AFP considers Maguindanao and Cotabato as most threatened areas

admin   •   October 6, 2017   •   5325

MANILA, Philippines — The military has been diligently monitoring and gathering information to prevent another armed crisis the likes of  Marawi siege.

AFP Spokesperson Major General Restituto Padilla pointed out that the provinces of Maguindanao and Cotabato are the most threatened areas to date because of the presence of armed groups supporting Maute terrorists there.

“Because there remains in those areas sizeable numbers of armed men who have pledged allegiance to this — the group who are in Marawi,” said Padilla.

The official also reiterated that martial law in Mindanao is needed to end the atrocities in Mindanao.

 “Martial law in Mindanao will not end when the battle in Marawi is over because we still have until the end of the year to do everything we can to prevent this kind of rebellion from happening again,” said the AFP spokesperson.

Meanwhile, the military revealed that certain groups are now being monitored by the AFP for possibly supporting the Maute terrorists.

Padilla said once they have gathered enough evidence, they will proceed to file appropriate legal charges.

“And we’re conducting our thorough research on these people because it may be possible that they had been part or accessory to the rebellion,” said the official. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue


Army encountered election-related incidents in Mindanao in past 24 hours

Maris Federez   •   May 13, 2019

The Philippine Army has monitored a number of election-related incidents in several areas in Mindanao in the past 24 hours.

On Sunday night (May 12), the intelligence personnel of the Army’s 57th Infantry Battalion led by SSG Richard V. Gacias, discovered a container suspected to be of an improvised explosive device (IED) at Sitio Panang, Brgy Salbu, Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao.

This, while the troop was conducting covert security and liaising operations in the area.

The discovered IED was placed in a plastic container with the following components:

1.            One (1) handheld radio (baofeng)

2.            Black powder (main charge).

3.            Assorted concrete nails.

4.            One (1) improvised blasting cap

The troop conducted area security and cordoned off the IED site and temporarily controlled and held the commuters while waiting for the arrival of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team.

The EOD team then immediately conducted recovery operations and paneling and safety procedures in successfully recovering and disrupting the IED.

 The team then brought the IED to the old capitol in Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao for proper disposition.

Meanwhile, an explosion was heard near the Cotabato City Hall, on Matalam St., Malagapas in Cotabato City at 10 in the evening. 

Fragments of CTG 40mm, were recovered in the area. 

The identities of the perpetrators are yet to be determined, but authorities believe that the motive of the blast is to disrupt the sorting of voting paraphernalia that will be used on election day.

No casualty was reported in the incident.

Thirty minutes after, a shooting incident transpired near the Datu Unsay Public Market, Brgy Meta, Datu Unsay, Maguindanao wherein a certain Jack Ebrahim, 27 years old, was shot on his left thigh.

The perpetrator of the shooting is still unknown.

On Monday (May 13), the right-hand man of Shariff Aguak mayoral candidate Zaharra Ampatuan was shot near a fruit stand at Shariff Aguak market by an unidentified gunman at past one in the morning.

Nasrudin Upam, who was hit at his right arm, was immediately brought by a concerned citizen to IPHO-Maguindanao Provincial Hospital.

And at 7:20 in the morning, an explosion, caused by a still undetermined type of explosive, took place in the vicinity of Poblacion Dalican in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.

The Army immediately responded to the explosion site to cordon the area and to possibly apprehend the perpetrators.

This unit immediately coordinated with 3rd EOD unit to send a team to investigate the explosion site and determine the type of the IED used. /mbmf

DOJ releases Marawi Vice Mayor arrested for rebellion

Robie de Guzman   •   March 15, 2019

Marawi City Vice Mayor Arafat Salic

MANILA, Philippines – Marawi City Vice Mayor Arafat Salic has been ordered released on Friday after the Department of Justice (DOJ) said his case cannot be subject of an inquest.

Salic was arrested by military and police on Wednesday over rebellion charges after his name was included in the Office of the Martial Law Administrator Arrest Order dated Sept. 4, 2017.

READ: Marawi Vice Mayor arrested over rebellion charges

He was brought to the DOJ on Friday supposedly for inquest proceeding for his alleged participation in the 2017 Marawi siege, but Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Peter Ong said the procedure is not applicable in the case of Salic.

The State Prosecutor explained that an inquest only applies to warrantless arrest, when a crime is being committed, a person is about to commit a crime or those caught following a hot pursuit.

Ong also pointed out that the martial law arrest order has been revoked by Martial law Administrator, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

With Salic’s release, the complaint he is facing will have to go through a regular preliminary investigation. – Robie de Guzman

AFP condemns mall blast in Cotabato City; eyes terrorists links

Marje Pelayo   •   January 1, 2019


CCTV footage of bombing at South Seas Mall in Magallanes Street, Cotabato City

MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is looking at terrorist involvement in the bombing incident in a mall in Cotabato City on Monday (December 31).

In a statement, AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal said though they consider the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and its breakaway group Daulah Islamiyah as “the ones with the wicked desire to sow terror and inflict harm to innocent civilians,” the military does not discount “the possibility of other interest groups aligned with the same evil intentions to be involved.”

Two individuals were confirmed dead while 34 others were injured in a suspected improvised explosive device (IED) found at the baggage counter of South Seas Mall in Magallanes Street, Cotabato City.

Investigation is underway. – Marje Pelayo


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