PEACETALK: Terrorism denies God

PEACETALK: Terrorism denies God

(Speech delivered at the "Thirst For Peace: Religions and Cultures in Dialogue" in Assisi, Italy on September 18-20, 2016, on the Panel Discussion “Terrorism Denies God.” Pope Fra ...

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Quevedo, Murad: extremism should not be identified with religion itself

Quevedo, Murad: extremism should not be identified with religion itself

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 September) -- Extremism should not be identified with religion itself, Mindanao’s lone Cardinal and the chair of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF ...

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Baguindan and the Fight to Fulfill a Promise of Peace

Baguindan and the Fight to Fulfill a Promise of Peace

TIPO-TIPO, Basilan (MindaNews/23 September) -- Abdulhusin Inam had yet to learn how to walk so his parents and siblings would carry him as they flee the village of Baguindan at th ...

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Sekkingstad to be presented to Duterte 7 pm Sunday

Sekkingstad to be presented to Duterte 7 pm Sunday

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /18 Sept) – The Norwegian national who was kidnapped from a resort he managed in the Island Garden City of Samal on September 21 last year is finally home fr ...

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Norwegian kidnap victim freed after a year

Norwegian kidnap victim freed after a year

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /17 Sept) – The Norwegian national kidnapped with two Canadian nationals and a Filipina on September 21 last year from a resort he managed in the Island Gard ...

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ARMM appeals to military, Abu for “safe zones” for evacuees

ARMM appeals to military, Abu for “safe zones” for evacuees

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 Sept) -- The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is appealing to the military and the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu to allow for “safe zones” for 20,000 evac ...

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4,000 families displaced by military offensive vs Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

4,000 families displaced by military offensive vs Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/10 Sept) – Some 4,000 families have been displaced by intensified military operations against the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu province, the Bureau of Public Info ...

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Duterte hours before the blast: “many people will kill .. but Davao is safe”

Duterte hours before the blast: “many people will kill .. but Davao is safe”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 Sept) –  Barely five hours before the blast at the night market along Roxas Avenue on Friday, President Rodrigo Duterte, the city’s mayor for 22 years, to ...

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ARMM recommends immediate transfer of high profile detainees

ARMM recommends immediate transfer of high profile detainees

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 September) -- The Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is recommending the immediate transfer to Bic ...

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Task Force Davao assures Dabawenyos no threat from Abu Sayyaf

Task Force Davao assures Dabawenyos no threat from Abu Sayyaf

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 Sept) -- The Task Force Davao has assured Dabawenyos that there are no threats directed at the city from the Abu Sayyaf despite President Rodrigo Duterte’ ...

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Duterte to Nur: “I have no intention of detaining you”

Duterte to Nur: “I have no intention of detaining you”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 August) – “Nur, I have no intention of detaining you,” President Rodrigo Duterte said to Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chair Nur Misuari, ...

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Disarm politicians in Sulu to win war vs Abu Sayyaf, Duterte urged

Disarm politicians in Sulu to win war vs Abu Sayyaf, Duterte urged

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 27 August) – The recent order of President Rodrigo Duterte to “destroy the Abu Sayyaf” is “only good for the headlines but will definitely not work in the ...

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Duterte is 5th President to wage war vs Abu Sayyaf

Duterte is 5th President to wage war vs Abu Sayyaf

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 August) – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the military and police to seek out the Abu Sayyaf and destroy them. “Seek them out in their lairs and d ...

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2 battalions from Davao Region to be sent to WestMinCom to help fight ASG

2 battalions from Davao Region to be sent to WestMinCom to help fight ASG

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 Aug) – Two battalions of soldiers under the 10th Infantry Division in the Davao Region will beef up security forces in the Western Mindanao Command to h ...

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Dureza awaiting call from Abu Sayyaf re Norwegian captive

Dureza awaiting call from Abu Sayyaf re Norwegian captive

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 03 July) – Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza is awaiting a call from the alleged spokesperson of the Abu Sayyaff Group who reportedly ...

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Former Abu Sayyaf captive to officials and media: Please be sensitive

Former Abu Sayyaf captive to officials and media: Please be sensitive

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 June) – A humanitarian worker who was held captive by the Abu Sayyaf for 61 days in 2008 appealed to officials and the media to please be sensitive in han ...

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Kidnap victim’s release allegedly a “gesture of goodwill”   

Kidnap victim’s release allegedly a “gesture of goodwill”  

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 24 June) – “No ransom” was reportedly paid to the Abu Sayyaf to secure the release early Friday morning of the lone Filipina among four victims kidnapped in ...

