ASG ‘kidnap-for-ransom’ a cottage industry — AFP

admin   •   March 2, 2017   •   4354

FILE PHOTO: AFP Spokesperson BGen. Restituto Padilla Jr.

FILE PHOTO: AFP Spokesperson BGen. Restituto Padilla Jr.

PHILIPPINES — Despite the relentless military operations to capture the bandit groups in the southern portion of the country, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) admits that it is still very difficult for them to repress the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG)because of the culture in the communities where these groups are hiding.

“Mahirap talagang hanapin kasi kasabwat na nila yung bawat barrio na may isang bahay dyan na hindi mo alam sa silong nila may isang nakatago; so it’s not easy (They are difficult find because they are in cahoots with every barrio. A house may be hiding a bandit in the basement and we just don’t know it; so it’s not easy.) ,” said AFP spokesperson, BGen. Restituto Padilla, Jr.

“It has been a culture, parang cottage industry na sinusuportahan; magkakamaganak ‘yan eh (It has been a culture, like a cottage industry that everyone supports; they’re all related.),” he added.

Recently, the group beheaded German national Jurgen Kantner.

As of today, there are still 25 foreigners and six Filipinos still held captive by ASG.

Based on information gathered by the AFP, these hostages include 12 Vietnamese nationals, 7 Indonesians, 5 Malaysians, 1 Dutch national and 6 Filipinos.

AFP explains that it is not under their jurisdiction to control a certain community, unless the President declares martial law in a specific area or put it under the state of emergency.

In line with this, the AFP has launched the Integrated Area Development Plan that aims to strengthen and develop the ties of the military with the local government units in some portions of the Mindanao region.

“He is trying to have the whole government agencies team up to address the systemic problems or systemic needs of the place,” said Padilla.

“Hindi po malulutas ng batas, ng military solutions lamang ang mga problema dito sa lugar na ito. Malalim na ang ugat ng pinagmumulan ng problemang ito. Sa lalim nito ang tingin na ng ibang tao sa kidnap for ransom ay isang cottage industry o kabuhayan (The problems facing this area are not easily solved by the law of military solutions. The problem has deeply rooted itself that people already look at kidnap for ransom as a cottage industry or a livelihood). ”

Meanwhile, the AFP has created a task force to search for the remains of the German national beheaded by the Abu Sayyaf Group. — Joan Nano | 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:

Visayas

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.

Mindanao

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

 

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

Mindanao, secured amid threat of possible spillover of Afghan tension — PNP

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has assured that the Mindanao region remains secured amid warnings of a possible spillover of the tension in Afghanistan.

PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar made the assurance after Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence, and Terrorism Research chief Rommel Banlaoi warned that the spillover in Afghanistan could inspire local terrorist groups to carry out attacks.

Eleazar said that the PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are closely coordinating to thwart attacks that may be carried out by local terrorist groups.

“I assure the public that the police and military will not allow a spillover of the Afghan conflict. Hindi namin hahayaan na makapaghasik ng kaguluhan sa bansa ang mga lokal na terorista para sabayan ang gulo sa Afghanistan (We will not let local terrorists to bring chaos amid the situation in Afghanistan),” he said.

The PNP chief said that the national police would be on full alert and intensify intelligence gathering operations to ensure there is no spillover in Mindanao.

Meanwhile, he urged the public to remain vigilant and immediately report unusual incidents that could threaten the safety of our communities. AAC

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