4 improvised explosive devices recovered in Basilan town – military

Robie de Guzman   •   April 22, 2021   •   460

Government troops on Thursday found four improvised explosive devices (IED) and other components allegedly assembled by the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group in Basilan, a military official said.

In a statement, Lt. Gen.Corleto Vinluan Jr., chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WesMinCom), said the IEDs were recovered while troops were conducting a special operation in Barangay Campug, Al-Barka, Basilan around 10 a.m. Thursday.

“Troops of the 101st Infantry Brigade, 68th Infantry Battalion, 18th Infantry Battalion, 39th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team, 4th K9 Company, Naval Special Operations Unit-6, and the intelligence operatives conducted a special operation which resulted in the recovery of four improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other components,” Vinluan said.

According to Brig. Gen. Domingo Gobway, Commander of the Joint Task Force Basilan, the recovered items include the following:

  • Two IEDs, filled with Ammonium Nitrate/Fuel Oil (ANFO) placed in two 1kg can containers
  • One IED filled with ANFO placed in a 900 grams container
  • One IED filled with ANFO placed in 500 grams container
  • One 9-volt battery
  • One pressure-type switch
  • One improvised blasting cap
  • 20 pieces projectiles
  • 3-feet detonating cords
  • One 40mm High Explosive cartridge
  • One 40mm practice grenade round

“Said IEDs were made by the ASG members under Furuji Indama and were recovered through our intensified intelligence monitoring,” Gobway said.

Recovered devices were subsequently transported to Barangay Calugusan, Lamitan City for the conduct of Render Safe Procedure (RSP) and were placed under the custody of the 39th EOD Team for proper disposition, the AFP-WesMinCom said.

Vinluan called on the people of Basilan to “remain vigilant and immediately report any suspicious person or things in your locality.”

7 more communist rebels yield in Sultan Kudarat

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Seven more members of the communist terrorist group (CTG) surrendered to the Joint Task Force Central in Sultan Kudarat on Sunday (October 17).

Commander of Western Mindanao Command Maj. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr. said the CTG personalities were identified as Oyet, Maymay, Ben, Noel, Nacan, Osing, and Adog.

They belonged to the Platoon Myphone, East Daguma Front, Sub-regional Command-Daguma, Far South Mindanao Region. The said individuals also handed over their firearms, including two cal. 30 M1 Garand rifles, one cal. 30 M2 Carbine rifle, one 12-gauge Shotgun, and one M79 grenade launcher.

“The military is always willing to welcome former rebels/violent extremists who wish to lay down their arms, go back to the mainstream society, and live a peaceful life with their family,” Rosario said.

During the debriefing, alias Oyet expressed his condemnation of the communist group which he described as a ‘godless’ group.

Dako ang pagmahay namo ngano ning apil mi sa teroristang NPA, mayo na lang naa ang 7IB nga wala ngaduha-duha sa pagdawat namo (We regret our decision of joining the NPA terrorists. It’s a good thing that the 7IB is here to accept us without second thoughts),” alias Oyet said.

It can be recalled that on October 13, eight members of the same group surrendered to the 7IB in the municipality of Bagumbayan. AAC

P262 million worth of shabu seized, 4 drug suspects killed in Pampanga ops

Robie de Guzman   •   October 18, 2021

Four Chinese nationals were killed in a buy-bust operation that turned into a firefight with law enforcers, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said Monday.

In a statement, PDEA said its agents conducted the operation, together with the police and military forces, in Punta Verde Subdivision in Barangay Pulong Cacutud, Angeles City Pampanga at around 10 a.m.

The buy-bust operation turned into a firefight when the armed suspects engaged the combined forces, it added.

Authorities identified the suspects as Cai Ya Bing alias Cai, 29 years old from Yuncheng City, Shanxi; Erbo Ke alias Payat, 34 from Quanzhou City, Fujian; Huang Guidong, 43, and Wuyuan Shen also known as Jinpeng Zhang, 41, both from Zhang Zhou, Fujian.

All four men were allegedly armed with caliber .45 pistols.

PDEA said 38 kilograms of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu valued at P262,200,200 million  was seized from the suspects by combined forces.

Two mobile phones and a digital weighing scale were also recovered from the suspects, it added.

PNP-AFP ops seize bomb-making materials in Cavite

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 15, 2021

Police and military operatives seized a huge cache of bomb-making materials in Cavite on Thursday, October 14.

Two individuals were arrested in a joint the operation carried out by the Philippine National Police (PNP) units led by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and Cavite Police Provincial Office in coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and other PNP support units.

The suspects were identified as Charlito Tenorio, 52 years old, and Jay-ar Suson, 34 years old.

According to PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar , Tenorio was arrested in a buy-bust operation in Brgy. Bacao 2, General Trias City, Cavite at 12:30 PM; while Suson, the alleged mastermind, was arrested at 5:30 in the afternoon in Tayabas, Quezon.

Confiscated from the suspects were 750 kilograms of ammonium nitrate contained in thirty 25-kilogram sacks, and 1,000 pieces of improvised blasting caps, all loaded in a commuter van. The confiscated explosive components worth P200,000 were being negotiated for sale by the suspects.

PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar instructed local authorities in Cavite to identify all persons involved in their operations as well as their clients. He said that this type of explosive materials are “commonly used for industrial purposes, but can also be used as components for Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

“With this successful operation, we may have prevented the possibility of these materials being used for criminal activities,” Eleazar said.

The seized explosives reportedly have a blast radius of 1.5 kilometers. AAC

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