March 9, 2008 |
In a hut on stilts with paper-thin walls of bamboo strips, an off-duty Philippine soldier was asleep alongside four members of his family when the crackle of assault rifle fire and shudder of grenade blasts awakened them early last month. Within minutes, Cpl. Ibnun Wahid, 35, was dead, along with seven other villagers, including two children, age 4 and 9, two teenagers and two women, one of them pregnant.
August 19, 2007 |
The Philippine army seized a well-developed Abu Sayyaf rebel base, a senior military official said today, in a bloody retaliatory offensive spurred by the beheading of soldiers last month. At least 35 soldiers and militants were killed in the raid on the remote southern island of Basilan. The base included underground bunkers and tunnels, a military spokesman said.
January 18, 2007 |
A militant leader linked to Al Qaeda and wanted in the beheading of a California tourist was killed in a jungle battle, the Philippine army announced Wednesday. The military first reported that it had wounded Jainal Antel Sali Jr., also known as Abu Solaiman, on Tuesday when special forces raided a hide-out of the Abu Sayyaf militant group on Jolo island, about 600 miles south of Manila.
February 20, 2006 |
Police officer Loreto Binondo is searching for a gold ring. He rushes to each body pulled from the mud and checks for the band he recently gave his wife, Ann, on their 20th anniversary. "When I find it, I find her and I can say goodbye," said a weary Binondo. "I'll keep doing this until the recovery operations stop. I have no home, no one to come home to."
February 19, 2006 |
A powerful explosion in a karaoke bar near a Philippine army camp killed one person Saturday and wounded about 20 on Jolo island, where U.S. troops are staying for joint war exercises. Philippine Brig. Gen. Alexander Aleo, the top military officer on Jolo island, today identified the dead man as a driver who was working under contract for U.S. troops.
July 30, 2003 |
The Philippine army intelligence chief resigned after a failed weekend mutiny by junior officers and soldiers demanding reforms in the military. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said she accepted Brig. Gen. Victor Corpus' resignation. About 300 soldiers and officers who took over a ritzy commercial complex in Manila's financial district for 19 hours had demanded that Corpus quit.