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Jan 08 2008

2 Cops Shot Dead In South RP Island

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Jan. 09, 2008) – Two policemen were killed on Wednesday while jogging in the southern Philippine province of Sulu, reports said.Reports said the pair was shot by two gunmen who pretended to be joggers in the middle of the airport runway near three military bases in Jolo town shortly before 6 a.m. The gunmen escaped on foot after the attack.The bodies of the policemen were taken away by their relatives. Both policemen were Muslims assigned to a police detachment in the village of Busbus near the airport.The strip is a favorite area of joggers, mostly soldiers and policemen, although civilians also used the runway to exercise. Neon Lingerie

No group or individual claimed responsibility for the killings and it was unknown if the attacks were connected to their work or feud.

(Nickee Butlangan)

Nov 15 2007

3 Muslims Killed In Zamboanga Restaurant Attack

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Nov. 16, 2007) – Three Muslim men were killed in an attack Friday inside a restaurant in the southern Filipino port city of Zamboanga, police said.

Police said two gunmen opened fire on the trio at around 8 a.m. near downtown Zamboanga. “The perpetrators escaped after the shooting. We still don’t know the motive of the attack,” a police telephone operator said.

He said the gunmen fled on two motorcycles along with three other companions who waited outside the diner.

Police said the victims were natives of Basilan province. Local television reports, quoting an unidentified police official, claimed the three men were followers of a politician in Basilan.

It was unknown whether the killings were connected with the assassination of Basilan Rep. Wahab Akbar.

Akbar and his driver were killed in Tuesday bombing of the south entrance of the Philippine House of Representatives. Two other congressional aides were killed and 14 more injured, including two lawmakers.

A parked motorcycle rigged with explosives was detonated as Akbar was about to board his car. Security forces also killed three men linked to the bombing in a firefight Thursday in the village of Payatas near the House of Representatives.

Officials said three other accomplices and a police commando were wounded in the fighting after government forces raided a hideout of suspected bombers.

Police said one of those captured was a Muslim man who was a driver of former Basilan Rep. Abdulgani Salapuddin, Akbar’s political opponent. Salapuddin has denied any links to Akbar’s killing.

Soldiers and policemen recovered documents linked to the motorcycle used in the bombing. Police said the bombing targeted Akbar, but no group or individual claimed responsibility for the attack, although supporters of the slain lawmaker blamed his enemies and a faction in the military as behind the blast.

Soldiers had linked Akbar to the beheading of 14 marines early this year in Basilan’s Al-Barka town after a firefight with rebels. He was also branded as one of the founder of the militant group called Abu Sayyaf, but he had previously denied all allegations.

One of Akbar’s four wives, Basilan Gov. Jum Akbar, has appealed to President Gloria Arroyo to help them get justice. “Governor Jum Akbar is appealing to the President for the speedy solution to the murder. Those responsible must pay,” Chris Puno, the provincial spokesman, told the regional newspaper, the Mindanao Examiner.

Akbar, a rebel leader-turned-preacher, was buried Wednesday just outside their house in the village of Sumagdang in Basilan’s Isabela City. Akbar’s backyard is filled with placards from supporters asking for justice for the murder of the man many looked up as a great leader.

“He was truly a great leader. The sentiments of the people are very strong. The people are still mourning the loss of such a good man. It is now up to the government to find the perpetrators of this killing,” Puno said.

But some said Akbar was not a hero as what others portrayed him to be.

“You’re making him out as though the guy is some kind of ethereal hero…something which he most definitely is not! A lot of people may have loved him — profited from his rule — but a whole lot more are mighty pleased this all came about.”

“He is not a hero and most of all he was idolized by many in Basilan. The guy is dead. Leave him alone. The more you portray him as a martyr, the more that you shall hear the truth about him from people who actually lived in the Province he considered to be his own personal playpen,” an e-mail sent to the regional newspaper, Mindanao Examiner, said. (Mindanao Examiner)

Nov 15 2007

Governor’s House Attacked In Southern Philippines

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Nov. 15, 2007) – Unidentified gunmen attacked Thursday the house of a provincial governor in the troubled Muslim autonomous region in Mindanao, police said.

Police said the attackers fired a rocket grenade at the house of Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal Adiong Jr. in Marawi City.

No one was reported killed or injured in the attack that occurred at around 3 in the morning. Police said it recovered fragments of the grenade, believed fired from an M203 rifle.

No group or individual claimed responsibility for the attack, but Adiong belongs to a powerful Muslim clan in the region.

