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DIWATA-1 JOURNEY INTO SPACE ON A US SHIP, A HISTORIC FEAT FOR PH - CUISA
[Diwata-1 also known as PHL-Microsat-1 is a Philippine microsatellite launched to the International Space Station (ISS) in March 23, 2016 and to be deployed into orbit from the ISS by the end of April 2016. It is the first Philippine microsatellite and the first satellite built and designed by Filipinos WIKIPEDIA]


MARCH 24 -TO SPACE TECH AND BEYOND! The US Atlas V space vehicle lifts off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Wednesday, with Diwata-1, the Philippine microsatellite, on board. AFP/NASA
The first Filipino-made and co-developed microsatellite, aptly called Diwata-1, began its “momentous” journey into outer space on Wednesday morning, marking the start of the country’s venture into space technology. Diwata-1 was included in the 3,375-kilogram cargo of food, crew supplies, vehicle hardware and 20 nanosatellites on board Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft that took off at exactly 11:06 a.m. (Manila time) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Cygnus spacecraft—nicknamed SS Rick Husband in honor of the shuttle commander who died in the 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia accident—was propelled into space as part of the fifth resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS).  The spacecraft was expected to dock at the ISS on Saturday evening (Manila time), where it would release its cargo, including Diwata-1, into orbit as early as April 20. Once Diwata-1 goes into orbit, it will stay in space for around 20 months at 400 kilometers from earth, during which time the microsatellite will use its four specialized cameras to take an average of 3,600 high-resolution images of the country that will be used for imaging its land and water resources, and for studying changing weather patterns, agricultural productivity, as well as disaster response and mitigation. Space technology “All this time we’ve been looking at other countries venturing into space, celebrating with them even though we have no part in it. We may not have launched the rocket, but now a piece of equipment there belongs to us,” declared Carlos Primo David, executive director of the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development. David told reporters yesterday that the successful launch into space of Diwata-1, officially named the Philippine Earth Observation Microsatellite (Phil-Microsat), was the “first step (in) the challenge (of) venturing into space and developing our own space technology.” READ MORE...RELATED,
Easter delivery: Cargo ship arrives at space station...

ALSO: Risen Lord changes story of evil–Tagle


MARCH 27 -Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle MARIANNE BERMUDEZ/INQUIRER FILE PHOTO
JESUS’ Resurrection should give people hope that God’s triumph is sure amid local and international events that tempt them to be cynical and pessimistic, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said in his Easter message.
“The resurrection of Jesus from a death mercilessly inflicted on him by people blinded by ambition, power and narrow legalism gives us hope,” he said. Likening the resurrection of Christ to the country’s own redemption, President Aquino urged Filipinos to “seek the light amid the clouds of uncertainty.” As Lent offered Christians around the world “a fresh start,” with a commitment to “sustain that which betters us … and learn from our mistakes,” the President said his governance through the straight path had led the country “toward positive transformation.” “We are weeding out the corrupt and strengthening our institutions and through reform, we are freeing ourselves from poverty, toward a more just, more inclusive society,” the President said in his Easter Message. Vice President Jejomar Binay, for his part, called on the public to pray for “clarity of mind” in the coming elections, as he expressed hope that leaders with compassion and humility would be elected on May 9. READ MORE...ALSO,
Thousands trace Jesus’ footsteps on Good Friday in Jerusalem, WATCH VIDEO, Crucifixion of Jesus re-enacted in Pampanga...

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US Defense chief - US killed senior Islamic State leader


MARCH 25 -This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria. AP File Photo/militant website Update
WASHINGTON — U.S. forces killed a senior Islamic State leader, among several key members of the militant group eliminated this week, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday. Carter identified the senior IS leader as Haji Imam and described him as the group’s finance minister. He said he was a “well-known terrorist” who had a hand in terrorist plots outside of Iraq and Syria.
“Leaders can be replaced. However, these leaders have been around for a long time. They are senior, they are experienced,” Carter told a Pentagon news conference. Carter did not say whether the IS finance leader was killed in Syria or Iraq. Appearing at the news conference with Carter, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said there has been no fundamental shift in the U.S. approach in Iraq, and he said efforts are under way to accelerate the campaign. The U.S. military has killed numerous Islamic State leaders in recent months. Earlier this month the Pentagon said it killed Omar al-Shishani, described as the Islamic State’s “minister of war,” in an airstrike in Syria. In November, the Pentagon said an airstrike in Libya killed Abu Nabil, another top IS leader. FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Major victory - Syria forces retake Palmyra from IS in major symbolic victory


