Feb 16, 2015

Two al-Qaida-linked militants killed in Philippine clash: army

Two members of an al-Qaida-linked group were killed in clashes with troops in the southern Philippines on Sunday, a military spokeswoman said. Three soldiers and two militants were wounded in the fighting that erupted before dawn in the jungles of Basilan island, Capt. Rowena ...

Philippine art village survives Japanese founder

Feb 10, 2015

Philippine art village survives Japanese founder

by Kenichi Iinuma

A retired Japanese nuclear engineer who died of cancer in late December had been promoting a project to create a village for artists on a Philippine island known for witchcraft and mystery. Many young people on Siquijor are unemployed due to the island’s dependence ...

U.S.  analysis suggests Philippine forces killed terror suspect

Feb 5, 2015

U.S. analysis suggests Philippine forces killed terror suspect

DNA analysis suggests that Philippine authorities have killed one of Southeast Asia’s most wanted terror suspects in a recent clash with Muslim rebels, the FBI said Wednesday. Philippine President President Benigno Aquino III last week said that the suspect, a Malaysian called Zulkifli bin ...

Is Marwan dead? Philippines awaits result of costly raid

Jan 31, 2015

Is Marwan dead? Philippines awaits result of costly raid

The cellphone message of the Filipino police commandos to their base was triumphant: “Mike 1 bingo,” a code meaning they had killed one of Southeast Asia’s most-wanted terrorism suspects, Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, also known as Marwan. But the euphoria among police generals monitoring ...

Philippines mourns 44 slaughtered police

Jan 30, 2015

Philippines mourns 44 slaughtered police

A long, slow procession of coffins draped in the Philippine flag poured out of military transport planes in Manila on Thursday, as the country mourned dozens of policemen killed in a botched anti-terror operation. Marching to muted drums, uniformed commandos bore the numbered coffins ...

Jan 26, 2015

Philippine police clash with Muslim rebels; 30 killed

Heavy fighting in the southern Philippines between police and Muslim rebels on Sunday left at least 30 elite policemen dead, a military spokesman said. Col. Restituto Padilla said the clashes happened at a remote camp of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and the Moro ...