AFP: No definite timeline for mission vs Abu Sayyaf

admin   •   September 2, 2016   •   3648

AFP No definite timeline for mission vs Abu Sayyaf

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has no definite timeline for its all-out offensive against the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG). It does not want to rush its military operations against the ASG to ensure positive results.

Though the military has grown stronger with the latest augmentation to Basilan and Sulu, the AFP is taking it slowly but surely to ensure that their operations would bring positive results.

AFP Western Mindanao command (WestMinCom) spokesperson, Maj. Felimon Tan, Jr. said, “Kapag masyado tayong nagdedepende sa timeline, kapag malayo ang tingin natin pa, baka hindi tayo mag-react ng mabilis kapag malapit na. Baka naman masyado tayong mag-react na mapeligro naman yung ating mga sundalo.”

01 AFP No definite timeline for mission vs Abu Sayyaf

(If we depend too much on timelines, and we are looking too far ahead, we may not be able to react as quickly when the time is near. Or we might react aggressively thereby putting the soldiers’ lives at risk)

For now the AFP is confident that the ASG is now moving within a limited territory. Successive encounters prove this as it implies that the bandits have very few places to run to.

“Basta ang sa amin dito may impormasyon. Pag-aaralan natin ng mabuti at magka-conduct tayo ng focus military operations.”

(We have information. We are studying it carefully then we’ll conduct military operations.)

During his visit at the wake of the fallen soldiers the other day, President Rodrigo Duterte said that as much as possible he doesn’t want the troops to suffer the same setback, particularly the beheading of several soldiers by ASG.

(Dante Amento/UNTV News and Rescue)

Signal No. 1 up over parts of Visayas, Mindanao as ‘Lannie’ nears landfall

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Tropical Depression Lannie is about to make  landfall in the vicinity of Southern Leyte,  the state weather bureau said on Monday morning.

Based on PAGASA’s 8:00 a.m. weather bulletin, the center of TD Lannie was estimated, based on all available data, over the coastal waters of Liloan, Southern Leyte.

Moving west northwestward at a speed of 15 kilometers per hour (kph), the ‘Lannie’ has maximum sustained winds of 45 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 55 kph.

On the forecast track, the tropical depression will move generally west northwestward over the Visayas archipelago until Monday evening (October 4) or tomorrow early morning (October 5).

Afterwards, the depression may make another landfall in the vicinity of northern Palawan or Calamian Islands tomorrow morning before emerging over the West Philippine Sea. PAGASA said Lannie will remain a tropical depression, with a possibility of slight intensification once over the Sulu Sea or West Philippine Sea.

Tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) no. 1 has been raised in the following areas:


The southern portion of Masbate (Pio V. Corpuz, Cataingan, Palanas, Dimasalang, Uson, Mobo, Milagros, Mandaon, Esperanza, Placer, Cawayan, Balud), the southern portion of Romblon (Cajidiocan, San Fernando, Magdiwang, Santa Maria, Odiongan, Alcantara, Ferrol, Looc, Santa Fe, San Jose), the southern portion of Oriental Mindoro (Roxas, Mansalay, Bulalacao, Bongabong), the southern portion of Occidental Mindoro (Sablayan, Calintaan, Rizal, San Jose, Magsaysay), and the northern portion of Palawan (El Nido, Taytay, Dumaran, Araceli) including Calamian and Cuyo Islands. Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras, Negros Occidental, the northern and central portions of Negros Oriental (Bais City, Mabinay, City of Bayawan, Basay, City of Tanjay, Manjuyod, Bindoy, Ayungon, Tayasan, Jimalalud, La Libertad, City of Guihulngan, Vallehermoso, Canlaon City), Cebu, and Bohol.


Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Islands, the northern portion of Agusan del Norte (Magallanes, Remedios T. Romualdez, City of Cabadbaran, Tubay, Santiago, Jabonga, Kitcharao, Butuan City), the northern portion of Agusan del Sur (Sibagat, City of Bayugan, Prosperidad), and the northern portion of Surigao del Sur (San Miguel, Marihatag, San Agustin, Cagwait, Bayabas, Tago, City of Tandag, Cortes, Lanuza, Carmen, Madrid, Cantilan, Carrascal, Lianga)

Today through tomorrow morning, moderate to heavy with at times intense rains are likely over Visayas, Bicol Region, MIMAROPA, CALABARZON, and Caraga Region. Light to moderate with at times heavy rains are also possible over Metro Manila, Bulacan, Bataan, and the rest of Mindanao.

Lannie is forecast to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Thursday morning (October 7). AAC


CIDG arrests alleged members of Chinese kidnapping group in Parañaque

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) arrested alleged members of a Chinese kidnapping group in Parañaque, Thursday evening (August 26).

According to the CIDG, the arrest was made after 29-year-old Chinese national Cao Qui and 53-year-old Arnulfo Firmanes filed a report on Cao Qui’s kidnapping on August 25.

Based on their report, a group of Chinese nationals on Wednesday afternoon suddenly appeared and handcuffed Cao Qui. The group took the car he rented and brought him to Multinational Village, Paranaque City.

Thereafter, they demanded a sum of money in exchange for Cao Qui’s freedom.

However, Cao Qui failed to comply with their demand. After 24 hours, he was released on the condition that the rented car will remain in the Chinese group’s possession until he produces the money.

