AFP continues to call on Abu Sayyaf group to surrender

UNTV News   •   May 31, 2017   •   3987


Sixty-four members of the Abu Sayyaf Group have returned to the fold of the government since the military had intensified its offensives against terrorists and other armed groups in Mindanao.

Based on AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) report, 69 ASG members were killed in 36 encounters and 41 were arrested since January this year.

From these encounters, 89 weapons were recovered by the military.

And now, with the prevailing martial law in Mindanao, the AFP said they will continue to call on members of the bandit group to surrender.

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“We have 64 Abu Sayyaf surrenderers; they come from different provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi Tawi. Majority of them come from Basilan,” said Wesmincom spokesperson Capt. Jo-ann Petinglay.

The AFP assures that they will respect the human rights of all surrenderers, and that they will not abuse the authorities given them under the martial rule in Mindanao Region.

“To respect human rights, the rule of law to uphold the International Humanitarian Law so now, when they surrender, their human rights will still be given due respect,” WestMinCom Spokesperson Cpt. Petinglay added. – Victor Cosare | UNTV News and Rescue

LPA affecting Visayas, parts of Mindanao

Marje Pelayo   •   February 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – State weather agency PAGASA is monitoring a low-pressure area (LPA) near the southern island of Mindanao.

As of 4:00 a.m. Thursday (February 6), the weather system was located at 705 k.m. east of Davao City.

The trough of the LPA is currently bringing cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms in areas of Visayas, CARAGA, Northern Mindanao and the entire Davao Region.

Meanwhile, the Northeast Monsoon (Amihan) is seen affecting Luzon particularly Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Bicol Region, Aurora, and Quezon where cloudy skies with light rains can be observed.

Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon due to Amihan.

Similar conditions will also be experienced in other areas of Mindanao due to localized thunderstorms.

Abu Sayyaf member arrested in Zamboanga City

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 17, 2020

A member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) was arrested in Zamboanga City Friday morning (January 17).

Benhajar Salapuddin Alan was arrested in a joint manhunt operation of the Sulu Police Provincial Office, Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG), Police Regional Office in Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), and Zamboanga City Mobile Force Company.

Alan was arrested at the Zamboanga Port Authority Compound around 5:00 a.m. on Friday.

Alan is a member of the group headed by the late ASG leader Albader Parad. He is also facing murder charges and is allegedly involved in illegal drugs and ‘gun for hire’ activities in Zamboanga.

The suspect is now under the custody of the Zamboanga City Police Office.—AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

Rains may cause mudflow in areas affected by Taal’s volcanic activity

Marje Pelayo   •   January 13, 2020

A boy’s muddy feet is seen during an evacuation after a volcano eruption in Talisay, Batangas, Philippines, 13 January 2020. Thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate as authorities in the Philippines raised the alert due to the increased activity of the Taal volcano, located in an island near Manila. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised the alert level from 1 to 3 and then 4 – on a scale of 5, after an increase in the activity of the crater resulted in an eruption spewing steam and ash up to one-kilometer high. EPA-EFE/MARK R. CRISTINO

MANILA, Philippines – State weather bureau PAGASA is monitoring a Low Pressure Area (LPA) in the eastern part of Mindanao.

Based on PAGASA’s 4:00 AM update Monday (January 13), the LPA was spotted at 735 km East Southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

Meanwhile, parts of Northern Luzon are currently experiencing the effects of the tail end of a cold front which brings cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms in areas in Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region,and Aurora.

Possible flash floods or landslides due to scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains

Also, cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms will prevail over Caraga and Eastern Visayas as a result of the impact of the trough of the LPA.

This condition may cause possible flash floods or landslides due to scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains.

Meanwhile, volcanic activity is currently affecting the provinces of Batangas, Cavite, and Laguna.

Hence, cloudy skies with isolated rains and thunderstorms may possibly reduced visibility and cause mudflow during ash fall and light to moderate rains.

Residents in the affected areas are advised to take extra caution and heed warnings from authorities.

In Ilocos Region, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains caused by the northeast monsoon will prevail.

This may cause intermittent strong winds especially in coastal and mountainous areas.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will also experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.

Residents are urged to monitor for possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms especially in areas susceptible to these hazards.


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