Government forces hunt down BIFF who attacked Maguindanao town

Cotabato City---Military and police troops are hunting down suspected Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) terrorists who attacked the town proper of Datu Piang shortly before midnight Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardDec 5th, 2020

BIFF leader surrenders

A ranking leader of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters has surrendered to government forces in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2020

BIFF member killed, militiaman hurt in Maguindanao clash

A member of the Islamic State-inspired Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) was killed and a militiaman was injured when government forces clashed with the outlawed group in Datu Hoffer, Maguindanao, the military reported. Troops recovered the body of the slain militant, identified only by the alias “Nasser Kandao,” according to a report from the Armed […] The post BIFF member killed, militiaman hurt in Maguindanao clash appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 24th, 2020

BIFF bandits attack Maguindanao town

Around 50 members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters attacked Datu Piang town shortly before midnight on Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 4th, 2020

BIFF camp seized in Maguindanao

Government troopers overran a camp of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Ampatuan town on Friday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2020

Troops capture BIFF encampment, recover bombs in Maguindanao

Government troops on combat and clearing operation captured an encampment of the Islamic State-inspired Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter militants late this week in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao, military officials said Saturday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2020

2 suspected BIFF members killed

Two suspected members of the Islamic State-linked Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) were slain in a clash with government forces in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on Saturday. According to 33rd Infantry Battalion (33IB) commander Lt. Col. Elmer Boongaling, several 33IB troopers were manning a quarantine checkpoint in Barangay Tuka when they noticed three men acting suspiciously while […] The post 2 suspected BIFF members killed appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 25th, 2020

2 bandits slain in Maguindanao clash

Two alleged members of a local terrorist group were killed in a clash with government security forces in Mamasapano town in this province on Saturday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 10th, 2019

Authorities blame BIFF for roadside blast in Maguindanao town

South Upi Mayor Reynalbert Insular said he is convinced he was the target of the bombers who laid the improvised explosive device......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 27th, 2021

Hundreds displaced by gun attacks in Maguindanao town

Gunmen first attacked on New Year’s Eve a farming enclave in Barangay Itaw, South Upi and burned 13 houses abandoned by residents who fled from gunfire......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 4th, 2021

Authorities probe BIFF attack believed to have targeted local police

Local residents are certain there is a deep-seated grudge between the municipal police force and the terrorists who attacked the town center of Datu Piang Thursday night......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 5th, 2020

Social media becomes emergency helpline at the height of Typhoon ‘Ulysses’

Social media sites on Thursday turned into virtual emergency hotlines as many individuals trapped inside their homes begged to be rescued after Typhoon “Ulysses” dumped heavy rains on Metro Manila and nearby provinces. “Parang awa nyo na po sana may makapansin nito. Kailangan po ng rescue ng pamilya ko sa Montalban (Rizal) (I’m begging and hoping that someone would notice this. My family in Montalban needs to be rescued),” Rowena Bragas said in a Facebook post around 6 a.m. on Thursday “This is urgent!!! Second floor na po ang baha at malakas pa din ang ulan at hangin (The flood has already reached our second floor and the strong winds and heavy rains continue).” Arnel Arevalo, another social media user, added: “Help please! If you know anyone from Montalban, Rizal LGU please let them know that there are still a lot of residents here in Celina Homes 4 who are trapped in their 2nd floor. No sign of rescuers/responder yet. Signal is bad too. Power is out.” Facebook and Twitter users woke up to a number of posts and tweets of people asking for help. These include the viral photos of residents of Rizal province who sought refuge on the roof of their houses after their community was completely submerged in flood waters. Some even had infants in tow. “Sa mga nakakabasa po, patulong. Kailangan po namin ng rescue. Marami pong baby po dito nasa taas na po kami ng bahay, kasama mga kapitbahay po namin. Malapit na po kami abutin, mga 20+ po kami, 10 bata po kasama 5 babies (To anyone who can read this, please help us. We need a rescue team. We have babies with us. We are already on top of our house, with our neighbors. We have 10 children, including five babies here),” Micca Lorreine De Jesus of Montalban town said. The term #RescuePH became trending on Twitter as people seeking assistance used the hashtag to aggregate information of those needing to be rescued. Local government units, including Valenzuela City, used social media to monitor the situation of their constituents, especially those in need of rescue teams. They also resorted to online posting to keep their constituents informed, like what the government of Navotas and Pasay cities did when two vessels ran aground and damaged structures in their areas. As Typhoon “Ulysses,” which reached Signal No. 3, barreled into the National Capital Region, the hotlines of the Armed Forces of the Philippines were overwhelmed with calls, its spokesman, Maj. Gen. Edgard Arevalo, said over DZMM. Despite several evacuation orders enforced a day earlier, many individuals ended up trapped inside their houses. They could no longer find a way out due to rushing waters. In a flood-prone area of Barangay Bagong Silangan in Quezon City, the local government had to deploy at least four rescue boats to fetch the residents who remained in their homes and were trapped, joining the nearly 10,000 individuals who were earlier evacuated. Rescuers, whose operation started as early as midnight, paddled through the waist-deep flood. Many residents, especially of Rizal province and Marikina city, also bore the brunt of the typhoon after losing their houses to the murky flood. Social distancing aimed to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was also hardly observed among the affected individuals as they tried to fit themselves into limited elevated spaces. Some were no longer wearing face masks. The ferocious wind brought by the typhoon toppled trees and torn away scaffolding of several buildings under construction. In Barangay 187 in Caloocan City, a man sustained a leg injury after a tree fell on their house, a certain Cham Oliveros said in a Facebook post......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsNov 12th, 2020

