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Palace wants closer look at terror data

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte. INQUIRER file photo.

Malacañang on Friday said it would take a closer look at the data mentioned in the recent Global Terrorism Index that ranked the Philippines ninth among countries with the most number of terror incidents.

Posted: November 22nd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Hostages arrive at German embassy after Philippine ordeal

In this photo released by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, kidnapped German nationals Stefan Okonek, right, and female companion Henrike Dielen disembark from the Philippine Navy vessel upon arrival at dawn Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at the Western Mindanao Command in Zamboanga city in southern Philippines. Okonek and Dielen, who had been kidnapped and held for six months in the southern Philippines were released Friday by the militant group just hours after it had threatened to behead one of them if no ransom payment was made, the Philippine defense chief said. (AP Photo/Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command)

Two Germans kidnapped by Islamic militants in the Philippines are safely back at their Manila embassy, officials said Saturday after a harrowing six-month ordeal in which they endured threats of beheading and seemingly routine cruelty.

Posted: October 18th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

$3.5M the usual price for non-Filipino hostages

In this photo taken with a mobile phone camera on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, tourists hide behind a table in reaction to gunshot sounds at the Singmata Adventures and Reef resort after a raid by suspected Filipino insurgents in Semporna, Sabah state of Malaysia. Suspected Filipino insurgents seized a Chinese tourist and a hotel worker from a dive resort in eastern Malaysia and then fled by speed boat, Malaysian and Philippine officials said Thursday. AP

The Islamic extremist Abu Sayyaf group believed to be responsible for the abduction of a Chinese and Filipina in Sabah used to demand up to $3.5 million for the release of non-Filipino kidnap victims, a security analyst said.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Philippine troops hunt militants behind Malaysia abductions

Malaysian security forces at the resort. The Star Online-Asia News Network

Philippine soldiers have been deployed to a remote southern island where suspected Islamic militants are believed to have taken two female hostages seized from a resort in neighbouring Malaysia, the military said Friday.

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Rights abuses continue in PH–US report

Jonas Burgos (contributed photo), CHR Chair Etta Rosales (Inquirer.net file photo), US Secretary of State John Kerry (AP file photo)

Human rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances by government security forces, continued unabated in the Philippines in the past year, according to the US State Department’s 2014 Human Rights Report released here on Thursday.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »