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Aquino: Pemberton getting ‘special negative treatment’ in Laude slay probe


President Benigno Aquino III cried foul on Wednesday over allegations that his administration has been treating US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton with kid gloves, saying that the suspected killer of Filipino Jeffrey Laude has actually been getting a “special negative treatment.”

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

No ransom was paid, Palace insists

In this photo released by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, kidnapped German nationals Stefan Okonek, left, and female companion Henrike Dielen, center, rest inside the Western Mindanao Command in Zamboanga city in southern Philippines, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, after they were freed from the hands of the Muslim extremist group the Abu Sayyaf. 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)

President Benigno Aquino III was quite pleased at the news that German nationals Viktor Stefan Okonek and Henrike Dielen had been released by their captors, but Malacañang still would not confirm reports that ransom was paid in exchange for their freedom.

Posted: October 19th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

AFP ready for worst case scenario as Sayyaf deadline nears

German hostages Viktor Stefan Okonek and Henrite Dieter

The Armed Forces of the Philippines is unfazed by the threat of Abu Sayyaf bandits to behead their German hostages in Jolo, Sulu.

Posted: October 16th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

AFP on VFA, Laude issues: Why burn the whole house if only one corner has leak?


The Armed Forces of the Philippines said on Wednesday that interest groups are “over reacting” on the killing of a Filipino transgender by a suspected US Marine soldier in Olongapo over the weekend that led to renewed calls on the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement.

Posted: October 15th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

AFP working on repatriation of PH Peacekeepers from Liberia

Philippine troops, who were deployed in the Golan Heights as U.N. Peacekeepers and recently battled Syrian rebels, arrive late Sunday, Sept 21, 2014 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said he's been told security threats on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights are not expected to ease soon, dimming hopes that U.N. peacekeepers can be deployed back to the region in the near future. A group of 244 Philippine peacekeepers flew back to Manila on Friday after being recalled, while 84 more arrived home Sunday, ending a five-year presence in the increasingly volatile Golan.  (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

The Philippine Military are working on the repatriation of Philippine troops working as United Nations Peacekeepers from Liberia which has been stricken with the Ebola epidemic.

Posted: October 14th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »