intelligence Operation Unit (DPIOU) were on patrol along Commonwealth Ave. when the policemen spotted two motorcycle-riding men wearing no helmet and acting suspiciously.

    The two suspects were ordered to slow down but instead of stopping the duo sped off which triggered a chase.

    Policemen cornered the suspects near Feria Road, Old Balara, Quezon City, where a shootout occured between the policemen and the suspects.

    The two still unidentified suspects were killed in the process. Recovered from the crime scene were two .38 caliber revolvers and the motorcycle.

    In a separate incident, at about 12:02 a.m. Thursday, joint operatives of the Galas Police Station (PS-11), Mobile Patrol Unit (MPU) led by PCI Nicolas Torre, Chief District Operations Division (DOD) responded to a report of jeepney robbery/holdup along Quezon Avenue near Banawe. The jeepney is bound for Fairview.

    The policemen aided by the barangay tanods scoured the area and spotted the suspects along Agno Extension corner D. Tuazon St. at Doña Josefa, Quezon City. The suspects opened fire at the approaching lawmen prompting the operatives to return fire resulting in the death of one still unidentified suspect.

    Two others were arrested and were identified as Rodolfo Encina and Randy Cardenas. Police have launched a manhunt for their three other companions.

    ===

  12. #51
    Killings Nos. 166-168:

    Sun.Star: Soldiers find another mass grave in Compostela Valley

    08/12/2007 | 01:11 PM

    http://www.gmanews.tv/story/55593/Su...postela-Valley


    Army troopers claimed to find another mass grave containing the remains of summary execution victims of the New People’s Army (NPA) in the hinterlands of Compostela Valley province.

    Sun Star Zambonga reported on Sunday that the Alpha Company of the Army’s 25th Infantry Battalion uncovered the mass grave last week.

    The grave is located in Sitio Tagaytay, Mainit village in Nabunturan town. Rey Catanasan identified the remains of two of his brothers in the mass grave.

    Maj. Rolando Rodil, chief of the Army’s 25th Infantry Battalion said the skeletal remains were identified as that of Roger and Nathaniel Catanasan.

    Rodil said a third was identified as Rolando Cabisa, an uncle of the Catanasan brothers, all residents of Barangay Mainit of Nabunturan town.

    He said the NPA’s kangaroo court tried and found the three guilty in October 2001 and sentenced them to death.

    Rodil said that victims’ families firmly believed the victims have been tortured as one of the skulls had a hole probably caused by a bullet.

    Also, he said the NPA has resorted to similar cruelty as it purged its members by mere suspicion of being infiltrators.

    “Survivors of this dark episode shared their gruesome experiences; tortures were rampant and deaths were imminent," Rodil said.

    He called on the relatives of the victims to file appropriate charges against the perpetrators. “It’s not too late," he added. - GMANews.TV

  13. #52
    Killings Nos. 169-170

    Bukidnon Sanlakas exec killed in front of house

    08/12/2007 | 07:08 PM

    In a yet another apparent case of extra-judicial killing, the provincial chairman of Sanlakas in Bukidnon was shot dead Friday night by two unidentified gunman in front of his house in Don Carlos town, the multisectoral and party-list group said Sunday.

    In a statement, Sanlakas identified the fatality as 59-year-old Frank Labial. He was returning to his house after buying food at the local market when two assailants on board a motorcycle came from behind and shot him around 6 p.m.

    Witnesses said the victim managed to run toward his house after the first volley of gunfire but the gunmen chased him and fire more shots. The killers, who immediately fled after the attack, reportedly used .45 caliber pistols.

    Before his death, Labial was leader of the landless rural poor who are asserting their rights over the 2,995 hectares Bukidnon Farms Incorporated (BFI) in Don Carlos, an alleged ill-gotten property of the Marcoses. Their struggle dates back as far as 1986 when Labial became one of the farmer beneficiaries of the 1988 Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Law.

    Labial, Sanlakas added, was instrumental in the setting up of the landless rural poor coalition, Catch-BFI (Coalition of Actual Tillers and CLOA Holder of Bukidnon Farms Incorporated) a coalition of landless peasants, agricultural workers and indigenous peoples in Bukidnon in 2006 to consolidate all the rural poor CARP beneficiaries against the entry of Southern Fresh Products of the Davao Agricultural Ventures Company (DAVCO).

    DAVCO is a giant agribusiness corporation owned by the Floirendo family of Davao who are reportedly illegally tilling a huge portion of the BFI.

    Labial, however, drew the ire of the Floirendo and Zubiri since he was the one who investigated and gathered data of the complicity of the two big landowners and some armed goons in their alleged takeover of the Bukidnon Farms Incorporated.

    Labial was also the provincial vice chairman of Makabayan-Pilipinas, a nationwide peasant federation.

    He was also one of the farmer leader representatives in the recently created Task Force Arad Concern Bukidnon. - GMANews.TV

    http://www.gmanews.tv/story/55623/Bu...front-of-house

    ==

    Armed men abduct Mindanao bus firm worker
    08/12/2007 | 03:00 PM

    KORONADAL CITY – Armed men abducted on Saturday night an employee of Yellow Bus Line (YBL) here just as the premier bus firm in the region resumed its operations after a series of bombings targeting the company’s buses, police said Sunday.

    Jaime Rosios, one the company's mechanic, and a resident of General Santos City, had just came out from their depot along General Santos Drive at about 7:00 p.m. when unidentified men approached and forced him into their getaway vehicle at gun point, said Supt. Robert Kiunisala, South Cotabato police director.

    "We are still investigating the incident. We eyeing the same group behind the series attacks against YBL could be responsible for the abduction," Kiunisala said.

    "We are also looking into labor problems within the company," he added.

    The YBL resumed operations on Saturday after authorities implemented tighter security measures.

    Eight days ago, YBL stopped servicing the Davao City-Isulan, Sultan Kudarat route in the wake of at least three bomb attacks, the latest of which was on August 4 where a pastor was killed and 12 others were wounded. - GMANews.TV

    http://www.gmanews.tv/story/55602/Ar...us-firm-worker


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  14. #53
    Killings Nos. 171-5:


    3 corpses found in Laguna, Pasay


    http://uw2.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=88231

    Police found Monday three dead bodies in Pasay City and Luisiana town in Laguna province, radio DZMM reports said.

    Police Officer 3 Leo Labrador of the Pasay City police said a man's body was found in Manila Bay on Monday. He said the victim's feet were tied with rope and that the body bore a stab wound.

    He added that the rope was attached to a heavy object that was meant to keep the body underwater.

    In a separate report, the corpses of a man and a woman were found in an open canal along the national highway in Barangay San Antonio in Luisiana.

    Police chief Celso Palad said the victims were between 25 to 30 years old. He said the victims bore bullet wounds in the head and chest.

    The police are investigating the killings.

    ===

    2 bodies dumped in canal in Laguna

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakin...ticle_id=82191

    INQUIRER.net
    Last updated 10:34am (Mla time) 08/13/2007


    MANILA, Philippines -- The bodies of a man and a woman have been found dumped in an open canal along the national highway of Luisiana town in Laguna province, ABS-CBN’s Teleradyo reported Monday.

    The still unidentified victims, estimated to be between 25 to 30-years-old, bore gunshot wounds to the head and chest, the report said.

    ===

    Fire kills family of 5 in QC

    Fire killed a family of five inside their own home in Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon, Novaliches, Quezon City before dawn Monday, radio DZMM reported.

    Police Officer 3 Edwin de la Cruz of the Quezon City Police District Homicide Division identified the victims as Michael Go, his wife Ana and children Marjorie, Maverick and Michael Ray.

    De la Cruz said the fire started past 2 a.m. and lasted for two hours before it was put out.

    Firefighters said three of the victims were found locked in an embrace inside one of the rooms of the two-story compound.

    De la Cruz said arson investigators have yet to determine the cause of the fire.
    http://uw2.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryID=88216

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    http://uw2.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=88187

    Region (as of 1:44 AM)

    Bus firm’s union leader abducted


    By RAMIL BAJO
    The Philippine Star

    KORONADAL CITY – A union leader of Yellow Bus Line (YBL) Co., which lately has been the victim of bombings by the Al-Khobar extortion group, was abducted by heavily armed men in front of the company’s garage here Saturday night.

