Category Archives: Security

Chinese Vessels Spotted Near Pag-asa Island in South China Sea

House of Representatives member and former marine officer Gary Alejano warned that Chinese vessels are massing near a Philippine-inhabited island in the South China Sea. He added that the vessels have already blocked a Philippine-government ship from going to the island. Secretary Alan Cayetano, however, replied that there is no reason for alarm. The foreign affairs chief said that even US ships pass through the area, even as he… Continue reading

Duterte Bares More Terror Plots in Mindanao

President Rodrigo Duterte revealed the existence of alleged terror plots in three areas in Mindanao during a meeting with congressional leaders. No details were provided, but administration allies said that these explain the extension of martial law in the region until the end of the year. Duterte added that he wants to beef up the military with 20,000 new personnel. Senate Majority Floor Leader Vicente Tito Sotto said that the… Continue reading

Ozamiz City Mayor, 14 Others Shot Dead in Drug-Related Police Raid

The war on drugs has taken down another local government executive in a deadly and controversial police operation in Ozamiz City in Mindanao. The town’s mayor, who was accused by President Rodrigo Duterte last year of being a drug lord, was shot dead along with 14 other people. Suspicions of extra judicial killings, similar to the murder of another town mayor from the Visayas while in prison late last year, have been raised after a survivor contradicted the police’s version of a shootout; he claims that the… Continue reading

US Turns Over Two Reconnaissance Plans to Armed Forces of the Philippines

The military received two reconnaissance planes from the US for deployment in Marawi and in disputed areas in the South China Sea. The defense establishment said that these are the country’s most modern planes and would serve to further strengthen the ties of the two nations. President Rodrigo Duterte was noticeably absent during the turnover ceremony, though Foreign Affairs secretary Alan Cayetano said that the president values… Continue reading

Duterte Demands Surrender of Communist Negotiators; Peace Talks on Verge of Collapse

Peace talks with communist rebels are on the verge of collapse after President Rodigro Duterte demanded the surrender of leftist negotiators. Another round of talks was cancelled after communist rebels ambushed members of the Presidential Security Group in Mindanao. Military and police authorities have repeatedly called for the cancellation of negotiations, citing the untrustworthiness of the rebel side. Leftist cabinet members were also spotted in a recent anti administration rally. Street protests have been largely… Continue reading

Congress Approves Martial Law Extension Until End of 2017

Congress overwhelmingly approved the extension of martial law in Mindanao until the end of the year. President Rodrigo Duterte earlier asked for the extension as terrorists continue to hold on to their positions in Marawi despite dwindling numbers. There have also been reports of different Muslim extremist organizations uniting behind one banner after the ISIS claimed responsibility for an attack made by the Sulu branch of the Abu… Continue reading

Communist Attack on Presidential Security Group Derails Peace Talks

Peace talks with communist rebels were cancelled once again after an attack on members of the Presidential Security Group in Mindanao. Negotiators earlier hoped that the fifth round in August would finally result into an interim ceasefire agreement. President Rodrigo Duterte, however, said he would not authorize the resumption of talks until the communists commit not to attack government troops while negotiations are… Continue reading