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8 hurt in two Philippine blasts

Two powerful explosions believed to be from home-made bombs ripped through a motel and a cock-fighting arena in the southern Philippines on Sunday, wounding eight people, police said. The first explosion at

Army deploys as clan war kills 11 in Philippine south

MANILA – Philippine authorities deployed troops in a southern town on Monday to stop fighting between two clans after 11 people were killed in a weekend attack, an army general said. Clan wars, locally known as “rido”, are common in communities in the south and analysts say they pose a threat to fragile truce between the government and Muslim separatist guerrillas.
On Sunday, gunmen fired at civilian militia escorting local officials inspecting a road project in Mangudadatu

Death toll hits 11, hundreds flee Philippine clash

COTABATO – Hundreds of residents fled a remote Philippine village after 11 men including relatives of a powerful politician died in a clash with Muslim rebels, officials said Monday.
A 500-strong armoured army unit deployed in the deserted village of Tenok on Monday, a day after the clash, to keep about 150 gun-wielding clan members and 130 guerrillas apart, said local military spokesman Colonel Prudencio Asto.
“They would not want to engage our people, who are fully

Philippine tribal gunmen kidnap 16

BUTUAN – Philippine tribal gunmen abducted 16 children and adults in a bizarre bid to have their leader released from prison after he was jailed for another mass kidnapping, police said Saturday. The kidnappers have threatened to kill their hostages, who include at least two students and were taken captive on Friday from a number of schools in a remote town on the violence-plagued southern island of Mindanao, police said.
“They should behave because if they continue to come into

Long-awaited Philippine peace talks resume

NESBRU – The Philippine government and communist rebels resumed peace talks near Oslo on Tuesday, more than six years after the last round broke down, but prospects for progress remained uncertain after the arrest hours earlier of a top guerilla leader. “Dialogue is not a sign of weakness. It is a strategy of the brave. It opens doors,” Norway’s deputy foreign minister Espen Barth Eide declared in opening remarks at a Nesbru hotel overlooking the icy Oslo fjord.
The two sides

Bomb blast in Philippine capital kills two

MANILA – At least two people were killed and 15 injured when a bomb exploded on a crowded bus in the Philippine capital’s financial district on Tuesday, authorities said.
The attack occurred two months after the United States and several other Western governments warned a terrorist attack in Manila was imminent, and followed a bus hijacking last year that left eight Hong Kong tourists dead. “The explosive must have been placed underneath the passenger seat,” Metropolitan Manila

Philippine floods toll rises to 51; fishermen missing

MANILA – The death toll from more than two weeks of heavy rains in the central and southern Philippines has risen to 51, disaster officials said on Sunday, as authorities stepped up their search for another 16 people missing at sea. Agriculture and infrastructure damage now exceeds 1.6 billion pesos ($36 million) after floodwaters inundated rural communities in about a third of the country’s 80 provinces, said Benito Ramos, head of the government’s disaster agency.
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Philippine police say Facebook use spurring sex crimes

Facebook and other social networking tools are being used by sex assailants in the Philippines to lure their victims, contributing to a rise in such crimes, national police said on Friday.
Police are investigating cases in which suspects used Facebook or text messages sent from mobile phones to lure people, especially minors, into sex, said national police spokesman Senior Superintendent Agrimero Cruz.
“They have networking, they have ‘clans’, they invite youths to join.