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NDF to government: Don’t harm arrested NPA leader

The National Democratic Front has warned the government against harming New People’s Army leader Elizalde Cañete who was arrested in a hospital in Bukidnon over the weekend......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarMay 16th, 2018

Talk to Abu Sayyaf, Australian kidnap victim urges gov’t

ZAMBOANGA CITY --- Like President Rodrigo Duterte, Australian kidnap victim Warren Rodwell said he favored talking to Abu Sayyaf bandits to determine what they really wanted, hoping to stop the group's criminal activities. "I don't want the Philippine government to kill or hurt my captors. The way to reach to them is to talk to them. If they are arrested, don't kill [them]; put them behind bars," Rodwell said through a Facebook chat on Sunday. Rodwell issued the statement after learning that Nurhassan Jamiri, the leader of the group that abducted him in 2011, had yielded to the military. The Basilan-based Jamiri surrendered to soldiers in Hadji Mohammad Ajul town on March 28...Keep on reading: Talk to Abu Sayyaf, Australian kidnap victim urges gov’t.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2018

Men posing as government officials arrested

AUTHORITIES have arrested three men who introduced themselves through a phone call as high-ranking government officials in order to extort money from businessmen, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) said Friday, March 9. Henry Halaghay, 67, the leader of the group and his two other cohorts Antonio Cerbito and Rogem Montesa were served an… link: Men posing as government officials arrested.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMar 10th, 2018

Top NPA leader caught in Agusan

A high ranking leader of the New People’s Army (NPA) was arrested by government forces the other day in Agusan del Sur. Arrested was Pablito Campos alias Batik or Ponsoy, political officer and secretary of Guerrilla Front 21A of the rebel group and spokesperson of Sub Regional Committee of Westland….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsFeb 24th, 2018

Top NPA leader arrested, 8 others yield and linked government official to rebel group

DAVAO CITY – Security forces arrested a senior communist rebel leader in-charge of distribution of so-called revolutionary taxes to various fronts in southern Philippines, officials announced Saturday. Officials said 8 other rebels also surrendered to […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2018

Third Kenyan opposition figure arrested amid crackdown

Nairobi - Kenyan police on Saturday briefly detained another key government critic over his alleged involvement in the recent mock inauguration of opposition leader Raila Odinga as the "people's presi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2018

Top NPA leader arrested, 8 others yield and linked government official to rebel group

Top NPA leader arrested, 8 others yield and linked government official to rebel group.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2018

Sayyaf man falls

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — Government troops arrested an alleged henchman of Abu Sayyaf leader Radullan Sahiron in Patikul, Sulu on Thursday night. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 8th, 2017

Libyan-Canadian cleric linked to Manchester bomber plans return to Canada to clear his name – CBC News

