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8 slain, 10 wounded in govt, Biff clashes in Pigcawayan

KIDAPAWAN City–Eight were killed while 10 others were wounded at the height of the armed clashes between government troops and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (Biff) on Wednesday, combined reports from the Cotabato Police Provincial Office (CPPO) and the Army said. The CPPO reported two killed – Abraham Cutay, a ...

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Detained preachers: ‘Help, we’re innocent’

By LITO RULONA Correspondent “WE are just missionaries who are spreading the good news of Islam.” With this, Amerodin Unte called on local Muslim leaders to help him and his group in what appeared to be a case of profiling of Muslim Filipinos as terrorists. Speaking on behalf of his ...

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Biff takes 15 hostages, turns them into shields

PIGCAWAYAN, North Cotabato–At least 15 civilians remained in the hands of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (Biff) and used them as “human shields” by responding government troops after the bandits harassed a militia camp Wednesday dawn. Capt. Nap Alcarioto, spokesperson of the 602nd Infantry Brigade based in Carmen, North Cotabato, ...

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Bato orders Pacleb: Tighten Normin security measures

By NITZ ARANCON Correspondent NATIONAL Police Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa yesterday installed Chief Supt. Timoteo Pacleb as northern Mindanao’s new police chief, and ordered him to further strengthen security measures in the region. Pacleb replaced Chief Supt. Agripino Javier who reached the retirement age of 56. Dela Rosa ...

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Biff enters picture, raids Army outpost

KIDAPAWAN City–Suspected Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (Biff) yesterday attacked an Army outpost in Pigcawayan, North Cotabato, where they also allegedly ransacked a school. Armed clashes are ongoing at presstime. Chief Insp. Realan Mamon, municipal police station chief, said the armed group traveled from the marsh in nearby Kabuntalan and Northern ...

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Duterte to Maranaos: Sorry but…

ILIGAN City–President Duterte on Tuesday apologized to Maranaos for his declaration of martial law in Mindanao and for the military offensives in Marawi City that have adversely affected many of them. “I would like to say to the Maranao people that I am very, very, very sorry na nangyari ito ...

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Javier set to retire, turn over Alagar to new director

IF plans don’t miscarry, northern Mindanao will have a new police chief starting today. Officials yesterday confirmed that retiring police regional director Chief Supt. Agripino Javier would step down today. But Javier’s successor is still unknown even among Camp Alagar officials at presstime, said Supt. Lemuel Gonda, spokesman of the ...

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Five bullets down Varf’s ex-bodyguard

By Nora Sorino and Sita Asequia GSD-Iligan bureau ILIGAN City–A former security aide of erstwhile congressman Vicente Belmonte Jr. is struggling for life after he was attacked by gunmen here on Monday morning. PO3 Mark Ian Quiete identified the victim as Romeo Vequizo, 52, of Purok Bander, Acmac, Sta. Felomina. ...

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Nene asks city hall to name convention center after Ambing

By NITZ ARANCON Correspondent FORMER Cagayan de Oro mayor and Senate president Aquilino Pimentel Jr. yesterday called on city hall to seriously consider naming an unfinished convention center in Barangay Indahag after his successor, the late mayor Pablo Magtajas. In a tribute to Magtajas, a copy of which was e-mailed ...

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