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Philippine Police Arrest Suspect in Kidnapping of US Missionary Couple

Posted January 17th, 2012 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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Philippine police say they have arrested an Islamic militant suspected of involvement in the 2001 kidnapping of an American missionary couple. Security officials said Tuesday the man, known as “Abu Ismael,” was captured on the remote southern island of Basilan. They said he is a member of the Abu Sayyaf terror group, which is linked […]

Philippine Chief Justice Impeachment Trial Begins

Posted January 16th, 2012 at 8:30 am (UTC-5)
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The Philippines’ first impeachment trial of a Supreme Court justice began Monday. Members of the 23-person Senate will sit as judges to determine whether Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona should be removed from his post. The Philippine constitution requires a two-thirds endorsement of the senators, or 16, for Corona to become the first Philippine […]

Philippine Catholics Defy Terror Alert

Posted January 9th, 2012 at 5:25 am (UTC-5)
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Police in the Philippines’ capital estimate at least 3 million Catholics have joined an annual religious procession, despite a warning from the president that Islamic militants might target the gathering. The huge crowed of worshippers gathered Monday around a life-sized wooden statue of Jesus, known as the Black Nazarene, which believers say has healing powers. […]

Philippines Set for Possible Terrorist Attack

Posted January 8th, 2012 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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Philippine President Benigno Aquino warned Sunday that authorities have discovered a plot by a terrorist group to disrupt a huge religious procession in Manila. Mr. Aquino did not identify the group, but said at a news conference that several terrorists had been spotted in the capital city, and that police are attempting to detain the […]

Journalist Murdered in Southern Philippines

Posted January 6th, 2012 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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Police in the southern Philippines say gunmen have shot and killed a radio broadcaster and newspaper publisher as he drove in his car with his wife and daughter. Authorities say 41-year-old Christopher Guarin was attacked late Thursday by two unidentified men on a motorcycle in the southern port city of General Santos. Police said his […]

Search Continues for Philippine Landslide Victims

Posted January 6th, 2012 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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Rescue and recovery operations continued Friday at the site of a landslide on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao that killed at least 25 people and left many others missing. Security forces, local government officials and volunteers are digging manually in search of victims at the small-scale gold mining facility, which is reachable only by […]

Landslide Kills 25 in Philippines Mining Community

Posted January 5th, 2012 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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A landslide in a gold mining community on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao has killed at least 25 people and left more than 100 others missing. The landslide hit before dawn Thursday near the town of Pantukan, burying people as they slept in their poorly constructed shanty houses. Residents were forced to use shovels […]

Philippine Kidnappers Demand $2 Million Ransom for Australian

Posted January 5th, 2012 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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An Australian man kidnapped by a suspected militant Islamist group in the Philippines has appeared in a video saying his captors demand a $2 million ransom for his release. The video posted Thursday on the website of the Sydney Morning Herald shows a pale and distraught-looking Warren Richard Rodwell asking for the Philippine and Australian […]

Philippines Landslide Kills 25, 100 Missing

Posted January 4th, 2012 at 9:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Philippines officials say a landslide in a gold mining community on the southern island of Mindanao has killed at least 25 people and left more than 100 others buried under tons of rocks and mud. Officials say the disaster struck before dawn Thursday near the town of Pantukan. Philippine soldiers are helping dig through the […]

Infection Outbreak Hits Flooded Philippine Regions

Posted January 4th, 2012 at 4:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Philippine officials say an outbreak of a deadly water-borne disease has claimed at least four lives in the flood-stricken southern region. Health officials said Tuesday that 128 cases of leptospirosis have been confirmed and that further 200 people are suspected of being infected. The disease is caused by a deadly bacteria from flood waters. The […]

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