A Libyan-Canadian cleric linked in U.S. and British media reports to Manchester bomber Salman Abedi says he will return to Canada in weeks with the intention of clearing his name. Abdul Baset Egwilla was an Ottawa-based imam until his return to Libya in 2007. In an exclusive interview with CBC News over Skype, Egwilla denied any connection to Abedi. &'8220;I challenge whoever accuses me of such a connection to produce evidence, such as a time, date and place where I met with the suicide bomber,&'8221; Egwilla said. CBC News has agreed not to disclose Egwilla's current location due to concerns for his safety, as he is the subject of death threats in Libya. Salman Abedi, 22, was identified on May 23 as the suicide bomber who killed 22 people and wounded more than 60 others, including children, at a pop concert in Manchester. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. The bomber's father, Ramadan Abedi, who denies his son was a member of ISIS, has since been arrested by Libyan counter-terrorism officers. U.S. and British media reports, citing anonymous sources, have claimed a link between Salman, his father and Libyan-Canadian cleric Egwilla. A senior American official told the New York Times on May 24 that Salman Abedi &'8220;had links to a radical preacher in Libya&'8221; identified as Abdul Baset Egwilla, and that Egwilla's son had died fighting for ISIS. Egwilla's son did die in 2016, but Libyan news reports and a martyrdom notice at the time said he was killed fighting for the Omar Mukhtar Brigade, a Libyan Islamist militia that is not a listed terrorist organization. The Times newspaper in the U.K. reported May 27 that Ramadan Abedi was an associate of &'8220;extremist Canadian-Libyan preacher&'8221; Egwilla, and that the Libyan-Canadian is believed to have radicalized Ramadan's son, Salman Abedi. The father would regularly meet with Egwilla at Friday prayers in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, in 2015, added the Times, citing a resident of the city who asked not to be named. The Greater Manchester Police Force would neither confirm nor deny to CBC News that Egwilla is under investigation for possible involvement in the Manchester bombing. Egwilla, who has been absent from Libya for several months since fleeing a plot to assassinate him, said he has never, to his knowledge, met either Salman or Ramadan Abedi. &'8220;I am a public figure, I appear in the media. I show up in mosques and preach to a multitude of people. People know me, but I do not know them,&'8221; Egwilla said. &'8220;And if I met him once or twice before, it could be that he changed his beliefs later on, but I never met him in the first place,&'8221; Egwilla said of the Manchester bomber. Declassified documents released by Canada's Integrated Terrorism Assessment Centre in 2014 flagged a YouTube video in which Egwilla is seen &'8220;promoting violent jihad in Libya.&'8221; &'8220;In the video, Egwilla urged an audience of Libyan Islamist fighters to take part in jihad, stating that 'jihad is simply and easily accessible, and does not require moving as in the past, as it was for Afghanistan and Iraq,'&'8221; the report said. Egwilla says that call to jihad was made to recruit people to fight specifically against a militia led by a former general in Moammar Gadhafi's regime, and not a call to support the global jihadi movement. &'8220;I spoke about jihad only through Fajr Libya Dawn (a rebel militia alliance) and only when [Moammar Gadhafi] suppressed peaceful demonstrators and bombed them with anti-aircraft weaponry,&'8221; said Egwilla. &'8220;This was unjust and an act of tyranny.&'8221; Egwilla said people claiming to be with the government of Canada have attempted to reach out to him using the app Viber, though he says he has never agreed to an interview. Egwilla said he intends to speak to authorities to clear his name when he returns to Canada. After seven years in Ottawa, Egwilla left Canada for Libya in 2007, when Gadhafi's regime began sending signals that it would not persecute returning dissidents. ​ He began working at a Tripoli religious radio station and associated with a group of clerics that included Sadiq al-Ghariani, who today is the country's Grand Mufti, the top religious leader, and a strong supporter of Islamist militias. When rebellion broke out in 2011, Egwilla was a prominent supporter, and after the fall of Gadhafi's regime, was promoted to be the administrative director for the mosques in Tripoli. He said he became a prominent imam and broadcaster. In 2014, as splits emerged between liberals and Islamists over the direction post-Gadhafi Libya should take, Egwilla identified with the &'8220;Libya Dawn&'8221; coalition of Islamist militias that seized Tripoli from the UN-backed government. Libya Dawn soon found itself involved in a war with the secular forces of Gadhafi-era general Khalifa Haftar, and Egwilla's Ottawa-raised son Owais joined one of the Islamist militias battling Haftar. Owais died in combat in March last year. It was reported in some quarters that Owais Egwilla had died fighting for Islamic State. In fact, martyrdom notices posted at the time of his death show him as a member of the Omar Mukhtar Brigade, an Islamist militia that was part of the coalition that fought Islamic State and drove it out of its Libyan stronghold in Sirte. Egwilla says he fled Libya eight months ago following the kidnapping and murder of fellow cleric Nadir al-Omrani by assassins of the Madkhali sect of Sunni Islam. Madkhalis, followers of a school of thought founded by a Saudi cleric, have become increasingly active in Libya. Like Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Madkhalis in Libya have destroyed ancient shrines and manuscripts they deem un-Islamic and they consider voting to be heresy. In a videotaped confession seen by CBC News, one of [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJun 5th, 2017

