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Philippines Says Catholic Mass Bombing Mastermind Is Dead

Manila, Philippines - The alleged mastermind of a bombing at a Catholic Mass in the southern Philippines has died after a clash between members of a pro-Islamic State group and government troops, officials said Monday.Four people were killed and dozens wounded in the Dec. 3 attack on worshippers inside a university gym in Marawi, the country's largest Muslim city, that was later claimed by the Islamic State grou.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilanews manilanewsFeb 12th, 2024

Philippines Says Catholic Mass Bombing Mastermind Is Dead

Manila, Philippines - The alleged mastermind of a bombing at a Catholic Mass in the southern Philippines has died after a clash between members of a pro-Islamic State group and government troops, officials said Monday.Four people were killed and dozens wounded in the Dec. 3 attack on worshippers inside a university gym in Marawi, the country's largest Muslim city, that was later claimed by the Islamic State grou.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2024

9 Islamist Militants Die in Philippine Clash, Army Says

Manila, Philippines - Nine Islamist militants including three suspects in a Catholic Mass bombing in the southern Philippines have been killed in a clash with troops, the military said Saturday.Army soldiers shot it out with about 15 Dawlah Islamiyah suspects hiding out at a mountain farm close to the remote southern municipality of Piagapo on Thursday, the commander of the military unit said.The firefigh.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 28th, 2024

9 Islamist Militants Die in Philippine Clash, Army Says

Manila, Philippines - Nine Islamist militants including three suspects in a Catholic Mass bombing in the southern Philippines have been killed in a clash with troops, the military said Saturday.Army soldiers shot it out with about 15 Dawlah Islamiyah suspects hiding out at a mountain farm close to the remote southern municipality of Piagapo on Thursday, the commander of the military unit said.The firefigh.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 27th, 2024

Philippines Identifies Suspects After Bombing At Sunday Mass

MANILA - Philippine police have identified at least two suspects in the bombing of a Catholic Mass that killed four people, a regional police chief said onMonday, vowing to hunt down those behind the blast, which was claimed by Islamic State militants.The bomb went off on Sunday during a service at a university gymnasium in Marawi, a city left in ruins in 2017 by a five-month military campaign to end a bl.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsDec 4th, 2023

Philippines Identifies Suspects After Bombing At Sunday Mass

MANILA - Philippine police have identified at least two suspects in the bombing of a Catholic Mass that killed four people, a regional police chief said onMonday, vowing to hunt down those behind the blast, which was claimed by Islamic State militants.The bomb went off on Sunday during a service at a university gymnasium in Marawi, a city left in ruins in 2017 by a five-month military campaign to end a bl.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsDec 4th, 2023

Philippines: Three people killed, nine others injured in explosion in university gym in Marawi

Manila [Philippines], December 3 (ANI): As many as three people were killed and nine others were injured after an explosion at a university gymnasium in the southern Philippines, Al Jazeera reported. The blast took place during a Catholic mass service at Mindanao State University in Marawi City on Sunday. Lanao del Sur province Governor Mamintal Alonto Adiong Jr condemned the bombing. He stressed that terrorist attacks on.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsDec 4th, 2023

‘Foreign terrorists’ behind deadly Marawi bombing–officials

MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand Marcos Jr condemned a deadly bombing on Sunday, blaming “foreign terrorists”, as police and the military strengthened security in the country’s south and around the capital Manila. At least four people were killed and at least 50 injured after a bomb exploded during a morning Catholic Mass in a university gymnasium in.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 4th, 2023

Military on high alert after calling Marawi bombing ‘a terror act’

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine forces were on high alert on Sunday after a bomb killed four people and wounded several during a Catholic Mass in a university gymnasium in Marawi City, an attack the authorities called Islamist terrorism. “I condemn in the strongest possible terms the senseless and most heinous acts perpetrated by foreign terrorists,” said.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2023

Philippines: Three people killed, nine others injured in explosion in university gym in Marawi

Manila [Philippines], December 3 (ANI): As many as three people were killed and nine others were injured after an explosion at a university gymnasium in the southern Philippines, Al Jazeera reported. The blast took place during a Catholic mass service at Mindanao State University in Marawi City on Sunday. Lanao del Sur province Governor Mamintal Alonto Adiong Jr condemned the bombing. He stressed that terrorist attacks on.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2023

