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Bud Bongao: My adventure in Tawi-tawi's sacred mountain by Ranger Cabunzky's Blog on Mar 24, 2013Sunset in Bud BongaoBud Bongao during sunriseI thank the followers of Sultan Kiram for the rare chance to visit Tawi-tawi province, the southernmost part of the Philippines. Due to the Sabah crisis which was caused by the hostilities in the contested...



The legend of the Cal.45 pistol by Ranger Cabunzky's Blog on Mar 23, 2013When the Philippine islands were bought by the Americans from the Spanish in 1898, they also 'bought' a nagging problem from their European counterparts. During its campaign against the Moros, 1899 –1935, the U.S. Army adopted the Colt .45 Model 1...



Abu Sayyaf bandits release kidnapped Australian soldier by Ranger Cabunzky's Blog on Mar 21, 2013Photo shows retired Australian soldier Warren Rodwell while in the hands of the dreaded Abu Sayyaf. (Photo by Al Jacinto)PAGADIAN CITY-The Abu Sayyaf Group has finally released retired Australian soldier Warren Rodwell in Pagadian City at around 1:30...



Ang mosquito net ni Sgt Boloy by Ranger Cabunzky's Blog on Mar 21, 2013Dahil sa dami ng lamok sa kanyang detachment sa Sultan sa Barongis, Maguindanao, nagpasya si Sgt Boloy na bumili sa mga naglalako ng tinda sa bayan ng Tacurong, Sultan Kudarat. Don nya nakilala ang Maranao trader na si Amilodin na nagtitinda ng...



Espesyal na Pagkain by Ranger Cabunzky's Blog on Mar 19, 2013Si Cpt Boloy ay naanyayahang kumain sa bahay ng lider ng mga katutubo pagkatapos ng pagtitipon sa isang liblib na baranggay sa Zamboanga Sibugay. Dinala sya sa isang espesyal na papag ng Bgy Captain na lider ng katutubo. "Sir, mabuti na lang naitago...



'Crackdown fears' force Filipino workers to head home from Sabah by Ranger Cabunzky's Blog on Mar 18, 2013BONGAO, Tawi-tawi--- Exactly 18 days since the eruption of violence in Sabah, displaced Filipino workers have kept coming back home. It was about 7:30pm when the Philippine Coast Guard ship named BRP EDSA docked at the pier of Bongao, carrying a...



Syrian rebel forces release 21 Filipino peacekeepers in Jordan by Ranger Cabunzky's Blog on Mar 8, 2013When Syrian rebels snatched 21 Filipino peacekeepers four days ago, everyone who learned of the bad news was stunned. We were still recovering from the dramatic confrontation with Malaysian security forces and Filipino warriors in nearby Sabah,...



Army soldiers seize highpowered rifle in Isabela gunfight by Ranger Cabunzky's Blog on Mar 6, 2013SAN MARIANO, Isabela-- Army soldiers seize an M16 Rifle after a 30-minute gunbattle with NPA bandits in the hinterland village of Cangalan here at around 6:30am today. A 35-man platoon of soldiers led by 2nd Lieutenant Ranola was conducting security...



North Cotabato vehicular accident claims 5 lives, 10 injured by Ranger Cabunzky's Blog on Feb 28, 2013PIKIT, North Cotabato-- At least 5 people were killed and 10 others were heavily injured (3 killed, 13 injured as earlier reported) in a road accident here at around noontime yesterday.A Toyota passenger van  driven by Mohammad Ali was cruising...



Tanggalan ng 'Butlig' by Ranger Cabunzky's Blog on Feb 25, 2013Sa V. Luna Hospital (AFP Medical Center), nagkagulo isang gabi sa Heroes Ward na kung saan nakaratay ang mga combat casualty mula sa Mindanao. "Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!" Nagising ang lahat sa lakas ng hiyaw ni Sgt Botyok na tila gustong umesk...