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A collective of hackers identifying as Anonymous Philippines claimed that 20 government sites were defaced Saturday to protest against the so-called misencounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

President Benigno Aquino III spend the entire Friday until past midnight condoling with families of slain police Special Action Force (SAF) commandos.

Suspended Philippine National Police chief Director General Alan Purisima directed the operation by “remote control” that led to the killing of 44 PNP commandos, according to highly placed security sources.

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Death came from three directions for a band of Special Action Force (SAF) commandos as they struggled to slip out of a remote village here after killing a man believed to be Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Marwan, last Sunday.

Voter registration next month will not be suspended as planned since the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls will likely not be held.

Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. believes Makati has remained a model of governance despite the political attacks against him and his family.

Two soldiers were wounded when the Abu Sayyaf ambushed a convoy of army troops in Patikul, Sulu yesterday.

A right index finger taken from what is believed to be the corpse of international terrorist and explosives expert Zulkifli Abdul bin Hir, alias Marwan, would be matched with the DNA of his brother Rahmat Abhir, who is detained at the US facility in Guantanamo Bay.

Active and retired senior military and police officers yesterday called on the government to demand that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) surrender the gunmen involved in the killing of 44 policemen in Maguindanao last Sunday.v

The mood was mournful, but anger was also palpable as relatives of 44 slain police Special Action Force (SAF) members were consoled yesterday by President Aquino.

As the nation grieves over the death of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) policemen, the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday the protocol in surrendering the weapons of the rebels.

They were once husbands, fathers, brothers and sons; some of them were breadwinners, others well-loved members of one-horse towns from far-off provinces.

Former schoolmates, friends and sympathizers of the 44 members of the Special Action Force (SAF) killed in clashes with Muslim rebels last Sunday held a “unity walk” yesterday to dramatize their demand for a thorough investigation into the incident as well as express sympathy to the bereaved families.