5 bihag sa Zamboanga City standoff, pinalaya ng MNLF

admin   •   September 10, 2013   •   2871

Kinaumagahan ng pakikipagbaka sa pwersa ng MNLF ay pinakawalan ang 5 bihag nitong umaga ng Martes. (PHILIPPINE INFORMATION AGENCY)

Kinaumagahan ng pakikipagbaka ng pwersa ng militar sa pwersa ng MNLF ay pinakawalan ang 5 bihag nitong umaga ng Martes. (PHILIPPINE INFORMATION AGENCY)

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — Pinalaya na ng Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) ang lima sa 168 nitong bihag sa Zamboanga City kaninang umaga, Martes.

Sa ngayon ay naka-stand down ang pwersa ng militar upang bigyang daan ang pagkikipag-usap ng crisis management committee upang mapalaya  ang iba pang bihag.

Sinabi ni AFP PAO Chief Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala na bagama’t may naririnig pa rin na paminsan-minsang putok ng baril, ito ay upang huwag makatakas o makaabante ang mga rebelde.

Ayon pa sa opisyal, nanatili pa rin sa barangay Sta. Catalina, Sta. Barbara, Talon Talon at Kasangyaan sa Zamboanga City ang may 180 miyembro ng rogue Misuari group ng MNLF.

Samantala, pinabulaanan naman ng AFP na ito ang unang nagpaputok sa nangyaring bakbakan.

Para sa sandatahang lakas, ang grupo ng MNLF na lumusob sa Zamboanga ang dapat magpaliwanag sa kanilang ginawa.

“If peaceful protest why bring hundred of armed men in the city. Why 1am in the morning why enter in the cover of darkness. These are the questions that they have to answer,” ani Zagala.

Sa ngayon ay naka-red alert pa rin ang buong pwersa ng Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM) upang maiwasan ang pagkalat ng gulo sa iba pang lugar.

Tiniyak rin ng AFP na sapat ang pwersa ng Task Force Zamboanga at WESTMINCOM upang kontrolin ang sitwasyon sa lungsod. (Victor Cosare / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Mundi Sawadjaan still in Patikul, Sulu —WestMinCom Chief

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 1, 2020

Contrary to previous reports, Armed Forces of the Philippines-Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) chief MGen. Corleto Vinluan said Mundi Sawadjaan is still in Patikul, Sulu.

Sawadjaan, who is believed to be behind the Jolo twin blasts, is allegedly in Central Mindanao as reported by the Zamboanga Police. However, Vinluan said the military encountered Sawadjaan and his group a few days ago in Patikul.

“Nandoon siya sa ano talaga sa Sulu. As of this report, nasa Patikul pa rin siya. Iyon ang hinahabol ng tropa, na-encounter nila parang two days ago yata na-encounter (He is still in Sulu. As of this report, he is still in Patikul. Our troops were hunting him down which led to an encounter two days ago),” Vinluan said.

Vinluan said Sawadjaan and his group are just diverting the focus of security officials and lessen military pressure amid the manhunt operations being conducted against them.

Meanwhile, the Zamboanga police implemented checkpoints as precautionary measures amid terrorist threats in the area while the military continues its manhunt operation for Sawadjaan. -AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

AFP confers medals to soldiers hurt in Jolo blasts

Robie de Guzman   •   August 27, 2020

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) has conferred medals on soldiers who were injured on Monday’s twin explosions in Jolo, Sulu.

AFP Westmincom chief Major General Corleto Vinluan Jr. led the conferment of medals Tuesday afternoon when he visited the soldiers being treated at the Camp Teodulfo Bautista Hospital and Camp Navarro General Hospital.

Among the medal recipients were Sergeant Jose Alonzo, Corporals Philip Anthony Aleta and Aldrin Paj-Dio, PFC Novin Guzman, PFC Jayson Paguirigan, Private Stephen Rey Oliveros, Private Alphasier Tapsi and Private Alviner Hamsaji.

More than 20 soldiers sustained injuries during the successive explosions that killed 14 people and wounded 75 others.

“On behalf of the men and women of the Western Mindanao Command, I would like to extend my deep sympathies to the bereaved families of the victims who succumbed to the mindless acts of terrorism,” Vinluan said.

“Let us continue to pray for the eternal repose of the souls of those who were killed and for the speedy recovery of those who are recuperating in hospitals,” he added.

The town of Jolo is no longer under lockdown following the blasts but tight security measures remain in place, the military said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Val Villaflor)

Locsin orders filing of diplomatic protest vs Chinese warships sighted in Sibutu Strait

Maris Federez   •   August 19, 2019

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has ordered the filing of diplomatic protest regarding the Chinese warships that were seen in Sibutu Strait.

On his twitter post, Locsin said that what the Chinese warships did was a clear act of trespassing.

Based on the report of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WMC), two Chinese warships were spotted in Sibutu Strait in July and three this August.

The DFA chief said it is but rightful for the country to file another diplomatic protest as China had once again encroached on the Philippine seas. (with reports from Aiko Miguel) /mbmf

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