AFP verifies report of 23 armed groups joining forces under ‘ISIS Philippines’
by UNTV | Posted on Tuesday, March 6th, 2018
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
A simple marital spat escalated into the brutal murder of six family members in San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija at early dawn on Friday.
The victims were identified as Abby Caballero, Jennifer Caballero, Leonila Caballero, Joshua Caballero, Serrio Caballero and Sonny Custodio.
Wounded survivor Analyn Caballero, 20, was rushed to Dr. Paulino J. Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center while two other surviving minors are currently under the custody of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Women’s Desk.
Based on the initial investigation of the authorities the suspect, identified as Jesse Tesoro, hacked to death his live-in partner, Jenifer Caballero, and five other victims at around 4:30 a.m.
According to their neighbors, the family has been renting the house for a month while working as farm laborers.
The authorities are looking into possible motives for the massacre while a manhunt operation for the suspect is underway. — UNTV News & Rescue
Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go, newly-installed Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Albayalde and outgoing PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa strike President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s signature pose on the sidelines of the PNP Change of Command Ceremony at Camp BGen. Rafael Crame in Quezon City on April 19, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa formally passed his post to National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde on Thursday.
The two police officers came from Philippine Military Academy Sinagtala Class of 1986.
Albayalde was chosen by President Rodrigo Duterte to be the next PNP chief after the end of Dela Rosa’s three-month term extension on Saturday.
The turnover ceremony was led by President Rodrigo Duterte and strict security was observed in Camp Aguinaldo.
The EDSA gate was closed and Task Force Disiplina police officers were deployed for security measures. — UNTV News & Rescue
Imam, a high-value target from Marawi City was nabbed by operatives in a PNP-PDEA Joint operation in San Vicente Magalang, Pampanga.
The joint operation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) led to the arrest of a 29-year old suspect, Akil Imam, in San Vicente Magalang, Pampanga at 4 a.m. Monday.
Imam is a high-value target who hails from Marawi City.
Authorities seized from the suspect 31 sachets and large plastic bags of illegal drugs with an estimated worth of P2.5 million; an electronic scale, ammunition and other drug paraphernalia.
The confiscated illegal drugs are now under the custody of PDEA Region-3. — UNTV News & Rescue
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