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November 18, 2018 10:29 AM Return of Balangiga Bells shows deep RP-US friendship

Senator Richard J. Gordon welcomed the official turn over by the United States government of the Balangiga Bells, the church bells taken by the US Army from Balangiga, Eastern Samar in 1901, saying the return of the bells shows the deep respect and friendship between the Philippines and the United States. "We welcome the return of the Balangiga Bells 121

October 15, 2018 11:24 PM ‘Red October’ gives way to ‘White December’

While it has fizzled out, the “Red October” plot may yet be mounted in November and December, when the communist rebels mark the 50th anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), a military official said on Monday. By bringing it to light, the Armed Forces of the Philippines had effectively nipped the plot in the bud, according to AFP spokesperson 63

October 14, 2018 6:05 AM Abe renews pledge to change Japan’s charter to boost troops

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has renewed his pledge to push for a revision to the country’s war-renouncing constitution, in which he wants the military explicitly mentioned. Abe told Sunday’s annual defense review that a revision is needed to give his troops sense of pride. Re-elected as head of his ruling party last month and with up to three 56

October 10, 2018 11:08 AM Police uproot P750K worth of marijuana in South Cotabato

KORONADAL CITY – Police operatives in South Cotabato uprooted more than P750,000 worth of marijuana in a plantation in the mountain village of Tampakan, South Cotabato on Wednesday. Chief Supt. Eliseo Tam Rasco, police director for Region 12, said elements of the South Cotabato police and the provincial mobile force raided the marijuana plantation at 3 a.m. in Sitio 53

October 6, 2018 5:33 AM Teenager among 3 Palestinians killed in Gaza protest

Palestinians carry 12 year-old boy, Fares Sersawi, who died later from his wound after being shot by Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Gaza’s Health Ministry says Israeli forces have shot dead three Palestinians, including a 13-year-old boy, as thousands 29

October 2, 2018 12:33 AM Guatemala ex-soldier goes on trial for Civil War abuses

Santos Lopez Alonzo is escorted by Interpol agents after landing at the Air Force base in Guatemala City. Lopez Alonzo is charged with crimes against humanity for his role in the 1982 massacre of more than 200 people in the Guatemalan village Dos Erres during the height of the country’s civil war. His trial started Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. (AP, File) MEXICO 49

October 1, 2018 6:15 AM PH, US, Japan naval troops start military drills at Subic Bay

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — A joint military exercise being conducted by the United States, Japan, and the Philippines kicked off on Monday at the Subic Bay International Airport. About 1,000 naval and marine troops from the three countries are set to participate in the military drill dubbed “Kaagapay ng mga Mandirigma ng Dagat” (KAMANDAG). Capt. Jerber Anthony 55

September 11, 2018 11:20 AM Russia kicks off biggest war games in decades, amid tensions

MOSCOW — Russia’s largest war games in recent history have kicked off in the Far East. The Defense Ministry said in a statement Tuesday that the largest military drills since the end of the Cold War will involve about 36,000 tanks and 300,000 troops at sea and on the ground. China is sending 3,200 troops to take part in the Vostok 2018 exercises later 21

September 6, 2018 1:38 PM 6 killed in Army encounter with Maute Group in Lanao de Sur

ILIGAN CITY— Six people were killed, including a soldier and two civilians, in a clash between troops of the 49th Infantry Battalion and remnants of the Islamic State-inspired Maute Group in Sultan Dumalondong, Lanao del Sur, around 5 a.m. on Thursday, a military official said. Col. Romeo Brawner, deputy commander of Task Force Ranao, said two of the three 28

August 28, 2018 10:29 PM 1 killed, 36 hurt in IED explosion in Sultan Kudarat

ISULAN, Sultan Kudarat – One was killed and 36 others were injured, two of them in serious condition, after an improvised bomb went off at 8:30 p.m. in front of J and H Marketing in Barangay Kalawag 3 here, police said. Supt. Aldrin Gonzales, spokesperson for police in the SOCCSKSARGEN region, said the IED was placed inside a motorbike that was parked 34