UPDATE: Leader of armed group sympathetic to ISIS killed in Sarangani clash

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 5 Jan) – Joint government operatives killed a notorious leader of an armed group sympathetic to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and arrested three of its alleged members, one of them a woman, in an operation early Thursday in Kiamba town in Sarangani Province. Sr. Supt. Leonardo [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 5th, 2017

Senate leadership revamp welcomed

MALACAÑANG yesterday assured newly installed Senate President Vicente Sotto III of its cooperation even as it thanked the chamber’s outgoing leader, Aquilino Pimentel III, for shepherding key legislation during the first two years of the Duterte administration. Sotto assumed yesterday the country’s third highest government post after 15 senators signed….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated News19 hr. 8 min. ago

Le Tour de Filipinas: Oranza wins chaos-free Stage 2

Philippine Navy-Standard Insurance skipper Ronald Oranza and his in-form teammates took full advantage of their familiarity of the challenging Stage 2 route as they stamped their class in the 2018 Le Tour de Filipinas under a bright Monday sunshine. Oranza, 26, attacked like a hungry cheetah in the mountainous part of Santa Fe popularly known as Dalton Pass while his fellow Navymen sustained the pressure in the homestretch as they stood at the forefront of the local charge in the 157.9-kilometer journey that started in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, and finished just entering the town proper here. Oranza whopped it up as he crossed the finish line in three hours, 48 minutes and 34 seconds before he looked back at the 15-man chase group that included all of his four fellow Navymen with a big smile, savoring his breakthrough lap victory in the annual bikathon. The Villasis, Pangasinan native became just the fourth Filipino stage winner in the only International Cycling Union-calendared road race in the country after veteran riders Oscar Rendole, Arnel Quirimit and 7-Eleven Cliqq RoadBike star Mark Galedo, the 2014 champion. Oranza admitted that his familiarity of the tricky route, made tougher by Category 4 and 2 climbs in the dreaded Dalton Pass, proved decisive because he and his fellow Namen negotiated the same course with relative ease during their unstoppable run to a domestic tour crown last March. “Malaking tulong na pamilyar kami sa ruta kasi ma-survive lang namin ‘yung Dalton Pass, ‘yung daan papunta dito, rolling na,” said Oranza, who also topped the pair of KOM challenges to claim the red polka dot jersey given to the best climber. But he will still wear the coveted yellow jersey given to the general classification leader for today’s Stage 3, the longest at 185.20 kms from Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya, to Lingayen, Pangasinan, in what could be another decisive lap. Not to be outdone was Oranza’s teammate Jan Paul Morales, 32, who seized the green jersey as the best sprinter after sweeping two intermediate sprints inside the first 60 kilometers. He also moved up from fourth spot to third in the individual GC for his six-second time bonus. Galedo’s 7-Eleven teammate, Daniel Ven Carino claimed the white jersey as the best young rider after he finished with the chase group, more than 11 minutes ahead of his Japan-based Interpro Stradalli counterparts Kouki Shinoda and Kouki Mitsuda. A pair of Navymen, climbing specialist Junrey Navarra and El Joshua Cariño, also finished inside the Top 10 at sixth and seventh spots, respectively, while grizzled Bike Xtreme Philippines rider Cris Joven checked in at eighth overall. Korean Jung Hajeon of Uijeongbu Cycling Team and Eritrean Metkel Eyob of Terengganu finished second and third overall respectively while Iranian Reza Hosseini of Pishgaman Cycling Team rounded up the top five finishers. Meanwhile, chief commissaire Louise Jones lauded the organizers and members of the local government units of Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya who all did an excellent share in ensuring the smooth flow of the race column this time, unlike in Bulacan and Pampanga where the traffic gridlock proved hellish as it could be due to lack of coordination that led to the stoppage of the opening stage last Sunday. “Yesterday was very much a safety issue, I feared for the riders’ lives. Today, everything was 300-percent better,” said Welsh Jones, a two-time Olympian before she became an International Commissaire. “Everyone did their job properly. The organization looked after us pretty well and I’m pleased with the marshals and everyone who made the racing very safe,” added the first Chief Commissaire of the race also sanctioned by the PhilCycling. It was the Navymen, however, who put on a dominant show of force as they set the tone early behind Morales before Oranza made his big move at the mountainous part of Santa Fe where he formed a three-man breakaway that included 7-11 rider Nelson Martin. However, Martin struggled to sustain the pace under the scorching heat in the town of Bambang and was eventually swallowed by their persistent chasers. But Oranza persevered and dug deep in his tank for one final push in the last three kilometers to complete his impressive lap victory......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News22 hr. 21 min. ago