    Senior Superintendent Robert Kiunisala, South Cotabato police director, said mechanic Jimmy Rosios, a director of the YBL workers’ union, was the second person abducted in this city since June.

    Earlier, Gilbert Cardiño, Central Mindanao coordinator of the militant party-list group Bayan Muna, was snatched by armed men sporting "military haircuts" and suspected to be government intelligence agents and held captive for several days until he was released in Davao City.

    According to a report in the police blotter, Rosios was seized at around 6:45 p.m. in a dimly portion of the YBL garage, some two kilometers away from the company’s passenger terminal.

    Police said Rosios was urinating in front of the YBL garage when an unlicensed Tamaraw FX stopped in front of him and three men brandishing Armalite rifles alighted and seized him. The van sped off toward General Santos City.

    Rosios’ abduction came as the Al-Khobar warned that they would mount more bomb attacks against YBL, which has repeatedly ignored its demand for monthly "protection money."

    The man who introduced himself as an Al-Khobar member called up the YBL office three days ago and also hurled the same threat, saying they would include the bus company’s employees in their next moves.

    YBL just resumed its operations the other day after the city council and the police lifted the temporary suspension order they had imposed for fear of more attacks after explosions ripped through two YBL buses here last Aug. 3, killing a Christian preacher.

    Kiunisala admitted they were still clueless on the abduction, saying, "We are still investigating the incident."

    For his part, Chief Superintendent Felizardo Serapio, Region 12 police director, said, "We are working closely with our counterparts in the military in tracking down the kidnappers and determining their motive for abducting Rosios."

    Chief Superintendent Joel Goltiao, director of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao police, has directed the police chiefs of Maguindanao and Shariff Kabunsuan to help Serapio check if the Al-Khobar had a hand in the abduction, according to Superintendent Danilo Bacas, ARMM police spokesman.

    The Al-Khobar is composed of rogue secessionist rebels with alleged links to the terror group Jemaah Islamiyah. With John Unson

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    2 killed, P70 T cash taken in Navotas fishport robbery
    08/13/2007 | 08:53 AM

    A security guard and a janitor were killed while a laptop and P70,000 cash were stolen in a midnight robbery at a fish brokerage firm in Navotas City at midnight Sunday.

    Radio station dzRH reported Monday morning that at least four robbers barged into the St. Joseph Group fish brokerage firm and stabbed dead security guard Noel Angeles and janitor Milo Castillano.

    Investigators suspect an inside job in the heist, noting that the suspects knew where the vault was.

    Janitor Richard Pamanas, who managed to survive by hiding in a nearby room, told the police that four unidentified men barged into the brokerage office in Dagat-Dagatan at midnight.

    He said the four chanced upon Angeles and Castillano, and stabbed them before taking the cash and laptop. - GMANews.TV

    http://www.gmanews.tv/story/55679/2-...shport-robbery

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  15. #54
    Killings Nos. 176-178

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=88389


    Region (as of 12:54 PM)

    Bank manager's tortured body dumped in Pampanga


    A bank manager who was reported missing last week has been found dead, apparently tortured, in Porac town in Pampanga province, ABS-CBN News reported Tuesday.

    Senior Superintendent Keith Ernald Singian, Pampanga Police Provincial Office director, said the body of Rolando Javier, manager of a Metrobank branch in San Fernando City bore stab wounds to the body and a hack wound to his head.

    Singian said Javier's body was wrapped in a blanket and his hands were tied.

    Javier was last seen alive by his family before he reported for work last Thursday. He never came back, prompting his family to report him missing.

    After days of searching, police found Javier's body dumped on a street in Barangay Mancatian in Porac town last Saturday.

    Further police search resulted in the recovery of Javier's Honda CRV in Tondo district in Manila.

    The police are now investigating how Javier's vehicle turned up in Manila to be able to determine the motive for his murder.

    (First posted 8/14/2007 at 12:39:07 p.m.)

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    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=88343

    Region (as of 3:00 AM)

    Rebels abduct soldier in Compostela Valley


    By EDITH REGALADO
    The Philippine Star

    DAVAO CITY - New People’s Army (NPA) rebels are holding captive Army Pfc. Marjun Gatela, of the 72nd Infantry Battalion based in Monkayo, Compostela Valley.

    In a statement, the NPA admitted staging the ambush on Gatela’s group last Friday, which also killed three militiamen in Sitio Kidapang, Barangay San Isidro in Monkayo.

    According to Lt. Col. Rolando Bautista of the 10th Infantry Division, based here in Davao City, Gatela belonged to the Army battalion in-charge of all Cafgu detachments in the region, although the area where he was operating in and was abducted was the jurisdiction of the 28th Infantry Battalion.

    Gatela was reportedly seized by the NPA rebels’ Front Committee 2 led by a certain Vicente Taoy, alias Commander Benal.

    Of the three militiamen who were killed in the Friday ambush, only a certain Rolando Dandan has been identified. The NPA rebels stressed that Gatela will be tried for his alleged "crime against the people."

    Army Brig. Gen. Carlos Holganza, commander of the 1001st Infantry Brigade, said the military is now monitoring the movement of Gatela’s abductors.

    Holganza stressed that as far as the military is concerned, there will be no negotiation for Gatela’s release.



    ===

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=88283

    Metro (as of 8:43 PM)

    Kin says beheaded man kidnapped from Tarlac

    The decapitated head of a man discovered last week in Pasig City has been identified by a relative, ABS-CBN News reported Monday.

    City police said Andy de los Reyes identified the victim as Erano Arellano, a locksmith from Tarlac City. Arellano was identified through a scar on his forehead.

    De los Reyes told police that his brother-in-law was abducted by several men at his workplace.

    The kidnappers, de los Reyes said, posed as customers and invited the locksmith supposedly to have a key made especially for them. He failed to return home to his family after that.

    Arellano's bloodied head was discovered on Friday by Dennis Abella, a resident of Barangay Manggahan in Pasig.

    Reports said the head was placed inside a box and left at Abella's doorstep. The box also had a death threat addressed to Abella's former houseguest. Abella's unidentified houseguest was threatened with harm unless he returns a Mitsubishi Pajero that he took in Tarlac.

    Abella, meanwhile, said that his houseguest now works in Saudi Arabia.

    It was not immediately learned how Abella's houseguest and Arellano are related to each other. With a report from Gus Abelgas


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    Cops kill 2 rob suspects in shootout, nab 2 others

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakin...ticle_id=82476


    INQUIRER.net
    Last updated 03:32pm (Mla time) 08/14/2007


    MANILA, Philippines -- Two suspected robbers were killed while two others were arrested after they shot it out with police in Kawit, Cavite, Tuesday noon, the regional director for Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) said.

    A text message from Chief Superintendent Nicasio Radovan said the suspects were members of the Abuyog holdup gang but did not identify them.

    Operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group from Camp Crame and the Traffic Management Group and Cavite provincial police who were involved in the operation recovered two .45 caliber pistols and a Mitsubishi Space Wagon with the license plate UFL-299 from the scene of the shootout at Putol Centennial Road in Kawit, Radovan said.

    Thea Alberto
    ==

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=88365

    Metro (as of 9:46 AM)

    Jeepney robber killed in Cubao

    A motorcycle-riding robber was killed in an encounter with policemen in Cubao district in Quezon City before dawn Tuesday.

    Superintendent Procopio Lipana, Cubao Police Station chief, said the station received a report about a jeepney robbery incident along Aurora Boulevard in Cubao district around 2 a.m.

    Responding policemen, with the help of jeepney barkers who witnessed the robbery, were able to trace two robbers on board a motorcycle.

    Police said the robbers fired at them, prompting a shootout. One of the robbers was killed while his accomplice was able to escape.


    ==

    Metro (as of 1:31 AM)

    Robbers kill guard, helper in Navotas heist


    By PETE LAUDE and JERRY BOTIAL
    The Philippine Star


    Police are hunting down at least four unidentified robbers who killed a fishing company’s security guard and its stay-in helper during a midnight robbery Monday in the coastal city of Navotas.