Shun mass protests in Egypt

Filipinos in Egypt have been advised to avoid joining any protests following the mass demonstrations, denouncing the bombing of a hospital in the Gaza Strip that reportedly killed at least 500 civilians. In an advisory, the Philippine Embassy in Egypt cautioned Filipinos against joining the random demonstrations and planned mass actions. “The Philippine Embassy in Cairo advises everyone to exercise caution, keep away from mass congregations, and stay home unless necessary,” it said. According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, there are 1,990 Filipinos in Egypt. Egyptians took to the streets to express their anger over the bombing of the Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza, which left hundreds of Palestinians dead. In one of the demonstrations, a Palestinian flag was raised while an Israeli flag was burned. The demonstrations came after Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi called on Egyptians to express solidarity with the Palestinians amid the Israel-Hamas war. This developed as top diplomats of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Friday denounced the ongoing war in the Middle East.   End bloodshed In a statement, the foreign ministers of the 10-member regional bloc called for an immediate end to the bloodshed. “We strongly condemn the acts of violence which have led to the deaths and injuries of civilians, including ASEAN nationals,” the foreign ministers said. “We urge the immediate end of violence to avoid further human casualties and call for the full respect of international humanitarian law,” it added. Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas are engaged in armed conflict following the surprise attack launched by the terror group on Israel last 7 October. The attack by Hamas has left more than 1,400 dead, most of them massacred on the first day of the assault. Meanwhile, the widespread airstrikes on the Gaza Strip have reportedly left at least 3,478 dead. ASEAN also called on “all parties to create safe, rapid and unimpeded passages of human corridors.” Last week, Israel imposed a 24-hour deadline for 1.1 million civilians to evacuate northern Gaza ahead of its ground offensive in the Palestinian territory. Since then, millions of civilians, including foreign nationals, have scrambled to move from northern Gaza to southern Gaza in hopes of exiting the war-torn territory. The bulk of civilians are swarming to the Rafah border in an attempt to enter Egypt despite the border remaining closed and the restricted availability of food, water and electricity.   Two-state solution Meanwhile, ASEAN reaffirmed its support for a “negotiated two-state solution that allows Israelis and Palestinians to live side-by-side in peace and security consistent with relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions.” “This will be the only viable path to resolving the root cause of the conflict,” it said. The regional bloc also called on the “international community to support the peace process in order to ensure long-lasting peace and stability in the region.” “We have issued our respective national statements on the escalation of armed conflicts in the Middle East,” it said. On Wednesday, the Philippines, one of the founding members of ASEAN, expressed its “profound sadness” over the bombing of a hospital in the Gaza Strip, which reportedly killed at least 500 civilians. Israel and Hamas denied being behind the attack and blamed each other for the bombing. The Philippines said all parties should “do their utmost to protect civilians in times of war and armed conflict.” “We support efforts of the United Nations to provide humanitarian relief in the conflict areas,” it said. According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, there are 135 Filipinos in the Hamas-controlled Gaza.   Deep concern In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is attending the ASEAN-Gulf Cooperation Council Summit, the Chief Executive expressed deep concern over the rising number of victims and the safety of those affected by the conflict. In his intervention during the 1st ASEAN-GCC Summit here on Friday, Marcos said, “All parties (should) exert their utmost efforts to de-escalate the situation, stop all violence, and engage in dialogue and diplomacy.” He called on the members of the GCC and ASEAN to work together to promote peace, security, and stability in the South China Sea and the Arabian Sea. Marcos also underscored the importance of cooperation between member countries of the two regional groups to ensure their continued prosperity. “As the two regional organizations located astride the major sea gates and vital corridors of the world’s commerce and communications, it is imperative that we work together to promote peace, security, and stability in both our regions, the South China Sea and the Arabian Sea, grounded on the rules-based international order to ensure the stability and prosperity of our countries and the rest of the world,” Marcos said. “Peace and stability are indispensable to ensuring continued prosperity in our respective regions and the world,” he added. The six GCC member countries are Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, while the 10 ASEAN member countries are Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. President Marcos attended the ASEAN-GCC Summit, where he discussed business opportunities in the Philippines and urged investors to invest in the Maharlika Investment Fund, among other significant opportunities in the Philippines. The post Shun mass protests in Egypt appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 20th, 2023

