FILE IMAGE: A screenshot of a video in the internet showing some allegedly Filipinos signifying alliance with the ISIS terrorist group.
MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said the remaining terrorists are still recruiting and strengthening their forces.
Twenty-three armed groups are believed to have joined forces under the so-called “ISIS Philippines”.
However, the AFP is still verifying the said information.
The military is also looking into intelligence reports that a certain Abu Dar replaced Isnilon Hapilon as the emir of the Islamic State in Southeast Asia.
Abu Dar, a Maranao, was able to flee the clashes in Marawi City and is believed to have brought with him a huge sum of money.
“We are trying to confirm the veracity of that information. Yesterday, informal reports came in regarding the matter and I’m telling it to the intelligence community, operations and people on the ground we are trying to confirm that,” AFP spokesperson BGen. Bienvenido Datuin said.
The AFP noted that terrorists continue to recruit new members, organize, and re-train themselves.
The military and the police are also verifying a circulating text message, saying terrorists are planning to bomb six cities.
The said text message states a leaked copy of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Region X in Cagayan de Oro City.
“We are closely monitoring them to make sure that they will not conduct or execute any atrocities or terroristic actions within the metropolis or any urban areas,” said the AFP spokesperson.
“This is being validated, but this should not be a cause of panic or alarm among our citizens. If we are talking about Mindanao, so we could protect the people there. Here in our area, in Visayas and Luzon, the security forces, the military, the intelligence community and the PNP are on top of the situation. We are doing our part in seeing to it that our people will be protected,” said PNP spokesperson PCSupt. John Bulalacao. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
PNP holds reenactment of Mayor Halili’s assassination
At exactly 8:10 a.m. on Monday, July 2, Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili was shot dead in the early Monday flag ceremony at the Tanuan City Hall grounds.
The Special Investigation Task Group Halili conducted on Thursday, July 5 the reenactment of the assassination.
This aims to eliminate speculations and establish the position of the gunman.
In the reenactment, a mannequin wearing a suit was placed at the spot where Mayor Halili was standing along with other individuals during the incident.
After the reenactment, Region 4-A Director Edward Carranza confirmed that the position of the gunman was the sniper hole which they mentioned before.
The crime laboratory said that the killer had an estimated distance of 76.8 meters from the position of the mayor.
The suspect was also elevated 4.1 meters from the ground which enabled him to hit the mayor despite any movement in his place.
Carranza said that it is possible that the gunman is not a sniper who commonly aims for a head shot.
At a distance of 76.8 meters, he said that civilians who are highly-skilled in firearms can also execute a kill shot comparable to a marksman’s .
Currently, there are still three persons of interest who are under investigation.
Meanwhile, at around 9:30 pm in the morning, the crime laboratory has found a bullet in the sniper hole.
It will undergo a ballistic examination to cross-match with the 5.56mm bullet found in the body of the mayor in an autopsy.
Through this, it is possible to identify the owner of the firearm which was used in the killing of Halili. — Sherwin Culubong | UNTV News & Rescue
2 PNP officers sacked over death of detainee
Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Station 4 Commander P/Supt Carlito Grijaldo and duty jailer PO3 Dennis Saño have been relieved of their posts effective Thursday, June 21, over the death of detainee, Genesis Argoncillo.
PNP Chief PDG Oscar Albayalde has also instructed NCRPO Chief Guillermo Eleazar to investigate if QCPD Director Chief Supt. Joselito Esquivel, Jr. should be relieved for command responsibility. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
Debt-ridden soldiers to undergo financial management seminar — AFP
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will conduct a financial management training for its members to prevent them from falling into debt traps.
AFP spokesman Col. Edgard Arevalo said, an official directive was issued by AFP Chief of Staff General Carlito Galvez Jr. instructing that take-home pays of soldiers should not be lower than P15,000.
Arevalo explained that P15,000 is the minimum amount that will enable a soldier to lead a decent life. He also said that debt deductions from salaries will not be allowed if the soldier’s remaining take-home pay will amount to less than P15,000 after deduction.
Aside from limiting loan amortization deductions, the AFP will also train soldiers how to handle finances so that they will not get into the habit of borrowing money and drowning in debt.
According to Arevalo, the AFP is going for the holistic approach to ensure that the salary raise given to soldiers will be put to good use and not end up as payment for endless debts.
The directive comes on the heels of a report exposing the money problems of a number of policemen who are almost left with nothing during paydays due to numerous loan deductions.
Arevalo emphasized that soldiers must learn how to manage their income to and prevent them from mindlessly borrowing money without understanding their capacity to pay.
— Lea Ylangan | UNTV News & Rescue