MARCH 27 -Syrian pro-governement forces hold a position on the outskirts of Palmyra on March 26, 2016, during a military operation to retake the ancient city from the jihadist Islamic State (IS) group. Syrian troops backed by Russian ground and air forces on Saturday pushed deeper into the Islamic State group stronghold of Palmyra, as Washington considered boosting its anti-jihadist fight in neighbouring Iraq. / AFP / Maher AL MOUNES
Palmyra, Syria – Syrian government forces recaptured the famed ancient city of Palmyra on Sunday in a major symbolic victory over the Islamic State jihadist group, a military source said. “After heavy fighting during the night, the army is in full control of Palmyra — both the ancient site and the residential neighbourhoods,” the source said. IS fighters pulled out, retreating to the towns of Sukhnah, Raqa and Deir Ezzor to the east. “Army sappers are in the process of defusing dozens of bombs and mines planted inside the ancient site,” the source added. READ MORE...

ALSO: 7 soldiers hurt, 2 Abu Sayyaf killed in Basilan clash


MARCH 25 -Seven soldiers of the Army’s Special Forces were hurt in clashes with the Abu Sayyaf while two rebel leaders were killed in Basilan on Friday, the military said. A three-hour firefight ensued between the members of the 4th Special Forces Battalion and some 40 rebels under Abu Sayyaf leader Eric Ajibon in Barangay (village) Macalang in Al-Barka around 8 a.m., said Western Mindanao Command spokesperson Maj. Filemon Tan. Of the seven government troops, five were enlisted personnel while two were from the Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit.All injured personnel sustained minor injuries from shrapnels of M203 grenade launchers and were immediately brought to Camp Navarro General Hospital in Zamboanga City, Tan said. Two of the Abu Sayyaf members killed were sub-leader Eric Arjibon, an expert in bomb making, who was tagged as responsible in a series of bombings against government troops and business establishments in Basilan; and alias Aiyan. Tan said the bodies of the two were brought to the local police. RAM FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Marcos - Peace process best deterrent to ISIS entry in PH
[Marcos, chair of the Senate committee on local government, sponsored the Basic Law for Bangsamoro Autonomous (BLBAR) Region, his substitute to the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) by the government, which was stalled in Congress. He said the government should closely watch the situation and implement measures to ensure the safety of every Filipino all over the world.]


MARCH 24 MARCOS: The peace process is the best way to keep the terrorist group calling themselves Islamic State out of the Philippines, according to vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
“The peace process is the key and the logic is really quite simple. Dapat magkaroon tayo ng pagkakaisa sa mga kapatid nating MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) at MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front) at iba pang grupo upang sila ay patuloy na kasama sa ating lipunan at para hindi sila sumama sa mga grupo katulad ng ISIS,” he said in a statement on Wednesday in the wake of the twin bombing attacks in Brussels, Belgium, which killed at least 34 people and injured over a hundred. READ: 34 killed in 3 terror attacks in Brussels Although Brussels was far from the Philippines, Marcos said the incident was relevant because it touched on the aspect of terrorism, which could happen to any country. Part of the aim of the peace process is to bring back the rebel groups to the government fold. READ MORE...


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Diwata-1 journey into space on US ship, a historic feat for PH–Cuisia


TO SPACE TECH AND BEYOND! The US Atlas V space vehicle lifts off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Wednesday, with Diwata-1, the Philippine microsatellite, on board. AFP/NASA

MANILA, MARCH 28, 2016 (INQUIRER) Jovic Yee and Niña P. Calleja @inquirerdotnet March 24th, 2016 - The first Filipino-made and co-developed microsatellite, aptly called Diwata-1, began its “momentous” journey into outer space on Wednesday morning, marking the start of the country’s venture into space technology.

