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ASHREABAI Sinarimbo, a 26-year-old local government worker in Maguindanao, said the usual family reunion during the breaking of the Ramadan fast is one of the things he missed most as Muslims celebrated the Eid’l Fitr on Sunday with gatherings still banned due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-2019) threat.

Philippine police probe chopper crash that almost killed their chief

PHILIPPINE police formed a team that will probe the helicopter crash that almost killed their chief and injured seven other officers in San Pedro, Laguna province on Thursday.

Drug links of offshore gaming being probed

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is keeping tabs on offshore gaming operators in the country for possible involvement in the illegal drug trade, the agency said.

Taal residents return home after alert status lowered

RESIDENTS from several towns around Taal Volcano in Batangas province were allowed to return home on Sunday after the state seismologist lowered the alert status, citing a “decreased tendency toward a hazardous eruption.”

Residents flee as Taal Volcano spews ash column

RESIDENTS near Taal Volcano in Batangas province were being evacuated to safer ground after one of the world’s smallest volcanoes erupted on Sunday.

Chinese kidnap victim rescued in Batangas

A CHINESE kidnap victim was rescued after his captors left him in Lobo, Batangas on Saturday, police said.

Nationwide round-up

JUSTICE SECRETARY Menardo I. Guevarra said the department will welcome legal questions against the implementation of the revised rules on early release of convicts based on good conduct, following the dismissal of petitions before the Supreme Court (SC).

Police search for 80 more massacre suspects

PHILIPPINE police on Sunday sought the public’s help in the manhunt for at least 80 suspects in the massacre of more than 50 people, including 32 journalists in Maguindanao province a decade ago.

2-week ceasefire announced as gov’t, communist group prepare to resume peace...

THE GOVERNMENT and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), the lead communist group in the country, have announced a ceasefire from December 23 to January 7 in observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays, and pave the way for the resumption of peace talks.

DILG chief holds Sison responsible for NPA attack in Borongan

DEPARTMENT OF Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año condemned the attack perpetrated by suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Borongan City, Eastern Samar on Friday, which left a police officer and a civilian dead, and 24 others wounded.

Tisoy leaves trail of destruction

TYPHOON Kammuri, locally named Tisoy, left a trail of destruction as strong winds and heavy rain battered the Bicol region in central Philippines on Tuesday, leaving at least two people dead.

VP meets with US officials on drug war

VICE-PRESIDENT Maria Leonor G. Robredo yesterday met with United States Embassy officials to talk about how the US could help the country’s anti-illegal drug campaign, she said in a statement.

Drug agency seizes P3.4M of crystal meth

AGENTS of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested a suspected drug pusher in Quezon City yesterday and seized P3.4 million worth of crystal meth, it said in a statement.

11 drug suspects fall in separate Quezon City raids

POLICE caught 11 people including a 17-year-old boy and seized P500,000 worth of crystal meth in separate raids in Quezon City at the weekend.

PNP agrees to reorganize Internal Affairs

THE PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) has agreed to reorganize its Internal Affairs Service (IAS) to strengthen its capabilities, IAS Inspector General Manager Alfegar Triambulo said.

Over 35,000 cops deployed for Undas

THE PHILIPPINE National Police goes on full alert Monday as part of security preparations for the Nov. 1 All Saints’ Day holiday, locally known as Undas, a peak season for domestic travel.