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Candidate for barangay chairman, father shot dead in Samar

Apr 28, 2018 - 10:15 AM

Christopher Branzuela, who is vying for village chairman in Barangay Catabunan, and his father were ambushed in the Oquendo district in Calbayog City, police records show

Military claims Negros Island citizens offering P100,000 for arrest of rebels, terrorists

Aug 18, 2017 - 6:19 PM

Major General Jon Aying explains the citizens funding this are capable of paying up to P20 million or P100 000 for 200 rebels or terrorists

Sniper vs sniper in Marawi as residents flee

May 30, 2017 - 8:57 AM

This is the challenge as the military works to meet their deadline on Friday June 2 to end the siege of Marawi

Samar officials express concern over killings of barangay execs

Jan 29, 2017 - 2:19 PM

We are very much concerned about these killings and they seem to be increasing again as the barangay election approaches says Calbayog City Mayor Ronaldo Aquino

Dela Rosa to E. Visayas top cop: Dismantle armed groups or face relief

Sep 14, 2016 - 8:30 AM

According to Calbayog Police in Samar 6 barangay officials and Liberal Party leaders were shot to death last week by members of private armed groups

MESSAGE TO COPS. PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa visits the PNP Regional office in Camp Ruperto Kangleon, Palo, Leyte. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Samar Rep seeks PNP chief's help with private armed groups

Sep 13, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Samar 1st District Representative Edgar Mary Sarmiento seeks an impartial probe into the killings in his province In just a week 6 barangay officials and Calbayog City leaders – all Liberal Party members – were allegedly killed by private armed groups

EDGAR MARY S. SARMIENTO. Image from House of Representative website

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Aug 11, 2016 - 12:07 PM

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Raid on Espinosa's house yields P88M worth of shabu

Aug 10, 2016 - 7:41 PM

At least 11 kilos of suspected methamphetamine were hidden in the kitchen cabinets of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr s house in Barangay Tinago Dos

Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Albuera police chief to Mayor Espinosa: Resign

Aug 05, 2016 - 11:33 AM

Everybody knows that he s engaged in illegal drugs and leads a liquidation squad says Chief Inspector Juvy Espinido who denied Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr s claim that he had threatened him

MUNICIPAL POLICE. The Albuera Police Station in Albuera town, Leyte. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Policemen injured in Calbayog encounter

Jun 19, 2016 - 4:45 PM

Two police officers are injured in an encounter with a private armed group in a remote and mountainous area of Calbayog City

Masbate bets raise alarm over private armed groups

Feb 17, 2016 - 10:51 AM

Local candidates express their election related concerns at the first ever dialogue with the Armed Forces of the Philippines Philippine National Police Special Task Force Masbate in Masbate City

PRIVATE ARMED GROUPS. Former Masbate City prosecutor Freddy Sera opens Pandora's box by saying powerful politicians are employing private armed groups (PAGs) to kill political opponents and terrorize people due to partisan politics. All Photos by Rhaydz B. Barcia

'Mourning for peace' in Samar as election-related violence continues

Dec 31, 2015 - 8:49 AM

The latest incident happens just two days after the country s top cop ordered the Samar police to stamp out private armed groups maintained by local politicians

WOUNDED. Jojo Taduyo gets medical treatment after being shot by an unidentified gunman on December 30, 2015. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Rising violence, fear in Samar ahead of polls

Jun 01, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Violence rises in Samar as the 2016 elections draw near Suspects are identified to be members of private armed groups ran by influential local politicians

FEAR CLIMATE. The shooting of a husband and wife by unidentified gunmen riding in tandem in Calbayog City, Samar has shaken the city. Photo used with permission from Calbayog Journal

Ilocos Norte sets up council to go after private armies

Aug 02, 2013 - 7:26 PM

The proposed permanent council will replace a two year old task force that was responsible for the arrest of the 25 most wanted persons in the province

Gov’t troops boost security in Negros

May 12, 2013 - 7:56 PM

Authorities sent more troops to the 1st 3rd and 5th districts of Negros Occidental due to reports of movements of suspected private armed groups

TIGHT SECURITY. More government troops have been sent to Negros Occidental to counter private armed groups. Newsbreak File Photo

PNP deploys 30,000 more cops for polls

Apr 30, 2013 - 1:52 PM

An additional 30 000 police officers will be deployed as part of a new operation in efforts to keep the elections safe

Samar’s long wait for salvation

Apr 23, 2013 - 10:08 PM

There s been little progress in 15 years Residents accuse the ruling family of corruption; the Tans blame their constituents for being laidback

UNFINISHED ROAD. A lady tries to maintain her balance as she walks along an uneven road to a remote coastal barangay in Catbalogan, Samar. Photo by Judith Balea

85 armed groups maintained by politicians - PNP

Nov 24, 2012 - 5:27 PM

They are in 30 provinces Check out our map if one of them is where you are registered as a voter