Diwata-1 was included in the 3,375-kilogram cargo of food, crew supplies, vehicle hardware and 20 nanosatellites on board Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft that took off at exactly 11:06 a.m. (Manila time) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The Cygnus spacecraft—nicknamed SS Rick Husband in honor of the shuttle commander who died in the 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia accident—was propelled into space as part of the fifth resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

The spacecraft was expected to dock at the ISS on Saturday evening (Manila time), where it would release its cargo, including Diwata-1, into orbit as early as April 20.

Once Diwata-1 goes into orbit, it will stay in space for around 20 months at 400 kilometers from earth, during which time the microsatellite will use its four specialized cameras to take an average of 3,600 high-resolution images of the country that will be used for imaging its land and water resources, and for studying changing weather patterns, agricultural productivity, as well as disaster response and mitigation.

Space technology

“All this time we’ve been looking at other countries venturing into space, celebrating with them even though we have no part in it. We may not have launched the rocket, but now a piece of equipment there belongs to us,” declared Carlos Primo David, executive director of the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development.

David told reporters yesterday that the successful launch into space of Diwata-1, officially named the Philippine Earth Observation Microsatellite (Phil-Microsat), was the “first step (in) the challenge (of) venturing into space and developing our own space technology.”

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Control of the microsatellite will be transferred sometime in May to the Philippine Earth Data Resources Observation (Pedro) in Subic, Zambales province, he added.

Among the government agencies expected to benefit the most from Diwata-1’s data are the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, Department of Agriculture and even the Department of Tourism.

The launch, viewed via live feed at the University of the Philippines’ Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute in Diliman, Quezon City, was welcomed with applause and shouts of excitement among officials and staff of the university and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

In Japan, Filipino scientists and engineers who developed Diwata-1 nervously watched in silence as the spacecraft carrying the microsatellite they had worked on for a year left the earth’s atmosphere. Watching the live feed of the launch at Tohoku University and Hokkaido University were Ariston Gonzales, Juan Paolo Espiritu, Benjamin Magallon Gerwin Guba, John Leur Labrador, Julian Marvick Oliveros, Kaye Kristine Vergel, Delburg Mitchao and Harold Paler.

The group of Filipino scientists and engineers in the two universities in Japan is now developing Diwata-2, a successor to the first microsatellite, which was expected to be launched into space by April 2017.

Gay Jane Perez, one of Phil-Microsat’s project leaders, said the second microsatellite will be deployed at a higher altitude of 500 kilometers from Earth, a distance that would give Diwata-2 a longer life span of around five years.

UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan said the microsatellites launched into space will further develop the country’s knowledge base and “massively improve the data we (get), in areas such as climate and topography.”


DIWATA-1, the Philippines first microsatellite. FROM PINOY SCIENCE FACEBOOK

Unmanned aerial vehicles|

Apart from the microsatellites, which are part of a three-year P840.82-million program seen to lay the foundation for a possible Philippine Space Agency, David said a program on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that will be used “for military research” was also being started, with a memorandum of agreement signed with the Department of National Defense “before the end of the Aquino administration.”

In a statement, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia on Wednesday hailed the launch of Diwata-1, as it could “provide policymakers in the country with scientific data and information needed to formulate policies relating to disaster mitigation, agricultural productivity and management of land and water resources.”

Orbital ATK’s Cygnus capsule holds 8,000 pounds of food, equipment and scientific research for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa), including a commercial-quality 3-D printer, as well as experimental robotic grippers modeled after thousands of sticky hairs on geckos’ feet. The technology could one day be used on the hands and feet of robots that would move along the exterior of spacecraft to carry out inspections and repairs.

Fire experiment

There’s also a fire experiment that will remain on the Cygnus, as researchers plan to ignite a large-scale blaze in a contained box, to see how it spreads in weightlessness. The fire will not be set until the Cygnus departs the space station in May, full of trash for a destructive reentry.

Named after the swan constellation, the Cygnus is one of two commercial vehicles used to stock the 250-mile-high space station. Both haulers have lost shipments to rocket failures over the past one and a half years and are still working to catch up. A Russian shipment also ended up destroyed.

