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ARMM lawmaker, 3 others escape ambush in Davao City, but aide killed

DAVAO CITY – One person was killed after gunmen attacked Monday the pickup truck of a lawmaker from the Autonomous […].....»»

Category: newsSource: mindanaoexaminer mindanaoexaminerJul 2nd, 2018

5 PDEA agents killed in Lanao del Sur ambush

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Five agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) were killed and two others hurt when armed men ambushed them in Kapai town, Lanao del Sur, on Friday, October 5. The Philippine National Police-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao identified the slain PDEA-ARMM agents as ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 5th, 2018

Ambusher of Iligan City congressman slain in firefight 

PAGADIAN CITY – Police forces killed a former communist rebel – tagged in the ambush of a Filipino lawmaker four […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2018

Cavite vice mayor, aide killed in ambush

The vice mayor of Trece Martires City in this province was killed in an ambush yesterday, the third local official slain this week......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 8th, 2018

Cavite vice mayor, aide killed in ambush

The vice mayor of Trece Martires City in this province was killed in an ambush yesterday, the third local official slain this week......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 8th, 2018

Cavite vice mayor, aide killed in ambush

A piece of cloth shrouds the front passenger section of the pickup truck and the bullet-riddled body of Trece Martires City Vice Mayor Alexander Lubigan. (Photo by RICHARD A. REYES / Philippine Dai.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 8th, 2018

ICC to inquire on raps vs Rody

ROQUE: MERE PROCESS TO DETERMINE BASIS President Duterte intends to defend himself, “if need be,” on the crimes against humanity charges that his opponents filed against him before The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC), presidential spokesman Harry Roque said yesterday. Roque, an international law expert, explained that the ICC’s recognition was simply a proceeding to determine if the case has basis to proceed or not.Roque said Malacañang has received ICC’s notice for a “preliminary examination” on the complaints filed by the lawyer of self-confessed Davao Death Squad (DDS) assassin Edgar Matobato, who is under the care of Duterte’s chief critic Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.Roque said the 72-year-old Chief Executive is ready to submit himself before the proceedings once he is summoned to The Hague.“The President and I met about this extensively for two hours last night. The President welcomes the preliminary examination because he is sick and tired of being accused,” Roque told reporters. “Obviously, this is intended to embarrass the president. They will fail. The President said that if need be, he will argue his case before the ICC,” he added.Matobato’s counsel Jude Sabio, in April last year, submitted to the ICC a petition against Mr. Duterte on the basis of his apparent admission of “killing” suspected drug traffickers and criminals in Davao City when he was still its Mayor.By June, Trillanes and Magdalo Partylist Rep. Gary Alejano filed a supplemental complaint against the Chief Executive also at the ICC. The complaint is based on the series of extrajudicial killings attributed to the Duterte administration’s narcotics crackdown.Sabio, in a text message, claimed that the given development is already a victory on their end.“I feel so elated and vindicated. Finally, Mr. Duterte and his cohorts will face criminal investigation by the ICC prosecutor as a prelude to formal criminal investigation,” Sabio said. “It is a huge triumph toward justice. Duterte’s system of death squad killings that he continued in his war on drugs will be investigated and hopefully an arrest warrant will be issued against him and justice will be done,” he added.“I am confident that, based on my communication, as well as that of Sen. Trillanes’ and (Magdalo) Rep. (Gary) Alejano’s, we will hurdle this first big step, and hopefully a warrant of arrest will be issued soon by the ICC against Duterte and his cohorts,” he added. Critics overjoyedTrillanes, for his part, claimed that the ICC’s recognition of their complaint should remind Mr. Duterte that he is not above the law.“This development should jolt Duterte into realizing that he is not above the law. More importantly, this is the first step for the victims’ families’ quest for justice,” the senator said.But Roque said Trillanes and his group should not celebrate yet.“No one should claim victory… If they think the President has been indicted, they are so wrong,” he said.“There will be no formal investigation to be conducted in the country because at the level of the preliminary examination, where the Court does not include the budget for the prosecutor to come to the Philippines because it is not yet a preliminary investigation,” he said.“Now the objective is to determine if there is reasonable basis to proceed with the formal investigation,” he added.In Sabio’s complaint addressed to ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, he said that the international criminal court’s action “would... be the beginning of the end of this dark, obscene, murderous and evil era in the Philippines.”“Crimes against humanity are crimes of universal jurisdiction, but where a State like the Philippines fails to assume such universal jurisdiction for crimes against humanity continuously being committed in its very own territory, then the International Criminal Court will have to intervene into a situation that is grave by any human standard,” Sabio said.“The grim statistics of more than 7,000 drug-related killings cannot be anything but grave, especially if viewed in the context of just seven months since Rodrigo Duterte became the President, compared to only about 3,000 committed during the 20-year Marcos regime. These more than 7,000 drug-related killings translate to roughly 1,000 killings per month,” he added.Two other opposition senators urged Malacañang, instead of criticizing this development, to deal with the issues being hurled at the President.“That shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the magnitude of deaths reaching thousands upon thousands in less than two years,” Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan.“This is the chance for the government to answer the accusations raised against them. There is no reason to be afraid if the administration is not hiding anything,” Sen. Bam Aquino said.Aquino said this should be a welcome opportunity for the administration to make their case to an unbiased and globally respected tribunal. Villarin wants Roque charged, tooAkbayan Rep Tom Villarin said the entry of the ICC into the issues raised against Duterte gives hope to the thousands killed under the latter’s war on drugs. “It is a welcome development and gives hope to thousands of EJK (extra judicial killings) victims that finally justice will be served,” Villarin said.“This will also hold President Duterte and other top officials involved in the bloody war against drugs accountable as well as it gives us an opportunity to implead other enablers of EJKs, including possibly Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque,” Villarin added.While the Akbayan lawmaker said that the investigation may not lead to Duterte’s puster, he said that it will be damning and damaging to his administration in the eyes of our people and the international community.“I am hopeful that people will now realize the truth and demand accountability from him with all constitutional options available,” Villarin said.Alejano said that the preliminary examination will determine whether there is sufficient evidence to warrant an investigation. “I hope that the preliminary examination will be allowed to carry on – unhindered and with full cooperation from concerned authorities, organizations, and personalities,” Alejano, one of those who brought the EJK issue before the ICC, said.“I am confident on the communication we sent to the ICC and strongly believe that President Duterte and those who perpetuate and defend this policy of killing should be held accountable before the law,” Alejano said. Angie M. Rosales, Gerry Baldo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Pantao Ragat mayor survives ambush; 4 others killed, 3 wounded

