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49 Philippine Police Killed After Clash With Rebels







” Forty-nine Philippine police commandos were killed when they clashed with Muslim rebels in the south, police said Monday, a bloodbath which tested a peace accord signed last March.

  An 11-hour gunbattle broke out after police entered the remote town of Mamasapano, held by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), around 3:00 am Sunday (1900 GMT Saturday) without coordinating with the rebels as required under their ceasefire agreement.

  The bodies of 49 police have been recovered from the town on Mindanao island and moved to an army camp, regional police spokeswoman Judith Ambong told AFP. “


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Navy Ships Held In Philippine Port As Death Investigation Continues







” Five Navy warships are being held in port in the Philippines while police investigate the killing of a Filipino transgender at Subic Bay.

  The State Department said in an email Tuesday that a Marine, assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., is a suspect in the death of Jeffrey Laude, also known as Jennifer.

  Laude, 26, was last seen entering the Celzone Lodge in Olongapo City with a short-haired male foreigner, aged 25-30, around 10:55 p.m. on Saturday. Later, Laude’s naked body, partially covered with a blanket, was found in a bathroom at the hotel.

  A State Department spokesperson said the suspect is being held onboard the USS Peleliu while the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Philippine National Police investigate.

  The Peleliu, USS Germantown, USNS Sacagawea, USNS Washington Chambers and the JHSV WestPac Express are staying in the Philippines, Marine Corps Forces Pacific spokesman Col. Brad Bartelt said. “














Is This Your Boat? Philippines Typhoon Washes Up Mystery Vessel





Published on Apr 24, 2014
” While reporting on the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, Coconuts TV stumbled across an unexpected story. Five months after the storm, a massive shipping freighter is stuck in the middle of a small neighborhood in Tacloban, one of the Philippines cities worst hit by the typhoon. Washed ashore by the storm surge, the boat landed in front of Rogelio Gula’s house. No one knows who the boat belongs to, but Mr. Gula is trying to find out.

  Coconuts TV interviewed Mr. Gula about the dilemma of finding a huge boat in front of your house and his search for its owner.

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Hiroo Onoda, Japanese Soldier Who Long Refused To Surrender, Dies At 91




” Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese soldier who refused to stop fighting World War II until the 1970s, has died in Tokyo at the age of 91.

  During the war, Onoda was sent to the small island of Lubang in the western Philippines to spy on U.S. forces in the area.

  He ended up remaining there, eking out a life in the jungle, until 1974, nearly three decades after Japan surrendered.

  Allied forces defeated the Japanese imperial army in the Philippines in 1944, but Onoda evaded capture and stayed on. “


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   We are pleased to present a four part documentary about Lt. Hiroo Onoda and his thirty years in the jungles of the Philippines . Part one is above the fold and parts two through four are below .


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” Japan surrendered in 1945, ending World War II. But the war continued for another 29 years in the mind of Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese intelligence officer assigned to Lubang Island off Mindoro . When he finally emerged from the jungle in 1974 and returned to Japan , he was celebrated as a devoted soldier.

  Howie Severino and his I-Witness team retrace some of Onoda’s steps in the rugged forest of Lubang and imagine his life in the wild. But they also discover some ugly truths about what he did to survive and persist in his mission.”




” When the Allied Forces returned to Lubang Island in 1945, the Japanese military had no choice but to retreat. Hoping for a Japanese counterattack, Onoda and his men did everything to survive in the jungle and prepared themselves to fight till the end. Surrender was not an option.”




” For many years since World War II, Lt. Hiroo Onoda and his three Japanese soldiers lived off the resources of the jungle and of the residents of Lubang Island — armed with warrior instincts of survival, force and intimidation. For 29 years, going to the jungle was no easy task for the residents because somewhere in that expanse was Lt. Onoda, the lone surviving Japanese guerrilla who continued to carryout his military orders. For 29 years, some Filipino lives were lost for a war that no longer existed.”