Nasa contracted out space station cargo deliveries—and beginning as early as next year, crew taxi flights—to concentrate on getting humans to Mars in the 2030s. Earlier this month, US astronaut Scott Kelly returned from a yearlong stay at the station, helping to push that goal forward.
With reports from AFP and AP

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Easter delivery: Cargo ship arrives at space station by AP March 27, 2016 Share29 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share42

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — The six astronauts at the International Space Station got an early Easter treat this weekend with the arrival of a supply ship full of fresh food and experiments.


In this image made from video provided by NASA, Orbital ATK's Cygnus cargo ship, top, approaches the International Space Station on Saturday, March 26, 2016. The cargo carrier was launched from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday (March 22,2016). (MB File Photo/AP)

Instead of the usual bunny, Saturday’s delivery came via a swan — Orbital ATK’s Cygnus capsule, named after the swan constellation. The cargo carrier rocketed away from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday night.

NASA astronaut Timothy Kopra used the station’s big robot arm to grab the capsule, as the two craft soared 250 miles (400 kilometers) above the Indian Ocean. “Excellent work, gentlemen,” Mission Control radioed. Four hours later, the capsule was bolted firmly to the complex.

It’s the first of three shipments coming up in quick succession. A Russian cargo ship will lift off Thursday, followed by a SpaceX supply run on April 8. NASA has turned to private industry to keep the space station stocked.

The newly arrived Cygnus holds nearly 8,000 pounds (3,600 kilograms) of groceries, equipment and research. Among the newfangled science: robotic grippers modeled after geckos’ feet and the ingredients for a large-scale, controlled fire. A commercial-quality 3-D printer is packed inside as well; anyone will be able to order prints, for a price, from the Made In Space company. Virginia-based Orbital ATK hints Easter eggs may also be on board.

The blaze — confined to a box inside the Cygnus — won’t be set until the capsule departs in May with a load of trash. NASA researchers want to see how fast the cotton-fiberglass fabric burns, in hopes of improving future spacecraft safety. Following the experiment, the capsule will burn up, for real, during re-entry.

As it turns out, the Cygnus had an out-of-the-ordinary ride to orbit. The first-stage booster of the normally reliable unmanned Atlas V rocket stopped firing six seconds early, and the upper stage had to compensate by burning a minute longer, to get the capsule in the right orbit. Rocket maker United Launch Alliance has delayed its next launch, a military satellite mission, to figure out what went wrong.

The commander of the doomed space shuttle Columbia, meanwhile, is being honored with this latest delivery. Orbital ATK named this Cygnus after Rick Husband, who piloted the first shuttle docking at the space station in 1999. He died aboard Columbia during re-entry in 2003, along with six other astronauts. Kopra called him a “personal hero” and said he was honored to welcome the “S.S. Rick Husband” aboard.


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Risen Lord changes story of evil–Tagle SHARES: 2 VIEW COMMENTS @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:24 AM March 27th, 2016


Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle MARIANNE BERMUDEZ/INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

JESUS’ Resurrection should give people hope that God’s triumph is sure amid local and international events that tempt them to be cynical and pessimistic, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said in his Easter message.

“The resurrection of Jesus from a death mercilessly inflicted on him by people blinded by ambition, power and narrow legalism gives us hope,” he said.

Likening the resurrection of Christ to the country’s own redemption, President Aquino urged Filipinos to “seek the light amid the clouds of uncertainty.”


AQUINO

As Lent offered Christians around the world “a fresh start,” with a commitment to “sustain that which betters us … and learn from our mistakes,” the President said his governance through the straight path had led the country “toward positive transformation.”

“We are weeding out the corrupt and strengthening our institutions and through reform, we are freeing ourselves from poverty, toward a more just, more inclusive society,” the President said in his Easter Message.


BINAY

Vice President Jejomar Binay, for his part, called on the public to pray for “clarity of mind” in the coming elections, as he expressed hope that leaders with compassion and humility would be elected on May 9.

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Speaker Feliciano Belmonte said Easter Sunday was a time of hope, noting that in a democracy, “we experience both successes and failures or flaws. But the beauty of the system is that it comes with many opportunities for renewal and rebirth.”