DAVAO  CITY (MindaNews / 20 May) — The mayor of Pantao Ragat in Lanao del Norte survived an ambush Sunday morning but four of his companions were killed while three others were wounded. Police Senior Inspector Recto Iwangan, chief of police of Pantao Ragat, told MindaNews in a telephone interview Sunday afternoon that Mayor Mohammad […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsMay 20th, 2018

Military asked to help hunt down assailants of ARMM humanitarian worker 

COTABATO CITY: Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) asked Armed Forces chief Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. to help the police investigate the ambush on Saturday that killed a humanitarian nurse and wounded four others including her mother. “The ARMM Police Regional Office [PRO] is doing its best to identify… link: Military asked to help hunt down assailants of ARMM humanitarian worker .....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMay 8th, 2018

ARMM gov’s aide slain in ambush

An aide of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Gov. Mujiv Hataman was killed while two others were wounded in an ambush in Datu Odin Sinsuat town here on Saturday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 7th, 2018

NPA rebels ambush comrades who surrendered to military in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY – Two communist rebels who surrendered to the military were killed in an ambush staged by their former […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2018

Lantawan cops escape harm in Basilan ambush

ILIGAN CITY---Several unidentified armed men waylaid a team of policemen in Lantawan, Basilanon Thursdaybut none of the law enforcers were harmed.   The Lantawan incident came a day after suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits killed two men working on a government project during an ambush in Lamitan City.   Chief Supt. Graciano Mijares, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao police director, said a seven-man team from the Lantawan police were heading back to their station on a patrol vehicle after attending a barangay anti-crime meeting when fired upon in Barangay Bulan-Bulan past2 p.m.   "The team retaliated and managed to escape from the killing zone unharmed,...Keep on reading: Lantawan cops escape harm in Basilan ambush.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2018

2 DPWH-ARMM workers killed in ambush

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines  — Two workers of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) were killed in an ambush staged by suspected Abu Sayyaf band.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 31st, 2018