    Navotas police chief Superintendent Erick Reyes identified the fatalities as Noel Angeles, a guard of the Sibol Security Agency, and Nilo Castillano, stay-in utility helper of the fishing firm St. Joseph Group Inc.

    Richard Bagasmad, 25, a stay-in driver of the company, told police that he found the two victims already dead with multiple bodily stab wounds near the guard post at the ground floor at around midnight.

    Bagasmad immediately called the police for assistance.

    According to Senior Inspector Bernabe Irinco Jr., Navotas police station staff duty officer, 54-year-old vendor Arilla Saranza saw at least four unidentified men running away from the fishing firm’s office a few minutes past midnight.

    Irinco said the suspects ransacked the office of Jocelyn Cayao, the company’s assistant manager, on the second floor and took around P70,000 cash and an undetermined amount of checks by destroying the safety vault.

    The robbers also scoured the adjacent office of Coney Buan, the fishing firm’s manager, and stole her laptop computer worth more than P70,000.

    The suspects also escaped with the slain security guard’s .38 caliber service revolver.

    Irinco said that a deeper investigation was still being conducted Monday as police probers were looking into the possibility of an "inside job" into the case because there was no sign of forcible entry seen on the gate of the company’s office and on its premises.

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=88323

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    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=88275

    Metro (as of 7:02 PM)

    Woman killed in Caloocan over cell phone

    A woman was shot dead by her cousin due to an argument that stemmed from a pawned cellular phone Monday afternoon in Caloocan City, DZMM reported.

    Police identified the victim as Rosita Francisco, 48. She died on the spot after sustaining bullet wounds to the back and forehead.

    Police said suspect Ricky Bustarde fled after the incident near a fishpond in Area 1 in Barangay Maypajo.

    Village chief said the argument started after Francisco came to claim her cell phone that she pawned to Bustarde. The victim got mad after learning that Bustarde had sold her mobile phone to someone else.

    At the height of the verbal tussle, Bustarde got his gun and shot the woman, Sendong added. With reports from Kaiser Daquita, Willard Cheng and ABS-CBN News
    ===

  16. #55
    Killings Nos. 179- 185:

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=88532


    http://www.gmanews.tv/story/56069/Ar...dead-in-Negros

    Region (as of 11:13 AM)

    Army intel operative slain in Negros Occidental

    An Army intelligence operative was gunned down by suspected members of the New People's Army's (NPA) liquidation unit in Moises Padilla municipality in Negros Occidental province Tuesday afternoon, ABS-CBN Regional Network Group reported.

    Senior Police Officer 1 Armando Flores of the Moises Padilla Police Station identified the fatality as T/Sgt. Abraham Infante, 52, a member of the 11th Infantry Battalion.

    Investigators said Infante was resting with his wife and other relatives in front of his home in Barangay 6 around 5:45 p.m. when two gunmen shot him.

    "[Infante] wasn't able to respond. He just looked at his attackers. They told him that they were Sparu members," witness Jovani Sierra told ABS-CBN.

    Jenelyn Braso, Infante's niece, said she heard a gunshot from behind her. She said one of the attackers approached Infante and shot him again.

    Infante sustained gunshot wounds to the neck and different parts of his body. The assailants, armed with .45 pistols, escaped on a motorcycle.

    Police said the gunmen are members of the NPA's liquidation unit called the Special Partisan Unit.

    Military officials said Infante was the third soldier from the 11th IB slain by NPA guerrillas since 2005.

    The NPA is the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines. It has been waging insurgency for nearly 40 years.


    ==

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=88506

    Region (as of 3:22 AM)

    Ex-lawman wanted for kidnap slain in Davao City

    By EDITH REGALADO
    The Philippine Star

    DAVAO CITY – A former policeman listed as the eighth most wanted person in the country with a P825,000 bounty for kidnapping was slain in a shootout with police here Tuesday.

    Chief Superintendent Andres Caro II, Southern Mindanao police director, said policemen encountered former PO2 Allan Estrada in the compound of his parents’ house at Dacoville Subdivision in Toril district at around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

    Estrada reportedly had an arrest warrant issued last Sept. 3 by the Caloocan City regional trial court for a kidnapping-for-ransom case.

    Police learned that a Davao del Sur politician had employed Estrada as a bodyguard.

    Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who rushed to the scene of the shootout, said politicians have no business employing criminals as bodyguards.

    Estrada, formerly assigned to the Traffic Management Group, was tagged in the abduction of a 13-year-old girl in 2003.


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    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=88417

    Region (as of 5:29 PM)

    Two bandit leaders slain in Zambo Norte

    Two former members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) were killed in a gunfight with policemen and soldiers in Sitio Panubigan in Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte, a local government official said Tuesday.

    Town Mayor Cesar Soriano identified one of the slain bandits as Ahmid Wahab alias Diablo while the second was named only as "Commander Badon."

    Soriano said the two are leaders of an MILF lost command involved in the gruesome killing of residents of Ipil town in 1995 and the attack in Siocon in 2003.

    The mayor said the two were slain in an hour-long running gunbattle with security forces on the shorelines of Sitio Panubigan at noon Tuesday.

    Soriano said the killing of the bandit leaders is a result of a month-long surveillance and intelligence-gathering operations by the police and the military in the province. With a report from Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

    ==



    ==
    1 killed, 4 hurt in San Juan accident


    By Thea Alberto
    INQUIRER.net
    Last updated 12:42pm (Mla time) 08/15/2007


    MANILA, Philippines -- One person was killed and four others were hurt after a truck rammed through a business establishment in San Juan Wednesday, a police official said.

    The fatality was identified as Vicente Polioso, an employee of Asahi Electrical Manufacturing at Barangay (village) Sta. Lucia, said Superintendent Rodelio Jocson, San Juan police chief.

    The incident happened at 10:15 a.m., as the truck from Barcelona St.hit the gate of the Asahi, said Jocson.

    The injured have been rushed to the nearest hospital, said Jocson.

    Originally posted at 12:13pm

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakin...ticle_id=82695

    ==

    3 activists still missing a week after abduction
    08/15/2007 | 12:02 AM

    Unidentified motorcycle-riding armed men abducted at least three members of the militant labor party list Anakpawis in Guipos town in Zamboanga del Sur last August 3.

    Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) reported Tuesday night that the whereabouts of the three remain unknown after being missing for more than a week.

    “This is another incident where Anakpawis party members have been targeted for attack," AHRC said in a statement on its website www.ahrchk.net.

    It identified the abducted Anakpawis members as Antonino Roda, 39; Eric Buhain, 23; and Julius Sango, 21, who were in a passenger van traveling to Dinas town when they were abducted.

    As their van approached Balongating village in Guipos at about 2:45 p.m. of Aug. 3, four armed men on motorcycles blocked their way and ordered the driver of the van to stop.

    The armed men forced Roda, Buhain, Sango and two other female passengers onto another white van in which there were five men. The white van sped off in the direction of Dumalinao town.

    When the white van reached Dumalinao, the abductors freed the two female passengers. The van then sped off in the direction of Pagadian City.

    “It was only after the female passengers reported the abduction to the authorities that the incident was made known. However, no investigations have been conducted by the authorities in the area to locate the victims so far. Their whereabouts are still unknown," AHRC said.

    AHRC said this was “yet another unsolved disappearance case in the Philippines," following the abduction of Jonas Burgos in Quezon City last April 28.

    Only last April 26, Alan Bumanglag, a member of peasant group Kagimungan, was abducted, supposedly by military personnel in Cagayan.

    In another case, Romualdo Balbuena, a resident of Quinapondan, Eastern Samar, was forcibly abducted from his house last Feb. 25.

    “None of the above cases has been solved so far," AHRC said.

    AHRC said it is difficult to locate victims, particularly if the police or military men are alleged to have been involved in the case.