Idolizing Danny Dolor (The man I might have been if I had at least P500 million)

Here’s sharing with you Cyber Proust’s (now Proust Redux) winning piece when he joined the 2010 Philippine Star Lifestyle Journalism Contest sponsored by Rustan Commercial Corporation and the Stores Specialists, Inc. The announcement called for feature articles, as many as one could submit, about heroes, dead or alive. Cyber Proust submitted three — one about his mother; another about a blogger who tells stories about his clan and people like them, making for a good read for people interested in Philippine upper class but not necessarily high society; and this one, about Danny Dolor, Cyber Proust’s patron and benefactor when Cyber Proust had not yet declared himself rich. Here goes:   My hero, my icon, the man I’d rather be When people are asked who they want to be if they ever get the chance to live their lives all over again, they almost always say they want to be the same person.  If you ask me the same question, I’d have the same answer, only because I want to keep the same set of parents. But if I could keep my Dad and Mom, and still be someone else, I’d look at you straight in the eye, and declare, I want to be Danny Dolor. I can think of a hackneyed thousand and one reasons why I prefer to breathe and eat and live like Sir Danny, but let me stick to the quintessential five. First, he is rich which we all want to be. He is an art lover which I profess to be. He is a trailblazer even if he is a Libran who prefers balance, while I am an Arian who always wants to be the first. He was a good son who took care of his mother in her old age, which every good son should do especially if he were single. I am single, but I was always away from home, too busy changing and finding writing jobs. The closest I got to emulating Sir Danny was spending endless nights conversing with my mother whenever I was home during Christmas breaks. Sir Danny, on the other hand, never travelled abroad because he wanted to be by his mother’s side every night of the year. When he visited Lipa, their hometown, he would pick up his mobile phone to check on his mother and sister Fe in their Makati home, rattling off his orders to their yaya — check their temperature, don’t forget the medicine after their merienda, and so on. Finally, Danny Dolor is a good Catholic who hears Sunday Mass, fingers his beads when in the car, and joins the procession on Good Friday beside his own Mater Dolorosa. How I wish I could give away lands on which to build churches, donate thousands of portfolio bags for priests attending their annual convention, and build a museum in honor of a townsman, Alfredo Maria Obviar, who may yet be the first Filipino bishop to be beatified and, in God’s time, canonized.   First conversation I am lucky to have an icon whom I have seen up close.  I have seen Danny Dolor when he goes into a trance as he describes his first conversation with National Artist Atang de la Rama, to whom he became a friend and confidante, or fits of laughter as he recalls the usually funny repartee between his friends Sylvia La Torre and Oscar Obligacion when the latter was still alive. For all the secrets and fun times we have shared, I stick to calling him Sir as I did the first time I interviewed him in his thickly-carpeted, air-conditioned and perfume-smelling den. I had known about the man before I ever met him. I knew about his Tribung Pinoy which concertized all over the country in the late 1970s all the way to the mid 1980’s.  I never saw them perform in person, but I read about Danny Dolor and his gang of sopranos, tenors and baritones who rendered their harana, danza, balitaw and, of course, kundiman, in schools and churches, and quixotic venues like the Culion Leper Colony in Palawan, the mental hospital and the women’s correctional where the patients and inmates cried, sang, danced and thanked him because no one ever came to sing for them. The path-breaking Danny Dolor also produced the first ever concert at the Cultural Center of the Philippines featuring an all-Filipino-traditional-music repertoire. Danny Dolor’s house, at that time when I interviewed him, was along Tamarind corner Banaba in uppity Forbes Park.  