WAR ON TERROR. Authorities killed the leader of an armed group that had pledged support to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and arrested three of its members in an operation early Thursday (January 5) in Kiamba town in Sarangani province.

APPOINTMENT. Mocha Uson, a known supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, has been appointed as board member of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).

SINULOG. Thousands of Catholic faithful in Cebu City joined the penitential "Walk with Jesus" held Thursday, January 5, in honor of Sto. Niño, Cebu City's patron saint.