‘Freedom and Crime’ by Jun Ledesma

Letters From Davao:  AM NOT SURPRISED when some quarters are exploiting to the hilt the order of the Securities and Exchange Commission to shut down the operations of Rappler.The bannered story warns of the muzzling of the press. Rappler itself, quoting Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, wrote that if Duterte wants to close the media establishment they could have just sent the military. Of course it is the usual Rappler’s furtive way of saying it which is very characteristic of this media outfit.  But this is not about press freedom. It is about media ownership which, under Philippine laws, should be 100% owned by Filipinos. For years since the inception of Rappler, the impression was that it is fully owned by Pinoys. There are Filipinos  with extra money to spare who invested money in Rappler in the hope that they can support an independent media outfit. As every body knew, the big media establishments are tools used by the wealthy and famous to protect their interest from political predators but they end up using the muscle of the press to either promote or destroy politicians and their adversaries.  Not until SEC ordered the closure of Rappler that it came out in the open that  the notorious ON OMIDYAR had wormed its way in and into the heart and brain of Rappler. The characters behind these outfits are shrewd but not wise enough their own disclosures in their PDRs gave them away. The Philippine Deposit Receipts which Rappler through its holding company issued explicitly granted ON OMIDYAR to have a say in the operations and business of Rappler.  Ma. Ressa’s attention was called by SEC on this critical item but it appears that she was not paying attention or might have thought she can deal with the problem anyway.  Looks like she sat on the problem that even the  members of the 5-man Commission who, except for one,  are all appointees of ex-Pres. Noynoy Aquino have reach a point of decision.  As the story unravels, again it showed that there was an attempt to correct the provisions in the PDRs by submitting ON OMIDYAR’s waiver on its right to intrude into the conduct of business of Rappler. Again Rappler showed its cavalier attitude, it submitted the waiver document which was not even notarized.  Obviously even the Aquino-controlled SEC cannot take the lackadaisical attention of Ma. Ressa. It revoked the SEC registration of Rappler.  Even as it had been axed, Ressa and Pia Ranada fought back, the later calling Pres. Rodrigo Duterte names as if they reign supreme and they alone know what freedom of the press means. To add to her dramatics Pia intoned  that she is prepared to go to prison for exercising her rights of free expression. She forgot that It was Duterte who, early in his presidency signed an EO on Freedom of Information.  Ressa and Ranada wailed their press freedom had been curtailed. But such is not the case. Every word that they say saw print and broadcasted in nearly 2,000 media outlets in the Philippines and not counting the social media. The revocation of Rappler’s permit is not about freedom of the press but its violation of the constitution which succinctly underlines that media establishment must be 100% Filipino owned.   In hindsight the Duterte government was even too kind to Rappler even as it was the leading media organization that demonize Duterte in every turn. I had seriously doubted its overtures that brag it stands for truth and fairness. During the senate hearing on extra-judicial killing allegedly carried out by the Davao Death Squad which Sen. Leila De Lima and Sen. Antonio Trillanes claimed was organized by Duterte, Rappler simply swallowed what witnesses Matobato and Lascanas said.  In 2009 when as CHR Chair De Lima conducted a probe on EJK the number of victims she alleged then was less than 300. The probe lasted for months with nary a piece of evidence was found to indict Mayor Duterte. She pursued her quest to pin Digong when she became Justice Secretary but again she failed. When she became senator she became even more aggressive she placed a bungling Matobato in the witness stand. But Matobato was flawless in his delivery when he was interviewed by Time Magazine. It was unmistakable he was reading from an idiot’s card. He proudly state that as member of DDS he killed and buried more than 200 persons in an abandoned quarry. Yet he cannot find the grave of his victims.     When it was the turn of Lascanas to testify in the senate inquiry, he casually said that they buried more than 2,000 EJK victims in the same quarry.  Between the two perjured witness they  confessed to the  killing of over 2,200 victims of EJK which they buried, they said, in the abandoned quarry. It is simply a classic fantasy. A manslaughter of such magnitude cannot escape notice especially when that narrow piece of land is just about four kilometers from city hall and so adjacent to a number of housing subdivisions. Nevertheless, if they were so sure then why cannot they find a single piece of viable evidence.   In all these occasions Rappler gave the hearings liberal space and took the testimonies of the witnesses as the biblical truths. Both Rappler and Time Magazine adopted exactly the same flawed statistics which in their recent count had reached 13,000 EJK victims. I am based in Davao and frankly I am amazed […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 27th, 2018

Lanao Sur clan war linked to Iligan ambush

MARAWI CITY: Police in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) are looking into the possibility that a “rido” or clan war that wounded five people in Lanao del Sur is linked to the ambush of a barangay (village) chairman in Iligan City in 2017. An earlier report said six were killed in the Lanao… link: Lanao Sur clan war linked to Iligan ambush.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 7th, 2018

Lanao Sur clan war linked to Iligan ambush

MARAWI CITY: Police in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) are looking into the possibility that a “rido” or clan war that wounded five people in Lanao del Sur is linked to the ambush of a barangay (village) chairman in Iligan City in 2017. An earlier report said six were killed in the Lanao [...] The post Lanao Sur clan war linked to Iligan ambush appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 7th, 2018