    “The police and military are not obliged to allow family members to inspect their camps or speak to their superiors to check whether the persons they are looking for are in their custody. In previous cases, victims who are supposedly abducted and disappeared for days were later found to be in police or military’s custody," it added. - GMANews.TV

    http://www.gmanews.tv/story/56026/3-...fter-abduction

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  17. #56
    Killings Nos. 186 - 187:

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=88674

    Region (as of 4:51 AM)

    Leyte forester shot dead

    By ROBERTO DEJON
    The Philippine Star

    ORMOC CITY – The chief of the task force going after illegal loggers in the neighboring town of Albuera, Leyte was gunned down by motorcycle-riding men Wednesday afternoon, police said.

    Senior Superintendent Manuel Cubillo, city police chief, said forester Alfredo Beterbo, 64, was riding his motorcycle en route to this city when he was shot in Barangay Macabug.

    Witnesses told police that the gunman and his two companions had tailed Beterbo and attacked him when he reached a remote area.

    They said Beterbo, though hit in the back, continued to maneuver his motorcycle until he fell several meters away from the boundary of this city and Albuera town.

    ==

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=88673

    Region (as of 4:51 AM)

    3 young siblings killed in Lucena fire

    By ARNELL OZAETA
    The Philippine Star

    CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna – Three siblings aged two to 12 were killed in a fire that engulfed their shanty in Lucena City, Quezon Tuesday night, authorities said.SPO3 Ruben Almezan, a Lucena City police investigator, identified the fatalities as Isabela Joy Rabino, 12, and her siblings Romelyn, seven, and John Philip, two.

    Almezan said the children died while being treated of their burns at the Quezon Medical Center in Lucena.

    Police said the three children were trapped inside their shanty when the fire, caused by an unattended kerosene lamp, broke out at around 9:15 p.m. while their mother, Virginia, was out to buy bread.

    Virginia suffered minor burns as she struggled to bring her children out of their burning shanty.
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    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=88699

    Metro (as of 12:06 PM)

    Rice dealer, junk shop owner stabbed dead in Manila, QC


    Operatives of the Manila Police District (MPD) are hunting down a delivery boy and two other suspects who allegedly stabbed to death a Filipino Chinese rice dealer inside his office in Binondo district, ABS-CBN reported Thursday.

    Inspector Alejandro Yanquiling, chief of MPD's Homicide Division, said businessman James Go was found by one of his employees lying dead inside his office on Cabrahal Street in Binondo district around 7 p.m. Wednesday.

    Jerwin Arce, one of Go's employees, said his boss called him up around 5 p.m. and told him to inform the police about a delivery boy who brought home a sack of rice that was supposed to be delivered to a customer.

    Yanquiling said aside from the delivery boy, two former employees of Go were tagged as suspects in the killing. He said investigators received reports that the two former employees were seen in the vicinity of the office around noon.

    The police declined to identify the businessman's suspected killers who are now being hunted by homicide operatives.

    Meanwhile, a junk shop owner was stabbed to death by a group of teenagers in Novaliches, Quezon City.

    Police Officer 2 Joseph Madrid of the Quezon City Police District Homicide Divison identified the victim as Salvador Laysol, owner of a junkshop on Katipunan Street in Californina Village, San Bartolome, Novaliches.

    Police have arrested two of Laysol's suspected attackers. One of them was identified as Arwin Artagin.

    Investigations showed that Laysol was partying with his relatives who were celebrating a family member's birthday when the teenagers threw big stones over the home's roof.

    Laysol went out to confront the teenagers, but one of them stabbed him to the chest. Laysol died at Bernardino General Hospital in Novaliches.

    Four other teenagers are being hunted by the police.

    (First posted 8/16/2007 at 10:54:14 a.m.)

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    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=88693

    National (as of 11:29 AM)

    Chinese fisherman is typhoon Egay's 1st fatality


    Typhoon Egay (international codename Sepat) claimed its first casualty, a crew member of a Chinese fishing boat that was swept by strong waves to Philippine Sea near Manila Bay, DZMM reported Thursday.

    Lt. Senior Grade Armand Balilo, Philippine Coast Guard spokesman, identified the fatality as Wang Ming Bu, crewman of fishing boat Oriental Marine.

    Balilo said the Chinese fishing boat was being battered by strong waves while sailing near Manila Bay when Wang fell and his head hit a steel part of the boat.

    Wang's injury prompted the other crew members to seek help from Philippine authorities and sailed to Pier 13 at the South Harbor of Manila's port.

    The fisherman, however, died while being treated. His body was brought to Roca Funeral Homes in Manila.

    Weather bureau PAGASA's 5 a.m. bulletin said Egay was spotted 500 kilometers northeast of Virac, Catanduanes or 530 km east southeast of Aparri, Cagayan.

    It has maintained its strength at 185 kph with gusts of up to 220 kph and was moving in a northwest direction at a speed of 15 kph. Its main direction was the Batanes-Taiwan area.

    PAGASA has raised public storm signal No. 1 over Catanduanes, Cagayan and Isabela provinces.

    The typhoon was forecast to remain in the country until Saturday.

    PAGASA said Egay will continue to bring more rains over Luzon and the Visayas provinces as it is expected to continuously enhance the southwest monsoon.

    The weather agency advises residents living along coastal areas under signal No. 1 to be on alert for big waves and storm surges. Residents living in low-lying areas are also being advised to be alert for possible incidents of flashfloods and landslides and to evacuate their homes if necessary.


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    Killings Nos. 189 - 191:

    Malabon cop shot dead in front of partygoers



    By Nancy C. Carvajal
    Inquirer
    Last updated 07:25pm (Mla time) 08/16/2007


    MANILA, Philippines -- Four armed men wearing bonnets gunned down a police officer in front of many witnesses including a local village leader in Tonsuya, Malabon City Wednesday evening.

    Police Officer 3 Lutgardo Niedo, 46, a member of the local police force, was with his wife attending a party for a women’s organization when the gunmen shot him at close range at around 8:20 p.m.

    Niedo was instantly killed after the suspects shot him in the face at least 9 times, said Police Officer 3 Bobby Egera of the city’s investigation unit.

    Investigation showed that among the guests of the party were Tonsuya village chairman Antonio Criss Jr. and other village officials but police said despite the presence of many people who witnessed the shooting incident, investigators were having a hard time getting their cooperation to shed light on the incident.

    “We have yet to establish the motive of the killing and we are having difficulty in getting the cooperation of witnesses,’’ Egera said.

    Based on initial investigation and evidence, the suspect could have been known by the people in the community, he said.

    He also added the suspect showed extreme anger toward the policeman while shooting him.

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakin...ticle_id=83017

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    Metro (as of 8:07 PM)

    'Killer highway' claims 4th motorcyclist in 4 days

    Another motorcycle rider was killed during a smash-up of vehicles Thursday morning on Commonwealth Avenue, the fourth victim to die in four days along Quezon City's infamous "killer highway," ABS-CBN News reported.

    The fatality was identified as Bernardo Sulapas, 53, a resident of Barangay Batasan Hills.

    The accident involving a bus, a delivery van, a dump truck and Sulapas’s motorcycle happened shortly before 10 a.m. at the corner of Commonwealth and Regalado Avenue Extension in the Fairview area.

    The report said the vehicles were making a right turn toward SM Fairview mall from Regalao when the brakes of the Edilberto Martinez's dump truck failed.

    The truck hit Sulapas’s motorcycle. The impact threw him from the motorcycle.

    The victim was then dragged 10 meters from his vehicle before being pinned between the truck's tires.

    The motorcycle also went under the bus. A delivery van behind the bus, meanwhile, rammed a sidewalk gutter as its driver tried to avoid hitting a passenger jeepney that was unloading passengers.

    Police said Martinez tried to elude arrest. He was collared near the mall.

    A traffic enforcer, meanwhile, said Sulapas is the fourth motorcycle driver killed in a road accident along Commonwealth in a span of four days.

    Authorities said that the highway has claimed the lives of dozens of motorists and pedestrians over the years.

    Motorists have blamed the major thoroughfare's lack of lamp posts for the accidents. Authorities, meanwhile, said pedestrians die in road crashes because they prefer to dodge vehicles to cross the road instead of using Commonwealth's 16 footbridges . With a report from Wheng Hidalgo

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryID=88752

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    Grandmother shot dead for squealing on drug pushers



    08/17/2007

    A grandmother who had tipped off police on the rampant drug peddling in Marikina City was shot dead the other night by unknown assailants believed to be members of a drug syndicate.

