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Navy boats readied for Pope visit

Pope Francis. AP FILE PHOTO

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines—At the height of military action in Sulu and Basilan, five Philippine Navy vessels on Thursday left this city for repairs and training in preparation for next year’s five-day visit of Pope Francis. Navy Capt. Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, deputy commander for Fleet Operations of Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM), said the navy vessels […]

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

1 of 5 slain soldiers beheaded

Abu Sayyaf group. AFP FILE PHOTO

One of five soldiers killed in a clash between government troops and Abu Sayyaf terrorists in Jolo, Sulu, on Friday was beheaded, a top military official said on Saturday.

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

Philippines to sue Abu Sayyaf who seized Germans

German nationals Stefan Viktor Okonek (center) and Henrike Dielen (right) rest at  a military base in Zamboanga City early Saturday hours after their release from Abu Sayyaf captivity on Friday night. AP FILE PHOTO

Philippine police say two German tourists who were freed last month by Abu Sayyaf militants after six months of jungle captivity have helped investigators identify at least five of their captors, who will face criminal complaints.Associated Press

Posted: November 5th, 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 »

2 German captives freed in Sulu

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German hostages Viktor Stefan Okonek and Henrite Dieter

The Abu Sayyaf group said Friday night it has released the two German captives after receiving P250 million ransom.

Posted: October 17th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »