AFP Chief meets with Muslim leaders in Metro Manila to discuss anti-terrorism efforts
Aileen Cerrudo • October 27, 2020 • 359
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief Gen. Gilbert Gapay met with Muslim leaders in Metro Manila to discuss anti-terrorism efforts in the country.
Gapay said the meeting aims to join the forces of the military and Muslim leaders to curb terrorism and other criminal activities that plague the country.
“Our common aspiration is for the good of everyone. Peace, development, security and stability for our country is our primordial concern,” he said.
The AFP official also said the military wants to boost communication with all communities to give the public a better understanding of the military’s goals, especially when implementing anti-terrorism guidelines.
He also wants to further protect schools and orphanages against possible terrorist group recruitment.
“It is also our common aspiration to protect and shield the educational institution, including madaris (Islamic schools) from unscrupulous sectors of society,” Gapay added. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
MANILA, Philippines — Four parents of the rescued Lumad children were taken by suspected communist militants, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP).
PNP chief PGen. Debold Sinas cited reports that the parents were supposed to meet with the police in Davao del Norte on Monday (February 22) for their trip to Cebu City However, only two parents showed up.
Reports also stated that the four Lumad parents were taken on Sunday (February 21) by suspected organizers of communist front groups who posed as police officers.
“Obviously, these four parents were lured into believing they would be meeting with their children in Cebu when they were taken by persons who disguised themselves as police officers,” Sinas said.
The PNP chief added that the said stunt was a desperate move of communist front organizations to get away from criminal liability of serious illegal detention and child exploitation.
Sinas also assured that police authorities are already exerting efforts to locate the parents.
The Ata Manobo children were among the 19 Lumad minors who were brought to Cebu City by communist front.
Reports indicate that the children were undergoing radicalization and revolutionary warfare indoctrination.
MANILA, Philippines—The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has confirmed that members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) who received COVID-19 vaccine shots have not experienced adverse side effects.
AFP Spokesperson Maj. Gen. Edgard Arevalo, in a statement, said the personnel volunteered to get vaccinated to make sure President Rodrigo Duterte will be safe from the COVID-19 virus.
The personnel received criticisms after they were inoculated without proper government authorization.
“We are pleased that PSG Personnel who have volunteered to be vaccinated in the pursuit of their mission to protect the President did not only perform a selfless act. They were also safe as an aftermath of the inoculation. No adverse side effects as we speak,” Arevalo said.
Last week, the Palace confirmed that the Food and Drug Administration granted the PSG a compassionate permit for the use of 10,000 doses of Sinopharm’s COVID-19 vaccine. -AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
MANILA, Philippines — The fifth most wanted person in Lanao del Sur was killed during an encounter with the police and military troops on Wednesday (February 10).
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Mindanao Command reported that the Marine Battalion Landing Team 5 (MBLT5) and the Provincial Police Office conducted a joint operation in Barangay Molimoc Balabagan, Lanao del Sur.
Authorities were about to enter the vicinity of the suspect identified as Jayson Deniega when he immediately opened fire. The authorities retaliated leading to the shooting of Deniega. He was rushed to the hospital but was declared dead on arrival.
Deniega is an identified hard killer, drug trafficker, and extortionist in the province.
Recovered items from the area include a .38 caliber firearm, a grenade, and several sachets of suspected illegal drugs.
Meanwhile, the local government of Buntong Bubong, and Ditsaan-Kamain turned over several firearms to the AFP after civilians surrendered them to authorities.
The surrendered firearms include three .50 caliber Barrett sniper rifles, M79 grenade launcher, and a KG9 9mm submachine gun. AAC (with reports from Val Villaflor)
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