Westmincom confirms death of Abu Sayyaf leader Furuji Indama

Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Westmincom chief, made the confirmation after a follower of Indama was killed Thursday in an encounter with government forces in Ungkaya Pukan town, Basilan......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 30th, 2020

Soldiers seize BIFF makeshift bomb-making facility in Maguindanao

Soldiers found Friday in an upland area in Ampatuan town some 50 kilos of ordnance convertible to improvised explosive devices and materials for roadside bombs......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 26th, 2020

Poor, sick Filipinos to get free virus vaccines

President Duterte on Friday said that the anti-COVID 19 vaccines will be free and that poor and sick Filipinos will be the priority recipients. (Keith Bacongco/ MANILA BULLETI) In a taped public address,  Duterte said that COVID-19 vaccines will be free for Filipinos and that the priority recipients would be the ones who are receiving cash aid from the government and the sick people. He said that while some may take advantage of the free vaccine, he vowed to go after the people who will try to make a profit out of them. The Chief Executibe threatened to kill these profiteers. “Maraming palusot na nagpapabili, na humihingi ang the worst baka maghingi pa ng bayad. Mapatay talaga kita. T***, totoo (A lot may want to buy them, ask for them, or worst, sell it. I might kill you if you that, really),” he said. “Puntahan kita doon. Baka akala mo. Bababa ako dito, puntahan kita (You might think you’ll get off easily. I’ll go down there and hunt you down),” he added. Duterte  admired China for stating publicly that the Philippines will be one of the first countries to receive COVID-19 vaccines once they are complete. According to the President, once the country gets its hands on vaccines, it will be the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) who will supervise while medical professionals and health care workers administer the vaccines. “This will remove partisan, favoritism; this will remove petty corruption… However you do it, I don’t care. I just want a unified monitoring pati supervising authority, and that is the military,” Duterte said. “I know what you should be doing. I do not have to tell you about it. Must be under the general supervision and monitoring of the military,” he added. In his promise to vaccinate every Filipino, Duterte said he may even allow members of the New People’s Army (NPA) to receive the vaccine if they behave. “We intend to vaccinate every Filipino for that matter. That’s quite a big number, actually. So in the provinces, gawin ko rin (I’ll also do it),” he said. “Yung mga NPA, pabakunahan ko ba (Should I vaccinate the NPA)? If you stop fighting for a while during the period, or until December because my soldiers would be busy monitoring, supervising, huwag lang ninyong galawin, puwede kayong sumali, pumila doon (you can queue up and get vaccinated),” he added. China, the origin of COVID-19, had earlier announced that the Philippines is a priority recipient of the COVID-19 vaccine it is developing after Duterte revealed in his fifth State -of -the- Nation Address (SONA) last Monday that he asked President Xi Jinping to let the Philippines one of the first countries to get the vaccine......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 1st, 2020

GenSan bomb suspect killed in Cotabato raid

  By AARON RECUENCO, JOSEPH JUBELAG An alleged member of an ISIS-inspired terror group tagged in the September 2018 bombing in General Santos City was killed in a shootout with government forces in his hideout in Polomolok town of South Cotabato last Sunday. Police identified the slain suspect as Ben Usman, a member of Ansar […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJul 21st, 2020

Sort out confusion over ATA, COVID-19

The government should sort out first the confusion over some basic issues to minimize state forces’ tripping over one another and alarming citizens as they hunt down terrorists, suspected coronavirus carriers, social media critics, and other targeted elements......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 18th, 2020

4 BIFF bandits killed in Maguindanao

Four alleged members of the Dawlah Islamiya or Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters were killed in a shootout with police officers in Shariff Aguak town in Maguindanao on Wednesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2020

Egypt flies abused workers out of Libya

CAIRO, Egypt (AFP) — Egypt repatriated 23 laborers early Thursday from western Libya after allegations that forces allied to the UN-recognized government had detained and abused them, private television channel CBC Extra and a security source said. The 23 workers arrived at Marsa Matrouh, a Mediterranean resort town in northwest Egypt, the security source told […] The post Egypt flies abused workers out of Libya appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 19th, 2020

BIFF bandit slain in Maguindanao clash

A member of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters tagged in the killing of a soldier in Radjah Buayan town was slain in an encounter on Friday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2020

BIFF men kill soldier in Maguindanao

An Army soldier was killed in a gun attack by members of the Dawlah Islamiya or Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Radjah Buayan town on Tuesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 21st, 2020