Tagle told the faithful that the annual commemoration of Jesus’ resurrection and glorification was a reminder that “love, mercy and life will prevail.”

“We often wonder whether decency, caring and courtesy still exist. We are shocked when we hear stories of cheating, theft and betrayal,” Tagle lamented.

“We weep when we see the teeming numbers of street kids, street families, beggars, youth dissipated by drugs, women trafficked into prostitution and slavery, families torn apart by poverty, parents searching for their missing children,” he added.

“We convince ourselves that images of refugees and victims of terrorist attacks are merely a passing nightmare. We cry with the earth as we cry with the poor. Yes we need to cry as we see and visit these tombs.”

The cardinal added, however, that “the Risen Lord changes the whole story.”

“We loudly sing ‘Alleluia’ above the blast of bombs and gunfire. Before the signs of evil that destroys life, human dignity, the common good and creation, we profess with conviction, ‘Jesus is truly risen. God has truly triumphed! Evil will never win,’” Tagle said.

The prelate urged the faithful to bring the Risen Jesus’ greeting “Peace be with you” to those who are fearful and despairing.

He encouraged them to say “In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, rise and walk” to the weary and despairing, who have lost energy to stand and walk.
Reports from Tina G. Santos, Nikko Dizon, Tarra Quismundo and Leila B. Salaverria

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Thousands trace Jesus’ footsteps on Good Friday in Jerusalem SHARES: New VIEW COMMENTS @inquirerdotnet Associated Press 11:05 PM March 25th, 2016


Christian faithful carry a cross during Good Friday in Jerusalem, Friday, March 25, 2016. Catholics and Protestants commemorated the crucifixion of Jesus Christ by following the path in Jerusalem’s Old City where, according to tradition, he walked on the way to the cross. AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean

JERUSALEM — Thousands of Catholics and Protestants are commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ by following the path in Jerusalem’s Old City where, according to tradition, he walked on the way to the cross.

The Good Friday procession passes along the Way of the Cross, or Via Dolorosa, the route believed to have been walked by Jesus to his crucifixion.

Pilgrims from around the world —some with large wooden crosses on their backs — walked the 14 stations along the route, each marking an event that befell Jesus on his final journey.

The final stations are inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher where many Christians believe Jesus was crucified and laid to rest before his resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Greek-Orthodox and Eastern Orthodox churches mark Easter Sunday on May 1.

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Fifteen men volunteered to be crucified on Good Friday, many of them repeating a ritual they have undertaken as an expression of penance in Central Luzon.

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US Defense chief: US killed senior Islamic State leader SHARES: New VIEW COMMENTS @inquirerdotnet Associated Press 10:32 PM March 25th, 2016


This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria. AP File Photo/militant website Update

WASHINGTON — U.S. forces killed a senior Islamic State leader, among several key members of the militant group eliminated this week, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday.

Carter identified the senior IS leader as Haji Imam and described him as the group’s finance minister. He said he was a “well-known terrorist” who had a hand in terrorist plots outside of Iraq and Syria.

“Leaders can be replaced. However, these leaders have been around for a long time. They are senior, they are experienced,” Carter told a Pentagon news conference. Carter did not say whether the IS finance leader was killed in Syria or Iraq.

Appearing at the news conference with Carter, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said there has been no fundamental shift in the U.S. approach in Iraq, and he said efforts are under way to accelerate the campaign.

The U.S. military has killed numerous Islamic State leaders in recent months. Earlier this month the Pentagon said it killed Omar al-Shishani, described as the Islamic State’s “minister of war,” in an airstrike in Syria. In November, the Pentagon said an airstrike in Libya killed Abu Nabil, another top IS leader.