    The victim was identified as Mila Adorna, a native of Masbate and a resident of Cortez Compound, Tanguile Street, Barangay Fortune, Marikina City.

    According to the report of Marikina City police chief Supt. Sotero Ramos Jr., the victim was gunned down around 11.15 p.m. inside her house.

    Investigation showed the victim had just arrived home from watching television at her neighbor’s house when killed.

    A 16-year-old witness whom police identified as only “Elmo,” an out-of-school youth, said two men asked him the whereabouts of Adorna and when he said he didn’t know, the suspects left and waited outside the victim’s house.

    Upon her arrival, the suspects immediately grabbed Adorna. One of the suspects pulled out his gun and shot Adorna once in the face, the bullet exiting to her head.

    Adorna had tipped off the police on alleged massive peddling of shabu (hydrochloride methamphetamine) in the area that led to arrest of several drug pushers and users.

    Authorities launched a follow-up operation for the arrest of the suspects. Jojo Arazas

    http://www.tribune.net.ph/metro/20070817met6.html

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    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=88746

    Trolley bag yields girl's body

    Police have launched a probe to identify a girl found stuffed inside a traveling bag that was picked up by scavengers Thursday morning in Manila.
    abs-cbnNEWS.com (8/16/2007 6:34:20 PM)

    Metro (as of 6:34 PM)

    Trolley bag yields girl's body

    Police have launched a probe to identify a girl found stuffed inside a traveling bag that was picked up by scavengers Thursday morning in Manila.

    At the same time, officers said they are also searching for the owner of the trolley bag found floating near the breakwater in Isla Puting Bato. The area is near the Manila International Container Port.

    Police said children picking up recyclable trash plucked the bag from the water and noticed two small feet protruding from it.

    Senior Police Officer 1 Richard Lumbad of the Manila Police District said the victim is aged between eight and 12. He said the girl had been dead for five hours when the body was discovered around 8 a.m.

    Lumbad said probers are now locating a certain Baishor Disona whose name was written on the bag's identification card.



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    Metro (as of 10:32 AM)

    Two cops trade gunfire in QC

    Two policemen killed each other in a shootout in a Muslim compound in Quezon City Thursday night, ABS-CBN reported Friday.

    The fatalities were identified as Police Officer 1 Abdulrahman Hamdane and Police Officer 2 Abdugafor Arasad.

    Superintendent Agripino Agcaoili, Quezon City Police District Station 3 chief, said Arasad, armed with an automatic rifle, attacked Hamdane while inside his garage in Tandang Sora Avenue.

    Hambadane fired back at Arasad before dying of gunshot wounds. Arasad died while being rushed to hospital.

    Agcaoili said an unidentified civilian was wounded by a stray bullet.

    Police are investigating the incident.

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=88830

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  19. #58
    Killings Nos. 192 - 246:


    (UPDATE) 2 Abu bandits, militiaman killed in Basilan clash



    Inquirer, Agence France-Presse
    Last updated 10:59am (Mla time) 08/18/2007




    ZAMBOANGA CITY--Two Abu Sayyaf bandits and one government militiaman were killed in an early morning encounter Saturday in Sitio Kurellem, Barangay Silangkum, Ungkaya Pukan, Basilan, a local official said.

    Mayor Joel Maturan confirmed the 6:30 a.m. encounter and said the firefight was ongoing with heavy mortar shelling taking place.

    A military official confirmed that fighting had broken out but said they were still trying to confirm if there were any casualties.

    The officials declined to be identified as there is a news blackout on the situation in Basilan where 14 Marines were killed in an ambush by MILF and Abu Sayyaf forces on July 10. Ten of the Marines were beheaded.

    Since then, the government has poured forces into Basilan for a possible offensive against the Muslim extremists despite continuing peace talks between the government and the MILF.

    The MILF, which signed a ceasefire with Manila three years ago, admits that their forces ambushed the Marines but insists this came after the soldiers intruded into MILF territory. It has denied beheading them.

    Since the July 10 ambush, the Abu Sayyaf has stepped up their operations in other parts of the south. In Jolo island, near Basilan, 26 soldiers were killed in attacks by the Abu Sayyaf and rogue members of another Muslim rebel group, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) from August 6 to 10.

    Troops have also been sent to Jolo but there have been no reports of new clashes.

    More than 12,000 soldiers are in Basilan and Jolo for possible assaults on the Muslim extremists.

    The Abu Sayyaf have been blamed for the worst terror attacks in the Philippines. The group has been linked by intelligence agencies to the al-Qaeda terror network.

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakin...ticle_id=83335

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    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=88965

    National (as of 2:01 PM)

    (UPDATE) New clashes kill 13 soldiers, dozens of extremists in Basilan


    Agence France Presse

    ZAMBOANGA - Thirteen troops and dozens of Muslim extremists were killed Saturday in clashes between government forces and al Qaeda-linked rebels on the southern island of Basilan, the military said.

    The military said fighting broke out in the jungle when Marines attacked a rebel camp, and that as many as 42 members of the Abu Sayyaf extremist group had been killed.

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    Sun.Star: 22,000 folk flee fighting in Basilan, Sulu
    08/18/2007 | 07:42 AM

    Email this | Email the Editor | Print | Digg this | Add to del.icio.us The number of residents displaced by the fighting between soldiers and Abu Sayyaf bandits in Basilan and Sulu has reached 4,513 families or 22,887 persons.

    Sun-Star Zamboanga reported Saturday that the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said this includes 2,722 families from Sulu and 1,791 from Basilan.

    NDCC executive director Glen Rabonza said that in Sulu, 1,474 families or 6,508 individuals had fled seven villages in Indanan town; 856 families or 3,854 people fled five villages in Parang; and 392 families or 1,320 individuals fled three villages in Maimbung.

    Rabonza said they are now temporarily sheltered in evacuation centers, including two in Indanan and three in Parang, established by the NDCC.

    He said the NDCC has also provided 5,000 sacks of rice while the provincial government gave 25 tents as aid to the evacuees.

    In Basilan, 990 families or 5,939 people fled their homes in seven villages in Al-Barka; 130 families or 716 individuals fled two villages in Tipo-Tipo; 358 families or 2,495 individuals fled four villages in Sumisip; and 313 families or 2,737 individuals fled Ungkaya Pukan.

    The NDCC gave the evacuees 3,000 sacks of rice while the Department of Social Welfare and GMA Kapuso Foundation provided 2,000 family-packs each.

    Other donors gave medical supplies and other basic needs. - GMANews.TV

    http://www.gmanews.tv/story/56589/Su...n-Basilan-Sulu

  20. #59
    Edited Version:

    Killings Nos. 192 - 246:


    National (as of 2:20 PM)

    (2nd UPDATE) New clashes kill 13 soldiers, dozens of ASG men in Basilan


    Agence France Presse

    ZAMBOANGA - Thirteen troops and dozens of Muslim extremists were killed Saturday in clashes between government forces and al Qaeda-linked rebels on the southern island of Basilan, the military said.

    They said fighting broke out in the jungle when Marines launched an attack on a rebel camp, and as many as 42 members of the Abu Sayyaf extremist group had been killed.

    Details of the incident remained sketchy amid a media blackout imposed by the military on Basilan, but the sources said the gun battle on the outskirts of the town of Unkaya Pukan turned into close-quarters combat.

    "The enemy suffered a lot of casualties. We are still trying to get the exact number but their casualties are heavy," military spokesman Major Eugene Batara said.

    "The offensive is continuing," he told reporters in Zamboanga City.

    He said two Marines and two Abu Sayyaf commanders were confirmed dead but that there would be more casualties on both sides.

    The media blackout on Basilan, south of here, was imposed amidst a military build-up in response to the death of 14 Marines in a July 10 ambush.

    That attack was blamed on the Abu Sayyaf and members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, a group which is negotiating peace with the government.

    Since then the government has been pouring forces into Basilan for a likely offensive against the extremists.