Letters From Davao by Jun Ledesma

TERRORISTS THEY HAD IT COMING. Five Presidents offered the communist rebels and its armed militia peace but the settlements have not arrived into a fruition. The peace negotiation is done thousands of miles away and extremely is expensive. It is not a walk in the park in that if we consider the number of time the peace panel has to fly to the Netherlands every word can translate to a dollar. The last one is the 5th round  under the Duterte administration alone, and each round a new agenda and new demands are put across the table. It is an endless exercise and personally I am amazed at the patience of  Sec. Jess Dureza and Sec. Bebot Bello in what looks like a bumpy ride in theme park. In the meantime  police and military peace patrols are ambushed, in some cases the victims dead bodies are mutilated and if civilians happen to be along the path they are consigned to mistaken casualty. In an apparent affront to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte even the Presidential Security Guards are not spared. And what about the helpless corporate farms and road contractors’ equipment in remote areas that are being harassed and are set on fire for not paying the so-called “revolutionary tax”. I was told by a government official from Davao Oriental that even the PPP beneficiaries are also being taxed! What classic tomfoolery is this? At the height of the Marawi siege when the President was forced to declare martial law in Mindanao CPP chieftain Jose Maria Sison ordered the escalation of NPA hostilities against the government forces. If you do not call that a declaration of war it must be something’s  else. Still, Duterte hold his forces and another attempt at backdoor negotiation was dispatched. Before Jess and Joma could say hello, an infant was killed in an ambush in Talakag, Bukidnon. Talks were suspended and finally we are back in ground zero. President Duterte had declared the CPP/NPA a terrorist organization.  In hindsight, it is, or was, the peace negotiation that provided the Netherlands to continually extend Joma and his ilk the mantle of protection even as they were extended some degree of security for having been granted political asylum then. This, even as the CPP/NPA had been tagged by both America and the European Union as terrorist.  But time has changed. The reason for their escape to the Netherland, former Pres. Ferdinand Marcos, is now six feet below the ground. It is now President Duterte in the helm of the government and known for his closeness with the NPA rebels. But Duterte cannot allow that intimacy to be abused and his leadership insulted or ridiculed by Joma, his former professor. He is now President and the entire nation depends on him on how to address syndicated crime, corruption and radical insurgency. Duterte has goals to achieve and Joma’s antiquated ideology cannot be a deterrent to his government pursuit in achieving these objectives. Duterte made it clear to Jose Ma. Sison that neither government or any piece of the Philippine territory is subject to negotiations and demands.  But one thing is clear, and President Duterte is not reneging on his  promises and guarantees, members of the New Peoples Army may return to the folds of the law and live a normal life. Lands, housing and opportunities Duterte will give them. An offer which, I surmised, is not for eternity. After the terrorist tag there are only two options left for the members and  those identified and supportive of the CPP/NPA.  Lay down their arms and seek amnesty or continue with the armed struggle.  A refurbished Armed Forces of the Philippines is more prepared  now and ready to deal with those who cannot live in peace. (Jun Ledesma)   247 total views, 247 views today.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2017

Motorcycle riding gunmen kill relative of DENR-ARMM exec

    COTABATO CITY -- A driver of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DENR-ARMM) was killed while two others were hurt in an ambush here on Monday afternoon. Killed was DENR-ARMM van driver Abdulgani Guiama, 38, of Barangay Tamontaka 1, Cotabato City. Injured were Manuel Capin, DENR-ARMM supply officer, and Pablo Amador, a miner and visitor of the environment office. Senior Supt. Rolly Octavio, Cotabato City police director, said the victims were on board a van cruising Ramon Rabago Sr. Avenue at past 3 p.m. when two men riding tandem on motorbike opened fire. Responding police officers rushed the vi...Keep on reading: Motorcycle riding gunmen kill relative of DENR-ARMM exec.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 16th, 2017

Cafgu killed, 5 presidential guards hurt in ambush

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/19 July) – A government militiaman was killed and five members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) were wounded in an ambush by suspected New People’s Army (NPA) guerrillas along the Bukidnon-Davao Road around 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Ben Padia, a member of the Civilian Armed Force Geographical Unit, was killed during the gunfight [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJul 19th, 2017

2 soldiers killed, 6 others hurt in ambush in Davao City

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews13 June) – Two soldiers were killed and six others were wounded in an ambush Sunday by suspected communist rebels in Davao City, the Eastern Mindanao Command said. The soldiers, all from the 16th Infantry Battalion, were responding to the reported presence of New People’s Army rebels in Paradise Embac village in Paquibato District [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJun 12th, 2017

NPA claims ambush of 4 cops in Davao

DAVAO CITY , Philippines  – The New People’s Army (NPA) yesterday claimed responsibility for last Wednesday’s ambush that killed four police officers in Bans.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 11th, 2017