• 28 November 2015
MANILA, Nov. 28 -- Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Friday said the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police are conducting law enforcement operations against threat groups. The Palace official issued the statement following a four-hour battle between security forces and suspected terrorists in Palimbang town in Sultan Kudarat on Thursday that left eight people dead, including an Indonesian believed to be linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). According to reports, Indonesian Sucipto Ibrahim Ali, alias Abdul Fatah, was killed when soldiers of the 61st Marine Company under the Marine Battalion Landing Team 6 patrolling Sitio Sinapingan in Barangay Butril, clashed with the suspected terrorists at about 5:40 a.m. on Thursday. Western Mindanao Command spokesperson Major Felimon Tan, Jr. said the eight who were killed were members of the Ansar Al Khalifa, an ISIS terror cell operating in Mindanao. The military is still verifying if the slain Indonesian was indeed Sucipto, a member of the Mujahidin Indonesia Timur, which has direct links to the ISIS. "There are continuing efforts to verify if indeed there are possible links of s ...Read more

Q4 GDP will be better—Abad 

 CENTRAL  28 November 2015
MANILA, Nov. 28 -- Budget Secretary Florencio "Butch" Abad foresees even higher gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the fourth quarter (Q4) after the economy registered a six (6) percent growth in the third quarter. This is the third highest in Asia after China and Vietnam. “We have now the mo ...Read more

PH to receive disaster response support from Australia 

 CENTRAL  28 November 2015
QUEZON CITY, Nov. 28 -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Australian government are set to launch a partnership project that will enhance the DSWD’s capacity in responding to natural disasters and other emergencies.The launch, which includes the groundbreaking for a n ...Read more