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=88966

    ==
    13 Marines killed, 9 others wounded in Basilan clash
    08/18/2007 | 02:50 PM


    Thirteen Philippine Marines were reported killed and nine others were wounded on Saturday after government troops clashed with suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf group in the province of Basilan.

    Col. Bartolome Bacarro, public information officer of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said the incident happened in the town of Unkaya Pukan about 6:30 a.m.

    Bacarro said there were about 30 casualties on the side of the bandits, including Abu Sayyaf leader Umair Indama, alias Abu Jihad, and a certain Barad.

    "The operation was undertaken in coordination with local government units and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the area," Bacarro said.

    The firefight was still ongoing as of posting time.

    "The Marines' display of unwavering gallantry in this government-initiated engagement is commendable," Bacarro said in a statement sent to reporters Saturday afternoon.

    A GMA Television reporter close to the scene reported troops, tanks, and helicopters were rushing to the area. Gunfire could still be heard in the background as he reported from the area at about 12:30 p.m. local time.

    It was the bloodiest clash on Basilan since 14 marines were killed in an ambush last month. - GMANews.TV with AP

    http://www.gmanews.tv/story/56621/13...-Basilan-clash

    ==

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakin...ticle_id=83335

    (UPDATE 3) 13 Marines, 30 Abu bandits killed in Basilan


    By Julie Alipala, Joel Guinto
    Inquirer, INQUIRER.net
    Last updated 02:23pm (Mla time) 08/18/2007



    MANILA, Philippines--Thirteen Marines and an estimated 30 Abu Sayyaf bandits were killed, while nine other government troopers were wounded in a fierce encounter in the southern island province of Basilan on Saturday, a military spokesman said.

    Among those killed were Abu Sayyaf leader Umair Indama, one of four bandits implicated in the beheading of Marine troops in Al-Barkah town last July 10, Lieutenant Colonel Bartolome Bacarro said.


    Indama is one of four bandits implicated by a joint investigation by the government and the Moro Islamic LIberation Front (MILF) in the beheading of four of 10 decapitated Marines in Al Barkah town last month.

    Unkaya Pukan Mayor Joel Maturan confirmed that Indama was a leader of an Abu Sayyaf group in Silangkum in Tipo-tipo Central and had more than 50 armed followers.

    A source in the Basilan operations said four Marine officers were among government troopers killed. Bacarro could not immediately confirm this.

    The encounter started at around 6:25 a.m. when soldiers from the 64th Marine Force Reconnaissance Company raided an Abu Sayyaf camp in Ungkaya Pukan town, Bacarro said.

    A military official, who asked that he not be identified, named the other Abu Sayyaf fatality as Alimari Amirul.

    A spokesman for the Philippine Marines was unavailable for comment.

    Senior Supt. Salik Macapantar, Basilan police chief, said the first encounter occurred in Sitio Kurellem in Barangay Silangkum in Unkaya Pukan and the fighting was continuing as of 1 p.m. Saturday.
    .
    "It is still raging until now," he said.

    Security forces are running after 130 suspects involved in the July 10 attack on a Marine convoy in Ginanta village, Al Barkah town that left 14 Marines killed, 10 of whom were beheaded and decapitated.

    The MILF owned up to ambushing the Marines, saying they encroached on their territory, but the rebels denied involvement in te beheadings.

    Sattar Alih, a representative of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on the Basilan Local Ceasefire Monitoring Committee, urged the military to avoid Baguindan in Albarka.

    "We have forces in that place," he said.

    He also asked the military to avoid targeting MILF areas there.

    "I was informed that mortar and howitzer (shells) are falling down about 100 meters away from our territory," he said.
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    (UPDATE) 2 Abu bandits, militiaman killed in Basilan clash



    Inquirer, Agence France-Presse
    Last updated 10:59am (Mla time) 08/18/2007




    ZAMBOANGA CITY--Two Abu Sayyaf bandits and one government militiaman were killed in an early morning encounter Saturday in Sitio Kurellem, Barangay Silangkum, Ungkaya Pukan, Basilan, a local official said.

    Mayor Joel Maturan confirmed the 6:30 a.m. encounter and said the firefight was ongoing with heavy mortar shelling taking place.

    A military official confirmed that fighting had broken out but said they were still trying to confirm if there were any casualties.

    The officials declined to be identified as there is a news blackout on the situation in Basilan where 14 Marines were killed in an ambush by MILF and Abu Sayyaf forces on July 10. Ten of the Marines were beheaded.

    Since then, the government has poured forces into Basilan for a possible offensive against the Muslim extremists despite continuing peace talks between the government and the MILF.

    The MILF, which signed a ceasefire with Manila three years ago, admits that their forces ambushed the Marines but insists this came after the soldiers intruded into MILF territory. It has denied beheading them.

    Since the July 10 ambush, the Abu Sayyaf has stepped up their operations in other parts of the south. In Jolo island, near Basilan, 26 soldiers were killed in attacks by the Abu Sayyaf and rogue members of another Muslim rebel group, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) from August 6 to 10.

    Troops have also been sent to Jolo but there have been no reports of new clashes.

    More than 12,000 soldiers are in Basilan and Jolo for possible assaults on the Muslim extremists.

    The Abu Sayyaf have been blamed for the worst terror attacks in the Philippines. The group has been linked by intelligence agencies to the al-Qaeda terror network.

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakin...ticle_id=83335

    ==

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=88965

    National (as of 2:01 PM)

    (UPDATE) New clashes kill 13 soldiers, dozens of extremists in Basilan


    Agence France Presse

    ZAMBOANGA - Thirteen troops and dozens of Muslim extremists were killed Saturday in clashes between government forces and al Qaeda-linked rebels on the southern island of Basilan, the military said.

    The military said fighting broke out in the jungle when Marines attacked a rebel camp, and that as many as 42 members of the Abu Sayyaf extremist group had been killed.

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    Sun.Star: 22,000 folk flee fighting in Basilan, Sulu
    08/18/2007 | 07:42 AM

    Email this | Email the Editor | Print | Digg this | Add to del.icio.us The number of residents displaced by the fighting between soldiers and Abu Sayyaf bandits in Basilan and Sulu has reached 4,513 families or 22,887 persons.

    Sun-Star Zamboanga reported Saturday that the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said this includes 2,722 families from Sulu and 1,791 from Basilan.

    NDCC executive director Glen Rabonza said that in Sulu, 1,474 families or 6,508 individuals had fled seven villages in Indanan town; 856 families or 3,854 people fled five villages in Parang; and 392 families or 1,320 individuals fled three villages in Maimbung.

    Rabonza said they are now temporarily sheltered in evacuation centers, including two in Indanan and three in Parang, established by the NDCC.

    He said the NDCC has also provided 5,000 sacks of rice while the provincial government gave 25 tents as aid to the evacuees.

    In Basilan, 990 families or 5,939 people fled their homes in seven villages in Al-Barka; 130 families or 716 individuals fled two villages in Tipo-Tipo; 358 families or 2,495 individuals fled four villages in Sumisip; and 313 families or 2,737 individuals fled Ungkaya Pukan.

    The NDCC gave the evacuees 3,000 sacks of rice while the Department of Social Welfare and GMA Kapuso Foundation provided 2,000 family-packs each.

    Other donors gave medical supplies and other basic needs. - GMANews.TV

    http://www.gmanews.tv/story/56589/Su...n-Basilan-Sulu

  21. #60
    Killings Nos. 192 - 246:

    2nd upadate:



    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=88981

    National (as of 4:55 PM)

    (4th UPDATE) 15 Marines, 42 ASG killed in Basilan fighting


    Fifteen troops and 42 Muslim extremists were killed Saturday in clashes between government forces and al Qaeda-linked rebels on the southern island of Basilan, ABS-CBN News Channel reported.

    In a phone interview over ANC, military spokesman Lt. Col. Bartolome Bacarro said 15 soldiers were killed while seven others were wounded after Philippine Marines launched an attack on a camp of the Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).

    Bacarro also confirmed that among those killed on the Abu Sayyaf side was Umair Indaman a.k.a. "Abu Jihad." Indaman is a suspect in the beheadings of 10 Marines last July 10.

