MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is preparing for possible acts of reprisal from the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) following the death of one of its key members in a recent encounter with government troops in Sulu.
According to AFP Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) Spokesperson Maj. Arvin John Encinas, they are not discounting the possibility of retaliatory attacks by the ASG after the younger brother of an ASG leader was killed in a gun battle in Patikul, Sulu last Tuesday (Sept. 10).
Philippine Army’s 41st Infantry Battalion faced around 40 ASG members in a heavy firefight that broke out in Sitio Tubig Pansol in Barangay Langhub.
ASG fighters were said to have retreated after about 20 minutes of gunfight.
Government troops then overran the ASG camp and found a body, which military identified as Nanz Sawadjaan, brother of ASG sub-leader Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan.
Nanz Sawadjaan was one of ASG’s bomb experts who was allegedly involved in Jolo cathedral blast and other recent suicide bomb attacks in Sulu.
Encinas said the death of Sawadjaan is a great loss to the terrorist group.
“Yung pagka-neutralize natin dito sa kapatid ni sub-leader Sawadjaan ay isang malaking dagok sa hanay ng mga Abu Sayyaf Group considering na itong si Nanz Sawadjaan ay trained sa paggawa IED (improvised explosive device),” he said.
(The neutralization of the brother of sub-leader Sawadjaan is a great loss to the Abu Sayyaf group considering that this Nanz Sawadjaan was trained in making IEDs.)
The military said that before the demise of Sawadjaan, they received information about the ASG’s plans to launch a series of suicide bombings in Sulu, including in military detachments.
Last Sept. 8 a female suicide bomber was killed in Indanan town after she tried to attack a military checkpoint by blowing herself up. No one was injured in the blast because soldiers were able to take cover following shouts of alarm from other detachment members.
The AFP assured the readiness of their troops and urged the public to immediately report any suspicious individuals or things spotted in their areas. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)
MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday vowed they will be relentless in their fight against communist terrorists in compliance with President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to wage an all-out war against the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).
“The AFP is compliant with the directive of the President and Commander-in-Chief. We are engaging the New People’s Army all out,” AFP Spokesperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo said.
Arevalo said the military has been employing and using all its resources in a “focused, surgical, and deliberate lethal and non-lethal operations towards the decisive defeat of the communist terrorists.”
On Tuesday, Duterte reiterated his call on the government troops to launch a full-scale attack and end the CPP-NPA before his term ends in 2022.
“I am ordering an all-out-war against the NPA. If I can, I will end the insurgency problem within my term,” the president said during a press briefing in Malacañang on Tuesday.
“Walang hintuan. Magpalit-palit ‘yung isang battalion diyan na walang gamit na wala masyadong kalaban ‘yang ano…. Pagka-bone-weary na ang mga sundalo, palit na naman. Tuloy-tuloy. At kung maaari, lumaban sila nang husto kasi hindi ako magtanggap ng surrender,” he added.
The PNP, for its part, vowed it will launch swift and relentless police operations against communist rebels.
“The final push to end local communist armed conflict will be firm and decisive under the guidance and direction of the national leadership,” the PNP said.
“Police operations against the armed components of the communist terrorist movement will be swift and relentless just as it will be lawful and judicious,” it added. RRD (with details from Correspondents April Cenedoza & Rosalie Coz)
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Cavaliers have proven their right to be the defending champions after defeating Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC) Global Traders at the UNTV Cup Season 8 opener on Monday (September 9).
Fans have witnessed the strength of the three-time defending champs at the Mall of Asia Arena (MOA) after a consistent double digit lead against the PITC Global Traders.
However, the PITC Global Traders were able to retaliate during the 3rd quarter. With their tough defense, they were able to slightly bridge the gap by 15 points.
Unfortunately, the AFP was able to block PITC’s momentum and finished the game by 90-70.
PITC Global Traders Head Coach Victor Ycasiano said they will recover from the loss and will train harder.
“In time makaka-recover iyan. Alam mo naman noong nakapukpok sila nakahabol. So even if they are the defending champion alam namin kaya namin, we have to be given some time to recover from everything makapag-ensayo kami nang maayos, (They will recover in time. They were able to bounce back [mid-game]. So even if they are the defending champion, we know we can do it, we have to be given some time to recover from everything and train better)” he said.
Regular weekly games start on Sunday, September 15 at Pasig City Sports Center with live telecast, Facebook live and webcast on UNTV channels.
Next week, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will battle Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) at 2:00 p.m. followed by the clash between the Office of the Ombudsman and Social Security System (SSS) at 3:30 p.m.
In the final game of the triple-header, the National Housing Authority (NHA) will face the Philippine National Police (PNP) at 5:00 p.m.—AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis and Raymond Lacsa)
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