In the den, paintings, sculptures, plaques, and trophies vied for the attention of first-time guests. I immediately liked a Zalameda portrait of a basketball player, but what impressed me was a plaque with Latin inscriptions which, my host explained to me, was his papal award. He next brought me to the lanai, thrice as large as the den, where beside the lacquered opium bed stood a gigantic St. Joseph. He showed me a life-size oil portrait of Charito Solis, Ramon Valera ternos worn by Gloria Romero and his sister Fe, and original drawings of Darna by Mars Ravelo. The man, who knows his art, takes pride in his penchant for everything Filipino. It is an interest that goes a long way back to his childhood during the Japanese occupation. In the family hacienda where they evacuated, he listened to the farmers sing native songs. In grade one a year or two later, the young Danny sang Bayan Ko before his classmates, to the shock of the teacher who probably expected Jack and Jill. When Sir Danny was in grade school, he watched Filipino films in the movie houses along Rizal Avenue.  As a high school student, he listened to the Mabuhay singers over the radio. In college, he watched Tawag ng Tanghalan on television. Is it any wonder that he should mount a best-selling exhibit of movie ads from the golden years of Philippine cinema? Or that he has maintained, for more than ten years, a column in the Philippine Star, “Remember When?” featuring the movie stars and great musical talents of yesteryears? Danny Dolor is unique in that he straddles the worlds of show business and high society, which many find incompatible. Not with him who has produced movies, including Indie films, and concert tributes honoring luminaries of the silver screen like Director Hermogenes Ilagan and movie queen Carmen Rosales. His involvement in the upper strata, on the other hand, is never without a good reason.  For example, he collaborated with the socialite businesswoman Nedy Tantoco in organizing the best-selling Ramon Valera retrospective exhibit. If he is chummy with the grand dame Imelda Cojuangco that’s because he is a loyal and trusted officer the Cofradia de la Inmaculada Concepcion, of which she is the chair. Every year, come Feast of the Immaculate Conception, they gather hundreds of children from depressed areas to receive their first holy communion.   Imagine the mix For all of these, he takes a break from his duties as chairman of various companies that include a hospital, hotel, educational institution, bank and subdivisions. Imagine the mix — movies, music, church, business and high society. And he dances the Rigodon too.  How can one not desire such completeness? There’s something though he’d rather not be said about him. In my times of need, he does not hide under his canopied bed, and in the milestones of my life, he gives me a thick red envelope. Once I ran out of cash to pay my rent, I called him up and told him that if only I could touch the tip of his pants, I was sure to have what I needed. Scolding me first for being such a cheap copy of the woman in the bible, he said Yes to my pleadings, while reminding me to help him prepare another souvenir program for yet another concert tribute for another forgotten gem of Philippine music. The man does not believe in outright charity. Not to me, anyway. And while he is patient with me, he insists that I “fix” my life for “all these things you delight in will soon come to pass” and “if you do not take care of yourself, who will?” and so on. From his mother, he passes on a classic gem, “Never do anything that people will notice from afar,” a rough translation of “Huwag kang gagawa ng kahit anong matatanaw mula sa malayo.” In short, don’t be a show-off. My hero and icon, Danny Dolor, is not only a model for living the successful and well-lived life that I dream about. He is also a saviour, a mentor and an angel who, despite the “professional distance” we keep between us as a “client” and as a “talent,” if the relationship must breed results, has come closest to being my “Tito” and best friend. Sir Danny will not be pleased with this article. He will think that I need to borrow money from him again. The post Idolizing Danny Dolor (The man I might have been if I had at least P500 million) appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 7th, 2023

