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  • DNA test by FBI confirms it was Hapilon who was killed in Marawi

    October 21, 2017 11:28 PM 3

    The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has confirmed that Filipino soldiers had indeed killed Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon, who was the Islamic State (IS) group’s “emir” for Southeast Asia and leader of the militants in their nearly five-month siege of Marawi City. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Saturday said the FBI reported that “the DNA sample

  • Robredo warns of China debt trap, cites Sri Lanka

    October 21, 2017 11:25 PM

    The Duterte administration’s new source of financing for its ambitious infrastructure projects, China, could lead the Philippines into a “debt trap” as it did other countries that had borrowed heavily from the Asian giant, according to Vice President Leni Robredo. Robredo cited the project to build a new Bicol Express, a rail system connecting Manila

  • Palace slams Inter-Parliamentary Union for ‘meddling’ in De Lima case

    October 21, 2017 11:24 PM

    Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on Saturday decried as “meddling” the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s (IPU) plan to send an observer to the trial of Sen. Leila de Lima who is detained on drug charges. “The Inter-Parliamentary Union’s recommendation to send an observer to monitor the case of Senator Leila de Lima is a classic example

  • US: DNA test confirms top Filipino terror suspect is dead

    October 21, 2017 5:27 PM 5

    DNA tests have confirmed the killing of one of the FBI's most-wanted terror suspects, who the Philippine military reported was killed by Filipino troops in a final battle to quell an Islamic State group-linked siege in southern Marawi city, U.S. and Philippine officials said Saturday. (Reuters) DNA tests have confirmed the killing of one of the FBI's

  • Russia not seeking dominant role in Asia – envoy

    October 21, 2017 4:40 PM 4

    Russia has no intention to build a dominant role in Asia but it wants to establish new trade ties and strengthen relations with Asian countries, Moscow’s ambassador to Manila Igor Khovaev said on Saturday. “It’s a western interpretation to say that Russia is seeking for a role in Asia. We don’t need to seek for a role, because Russia already has a role,” Khovaev

  • FBI confirms DNA sample from Hapilon’s remains

    October 21, 2017 4:10 PM 3

    The United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has confirmed through DNA testing that the body retrieved from Marawi City believed to be Isnilon Hapilon’s is indeed his remains. “We have received an official report that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation has confirmed that the DNA sample taken from a body recovered by our operating units

  • 15 Afghan army cadets killed in attack on security forces

    October 21, 2017 2:16 PM 4

    It is the 2nd suicide bombing in Kabul in 24 hours and the 7th major assault in Afghanistan since Tuesday, taking the total death toll to more than 200 KABUL, Afghanistan – A suicide bomber killed 15 Afghan army trainees as they were leaving their base in Kabul on Saturday, October 21, the defense ministry said, as militants step up their deadly attacks

  • Iloilo International Airport named one of Asia’s best

    October 21, 2017 2:00 PM 4

    Iloilo City — The travel website “The Guide to Sleeping in Airports” recently named the Iloilo International Airport as the 12th best airport in Asia. Iloilo’s Gem — The Iloilo International Airport was recently named as one of Asia’s best airports by the travel website ‘The Guide To Sleeping in Airports.’ (Tara Yap|Manila Bulletin) The airport was shut down for several

  • FBI confirms Hapilon’s death through DNA test — Lorenzana

    October 21, 2017 1:44 PM 3

    The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed that the DNA sample taken from a body recovered in Marawi City matched that of Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Saturday. “We have received an official report that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has confirmed that the DNA sample taken from a body recovered

  • IS claims deadly attack on mosque in Kabul

    October 21, 2017 10:59 AM 6

    BEIRUT -- The Islamic State group said it carried out a gun and bomb attack on a Shiite mosque in Kabul on Friday that killed at least 39 people, including children. “The martyrdom-seeking brother Abu Ammar al-Turkmani... succeeded in immersing himself with an explosive vest in a temple of the polytheists,” IS said in a message on Telegram. The Sunni