Adiong’s father was also a former governor of the province and his younger brother is currently the vice governor of the Muslim autonomous region.

The region, composed of five provinces, including Sulu, Basilan, Tawi-Tawi and Maguindanao, is a hotbed of insurgency, torn by political clan war and had been in the past one of the most corrupt in the Philippines. (Mindanao Examiner)

Jul 10 2007

Gunmen Attack Cop’s House In Southern Philippines

COTABATO CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 10 Jul) – Unidentified gunmen attacked a police officer’s house before dawn Tuesday in the southern Philippines with automatic weapons and small rocket, wounding two persons.Police said the attack on the house of Superintendent Samson Obatay in the village of Simuay in Sultan Kudarat town in Shariff Kabunsuan occurred at around 1 p.m.Obatay, former head of an elite police unit in Cotabato City, was not hurt in the raid, but two of his relatives were injured.At least three gunmen have carried out the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the shooting, but police suspected criminal syndicates or Moro rebels were behind the raid.In February, gunmen also attacked his house with a rocket-propelled grenade, wounding one member of his family. Prior to that, he also survived a grenade attack and an ambush in Cotabato City.

Obatay is one of the most decorated police officer in Cotabato City and responsible for the arrest of many criminals and gang leaders with ties to drug syndicates and rebels. (With a report from Mark Navales)

Jul 05 2007

Cops Kill Gunman In Basilan Island Attack

BASILAN (Mindanao Examiner / 05 Jul) – Police shot dead a man who killed one person and injured five more in an attack at a public market in Basilan island in the southern Philippines.

Police said the man opened fire on a crowd at the Isabela City market on Wednesday and killed one person.

Five others were wounded in the strafing. Policemen rushed to the area and killed the assailant before he can shoot again.

The motive of the attack is unknown, but the island is a former lair of the Abu Sayyaf and vengeance killing is also common in Basilan. (Mindanao Examiner)

Jul 04 2007

Farmer Killed Near Home In Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 04 Jul) – A Filipino farmer was killed by unidentified assailants in the troubled southern region of Mindanao, police said Wednesday.Police said Carlito Lanticse, 43, was shot several times in the village of Rizal in the town of Malalag in Davao del Sur province.Lanticse’s body was discovered near his farm and relatives and family members said he failed to return home since Tuesday.

Police said it is still investigating the motive of the attack. (Romy Bwaga)

Jun 16 2007

Teener Killed, 3 Others Attacked In South RP

The scene after the attack. (Mindanao Examiner Photo Service/Mark Navales)


COTABATO CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 16 Jun) – A teenager was killed and three others seriously wounded when a lone man, armed with a knife, attacked them in the southern Philippines, police said Saturday.

Police said the assailant fled after the attack, leading the four young men bloodied on the street late Friday.

The man knifed the four while they were watching a street a parade on the eve of the city’s Charter day celebration.

Police said the slain victim was a 17-year old student. The three others are still in critical condition in hospital here.

Police said it is still investigating the motive of the attack. The rising criminalities and prostitution are two main problems in Cotabato City. (With a report from Mark Navales)

Jun 14 2007

Police Spy Killed In Southern RP

DAVAO CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 14 Jun) — Four gunmen killed a police informant in broad daylight attack in the southern Philippine of Compostela Valley, police said on Thursday.The attack also left the victim’s brother, a policeman, seriously injured. Police said the gunmen opened fire on Dante Cabaylo, 53, who was feeding his ducks just outside the family house in the village of Bangkerohan Norte in Montevista town on Wednesday.His brother, Juanito Cabaylo, who lives next door tried to aid the victim, but he, too, was shot and wounded by the gunmen. One of the attackers, police said, was probably wounded because the policeman managed to shoot back.The gunmen escaped on motorbikes, police said.No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but the province if a known stronghold of the communist rebel group, New People’s Army. Police is still investigating the motive to see whether it was connected to his being a spy or if the NPA was behind the killing.

The rebels are known to attack government spies and civilians working for the police and military. The NPA is the armed wing of the outlawed Communist Party of the Philippines, which as been fighting for the establishment of a Maoist state in the country. (Romy Bwaga)

Jun 06 2007

German National Wounded In Philippine Attack

MANILA (Mindanao Examiner / 06 Jun) – Unidentified motorcycle gunmen shot and wounded a German national in broad daylight attack Wednesday in the Philippine capital, police said.

Police said Michael Heinen, 63, was onboard the family van driven by his adopted Filipino son, when gunmen attacked them.

