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The Mindanao Cross digital edition (Jan. 2, 2016)

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DOH-12: 125 hurt by firecrackers, 2 by stray bullets in Region 12

COTABATO CITY - The Department
of Health (DOH) in Central Mindanao today reported 125 cases of firecracker
related injuries during Christmas and New Year’s revelry and is counting,
health officials said.

Panizales-Centura, focal person of DOH-12 Iwas Paputok,” said the number may
increase as DOH monitoring of firecracker related injuries is until Jan. 5.


2 soldiers killed in daring Marawi daytime gun attack

MARAWI CITY -- Suspected Middle Eastern-inspired extremists on Tuesday killed two non-Muslim soldiers in a daring attack at a busy spot here.The soldiers, who both belong to the Army’s 65thInfantry Battalion, were attacked near a radio station owned by the Ranao Broadcasting Corporation, which has security cameras focused on its surroundings.Local officials said the victims were buying something in a vegetable and fruit market just meters away from the radio station when motorcycle-riding gunmen came close and opened fire with handguns, killing them both on the spot.In a text message, the p


Ampatuan civilians carry guns vs. BIFF

AMPATUAN, Maguindanao – Civilians in a
farming village here have vowed not to allow another atrocities by outlawed
Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).

On Monday, civilian farmers, who call themselves
Christian settlers, opted to carry guns to defend ourselves and our

At night, they remain awake. At day, they took turns in taking a nap several
days after about 300 heavily armed BIFF stormed the village of Kauran and
nearby villages on Christmas Day, killing eight hapless farmers.


The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas

Reading 1 and// 1 JN 2and3-11 BelovedandThe way we may be sure that we know Jesusis to keep his commandments.Whoever says, I know him,” but does not keep his commandmentsis a liar, and the truth is not in him.But whoever keeps his word,the love of God is truly perfected in him.This is the way we may know that we are in union with himandwhoever claims to abide in him ought to walk just as he walked.Beloved, I am writing no new commandment to youbut an old commandment that you had from the beginning.T


BIFF says it will lie low, won't launch attacks vs Army

COTABATO CITY - The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) said it will cease harassing Army positions in Maguindanao because the military was on heightened alert. We will sleep soundly, we will not launch offensive kasi nakabantay ang Army sa amin (because the Army is watching us, Abu MisryMama said in a phone interview Monday.


6th ID condemns BIFF atrocities, vows to stop lawless group

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao -Major General Edmundo R Pangilinan, commander of the 6th Infantry Division,expressed deepest sympathy to the family of the victims of lawless Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) atrocities.




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1. BIFF nagbanta ng muling pangaatake
sa Central Mindanao, Army at PNP, nakaalerto2. Isa sa mga tower ng NGCP na
pinasabugan sa kasagsagan ng pagdiriwang ng pasko, nakumpuni na

3. Koronadal City Treasurer’s Office
umapela sa mga real property owners na bayaran ang kanilang buwis, kasabay ng
pagtatapos ng taon.4. Dahil sa panununog ng mga NPA sa construction equipment, South CotabatoGov. Fuentes nagbabalang itigil na ang road project


ISIS-inspired BIFF warns of more attacks in C. Mindanao

COTABATO CITY -- The outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) on Saturday warned of more attacks --- after a three-day rampage that left eight innocent people dead --- in response to government’s crackdown on local Jihadist factions.Four BIFF members were confirmed killed in its incursions, met with heavy resistance from soldiers and armed villagers.Abu Misry Mama, BIFF spokesperson, said their harassment of peasant enclaves and military detachments in Central Mindanao the past three days were also meant to show their continuing opposition to the presence of state forces in Moro-


Catholic priest says Filipinos will be inspired by Pia Wurtzbach's Miss Universe win

MANILA -- A Catholic priest has said that Filipinos, especially those affected by typhoon Nona, will be inspired by the victory of Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach, who was crowned Miss Universe 2015 on Monday.Fr. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Public Affairs Committee (CBCP-PAC), said that Filipinos should be proud of what Wurtzbach has achieved. Pia Wurtzbach’s feat is something that we should be proud of.



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