The CIDG immediately responded to the complaint and to the area where Cao Qui was reportedly kidnapped. Upon arrival at the location, the victim, without any doubts identified the rented car.

The CIDG operatives flagged down the vehicle and arrested the individuals onboard.

Authorities also seized firearms and ammunition, as well as, handcuffs and sachets of suspected illegal drugs in the house where the victim was detained.

Cases for violations of RA 10883 (Carnapping), Art 267 of the RPC (Kidnapping and Serious Illegal Detention), Section 11 and 12 of RA 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act) and Art. 5, Section 28 of RA 10591 (Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act) were filed against the group. AAC

All 50 fatalities in Sulu C-130 crash identified — AFP

Robie de Guzman   •   August 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — All 50 cadavers of military personnel who perished in the fiery July 4 C-130 crash in Sulu have been identified, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Friday.

In a statement, the AFP said the recently identified remains were the following:

  • Corporal Dexter E Estrada (Philippine Army)
  • Corporal Reynel A Matundin (Philippine Army)
  • Corporal Gulam H Ismael (Philippine Army)
  • Private First Class Bengie S Malanog (Philippine Army)
  • Private Ian R Azuelo (Philippine Army)
  • Private Erwin M Canton (Philippine Army)
  • Private Mansueto B Lingatong III (Philippine Army)
  • Private Mar Jhun T Capagngan (Philippine Army)
  • Private Michael C Dalore (Philippine Army)
  • Airman Second Class Glen Mar G Biscocho (Philippine Air Force)

The AFP said the remains of the deceased personnel, which were identified with the help of the PNP-SOCO, have already been transported to their hometowns so they can be reunited with their families.

“The AFP condoles with the families of our deceased comrades in this time of grief,” the military said.

“Rest assured that they will be provided with the necessary support and assistance as well as the benefits due to the soldiers who died in the line of duty,” it added.

The C-130 plane was carrying 96 passengers when it crashed in Patikul, Sulu.

The incident took the lives of 53 individuals, including 50 soldiers and three civilians on the ground, and injured 46 servicemen and four civilians.

Most of the fatalities were burned beyond recognition.

“The memories of our brave comrades who paid the ultimate sacrifice will live on not only in their families but throughout the military organization who continues to risk everything to achieve just and lasting peace for our nation,” the AFP said.

Below is the complete list of 50 personnel in C-130 plane tragedy:

  1. Maj Emmanuel V Macalintal PAF
    2. Maj Michael Vincent Benolerao PAF
    3. Cpt Nigello Emeterio PAF
    4. 1lt Karl Joseph T Hintay PAF
    5. 2lt Sheena Alexandrea Tato NC – PAF
    6. TSg Mark Anthony Agana PAF
    7. TSg Donald P Badoy PAF
    8. TSg Nelson B Hadjiri (QMS) PA
    9. TSg Salahi J Abdurahman (Inf) PA
    10. SSg Jan Niel Y Macapaz PAF
    11. SSg Michael P Bulalaque PAF
    12. Sgt Butch D Maestro (Inf) PA
    13. Sgt Jack P Navarro PAF
    14. Sgt Jelson J Sadjail (Inf) PA
    15. A1C Fortunate L Regidor PAF
    16. A2C Glen Mar G Biscocho PAF
    17. Cpl Dexter E Estrada (Inf) PA
    18. Cpl Reynel A Matundin (Inf) PA
    19. Cpl Gulam H Ismael (Inf) PA
    20. Cpl Jay-Ar V Obenita (Inf) PA
    21. Cpl Alhamin U Salahuddin (Inf) PA
    22. Cpl Jerome M Balivado (Inf) PA
    23. Cpl Jemmar B Mondido (Inf) PA
    24. PFC Philip Dante T Camilosa (Inf) PA
    25. PFC Carlos D Dapanas Jr (Inf) PA
    26. PFC Felizalday M Provido (Inf) PA
    27. PFC Christopher A Rollon (Inf) PA
    28. PFC Marchi E Bonzales (Inf) PA
    29. PFC Keth Kane S Alegarme (Inf) PA
    30. PFC Alzid S Hawrani (Inf) PA
    31. PFC Nazer S Albaracin (Inf) PA
    32. PFC Lester Al T Lagrada (Inf) PA
    33. PFC Bensheen V Sabaduquia (Inf) PA
    34. PFC Bengie S Malanog (Inf) PA
    35. Pvt Ian R Azuelo (Inf) PA
    36. Pvt Erwin M Canton (Inf) PA
    37. Pvt Mansueto B Lingatong III (Inf) PA
    38. Pvt Mar Jhun T Capagngan (Inf) PA
    39. Pvt Michael C Dalore (Inf) PA
    40. Pvt Mark Nash P Lumanta (Inf) PA
    41. Pvt Vic A Monera (Inf) PA
    42. Pvt Jomar A Gabas (Inf) PA
    43. Pvt Marcelino H Alquisar (Inf) PA
    44. Pvt Mel Mark L Angana (Inf) PA
    45. Pvt Reymar C Carmona (Inf) PA
    46. Pvt Jesfel D Mequiabas (Inf) PA
    47. Pvt Archie S Barba (Inf) PA
    48. Pvt Carlos Jhun C Paragua Jr (Inf) PA
    49. Pvt Joey T Loterte (Inf) PA
    50. Pvt Kevin L Damole (Inf) PA


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