AFP sees end of Abu Sayyaf’s ‘reign of terror’

The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Wednesday said the annihilation of the Abu Sayyaf Group in Sulu province is imminent. AFP spokesperson Col. Medel Aguilar made the remarks following reports that ASG leader Radullan Sahiron alias "Commander Putol" allegedly recently died in Sulu. "There is a better news than the alleged death of Radullan Sahiron, a.k.a. Putol, leader of the Abu Sayyaf Group that was designated by the Anti-Terrorism Council as a terrorist organization. It is the end of the ASG's reign of terror in the province of Sulu," Aguilar told reporters. Aguilar said one of the ASG leaders, Amah Patit, along with 20 other members of the core group of Sahiron, surrendered to the government on the instruction of Sahiron himself on 8 January. At that time, Sahiron was already old and reportedly sick, he added. “Since then, no word was heard from the wanted ASG leader except for unverified information from several sources that he is already dead,” Aguilar said. Brig. Gen. Ignatius Patrimonio, commander of the 11th Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Sulu, said they received intelligence information that Sahiron died two months ago in Patikul town. However, Patrimonio aid the military has yet to see Sahiron’s physical body as “concrete evidence” of his demise. The United Nations Security Council had previously tagged Sahiron as the mastermind behind numerous kidnappings and bombing incidents in Sulu. Among these were the abduction of 21 Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Malaysian and South African nationals in April 2000; the kidnapping of four passengers from the MT Singtec Marine 88 in June 2002; the kidnapping of four Filipino women in Jolo in August 2002; and the abduction of ABS-CBN reporter Ces Drilon and her crew in July 2008. Also, Sahiron was included in the most wanted list by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation with a $1 million bounty on his head due to the kidnapping of a male US citizen on 14 November 1993 in Sulu. The victim was transported to a jungle camp in Jolo before being released on 7 December 1993. The country’s Anti-Terrorism Council designated ASG a terrorist organization in June last year. The post AFP sees end of Abu Sayyaf’s ‘reign of terror’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 24th, 2023

6 soldiers killed, 4 others wounded in clash with Maute Group in Lanao Norte

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews / 19 February) – Six Philippine Army members were killed while four others were wounded on Sunday while pursuing the militant Dawlah Islamiyah-Maute Group blamed for the December 3 Catholic Mass bombing inside the Mindanao State University in Marawi City (MSU-Marawi), military officials said. In a statement, General Romeo Brawner Jr., […].....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2024

MSU bombing mastermind killed in Lanao military ops

The Armed Forces of the Philippines yesterday confirmed the death of the leader of terrorist group Dawlah Islamiyah, who masterminded the bombing of Mindanao State University in December last year......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2024

2 suspects from Sunday s Mass bombing, among 9 killed in Philippines

MANILA, The Philippines: The Philippine army said over the weekend that its troops killed nine suspected Muslim militants, including two key suspects, in a bomb attack last month that killed four Christian worshippers in the south of the country. Army spokesman Col. Louie Dema-ala said that four army scout rangers were slightly wounded in the operation on January 25 against the Dawlah Islamiyah in the village of.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2024

CDO police preparing elaborate security plan for Black Nazarene

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews / 4 January)—With last month’s bombing of a Catholic Mass in Marawi City at the back of their minds, police officials here are preparing an elaborate security plan to secure the annual procession of the Black Nazarene on January 9. Lt. Colonel. Rey Gaudencio Taboclaon, city police director for operations, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJan 4th, 2024

MSU Marawi postpones final exams to January 2024

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 14 December)—The Mindanao State University’s main campus in Marawi City has moved all final examinations to January next year amid protests over the decision of the school administration to resume classes days after the bombing that killed four people who attended a Catholic Mass at the Dimaporo Gymnasium on December 3. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsDec 15th, 2023

Philippines identifies 2 members of pro-Islamic State group as bomb suspects

Philippine police on Wednesday identified two persons of interest as suspects involved in a deadly blast that killed four people during a catholic Mass in a southern city at the weekend. Those suspected of orchestrating the attack in Marawi were members of Daulah Islamiya-Maute, a pro-Islamic State militant group that took control of the city in 2017 and held it throughout five months of ground offensives and ai.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsDec 9th, 2023

MSU blast a grim reminder of 2017 Marawi siege

By: CMFR StaffPosted on: December 7, 2023, 2:32 pm MEDIA DESCRIBED the December 3 bombing at the Dimaporo Gym of the Mindanao State University (MSU) as one of the deadliest terror attacks since the Marawi siege in 2017. The blast killed four people and wounded 50 others during the Catholic Mass on the first Sunday of the Advent season. The bomb blast gained banner treatment in all news.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsDec 9th, 2023

VISCOM ready for possible terror attack following Marawi bombing

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Visayas Command (VISCOM) said in a statement that it is prepared to deal with any terror attack following the recent bombing in Marawi City, Mindanao that left 4 persons dead and at least 50 injured. In a press release, VISCOM disclosed that government troops are keeping a tight watch on.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 7th, 2023