5 Abu Sayyaf bandits killed, 2 soldiers hurt in Zamboanga Sibugay clash
Robie de Guzman • September 9, 2020 • 845
MANILA, Philippines – Five suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were killed and two soldiers were injured in an encounter between the government troops and the terrorist group in Zamboanga Sibugay on Wednesday (September 9).
Lieutenant Colonel Don Templonuevo, commander of the 44th Infantry Batallion said the clash happened during a joint military and police pursuit operations in Barangay Pres. Roxas, RT Lim in Zamboanga Sibugay around 2 a.m.
Templonuevo said the encounter was the result of their pursuit operations against armed elements of Abral Abdusalam and Sahibad group led by Furuji Indama, an ASG leader based in Basilan.
The clash follows an earlier gun battle between the military and the local terrorist group in Barangay La Paz, Alicia in Zamboanga Sibugay on Sept. 6, he added.
The military said government troops were also able to recover four high-powered firearms after the 30-minute clash against the 10 Abu Sayyaf Group member.
Pursuit operation against the ASG is still on-going.
Brig. Gen. Leonel Nicolas, Commander, 102nd Infantry Brigade, said the group was supposedly planning to conduct kidnapping activities in the region based on information they received from a reliable source.
“The unit would also like to thank the locals who tipped-off the authorities of the presence of these terrorist groups which resulted to the timely response of our troops,” Nicolas said.
Meanwhile, the two wounded soldiers, whose identities are yet to be disclosed, were airlifted to Camp Navarro General Hospital, Zamboanga City for proper medical attention.
Both soldiers are now in stable condition, the military reported.
MANILA, Philippines—Around P30 million worth of fake cigarettes were seized in two warehouses in Bataan, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP).
PNP Chief PGen. Debold Sinas reported that the Police Regional Office 3, with the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and other local authorities, raided Crisostomo Rice Mill Warehouse in Barangay Sto. Domingo, Orion, Bataan.
They discovered units of cigarette-making machines and raw materials worth around P20 million.
A Follow-up operation was conducted where authorities seized an undetermined quantity of imported sacks of rice and master cases of counterfeit different brands of cigarettes. The seized items have an estimated value of P10 million.
“I commend our police units and other pillars of the criminal justice system for their support in the fight against criminality. The successful raid today is just a manifestation of our long-lasting cooperation to better serve and protect the community from all kinds of lawlessness,” Sinas said. –AAC
MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine National Police (PNP) said 800 police frontliners are on the list of priority groups to receive the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine.
PNP Chief PGen. Debold Sinas said that the agency plans to vaccinate 200 personnel per day for four days.
Among the 800 PNP frontliners on the list are doctors, nurses, and staff at the PNP General Hospital, as well as police personnel manning PNP’s molecular laboratory and quarantine facilities. PNP Health Service PBGen. Luisito Magnaye and his command group are also included in the list.
Meanwhile, vaccine recipients will have to undergo five steps under the vaccination program. First step is registration, followed by pre-vaccination counselling, screening process to asses if they are qualified to be vaccinated, then the vaccination.
After receiving the shot, vaccinees need to stay at the monitoring area for one hour to check if there are experiencing bad effects from the vaccine.
Sinas also assured that doctors and ambulance are on standby to bring personnel who may experience adverse effects, to the PNP General Hospital. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
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