    Bacarro said that the Muslim extremist Abu Sayyaf suffered about 30 wounded or dead but a military official in Basilan said as many as 42 members of the extremist group had been killed.

    Bacarro said the Army casualties belong to the 64 Force Reconnaissance Company and Force Reconnaissance Class 13. He said officers were among those killed but declined to give the number of dead or their names pending notification of next of kin.

    Bacarro told ANC that government troops found the Abu Sayyaf camp Friday night and launched an attack at 6:25 a.m. Saturday. He added that fighting between troops and the extremists is still ongoing.

    Media blackout

    Details of the incident remained sketchy because of a media blackout imposed by the military on Basilan, but the sources said the gunbattle on the outskirts of the town of Unkaya Pukan turned into close-quarters combat.

    "The enemy suffered a lot of casualties. We are still trying to get the exact number but their casualties are heavy," Maj. Eugene Batara, regional military spokesman, said.

    "The offensive is continuing," he told reporters in Zamboanga City.

    "The Armed Forces will press the fight," said Bacarro.

    The media blackout on Basilan was imposed amid a military build-up in response to the death of 14 Marines in a July 10 ambush. Ten of the Marines were beheaded.

    That attack was blamed on the Abu Sayyaf and members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), a group which is negotiating peace with the government.

    The MILF, which signed a ceasefire with Manila three years ago, admits that their forces ambushed the Marines but insists this came after the soldiers intruded into MILF territory. It has denied beheading them.

    Bacarro said that "the operation was undertaken in coordination with the local government units and MILF in the area." He did not elaborate.

    Since the July 10 ambush, the government has been pouring forces into Basilan for a likely offensive against the extremists.

    The Abu Sayyaf has also stepped up their operations in other parts of the south. On Jolo island, near Basilan, 26 soldiers were killed in attacks by the Abu Sayyaf and rogue members of another Muslim rebel group, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) from August 6 to 10.

    Troops have also been sent to Jolo but there have been no reports of new clashes there.

    More than 12,000 soldiers are in Basilan and Jolo for possible assaults on the Muslim extremists.

    Worst attacks

    The Abu Sayyaf have been blamed for the worst terror attacks in the Philippines. The group has been linked by intelligence agencies to al Qaeda terror network.

    The US embassy and Philippine military say US Special Forces troops are providing intelligence and training in the hunt for Abu Sayyaf and other militants on the islands of Basilan and Jolo.

    Between 100 to 500 US special forces troops are deployed in the southern region of Mindanao and islands along the Sulu archipelago including Jolo, according to intelligence sources.

    Opposition lawmakers have alleged the US troops are involved in direct combat operations against the militants in violation of the Philippine Constitution. Both Manila and Washington have denied the claims. With a report from Agence France-Presse

    (First posted 8/18/2007 at 4:36:29 p.m.)

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    15 Marines, copter pilot killed fighting Abu Sayyaf in Basilan
    08/18/2007 | 07:56 PM

    Email this | Email the Editor | Print | Digg this | Add to del.icio.us (Update 7:56 p.m.) Fifteen Marines and a helicopter gunship pilot were killed during a fierce clash with al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf militants in Basilan Saturday, a military spokesman said. The military estimated 30 militants died.

    The Marines attacked an Abu Sayyaf camp and engaged about 70 militants in close-quarter combat in a remote village outside the town of Ungkaya Pukan on Basilan island early Saturday, Lt. Col. Bartolome Bacarro said.

    A GMA Television reporter close to the scene said troops, tanks and helicopters were rushing to the area. Gunfire could still be heard in the background as he reported from the area at about 12:30 p.m.

    Another seven Marines were wounded in the fighting, Bacarro said.

    The pilot of a helicopter gunship was killed and his co-pilot wounded when the aircraft crashed after providing fire support to the ground troops, air force chief Lt. Gen. Horacio Tolentino said.

    Tolentino said an investigation was underway to determine whether the crash was caused by ground fire or mechanical trouble.

    Saturday's battle was the bloodiest clash on Basilan since a July 10 ambush left 14 Marines dead, 10 of whom were beheaded. Last week, 27 Army soldiers and 32 Abu Sayyaf gunmen were killed in separate clashes on Jolo Island.

    Bacarro said the number of Abu Sayyaf fatalities in Saturday's clash had yet to be confirmed, but the bodies of two commanders were recovered at the site, including one believed to have been involved in the July 10 beheadings.

    He said the operation was undertaken in coordination with the local government in the area and the Muslim separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which is in peace negotiations with the government brokered by Malaysia.

    ''The Armed Forces of the Philippines will press the fight,'' Bacarro said, praising the marines' ''gallantry.''

    A fragile 2003 cease-fire with the secessionist rebels - who have been fighting for a separate Muslim homeland in the country's south for more than 30 years - was shaken last month by the July 10 gun battle.

    A military investigation blamed the rebels and Abu Sayyaf militants for the killings.

    The MILF said its own investigation showed it was a ''legitimate encounter'' because the marines entered rebel territory without prior coordination. They also denied involvement in the beheadings, but did not say who was responsible.

    Chief MILF negotiator Mohagher Iqbal told The Associated Press that the MILF and government have agreed that MILF rebels will stay in a designated area during military operations so as not to be mistaken for Abu Sayyaf militants. - AP

    http://www.gmanews.tv/story/56660/15...yaf-in-Basilan

    http://www.gmanews.tv/largevideo/hom...-Basilan-clash



    National (as of 2:20 PM)

    (2nd UPDATE) New clashes kill 13 soldiers, dozens of ASG men in Basilan


    Agence France Presse

    ZAMBOANGA - Thirteen troops and dozens of Muslim extremists were killed Saturday in clashes between government forces and al Qaeda-linked rebels on the southern island of Basilan, the military said.

    They said fighting broke out in the jungle when Marines launched an attack on a rebel camp, and as many as 42 members of the Abu Sayyaf extremist group had been killed.

    Details of the incident remained sketchy amid a media blackout imposed by the military on Basilan, but the sources said the gun battle on the outskirts of the town of Unkaya Pukan turned into close-quarters combat.

    "The enemy suffered a lot of casualties. We are still trying to get the exact number but their casualties are heavy," military spokesman Major Eugene Batara said.

    "The offensive is continuing," he told reporters in Zamboanga City.

    He said two Marines and two Abu Sayyaf commanders were confirmed dead but that there would be more casualties on both sides.

    The media blackout on Basilan, south of here, was imposed amidst a military build-up in response to the death of 14 Marines in a July 10 ambush.

    That attack was blamed on the Abu Sayyaf and members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, a group which is negotiating peace with the government.

    Since then the government has been pouring forces into Basilan for a likely offensive against the extremists.

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=88966

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    13 Marines killed, 9 others wounded in Basilan clash
    08/18/2007 | 02:50 PM

    Email this | Email the Editor | Print | Digg this | Add to del.icio.us Thirteen Philippine Marines were reported killed and nine others were wounded on Saturday after government troops clashed with suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf group in the province of Basilan.

    Col. Bartolome Bacarro, public information officer of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said the incident happened in the town of Unkaya Pukan about 6:30 a.m.

    Bacarro said there were about 30 casualties on the side of the bandits, including Abu Sayyaf leader Umair Indama, alias Abu Jihad, and a certain Barad.

    "The operation was undertaken in coordination with local government units and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the area," Bacarro said.

    The firefight was still ongoing as of posting time.

    "The Marines' display of unwavering gallantry in this government-initiated engagement is commendable," Bacarro said in a statement sent to reporters Saturday afternoon.

    A GMA Television reporter close to the scene reported troops, tanks, and helicopters were rushing to the area. Gunfire could still be heard in the background as he reported from the area at about 12:30 p.m. local time.

    It was the bloodiest clash on Basilan since 14 marines were killed in an ambush last month. - GMANews.TV with AP

    http://www.gmanews.tv/story/56621/13...-Basilan-clash

    ==

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakin...ticle_id=83335

    (UPDATE 3) 13 Marines, 30 Abu bandits killed in Basilan


    By Julie Alipala, Joel Guinto
    Inquirer, INQUIRER.net
    Last updated 02:23pm (Mla time) 08/18/2007



    MANILA, Philippines--Thirteen Marines and an estimated 30 Abu Sayyaf bandits were killed, while nine other government troopers were wounded in a fierce encounter in the southern island province of Basilan on Saturday, a military spokesman said.