The assailants fled after the gunshots drew public attention. Heinen’s son, Julius Balas, rushed the German to the hospital.

The victim’s condition is still unknown. Policemen did not give additional details of their investigations and the motive in the attack is still unknown.

Little was known about the German or his business in the Philippines.

Last week, a German national, Thomas Wallraf and his three Filipino companions, were kidnapped by former Moro National Liberation Front rebels in North Cotabato province in the southern Mindanao region.

Wallraf’s group was later freed unharmed after another rebel group, the larger Moro Islamic Liberation Front, threatened to kill the kidnappers and their families if they will not release the hostages. (Mindanao Examiner)

May 27 2007

Woman Killed In Broad Daylight Attack In South RP

DAVAO DEL NORTE (Mindanao Examiner / 27 May) – A motorcycle gunman shot dead a young woman in a broad daylight attack in Panabo City in the southern Filipino province of Davao del Norte, police said Sunday.Police said Venus Maquiran was heading for work on her motorcycle when the gunman drive by the side and shot her in the head. She was killed instantly.The attack, police said, occurred Friday. The gunman escaped after the shooting.No individual claimed responsibility for the attack and police said it is still investigating the killing.

Extra-judicial killing is common in the dangerous region of the southern Philippines, where murder can be contracted for as low as one hundred dollars.

(Romy Bwaga)

May 22 2007

3 Injured In Basilan Island Attack

BASILAN (Mindanao Examiner / 22 May) – Police on Tuesday sent more forces to secure the canvassing of votes on Basilan island following a grenade attack that injured three people.The attack late on Monday at a canvassing area in Lamitan town was believed to be connected to politics. The elections on May 14 were hotly contested in Basilan between political warlords.No individual or group claimed responsibility for the explosion, but it sent fears to local elections officers still canvassing votes from nearby Sumisip town.The attack interrupted the canvassing of votes, but it later resumed after police secured the premises of a government school used as counting area.Local politicians accused each other of election fraud and cheating and vote-buying. And in recent days, security forces seized illegal weapons from supporters of politicians.Philippine elections are often marred with irregularities and fraud and have been traditionally bloody and violent.

Police said hundreds of people were killed and injured in poll-related violence across the country. (Mindanao Examiner)

Apr 26 2007

Suspek Sa Sulu Military Attack, Sibilyan!

SULU — KAPALPAKAN sa seguridad ang naging sanhi ng pamamaril sa loob ng isang detachment ng Philippine Army na ikinasawi ng siyam na sundalo sa Parang, Sulu makaraang matukoy na ang suspek sa krimen.

Nabatid kay Armed Forces Public Information Office (PIO) Chief Lieutenant Colonel Bartolome Bacarro na kasunod ng isinagawang imbestigasyon sa insidente sa patrol base ng Charlie Company ng 35th Infantry Battalion sa Silangkan sa naturang lalawigan, natukoy na isang sibilyan ang nakapasok sa loob ng kampo bagamat dis-oras ng gabi.

Ito rin ang sinabi ni AFP chief Gen. Hermogenes Esperon ng magtungo dito kamakailan upang tignan ang opensiba kontra rebeldeng grupo at mga terorista.

Noong gabi ng Abril 6, bago ang insidente, isang hindi nakilalang sibilyan ang namataang kasama ni Private First Class Nautan sa kantina malapit sa detachment at saka sila pumasok at nagpahinga sa kampo.

Dakong alas-2:25 ng madaling araw ng Abril 7 nang samantalahin ng suspek ang dilim at puwersahang kinuha ang M16 rifle ng isang duty guard.

Nagkaroon ng habulan habang patuloy sa pagratrat ng baril ang suspek at nagpadala na rin ng ayudang puwersa ng mga sundalo mula sa headquarters ng 35th IB.

Umabot ng hanggang 5:30 ng madaling araw bago pa mapatay ang nag-iisang suspek matapos na gumamit na rin ng matataas na kalibre ng baril at machine gun ang mga sundalo.

Sa ngayon ay masusing sinisiyasat ng militar ang positibong identipikasyon ng suspek at wala pang katiyakan sa motibo ng krimen.

«Even as we have singled out the perpetrator of the said killing, we consider it imperative to establish his identity in order to be able to determine his motive,» ani Bacarro.

Aminado naman si Bacarro na nagkaroon ng paglabag sa standard operating procedures nang payagang makapasok ang isang sibilyan sa loob ng kampo sa alanganing oras. (Juley Reyes)

Apr 24 2007

USAID Headquarters Attacked In Southern Philippines, 3 Wounded!

