Philippines: Bomb blast rocks Cotabato while conversations are ongoing with MILF

A bomb exploded yesterday evening at the residence of a gun store owner in the southern Philippines, where a homemade bomb killed two people and wounded 10 others four days ago, officials said today. Lawyer Cynthia Guani-Sayadi, city administrator, said the explosion occurred around 8 p.m. Saturday outside the house of JV Martinez along De […]

Philippines: Military blames Jemaah Islamiyah for deadly bomb attack

Again. And again. The military blamed al-Qaeda linked Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) for the powerful bomb blast today in the country\’s south that left two people dead and eight others wounded. Lt. Col. Prudencio Asto, a regional military spokesman, said the attack was carried out by students of slain militant Basit Usman of Indonesian-based terrorist network […]

Philippines: Government to fund Muslim education

The government has announced the release of 251.6 million pesos (US$5.9 million) in funding to implement the madrasah education program. The funds, released through the Department of Education, were in line with President Benigno Aquino’s commitment to improve the standard of education in the country as a tool for peace and development, Budget Secretary Florencio […]

Philippines: tourists kidnapped by “group of armed men”

(Translation: T&P) A group of gunmen have kidnapped three tourists, including an American woman and her son aged 14, in Zamboanga City, located on the Philippine island of Tictabón (south), as reported by the local police chief, Edwin Ocampo. Around 3.00 am on Tuesday (21.00 pm on Monday in Spain) 14 gunmen arrived in the […]

Philippines: Hundreds of families flee as fighting breaks out in S. Philippines

Hundreds of terrified families fled in the southern Philippines as fighting between government security forces and Muslim rebels erupted, an Army official said on Sunday. Lt. Col. Domingo Gobway, a battalion commander, said militias and members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front clashed on Saturday afternoon in the town of Pikit in North Cotabato. The […]

Philippines: bomb on bus kills 10, wound 9

That is the final toll.Although no one has claimed responsibility, police believes the responsible of the attack are members of gang linked to Muslim terrorists from the South, called Al-Khobar. A bomb ripped through a passenger bus Thursday in the southern Philippines, killing at least eight people and wounding 10 in an attack authorities blamed […]

Philippines: Supreme Court rules anti-terrorism law constitutional

The Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of a 2007 anti-terror law, which the government sought to bolster a U.S.-backed campaign against al-Qaida-linked militants but critics fear could muzzle civil liberties.Left-wing alliance Bayan, one of the groups that sought the repeal of the Human Security Act, said Monday it would appeal last Friday’s ruling. The […]

Philippines: Terrorist group discovered "following the money"

Follow the Money | Maria Ressa’s Blog Site: The name of this just discovered group is Al Intlaqah, which Philippine intelligence reports say means “the beginning” or “take-off.” Allegedly based in Saudi Arabia, authorities say it is affiliated with Al-Qaeda. Interestingly enough, it uses the same networks Al-Qaeda exploited in the Philippines in the past. […]

Philippines: Abu Sayyaf terrorist killed by troops

WaPo: Philippine troops clashed with Abu Sayyaf gunmen in a southern coastal village Sunday and killed a long-wanted militant who helped in the 2001 kidnapping of three American and 17 Filipino tourists and the takeover of a hospital, the military said. Abdukarim Sali was killed before dawn in a clash with troops and police in […]

Philippines: Bishop fears for Christians’ lifes after Basilan’s attacks

Image via Wikipedia This is an update on this story: Following an April 13 Islamist terrorist attack that destroyed 70% of his cathedral, a Philippine bishop says that he and the other Christians of the city fear for their lives. “It is the first time we are attacked so directly and with such force,” said […]

Philippines: military battling Abu Sayyaf in Basilan after attack on Cathedral

Image via Wikipedia Government militiamen clashed on Wednesday with Abu Sayyaf militants tagged in deadly attacks in the southern Philippine province of Basilan, police said. Fighting broke out in the village of Begang in Isabela City, Basilan’s capital where at least 25 Abu Sayyaf militants wearing police and military camouflage uniforms on Tuesday set off […]

Philippines: troops overrun Abu Sayyaf camp

Image via Wikipedia Philippine troops killed one Muslim militant and overran a rebel encampment after a two-day offensive on a southern island, a military commander said Sunday. Two soldiers were also wounded in the assault on the camp of Abu Sayyaf rebels in Patikul town, Jolo island, 1,000 kilometres south of Manila, that began on […]

Philippines: Police hunts Indon training militants

Not only Umar Patek and Heru Kuncoro are in the Philippines. Indonesian officials have asked the Philippine authorities to track down an Indonesian fugitive wanted in connection with several beheadings who is now helping to train militants in an insurgency-wrecked Philippine region, security officials said yesterday. Sanusi, like many Indonesians using only one name, has […]

Philippines: Muslims rally in Mindanao against ‘Islamophobia’

Image via Wikipedia Thousands of Filipino Muslims, many of them women and the youth chanting “Allahu Akbar” (Allah is Great), launched a series of rallies since Sunday in Mindanao to warn against and denounce the rising tides of anti-Islam and anti-Muslim sentiments sweeping Europe and the United States. Mass actions were staged in Cotabato City […]

Philippines: police detects Jemaah Islamiyah terrorists

Umar Patek. Image via Wikipedia Jakarta Post: National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Edward Aritonang said Wednesday that his team had detected the whereabouts of wanted terrorists Umar Patek (right) and Heru Kuncoro. However, the police refused to reveal the location for fear of  spoiling the hunt. The Philippines‘ government reportedly has informed that Umar Patek […]

Philippines: MILF denies training detained JI militant

Links between Jemaah Islamiyah and MILF are not recent: The Philippine largest rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), denied Friday that a suspected member of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI)detained in Singapore had been trained in their camp. Eid Kabalu, spokesperson for the MILF, denied that Mohamad Azmibin Ali, 41, was among those foreigners […]

Philippines: Grenade thrown at Jolo cathedral

Violence against non-Muslims (in this case Catholics) in the Philipines is daily. Normally they don’t get to the front pages of international MSM but the climate of tension, specially in Jolo area, is unstoppable. They even have their own terrorist groups, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Abu Sayyaf. Of the foreign terrorist groups, Jemaah […]

Philippines: Osama bin Laden came within minutes of killing Bill Clinton

At one point during his stay, he was scheduled to visit a local politician, his route taking him across a bridge in central Manila. But as the presidential motorcade was about to set off, secret service officers received a “crackly message in one earpiece” saying intelligence agents had picked up a message suggesting an attack […]

Philippines: Govt tries to arrest Abu Sayyaf terrorists, clashes spark

Attempts by government troops to arrest three militant leaders wanted by the Philippines and the United States on kidnapping and murder charges sparked clashes that left up to 17 rebels dead, officials said Monday. The fighting erupted Sunday when government forces cordoned off a village on Jolo island in the southern Philippines and tried to […]

Philippines: leader of Islamist terrorist movement arrested

LWJ: The Philippine National Police arrested the leader of a radical, al Qaeda-linked group of Islamist converts during a raid in Marawi City in the southern Philippines. Dinno Amor Rosalejos Pareja, who is also known as Khalil Pareja and Abu Jihad, was captured after police surrounded his hideout. Pareja was charged by a court with […]