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(UPDATE) Cops eye 3 angles in Sultan Kudarat grenade attacks

Sultan Kudarat – Police here are looking at three possible angles
that led to the grenade throwing incident at a local peryahan” carnival here
and claimed the life of a 6-year-old boy and the wounding of about 40 others, a
police official said.Chief Insp.
Bryan Bernardino, Esperanza town police chief, said the grenade attack which
occurred at 8:20 p.m. Sunday was triggered by a personal grudge between the
suspects and the carnival operator.


Suspect in Esperanza bombing arrested

ESPERANZA, Sultan Kudarat --- The police is now in custody of one of three men who attacked with fragmentation grenades an open-field carnival in Sultan Kudarat’s Esperanza town, killing a six-year-old child and hurting more than 30 others. The slain child, John Alfon Antonio, died from multiple shrapnel wounds sustained in the blasts.Chief Inspector Bryan Bernardino of the Esperanza municipal police said one of the three men who perpetrated the bombing had been arrested and is now undergoing tactical interrogation.


(UPDATE) 6-year-old boy killed, 14 hurt in Sultan Kudarat town fiesta grenade attack

ESPERANZA, Sultan Kudarat -- One was confirmed dead and at least 14 individuals were reportedly hurt in a grenade attack at a local peryahan (fanfare area) by two men riding tandem on motorbike, officials said today.The fatality, a 6-year-od boy, was not identified in the report.Col. Lito Sobejana, Army’s 601st Brigade commander, said, the incident occured ataround 8:15 in barangay Poblacion where a carnaval near the town hall was located.He said two suspects, riding tandem on a motorcycle, tossed thegrenades toward apopulated area of peryahan.


1 hurt in Pikit grenade attack

PIKIT, North Cotabato-- Police said the grenade attack near a gasoline station here on Saturday night was triggered by a long standing clan war involving Moro families.Senior Insp. Sindatu Karim, Pikit town police chief, said the 7:30 p.m.


1 soldier killed, 5 others hurt in BIFF bomb attacks in Maguidnanao

COTABATO CITY -– A soldier was killed while five of his
companions were injured in yet another improvised bomb blast by outlawed Bangsamoro
Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Datu Salibo, Maguindanao, the Army today said.The slain soldier, belonging to the 57th Infantry battalion,
was among a group of soldiers conducting clearing operations in a remote
village of Datu Salibo when suspected BIFF set off a cellphone detonated bomb
Saturday morning.


(Feature) Reminiscing the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution

MANILA (PNA) -- The peaceful People Power Revolution 30 years ago could have been bloody and thrown the country into chaos were it not for three ranking military officials who defied orders to crush the uprising that would result in the killing of not only rebel soldiers holed up in Camp Crame, but also countless of innocent civilians barricading along E. Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) in Quezon City.Former Defense Secretary Eduardo R. Ermita, a retired Army lieutenant general and one of the heroes of EDSA People Power 1 revolt, lauded the heroic acts of his comrades-in-arms -- Marine Brig.


The Mindanao Cross digital edition Feb. 19, 2016

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Drought is at its peak, watch for snakes, officials tell villagers

KORONADAL CITY -- Residents of two upland towns in South Cotabato have been alerted against possible snake attacks as the carnivorous reptiles have gone out of the comfort zones due to drought, officials here said. Quoting reports from the towns of Lake Sebu and T'boli, South Cotabato, Mila Lorca, South Cotabato provincial disaster risk reduction and management officer, said snakes, including diamondback rattle snakes and cobras were seen in areas that they do not inhabit in the past. In Barangay Desawo, T'boli, four carabaos have been killed after being attacked by king cobra.


Army corporal dies, 7 colleagues hurt in fresh Army-BIFF clashes

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – An Army corporal was
killed and seven other soldiers were wounded as fighting continues between
government forces and outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in
Maguindanao, the Army here said today.

Capt. Joan Petinglay, 6th Infantry
Division spokesperson, said the slain Army corporal belonged to the 7th
Infantry Battalion, one of the composite forces, pursuing BIFF elements in
Barangay Tee, Datu Salibo Maguindanao.


BIFF fighters harass CAFGU base in North Cotabato

COTABATO CITY (Feb. 19) –- The outlawed Bangsamoro
Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) have brought the war zone to the borders of
Maguindanao and North Cotabato, particularly in Aleosan town, police said.

Senior Inspector Jun Napat, Aleosan town police
chief, said the attack on para-military detachment in Barangay Pagangan,
Aleosan, North Cotabato at 10:30 p.m. could be a diversionary tactic by lawless
group now being pursued by government forces.



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