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Kidnap victim freed by Abu Sayyaf; will be presented to Duterte in Davao City

Kidnap victim freed by Abu Sayyaf; will be presented to Duterte in Davao City

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 24 June) --The lone Filipina among four victims kidnapped from a resort in the Island Garden City of Samal was freed by the Abu Sayyaf early Friday morning ...

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COMMENTARY: A Tausug  Voice on  Orlando and Jolo

COMMENTARY: A Tausug Voice on Orlando and Jolo

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/18 June) -- Barely a week into the fasting month of Ramadan, our peaceful introspection and prayerful reveries were shattered by newsfeeds on the gruesome m ...

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Martial law no solution to Abu Sayyaf menace — Gov. Hataman

Martial law no solution to Abu Sayyaf menace — Gov. Hataman

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/15 June) -- Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Gov. Mujiv Hataman has doubted the wisdom of putting Sulu and Basilan provinces under martial law in a bi ...

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Palace condemns death of Canadian hostage in Sulu

Palace condemns death of Canadian hostage in Sulu

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/14 June) -- Malacañang has condemned the killing Monday of Canadian Robert Hall by the bandit group Abu Sayyaf, an article posted Tuesday in pcoo.gov.ph ...

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Canada’s Trudeau: “justice, however long it takes”

Canada’s Trudeau: “justice, however long it takes”

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 14 June) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is holding the Abu Sayyaf “fully responsible for this cold-blooded and senseless murder” of kidnap vi ...

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Dureza: Abu Sayyaf and BIFF “will have to face the full force of the law”

Dureza: Abu Sayyaf and BIFF “will have to face the full force of the law”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 12 June) – No negotiations. The Abu Sayyaf and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) will have to “face the full force of the law for their terrori ...

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Canadian’s body found in remote Sulu village

Canadian’s body found in remote Sulu village

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 27 Apr) – The body of Canadian kidnap victim John Ridsdel was found in a remote village in Talipao, Sulu this morning. “Wala naman pong nakita na tama ...

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Canadian PM condemns beheading of Abu kidnap victim

Canadian PM condemns beheading of Abu kidnap victim

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/26 April) -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued on Tuesday a statement condemning the death of Canadian national John Ridsdel in the hands of ...

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Canadian kidnap victim executed by Abu Sayyaf

Canadian kidnap victim executed by Abu Sayyaf

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 26 April) – The severed head of a Canadian national was found in front of the municipal town hall in Jolo, Sulu Monday, the deadline set by the Abu Say ...

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Naval TF TawiTawi  chases Abu Sayyaf

Naval TF TawiTawi  chases Abu Sayyaf

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/26 April) -- The Naval Task Force Tawi-Tawi was in hot pursuit Sunday night of a speedboat with heavily armed men on board, believed to be combat fighter ...

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THE PHILSOUTH LINE: When Numbers Matter

THE PHILSOUTH LINE: When Numbers Matter

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/16 April) -- It was on 9 April, Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) when a bloody encounter transpired between government troops and followers of the Abu S ...

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4 Indonesian sailors believed kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf

4 Indonesian sailors believed kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/16 April)-- Gunmen of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) attacked an Indonesian tugboat with 10 sailors on board, as it was plying Philippine waters Friday night ...

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Al-Barka mayor seeks more support to education as “wars here will not help the youth”

Al-Barka mayor seeks more support to education as “wars here will not help the youth”

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/16 April 2016) -- Al-Barka Mayor Darussalam Majid reiterated his appeal for more support to education for his young constituents, following the series of ...

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Prices in ARMM island provinces rise due to closure of Malaysian border – official

Prices in ARMM island provinces rise due to closure of Malaysian border – official

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/15 April) -- Malaysia’s closure of its border with southern Philippines has caused a spike in prices of commodities in the island provinces of the Autonom ...

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2,000 residents affected in Basilan conflict

2,000 residents affected in Basilan conflict

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 14 April) – As a ceasefire was declared today, over 2,000 residents are presently affected by the recent armed conflict in Baguindan village in Tipo-Ti ...

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A thousand families fleeTipo-tipo village after military-Abu Sayyaf clash

A thousand families fleeTipo-tipo village after military-Abu Sayyaf clash

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/10 April) – The Crisis Management Committee of Tipo-tipo town in Basilan has reported that at least a thousand families have fled Baguindan where an enco ...