    Among those killed were Abu Sayyaf leader Umair Indama, one of four bandits implicated in the beheading of Marine troops in Al-Barkah town last July 10, Lieutenant Colonel Bartolome Bacarro said.


    Indama is one of four bandits implicated by a joint investigation by the government and the Moro Islamic LIberation Front (MILF) in the beheading of four of 10 decapitated Marines in Al Barkah town last month.

    Unkaya Pukan Mayor Joel Maturan confirmed that Indama was a leader of an Abu Sayyaf group in Silangkum in Tipo-tipo Central and had more than 50 armed followers.

    A source in the Basilan operations said four Marine officers were among government troopers killed. Bacarro could not immediately confirm this.

    The encounter started at around 6:25 a.m. when soldiers from the 64th Marine Force Reconnaissance Company raided an Abu Sayyaf camp in Ungkaya Pukan town, Bacarro said.

    A military official, who asked that he not be identified, named the other Abu Sayyaf fatality as Alimari Amirul.

    A spokesman for the Philippine Marines was unavailable for comment.

    Senior Supt. Salik Macapantar, Basilan police chief, said the first encounter occurred in Sitio Kurellem in Barangay Silangkum in Unkaya Pukan and the fighting was continuing as of 1 p.m. Saturday.
    .
    "It is still raging until now," he said.

    Security forces are running after 130 suspects involved in the July 10 attack on a Marine convoy in Ginanta village, Al Barkah town that left 14 Marines killed, 10 of whom were beheaded and decapitated.

    The MILF owned up to ambushing the Marines, saying they encroached on their territory, but the rebels denied involvement in te beheadings.

    Sattar Alih, a representative of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on the Basilan Local Ceasefire Monitoring Committee, urged the military to avoid Baguindan in Albarka.

    "We have forces in that place," he said.

    He also asked the military to avoid targeting MILF areas there.

    "I was informed that mortar and howitzer (shells) are falling down about 100 meters away from our territory," he said.
    ==


    (UPDATE) 2 Abu bandits, militiaman killed in Basilan clash



    Inquirer, Agence France-Presse
    Last updated 10:59am (Mla time) 08/18/2007




    ZAMBOANGA CITY--Two Abu Sayyaf bandits and one government militiaman were killed in an early morning encounter Saturday in Sitio Kurellem, Barangay Silangkum, Ungkaya Pukan, Basilan, a local official said.

    Mayor Joel Maturan confirmed the 6:30 a.m. encounter and said the firefight was ongoing with heavy mortar shelling taking place.

    A military official confirmed that fighting had broken out but said they were still trying to confirm if there were any casualties.

    The officials declined to be identified as there is a news blackout on the situation in Basilan where 14 Marines were killed in an ambush by MILF and Abu Sayyaf forces on July 10. Ten of the Marines were beheaded.

    Since then, the government has poured forces into Basilan for a possible offensive against the Muslim extremists despite continuing peace talks between the government and the MILF.

    The MILF, which signed a ceasefire with Manila three years ago, admits that their forces ambushed the Marines but insists this came after the soldiers intruded into MILF territory. It has denied beheading them.

    Since the July 10 ambush, the Abu Sayyaf has stepped up their operations in other parts of the south. In Jolo island, near Basilan, 26 soldiers were killed in attacks by the Abu Sayyaf and rogue members of another Muslim rebel group, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) from August 6 to 10.

    Troops have also been sent to Jolo but there have been no reports of new clashes.

    More than 12,000 soldiers are in Basilan and Jolo for possible assaults on the Muslim extremists.

    The Abu Sayyaf have been blamed for the worst terror attacks in the Philippines. The group has been linked by intelligence agencies to the al-Qaeda terror network.

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakin...ticle_id=83335

    ==

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=88965

    National (as of 2:01 PM)

    (UPDATE) New clashes kill 13 soldiers, dozens of extremists in Basilan


    Agence France Presse

    ZAMBOANGA - Thirteen troops and dozens of Muslim extremists were killed Saturday in clashes between government forces and al Qaeda-linked rebels on the southern island of Basilan, the military said.

    The military said fighting broke out in the jungle when Marines attacked a rebel camp, and that as many as 42 members of the Abu Sayyaf extremist group had been killed.

    ----

    Sun.Star: 22,000 folk flee fighting in Basilan, Sulu
    08/18/2007 | 07:42 AM

    Email this | Email the Editor | Print | Digg this | Add to del.icio.us The number of residents displaced by the fighting between soldiers and Abu Sayyaf bandits in Basilan and Sulu has reached 4,513 families or 22,887 persons.

    Sun-Star Zamboanga reported Saturday that the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said this includes 2,722 families from Sulu and 1,791 from Basilan.

    NDCC executive director Glen Rabonza said that in Sulu, 1,474 families or 6,508 individuals had fled seven villages in Indanan town; 856 families or 3,854 people fled five villages in Parang; and 392 families or 1,320 individuals fled three villages in Maimbung.

    Rabonza said they are now temporarily sheltered in evacuation centers, including two in Indanan and three in Parang, established by the NDCC.

    He said the NDCC has also provided 5,000 sacks of rice while the provincial government gave 25 tents as aid to the evacuees.

    In Basilan, 990 families or 5,939 people fled their homes in seven villages in Al-Barka; 130 families or 716 individuals fled two villages in Tipo-Tipo; 358 families or 2,495 individuals fled four villages in Sumisip; and 313 families or 2,737 individuals fled Ungkaya Pukan.

    The NDCC gave the evacuees 3,000 sacks of rice while the Department of Social Welfare and GMA Kapuso Foundation provided 2,000 family-packs each.

    Other donors gave medical supplies and other basic needs. - GMANews.TV

    http://www.gmanews.tv/story/56589/Su...n-Basilan-Sulu

    ==

    1 killed, 1 critical in Malabon robbery
    08/18/2007 | 04:13 PM

    Email this | Email the Editor | Print | Digg this | Add to del.icio.us A Chinese Filipino was killed while another was seriously injured after unidentified men broke into their house at the height of floods in Malabon City Saturday.

    Radio dzBB reported that the fatality, initially identified as Tommy Tak, 36, died before doctors at the Manila Central University (MCU) Hospital could attend to his injuries.

    He sustained severe head injuries, which police said likely stemmed from being hit on the head with a hard object.

    Now in critical condition is Nenita Tak, 48, who sustained stab wounds in several parts of the body.

    Police are still investigating how the assailants managed to enter the house of the victims in Catmon village. - GMANews.TV

    http://www.gmanews.tv/story/56637/1-...alabon-robbery

    ==

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=89004

    Region (as of 9:47 PM)

    Police kill two robbery suspects in Tacloban


    Two suspected cellphone robbers were killed in a shootout Saturday with the police after fleeing a checkpoint in Tacloban City, Leyte, ABS-CBN Regional Network reported. The identities of the suspects were not immediately known.

    The police said the robbers stole a cellular phone at gunpoint from a PO1 Erwin Labanta inside Rizal Park Friday midnight. The report said the two suspects were wearing balaclavas at that time.

    "I did not identify myself as a police officer. When they were about to rob my two lady companions, I stopped them but they aimed a gun at me. I stayed still because I did not want to compromise the safety of my two friends," he said.

    Labanta said he reported the incident to the police headquarters which immediately set up checkpoints in the city.

    Superintendent Romulo Cleve Taboso, Tacloban police chief, said the two suspects engaged in a shootout with a patrol unit. "Instead of stopping, they shot our patrol car so the officers had no other option but to fight it," he said.

    The police recovered a .38 caliber pistol from the suspects. Taboso said he will promote the officers who were involved in the shootout. He added that he will investigate if the suspects were involved in other crimes.

    He also gave a warning against other potential criminals.

    "This will be sending a strong message that you cannot do your thing in Tacloban. Eventually the police of Tacloban will get you," he said.

    ==

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