Palace says it’s not fair to accuse the military of conniving with Abu Sayyaf without concrete proof

The Palace said the allegation of Jolo’s mayor accusing the military of conniving with the Abu Sayyaf to collect ransom money is a serious allegation and needs to be investigated since it may undermine the campaign of the government against the bandits. Jolo’s mayor called on the government to investigate alleged involvement of military men in kidnapping for ransom in Sulu. In a radio interview on Saturday, Communication Secretary Herminio Read More

Palace condemns murder of Canadian hostage

Malacañang has condemned the death of Canadian Robert Hall at the hands of his captors, the Abu Sayyaf group, in Sulu province on Monday. The 50-year-old Hall was the second Canadian hostage to be beheaded by the Abu Sayyaf after ransom demands were not met. The militant group was asking for a P600 million ransom for Hall and two other hostages to be paid by June 13. The Abu Sayyaf Read More

Government strives to secure release of abducted Davao Oriental police chief

The government said it will do everything to secure the release of the chief of the Governor Generoso police station who was abducted by NPA rebels following an attack on their police station in Davao Oriental. In a press conference, President-elect Rodrigo Duterte said he is no longer interested in rescuing the abducted cop due to his connections to illegal drug activities. Chief Inspector Arnold Ongachen was taken captive by Read More