5 bihag sa Zamboanga City standoff, pinalaya ng MNLF 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) Locsin orders filing of diplomatic protest vs Chinese warships sighted in Sibutu Strait
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 4 dead, 12 hurt in Sulu military camp blast
Four individuals were killed while 12 others were injured after a blast rocked a military camp in Indanan, Sulu, a Mindanao-based military official said on Friday.
Major Arvin Encinas, spokesperson of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command, said the explosion occurred at past 11 a.m.
Based on initial report, two loud explosions were heard near the detachment of the Brigade Combat team in Barangay Kajatan after soldiers stopped a vehicle boarded by a yet to be identified lawless armed group.
The explosion resulted to an armed encounter between the armed group and government troops.
As of this posting, the military said that the firefight has already stopped, and police forces are now conducting blocking operations in Sitio Tanjung.
Investigation regarding the incident is underway.
Malaysian bandits possibly behind kidnapping of 10 fishermen off Sabah
Malaysian bandits might possibly be behind the kidnapping of 10 fishermen off Sabah on Tuesday (June 18) according to Western Mindanao Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Western Mindanao Command spokesman and civil military chief Col. Gerry Besana said they are looking at a Malaysian lawless group as the ones behind the kidnapping.
“Kidnappings have been occurring in that area of Malaysia and we are looking at a certain Mameh, a Malaysian lawless group, as the perpetrators,” he said.
On Wednesday, Department of Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told reporters that the kidnapped fishermen might be Malaysians.
“I think these are Malaysians. They were travelling between their boats…we have directed our troops to be very vigilant while they are coming back to the Philippines,” he said.
A Kuala Lumpur-based newspaper said the kidnapped fishermen are Bajau Laut or sea gypsies.
“Unfortunately, kidnapping incidents are taking place in the Sabah side and what’s worst is that [the abductors] are bringing the victims to Jolo so that is why we are the last touch,” Lorenzana said.