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Syria forces retake Palmyra from IS in major symbolic victory by AFP March 27, 2016 Share0 Tweet0 Share0 Email0 Share11


Syrian pro-governement forces hold a position on the outskirts of Palmyra on March 26, 2016, during a military operation to retake the ancient city from the jihadist Islamic State (IS) group. Syrian troops backed by Russian ground and air forces on Saturday pushed deeper into the Islamic State group stronghold of Palmyra, as Washington considered boosting its anti-jihadist fight in neighbouring Iraq. / AFP / Maher AL MOUNES

Palmyra, Syria – Syrian government forces recaptured the famed ancient city of Palmyra on Sunday in a major symbolic victory over the Islamic State jihadist group, a military source said.

“After heavy fighting during the night, the army is in full control of Palmyra — both the ancient site and the residential neighbourhoods,” the source said.

IS fighters pulled out, retreating to the towns of Sukhnah, Raqa and Deir Ezzor to the east.

“Army sappers are in the process of defusing dozens of bombs and mines planted inside the ancient site,” the source added.

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IS overran the Palmyra ruins and adjacent modern city in May 2015, sparking a global outcry and fears for the UNESCO world heritage site known as the “Pearl of the Desert”.

The group has since blown up two of the site’s treasured classical temples, its triumphal arch and a dozen tower tombs.

It used Palmyra’s ancient amphitheatre as a venue for public executions, including the beheading of the city’s 82-year-old former antiquities chief.

The oasis city’s recapture is a strategic as well as symbolic victory for President Bashar al-Assad, since it provides control of the surrounding desert extending all the way to the Iraqi border, analysts say.


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7 soldiers hurt, 2 Abu Sayyaf killed in Basilan clash SHARES: 15 VIEW COMMENTS By: Frances Mangosing @FMangosingINQ INQUIRER.net 07:13 PM March 25th, 2016



Seven soldiers of the Army’s Special Forces were hurt in clashes with the Abu Sayyaf while two rebel leaders were killed in Basilan on Friday, the military said.

A three-hour firefight ensued between the members of the 4th Special Forces Battalion and some 40 rebels under Abu Sayyaf leader Eric Ajibon in Barangay (village) Macalang in Al-Barka around 8 a.m., said Western Mindanao Command spokesperson Maj. Filemon Tan.

Of the seven government troops, five were enlisted personnel while two were from the Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit.

All injured personnel sustained minor injuries from shrapnels of M203 grenade launchers and were immediately brought to Camp Navarro General Hospital in Zamboanga City, Tan said.

Two of the Abu Sayyaf members killed were sub-leader Eric Arjibon, an expert in bomb making, who was tagged as responsible in a series of bombings against government troops and business establishments in Basilan; and alias Aiyan.

Tan said the bodies of the two were brought to the local police. RAM

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Marcos: Peace process best deterrent to ISIS entry in PH SHARES: 79 VIEW COMMENTS By: Frances Mangosing @FMangosingINQ INQUIRER.net 03:20 PM March 24th, 2016

The peace process is the best way to keep the terrorist group calling themselves Islamic State out of the Philippines, according to vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

“The peace process is the key and the logic is really quite simple. Dapat magkaroon tayo ng pagkakaisa sa mga kapatid nating MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front) at MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front) at iba pang grupo upang sila ay patuloy na kasama sa ating lipunan at para hindi sila sumama sa mga grupo katulad ng ISIS,” he said in a statement on Wednesday in the wake of the twin bombing attacks in Brussels, Belgium, which killed at least 34 people and injured over a hundred.

READ: 34 killed in 3 terror attacks in Brussels

Although Brussels was far from the Philippines, Marcos said the incident was relevant because it touched on the aspect of terrorism, which could happen to any country.

Part of the aim of the peace process is to bring back the rebel groups to the government fold.

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Despite the claims of Abu Sayyaf and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters that they have links to the IS, Marcos believes that the international terrorist group has no presence in the country.

The military has also maintained that there is no verified presence of ISIS in the Philippines.

Marcos, chair of the Senate committee on local government, sponsored the Basic Law for Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, his substitute to the Bangsamoro Basic Law by the government, which was stalled in Congress.

READ: Congress adjourns, fails to pass BBL

He said the government should closely watch the situation and implement measures to ensure the safety of every Filipino all over the world.

“We should all watch this closely and we should continue to enforce peace and continue to bring everyone to the table to talk peace until we find the true and lasting peace that we have all been long searching for,” he said. RC

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