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4 cops killed by suspected NPA rebels in Davao del Sur

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Barangay Sibayan, Bansalan, Davao del Sur

Barangay Sibayan, Bansalan, Davao del Sur

Authorities are in pursuit of alleged members of the New People’s Army suspected to have killed four policemen in an ambush in Davao del Sur on Wednesday morning.

Five Davao policemen were on their way to respond to a murder incident in Barangay Sinabyan when suspected members of the New People’s Army ambushed them.

One of them was able to call for help using his mobile phone while in the middle of a gunfire.

Reported dead on the spot are:

  • Po1 Rolly Benelayo
  • Po1 Joe Narvaza
  • Po1 Saro Mangutara
  • Po3 Jayden May Rabor

While PO3 Allen Arnado was reported wounded and brought to a nearby hospital.

Initial investigation shows that Guerilla Front 51 of the NPA is operating in Davao del Sur.

“We will still establish, but by experience no one in our security forces would do that. No one else has the capability to do such a thing”, said PCSupt. Marcelo Morales

PNP is also investigating Sibayan Barangay Captain Eddie Dicdican, who sent for the police about a murder.

“The murder case happened the night before but the police waited until morning because the area in question was too dark. It seemed likely that people were killed there because intel operatives went to the area to verify the incident”, P/CSupt. Morales said.

The police are now investigating the incident and looking for suspects in the crime.

PNP headquarters condoles with the families of the victims and condemns the killing of their colleagues.

“It is sad that this thing needs to happen to those policemen”, PNP spokesperson PSSupt. Diosnardo Carlos said. — Grace Casin |UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP chief favors implementation of a nationwide curfew

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Under the proposed law, House Bill 7110 or the Nationwide Curfew Bill, minors aged 18 years old and below will be covered by a nationwide curfew.

MANILA, Philippines — Minors allegedly being used by syndicates for illegal activities such as illegal drug transactions has been making headlines.

This is one of the reasons why Bagong Henerasyon party-list Representative Bernadette Herrera Dy is pushing for the passage of the House Bill 7110 or the Nationwide Curfew Bill.

Under the proposed law, minors aged 18 years old and below will be covered by a nationwide curfew.

The curfew would begin at ten in the evening until five in the morning.

Some fathers are in favor of the said proposal.

“Para hindi magamit sa kalokohan ang mga kabataan ngayon (So that children will not be used in criminal activities) ,” said Roberto Gibaga, a resident of Montalban Rizal.

“Gusto ko na hangga’t maaga ay makauwi na rin ng bahay para hindi na sila masangkot sa kaguluhan sa labas ( I want children to be home as early as possible to prevent them from getting into trouble),” said Marlon Ortizano of Bagong Bayan, Quezon City.

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief PDG. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa has long wanted for the country to impose a nationwide curfew. Dela Rosa said that he has seen how criminals take advantage of minors.

“Pag frustrated ang mga minor, kakausapin niya, ‘Ano, wala ng pera gusto mo ng pera? O sige bibigyan kita ng P1,000. Pwede magdala ka lang ng cake ipadeliver ang cake sa nililigawan ko?’ So, yung bata nag dedeliver siya ng cake. Yun pala yung cake na yun may laman doon sa loob ng shabu. Ginagawa nilang courier yung mga bata,” said the PNP chief.

(If a minor is frustrated, a crook would ask, ” You want money? I will give you P1,000 if you deliver this cake to a girl I’m courting.’ The child delivers the cake not knowing it contains shabu hidden inside. Crooks use children as [drug] couriers.)

Representative Dy explained that the proposed law is based on the Quezon City ordinance that was upheld by the Supreme Court on August 8, 2017. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP and AFP personnel nabs alleged ISIS member in Manila

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, February 19th, 2018

The alleged ISIS member nabbed by the Philippine Nation Police: Egyptian national Fehmi Lassqued alias John Rasheed Lassqued. (Lea Ylagan / UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — With the help of an information sent to Philippine authorities, the operatives of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) arrested Egyptian national Fehmi Lassqued alias John Rasheed Lassqued in his apartment at Casa Blanca in Adriatico St., Malate, Manila last Saturday.

Based on intelligence report provided by the foreign counterparts of the PNP and AFP, a leader of the Islamic State (ISIS) was able to enter the Philippines from Iran last July 2016 using a fake passport.

The alleged ISIS leader is an expert in bomb-making, that is why authorities consider him a threat to the country.

The PNP and AFP seized from the suspect a firearm, ammunition, and materials used for bomb making.

“Mayroon siyang mga drawing drawing. May mapang nakuha sa kanya but it’s really unidentifiable as of this time dahil hindi pa alam yung lugar. Mapa mapa  lang probably it’s a general area,”  said NCRPO chief PDir. Oscar Albayalde.

(He has sketches of a map. But it’s really unidentifiable as of this time because we do not know yet the place. It’s just a map. Probably, it’s a general area.)

“Maybe I was an ISIS before, but if I have these things, of course, I will say. It’s no problem for me,” said the suspect.

Authorities also arrested the partner of Lassqued, identified as Anabelle Salipada, a resident of Upi, Maguindanao.

According to Albayalde, ISIS members went to countries experiencing turmoil to recruit new members.

“Yung mga conflicting parties pwede niyang irecruit pareho. Ganoon ang ginagawa niya, gaya sa Mindanao, may conflict diyan so madaling mag recruit doon,” said Albayalde.

(The conflicting parties can be recruited. That’s what they are doing, like in Mindanao, there is a conflict there so it’s easy to recruit.)

Philippine authorities are still determining if Lassqued had recruited new members of the ISIS terrorist group. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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Gabriela stages protest against Duterte’s statement about NPA female members

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Gabriela and other women advocate groups’ protest

MANILA, Philippines — Responding to the statement of President Rodrigo Duterte, thousands of women from Gabriela and other women advocate groups gathered for a protest in Malate, Manila.

Through poems and songs, they voiced out their dismay at the statement of President Duterte to shoot New People’s Army (NPA) women members in their private parts.

Former Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy Taguiwalo was also present to express her disapproval over the matter.

“Layunin nitong patahimikin ang kalahati ng populasyon at panatilihing mga pu** lang sila, walang silbi, pangkama, pangkusina, sunud-sunuran, kimi, (It aims to silence half of the population and to degrade them as mere genitals, useless, objectified, subservient),” said Taguiwalo.

According to Gabriela Secretary General Joms Salvador, the statement of the president is a clear attempt to trample upon all the women in the country.

“Ayaw ng kababaihan sa mga macho pasistang naghahari-harian. Kaya nating kumilos, magkaisa. Hindi naman tanga at hindi lalong mabibilog ang ulo ng mga kababaihan na alam kung ano ang sinasabi ni Pangulong Duterte,” said Salvador.

(Women don’t like macho-fascists who act like a king. We can unite and take action. We are not idiots and President Duterte definitely cannot fool women who know what he’s saying.)

The group also said that they cannot accept the answer of Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque that the president did not mean it literally.

“Seryoso at literal na galit ang kababaihan sa pagtatanggol niya kay Pangulong Duterte. Hindi na tama na patuloy na magpalusot,” said the Gabriela general-secretary.

(Women are seriously and literally angry at his defense of President Duterte. It’s not right anymore to continue making excuses.)

The women advocates cut the tongue of the effigy of President Duterte.

This, they said, symbolizes their dismay over harsh jokes about women. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue

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