COTABATO CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 25 Apr) – A grenade attack in the restive southern Philippine region of Mindanao injured three people working for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), officials said on Wednesday.Major General Raymundo Ferrer, commander of the Army’s 6th Infantry Infantry Division, said one of two grenades exploded in front of the USAID office in North Cotabato’s Pikit town.“Three people – two engineers and a contractor, all Filipinos – were injured in the blast and we are still investigating the motive of the attack. We have strengthened security in the province and other areas where foreign aid workers are operating,” Ferrer told the regional Mindanao Examiner newspaper.The attack, he said, occurred late Tuesday. «One of two grenades lobbed at the USAID office exploded,» he said.No group claimed responsibility for the attack.The three victims – Mario Tabaosares, 26; Alfredo Cabardo, 53, both engineers, and Damrod Dalandangan, 28, — were rushed to hospital.The three men were working on a USAID program called Growth with Equity in Mindanao (GEM). It aims to accelerate economic growth in the region and help assure that as many people as possible benefit from the economic growth and that the benefits are equitably distributed.GEM also help bring about and consolidate peace in Mindanao. It was unknown if the attack would affect US aid in the southern Philippines. The United States, Australia and Canada have warned of impending attacks in Mindanao and told their citizens not to travel to the southern Philippines because of heightened terror activities.But the Philippine military on Tuesday said it has no reports about an impending terror attacks by al-Qaeda-linked militants in Mindanao.“It is relatively peaceful in many parts of Mindanao. We have not received reports about any specific threats,” a military spokesman Lt. Col. Bartolome Bacarro.But a bomb explosion injured person last Sunday in Midsayap town in the troubled North Cotabato province.Authorities said the bomb, assembled from a mortar rocket rigged to a timer, exploded on a roadside, wounding a woman. Police held two people in connection with the attack.A man was also killed after a bomb he was transporting exploded in Cotabato City.Last week, Abu Sayyaf militants whose group is tied to Al-Qaeda, beheaded six construction workers and a fisherman they kidnapped in Parang town in Jolo island.

The beheading came just four days after Jolo governor Benjamin Loong rejected the Abu Sayyaf demand of five million pesos ransom in exchange for the lives of the hostages, six of them were workers of the politician in his construction firm. (With reports from Mark Navales and Juley Reyes)

Apr 24 2007

1 Dead, 2 Wounded In Rebel Attack In South RP

COMPOSTELA Valley (Mindanao Examiner / 24 Apr) – New People’s Army rebels attacked a group of army soldiers and pro-government militias, killing one and wounding two more in the southern Filipino province of Compostela Valley, officials said.Officials said more than 40 NPA gunmen attacked soldiers on Monday, sparking a brief firefight. Officials also reported that troops have seized a NPA rebel camp in Gattaran town in Cagayan Valley in the northern Philippines.Military spokesman Lt. Col. Bartolome Bacarro said soldiers recovered assorted explosives, including landmines, grenades, C4 and Molotov bombs. The encampment was apparently abandoned even before soldiers could arrive.

The NPA, armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, has been fighting the government the past three decades to install a Maoist state in the country. (With reports from Juley Reyes and Romy Bwaga)

Apr 10 2007

4 killed In Attack In South RP

DAVAO CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 10 Apr) – Unidentified gunmen killed four members of a farming on a remote village in the southern Philippine city of Davao, authorities said.

It said the attack occurred late Monday in Calinan district. The motive of the killing is still unknown, but among those killed were two children.

No group or individual claimed responsibility for the attack. It was unknown if the killings had something to do with family feud or land conflict. (With a report from Romy Bwaga)

Apr 01 2007

Gunmen Attack Mayor’s House In Southern Philippines

ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR (Mindanao Examiner / 01 Apr) – One person was killed after gunmen attacked late Sunday the house of a town mayor in the southern Filipino town of Dimataling near Zamboanga del Sur province.The attack, which occurred at around 9 p.m., targeted the house of Mayor Haniel Baya, a town official said.It was unknown what triggered the raid, but the mayor is a staunch government supporter and was a former commander of a militia force that helped security forces maintained peace and order in the area.Regional army chief Lt. Gen. Eugenio Cedo said they were trying to confirm the reports. “We have no reports yet,” he told the Mindanao Examiner newspaper by phone.

The attack coincided with the start of election campaign for the May national polls. It was not immediately known whether the attack had anything to do with politics. (Mindanao Examiner)

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