6 Abu Sayyaf members nabbed in separate NBI operations

Maris Federez   •   June 11, 2019   •   2241

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) presented to the media on Tuesday (June 11) six alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) who were arrested in separate operations last month.

The NBI said that the six were arrested in Taguig City, Balanga City in Bataan, and Zamboanga City on May 16 and 20.

NBI spokesperson Ferdinand Lavin said, “the six arrested were involved in various terrorist activities, ranging from ambush, kidnap for ransom, bombing in Southern Philippines, and recruitment of other members.”

He added that the arrest stemmed from the intelligence reports that they gathered and have led them to the whereabouts of Azmier Maalum in Taguig City.

The joint operations of the NBI, the Philippine Navy (PN) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) had led to the arrest of Maalum, along with Amar Assan, Musa Tahil Sampang, Jamil Ibrahim, Yong Aming, and Majuk Tahil Amil.

Maalum has several warrants of arrest for eight counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention of Golden Harvest plantation workers in Basilan in 2001, while Sampang was involved in several bombing incidents also in Basilan.

The NBI said the six had been recruiting members in Metro Manila. (with reports from April Cenedoza) /mbmf

PH Navy launches app to promote procurement transparency

Robie de Guzman   •   December 12, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Navy on Wednesday launched a web application in an effort to promote transparency and prevent corruption in its procurement process.

The app, called Procurement Information System (PrISM), was designed for efficient monitoring of the navy’s projects by integrating project status updates from procurement stakeholders.

Suppliers, contractors, and the public could visit the website and check real-time information on projects which would be supplied by the Philippine Navy’s bids and awards committee and other relevant units.

“I would like to emphasize that prism is more than just a service which connects interested service and product proponents to the Philippine Navy – it is the testament of the navy to institutionalize a corruption-free procurement system in line with the mandate of the president to rid of corruption in all levels of the government,” Philippine Navy vice commander, Major General Dante Hidalgo said.

The navy said the application was developed at the Naval Information and Communications Technology Center (NICTC), which is committed to providing a convenient procurement system while promoting transparency, competitiveness, and accountability of its procurement process.

Its launch was part of the navy’s initiatives to strengthen systems and procedures to ensure check and balance and transparency in the procurement system.

IBF world champ Jerwin Ancajas receives hero’s welcome from PHL Navy

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 11, 2019

IBF World super flyweight champion and Navy reservist, Jerwin ‘Pretty Boy’ Ancajas received a hero’s welcome from the Philippine Navy after defending his title.

Ancajas was welcomed by the officers and enlisted personnel of the Naval Reserve Command during his arrival at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Terminal 1 on (Wednesday) December 11.

He successfully defended his IBF World super flyweight title for the 8th time after defeating Chilean challenger Miguel Gonzales via TKO after a six-round demolition at Auditorio GNP Seguros, Puebla City, Mexico last December 8.

“SCPO Jerwin J Ancajas PN(Res) brought pride, honor and glory not only to the Philippine Navy but to the entire nation in general,” according to the post of the Philippine Navy.—AAC

POGO security guard arrested for involvement in kidnapping of 2 Chinese nationals

Maris Federez   •   December 10, 2019

MANILA, Philippines— The Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) on Tuesday (Dec. 10) arrested a Filipino security guard involved in the kidnapping of two Chinese nationals in Las Piñas City.

The suspect, named Saturnino Matias, is a security guard in a Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) where the mastermind of the kidnapping identified as Michael Chan is purportedly working.

Authorities found out about the kidnapping incident when another Chinese national who had also been abducted was eventually released after paying a ransom of 30,000 Renminbi or an equivalent of over Php 200,000.

The police, however, are looking into robbery as a motive for the alleged kidnapping of the two Chinese nationals.

“According sa interview dun sa dalawang victim natin, naglalakad lang sila sa along Alabang nung November 26. So bale, seven days na silang naka-stay dun sa room na ‘yun […] Allegedly, may utang itong dalawa na ‘to. Nagnakaw daw sila,” PNP-AKG spokesperson PLtCol. Joel Saliba  said.

The suspect, meanwhile, denied knowing that the two Chinese nationals he was guarding were victims of kidnap-for-ransom.

“Inosente po ako. Wala po akong alam diyan kasi Chinese po ang usapan nila, nagtatawanan pa sila eh. Hindi ko alam na ganito pala ‘yun,” Matias said.

He will be charged with kidnapping for ransom with serious illegal detention.

The AKG said the two are now added to the six POGO-related kidnapping cases recorded this year.

Meanwhile, the PNP-AKG will conduct a separate investigation on the alleged abduction of a female Chinese national in Makati on Monday (Dec. 9) night.

The AKG said they have not received any complaint from the relatives of the victim who the Makati City Police said is also an employee of a POGO company.

Police are also looking into unpaid loans as an angle on the case.

Former PNP chief Senator Ronald Bato Dela Rosa said authorities had been receiving reports of kidnapping incidents involving Chinese nationals even during his time.

He said the presence of POGOs in the country must not be singled out as the reason behind these incidents.

He added that even if Filipinos are not involved, authorities must still act on these cases.

“Kung yan ay kidnapping for ransom na victimizing wealthy Filipino businessmen or kahit sinong ordinaryong Pilipino […] cause of concern yan ng lahat ng mga Pilipino dito. Pero sila sila mga Intsik nagkikidnapan. Meron bang Pilipinong kinidnap ng Chinese? Wala pa naman. But still, it’s not a crime and should be stopped,” Dela Rosa said. (from the report of Harlene Delgado) /mbmf

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