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AFP to craft new urban warfare guidelines based on Marawi clash

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

The military admitted to being new to urban warfare. This is because soldiers are used to fighting in mountains or rural areas.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) conceded that this is the reason why government troops are having difficulty in defeating the Maute terrorist group in Marawi City.

This prompted the AFP to create new guidelines for urban warfare based on the military’s operations in Marawi.

“He also directed all the men, commanders and soldiers on the ground to gather the documents that could serves as the basis of the creating or drafting of a new doctrine pursuant to what we have learned in the operations sa Marawi,” AFP-Public Affairs Office (PAO) chief Col. Edgard Arevalo said.

Arevalo noted that soldiers had a different experience in its operation in the city, like battling terrorists who hide in concrete buildings.

“Yes urban warfare, we can see the different dimension of the operation in urban terrain. In the past we have the opportunity, but not to this extent, not this massive as these operations,” Arevalo added.

Aside from this, the AFP said soldiers were caught off guard when the enemy used its hostages as human shields.

In the latest estimate on the Marawi rebellion, 45 civilians were killed. Soldiers and police were able to kill 528 terrorists, while on 122 on the part of the government died in the still ongoing battle. – Lea Ylagan | UNTV News and Rescue

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PNP and AFP personnel nabs alleged ISIS member in Manila

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, February 19th, 2018

The alleged ISIS member nabbed by the Philippine Nation Police: Egyptian national Fehmi Lassqued alias John Rasheed Lassqued. (Lea Ylagan / UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — With the help of an information sent to Philippine authorities, the operatives of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) arrested Egyptian national Fehmi Lassqued alias John Rasheed Lassqued in his apartment at Casa Blanca in Adriatico St., Malate, Manila last Saturday.

Based on intelligence report provided by the foreign counterparts of the PNP and AFP, a leader of the Islamic State (ISIS) was able to enter the Philippines from Iran last July 2016 using a fake passport.

The alleged ISIS leader is an expert in bomb-making, that is why authorities consider him a threat to the country.

The PNP and AFP seized from the suspect a firearm, ammunition, and materials used for bomb making.

“Mayroon siyang mga drawing drawing. May mapang nakuha sa kanya but it’s really unidentifiable as of this time dahil hindi pa alam yung lugar. Mapa mapa  lang probably it’s a general area,”  said NCRPO chief PDir. Oscar Albayalde.

(He has sketches of a map. But it’s really unidentifiable as of this time because we do not know yet the place. It’s just a map. Probably, it’s a general area.)

“Maybe I was an ISIS before, but if I have these things, of course, I will say. It’s no problem for me,” said the suspect.

Authorities also arrested the partner of Lassqued, identified as Anabelle Salipada, a resident of Upi, Maguindanao.

According to Albayalde, ISIS members went to countries experiencing turmoil to recruit new members.

“Yung mga conflicting parties pwede niyang irecruit pareho. Ganoon ang ginagawa niya, gaya sa Mindanao, may conflict diyan so madaling mag recruit doon,” said Albayalde.

(The conflicting parties can be recruited. That’s what they are doing, like in Mindanao, there is a conflict there so it’s easy to recruit.)

Philippine authorities are still determining if Lassqued had recruited new members of the ISIS terrorist group. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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UNTV Cup Semifinals kick off

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, February 9th, 2018

UNTV Cup Final 4

MANILA, Philippines — The UNTV Cup Season 6 semifinal round kicks off on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at the Pasig City Sports Center.

The Senate Defenders and Malacañang-PSC Kamao are set to battle the top 2 seeded teams AFP Cavaliers and NHA Builders.

According to league rules, the AFP and NHA hold the twice-to-beat advantage.

This necessitates the lawmakers and the Presidents’ men to win two straights to grab the two championship tickets.

The younger team NHA Builders will battle the former two-time championship contender Malacañang-PSC Kamao on the first game (3pm) of the doubleheader while former two-time champion AFP Cavaliers will face the Senate Defenders on the main game (4:30pm).

But should the AFP and NHA emerge victorious on Sunday, the will outrightly proceed to the Best of Three Finals match, while the Senate and Malacañang-PSC will set a knockout battle for third.

The AFP Cavaliers with a mixture of old and young gunners is expected to flex their vintage champion form while the Senate Defenders will stick to their chemistry and tough defense.

On the other hand, the question of who is more hungrier will be the story of NHA-Malacañang-PSC saga as both teams had already frequented to the final 4 seats but failed to get the Cup.

This epic battles can be watched live at the venue for free as well as on the UNTV channel and website. — UNTV New Media

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Developers from China, Malaysia express interest to rehabilitate most affected parts of Marawi City — TFBM

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, February 9th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The groundbreaking ceremony for the rehabilitation of the most affected parts of Marawi City is in April.

On Monday, February 12, developers who are interested to participate in the rehabilitation should submit their unsolicited proposals to the government.

Task Force Bangon Marawi said around six have already expressed their interest including groups from China and Malaysia.

“Based on the informal communications relayed to us, foreign companies have signified their intention to participate in the master development of Marawi coming from China and Malaysia,” said Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Task Force Bangon Marawi  Secretary-General Usec. Falconi Millar.

The technical working group of the Task Force Bangon Marawi will study the unsolicited proposals for one week and the bidding process for the rehabilitation project will undergo the Swiss challenge system.

It means, after selecting the best proposal, the government will look for another party which can challenge it and offer it for a lower price but with the same quality.

Meanwhile, the local government of Marawi City welcomes the decision of the Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of the extension of martial law in Mindanao for one year.

They believe this is beneficial for the city, especially on its reconstruction and rehabilitation.

“Tayo po ay naniniwala na makakatulong po especially in addressing itong sinasabi nating the possibilities of recruitment of this would be members of ISIS-inspired groups so yan po ay malaking tulong po,” said Marawi City Mayor Majul Usman Gandamra.

(We believe that this will help us especially in addressing the possibilities of recruitment of this would be members of ISIS-inspired groups. So, it is a big help.) — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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