Labor group looks forward to passage of Sotto’s 14th month pay bill

A labor group on Monday said it was looking forward to the immediate passage of Senator Vicente "Tito" Sotto III's bill seeking a 14th month pay for private sector workers now that he is Senate President. Alan Tanjusay, spokesperson of the Associated Labor Unions - Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP), said they were now hoping for the immediate passage of the bill. Senate Bill No. 2, authored by Sotto, states that non-government rank and file employees should be entitled to a 14th month pay aside from the regular 13th month pay they receive every year. The legislation was filed by Sotto in July 2016 when he was Senate Majority Leader. READ:Sotto bill seeks 14th...Keep on reading: Labor group looks forward to passage of Sotto’s 14th month pay bill.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

Con artist who impersonated ranking gov t officials nabbed in Laguna

A con artist wanted for impersonating ranking government officials to extort money has been arrested by authorities in Laguna, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Dir. Gen. Oscar D. Albayalde sa.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

Malaysia steps up graft probe of fund linked to ex-leader

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) --- Malaysia's new government stepped up a corruption investigation into a state fund with a seven-hour police search of the home of former Prime Minister Najib Razak and the creation of a special committee to accelerate the probe. Police searched Najib's house until early Thursday morning and also raided an upscale condominium in Kuala Lumpur occupied by his family as part of the money-laundering investigation. Police took several boxes from the house containing mainly personal belongings such as handbags and clothing, but didn't find any incriminating documents, said Najib's lawyer, Harpal Singh Grewal. He said several policemen went to an upsta...Keep on reading: Malaysia steps up graft probe of fund linked to ex-leader.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

Army arrests NPA leader in Bukidnon hospital

A New People's Army ​l​eader ​who was ​treated in a hospital at Don Carlos town in Bukidnon ​was arrested ​on Saturday, the Armed Forces of the Philippines reported......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsMay 13th, 2018

5 ASG bandits give up

FIVE members of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) including their sub leader surrendered to government forces on Friday in Sulu. They were identified as Berham Lutian alias Vietnam, ASG sub-leader; Abdulsalam Ajul alias Rambo; Simal Sali, Alvin Alibasa and Ahmajir Ahmad alias Abu Darda. The bandits who decided to return to….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 12th, 2018

Philippines congratulates Malaysia s Mahathir on comeback victory

The Philippine government is seeking to further enhance bilateral ties with Malaysia following the victory of former authoritarian leader Mahathir Mohamad......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 11th, 2018

Residents nix sanitary landfill in Mina village

SEVERAL residents of Brgy. Janipa-an West in Mina, Iloilo oppose the establishment of a sanitary landfill in their village. In a petition letter addressed to Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr., the residents appealed to the provincial government to take a look at the project which they claim “will bring harm more than benefits.” They expressed concern […] The post Residents nix sanitary landfill in Mina village appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 11th, 2018

Puigdemont rejects being chosen as next Catalan leader

BARCELONA, Spain – Ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont on Thursday, May 10, rejected being re-appointed as leader of the region, following pressure from Spain's government and months of political turmoil over its independence bid. Puigdemont's announcement from exile in Germany came a day after the Madrid government stepped in to block ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 11th, 2018

PH GDP grows 6.8%, Kim on Trump, Pacquiao on Mayweather | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: The Philippines' economy grows by 6.8% in the first quarter of 2018.  Former president Benigno Aquino slams the latest plunder complaint filed by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption against him, saying the charge is a 'ploy' of its members to get government posts.  Malaysia's former leader Mahathir Mohamad says he expects to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 10th, 2018