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Troops kill 2 Abu Sayyafs in Sulu clash, Army claims

Troops kill 2 Abu Sayyafs in Sulu clash, Army claims

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 12 Nov) – Two suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were killed in a clash in the hinterlands of Sulu early Thursday, the military said, quot ...

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3 soldiers injured in clash against Abu Sayyaf

3 soldiers injured in clash against Abu Sayyaf

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/02 November) - Three soldiers were wounded in a clash with the Abu Sayyaf on Monday as the military offensive continued in the province of Sulu. Brig. Ge ...

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Korean kidnap victim dies in Sulu

Korean kidnap victim dies in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/01 November) - A 73-year-old Korean national held captive for nine months and seven days by the Abu Sayyaf was found dead late Saturday evening in Patiku ...

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2 escape unscathed in Sulu roadside bomb explosion

2 escape unscathed in Sulu roadside bomb explosion

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 28 Oct) – Two people were lucky enough to escape unscathed on Tuesday in a roadside bombing perpetrated by suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group in ...

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Improvised bomb found in Lamitan City

Improvised bomb found in Lamitan City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/27 October) – The police and military foiled a bombing attempt by suspected members by the Abu Sayyaf in Basilan province, an official said Tuesday. Seni ...

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4 Abu Sayyaf suspects nabbed in Sulu

4 Abu Sayyaf suspects nabbed in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/24 October) – Four suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), one of them a woman, were arrested early Saturday in Sulu as military offensive again ...

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2 soldiers wounded in clash with Abu Sayyaf

2 soldiers wounded in clash with Abu Sayyaf

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/October 23) – Two soldiers were wounded in a clash with suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits as the military operations continue in the hinterlands of Sulu, a to ...

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Boy, 3, wounded in Sulu firefight

Boy, 3, wounded in Sulu firefight

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/22 October) – A three-year-old boy was hit by a stray bullet in a firefight initiated by suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits on Wednesday in Patikul, Sulu. Brig ...

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Mining exec kidnapped May 3 freed Tuesday

Mining exec kidnapped May 3 freed Tuesday

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanews/21 October) – The finance officer of a mining firm who was kidnapped from a hotel in Bongao, Tawi-tawi on May 3 was freed in Indanan, Sulu on October 20, ...

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Kidnappers and Samal 4 victims now in Sulu? 

Kidnappers and Samal 4 victims now in Sulu? 

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 Sept) --  The three foreigners and a Filipino abducted nearly midnight Monday from the Holiday Oceanview Resort in the Island garden City of Samal  have b ...

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Abu holding Zambo Sibugay town mayor; 7 would-be victims of human trafficking rescued

Abu holding Zambo Sibugay town mayor; 7 would-be victims of human trafficking rescued

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/01 May) – Suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits in Sulu are now holding Mayor Gemma Adana of Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay, a military official said Friday. Rear Admira ...

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Basilan barangay official, escort slain in Basilan ambush   

Basilan barangay official, escort slain in Basilan ambush  

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/11 April) – A village official and his security escort ewre killed in an ambush by suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) early Saturday in Sumi ...

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6 Abus, 2 soldiers killed in Sulu clash

6 Abus, 2 soldiers killed in Sulu clash

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/09 April) – Eight suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group and two soldiers died in a two-hour firefight Thursday in the province of Sulu, a military of ...

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Gunmen seize retired Marine off Sulu

Gunmen seize retired Marine off Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/08 April) – Gunmen believed to be members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) have seized a retired Marine late Monday off Sulu, a military official disclosed. ...

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17 Abu detainees transferred to Taguig; kidnapped Fil-Chinese businesswoman freed

17 Abu detainees transferred to Taguig; kidnapped Fil-Chinese businesswoman freed

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/20 March) – Seventeen suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf kidnap-for-ransom group were transferred Friday from the Basilan provincial jail to Camp Bagong ...

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3 soldiers killed, 6 wounded in Sulu roadside bombing

3 soldiers killed, 6 wounded in Sulu roadside bombing

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 5 March) – Three soldiers were killed while six others were wounded Wednesday in a roadside bombing believed to be the handiwork of the Abu Sayyaf Grou ...

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7 killed, 23 wounded in Army-ASG clash in Sulu

7 killed, 23 wounded in Army-ASG clash in Sulu

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 25 Feb) – Seven people – five suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits and two soldiers – were killed while 23 others were wounded in a firefight Wednesday in Sulu ...

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