” Howie Severino and outdoorsman David Tajan enter the jungles of Lubang Island to retrace the trails of Lt. Onoda. How did this environment define the hero that Lt. Onoda now is? And where do the casualties of war, the Lubang residents, fit in a war that is only imagined? “



Say what you will but Lt Onoda understood commitment .












Philippines Braces For Wrath Of Supertyphoon Haiyan





” Schools have been closed and mass evacuations are on the way in areas prone to landslide and flooding along the central-eastern coast of the Philippines, ahead of Supertyphoon Haiyan’s expected landfall on Friday.

Haiyan, known under the name Yolanda in the Philippines, is likely the most powerful storm to form on earth this year, with possible sustained winds of up to 290 km/h. On Thursday morning, the typhoon was still intensifying, although Philippine officials predict it will reach landfall with wind speeds of around 200 km/h.”









It’s All About The “Optics”







” President Barack Obama called off plans to visit Asia and attend two summits because of the U.S. government shutdown, raising questions about the strategic “pivot” to the region that he announced just two years ago.

Obama had planned to depart on Saturday for a four-nation, week-long trip. He canceled visits to Malaysia and the Philippines earlier this week because of his budget struggle in the U.S. Congress and said late on Thursday he would not attend the regional summits in Indonesia and Brunei.

The political standoff over the U.S. budget has shut down non-essential government services and appeared likely to drag on for another week or longer. Another crisis looms in two weeks when lawmakers must decide whether to increase the U.S. government’s $16.7 trillion debt borrowing limit.

“The president made this decision based on the difficulty in moving forward with foreign travel in the face of a shutdown, and his determination to continue pressing his case that Republicans should immediately allow a vote to reopen the government,” the White House said.”











Storm Tracker Shows Hong Kong is Right in Superstorm’s Path



” A powerful typhoon hovers close to Taiwan, the Philippines, and Hong Kong preparing for a disastrous impact. This super typhoon named Usagi began was a tropical storm, but has rapidly grown to a category five hurricane which is the highest level.

In the last 24 hours, a cyclone in the west Pacific has explosively intensified, and is on a track towards Hong Kong.

The storm – named Usagi – has achieved super typhoon status, after an amazing burst in its peak winds from 75 mph Tuesday to over 160 mph today. (Typhoons become “super typhoons” if their peak winds reach 150 mph or higher). It is now equivalent to a category 5 hurricane.”









Richardson’s Philippine Guerrilla Gun: A Gun To Get A Gun





” Americans have long been a fan of shotgunspumpssemi-autos, over and unders, you name it, we love em. One red-blooded American even ran into an interesting one while doing a little Wolverines-style combat in the Philippines and thought it would catch on back home once the smoke cleared. His name was Richardson, and his idea is best known as the Philippine Guerrilla Gun.


Who was Richardson?


Iliff D. “Rich” Richardson was born the son of a Methodist minister in 1918. He learned basic survival skills as part of Boy Scout Troop 92 in Los Angeles, and attended Compton Junior College in the 1930s before joining the Navy in 1940. Stationed in the Philippines when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Rich was assigned to PT-34, an ‘expendable’ 77-foot plywood motor torpedo boat. After the craft was sunk in April 1942 by Japanese aircraft, Rich and the remaining crew went ashore and fought first with the US Army then later with Philippine guerrillas once the main US force at Corregidor surrendered.”









” Henson Ong, the Connecticut resident and legal immigrant whose passionate defense of the Second Amendment drew applause at a legislative hearing this week, said his pro-gun ownership views were cemented after he and his family were the victims of violent crime in their native land.

Ong, of Waterbury, Conn., said he and his family immigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines 13 years ago. He declined to provide many personal details, including his age, but told TheBlaze in a telephone interview it was that crime that prompted their move to the U.S.

“As a personal victim of violent crime, I can say that appeasement to criminals and disarming the innocent is not the solution,” Ong told TheBlaze.”