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ASG member responsible for 2002 Kidapawan bus terminal bombing nabbed

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Authorities have finally arrested one of Abu Sayyaf Group’s (ASG) most wanted members, Abdurahman Daiyung alias Biznar Salabudin / Abu Talha, in Ermita, Manilla on Sunday (February 11).

Through a warrant of arrest issued in 2008 by Basilan Regional Trial Court Judge Leo Jay Principe, soldiers and police nabbed Daiyung along M. H. Del Pilar Street in Padre Faura area where he was working as a welder.

“Na-monitor natin na pumupunta at umiikot siya sa ibang kasamahan niya dito. Ang pagkakahuli natin sa kanya ay offshoot ng ating arrest ng isang kasamahan niya last December before Traslacion,” confirmed NCRPO Chief PDir. Guillermo Eleazar said.

According to police records, Daiyung was the one responsible for the abduction of 15 plantation workers at Golden Harvest in 2001.

He was also involved in the October 10, 2002 bombing of a bus terminal in Kidapawan City that killed 7 individuals and injured 24 others.

The NCRPO, meanwhile, is still investigating the whereabouts of other ASG members roaming around Metro Manila specifically those who have links to Daiyung.

Eleazar noted, however, that the arrests of ASG members in Metro Manila are no reasons for concern.

“Ang Abu Sayyaf kasi ay mayroong inactive at mayroong active. Mayroong iba na sympathizers, supporters. In the case noong naaresto natin right now, dini-determine natin kung siya ay active member,” Eleazar explained.

“(Ang) basis naman ng arrest natin sa kanya ay ang warrant of arrest niya for the case that happened long time ago,” the NCRPO Chief concluded.

Daiyung belonged to the ASG faction led by ISIS emir Isnilon Hapilon. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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Duterte admin maintains ‘no ransom policy’ on Abu Sayyaf hostages

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, February 22nd, 2019

File photo: Members of the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Malacañang on Friday maintained the government’s policy of not paying ransom for the release of several hostages taken by the terrorist Abu Sayyaf group.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo issued the statement after the ASG threatened to behead a Malaysian and two Indonesian nationals held captive in Mindanao if ransoms are not paid.

“We are doing our best to secure the release of hostages (one Malaysian and two Indonesians) from the evil hands of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) but we stand firm on our no-ransom policy,” Panelo said.

Panelo explained that giving in to the demands of terrorists and other lawless groups “would embolden them to engage in more abductions,” and that it would allow them to “conduct extremist and other criminal activities as they could buy more arms and weapons.”

“The ASG continues to be on the run as a result of the order of the President to the military to crush them,” he added.

“Our security forces are hunting them in the wild forests of Mindanao to unleash their might and blow them to kingdom come,” Panelo concluded. — Robie de Guzman (with reports from Rosalie Coz)


8 killed, ASG sub-leader wounded in Sulu clash

by admin   |   Posted on Saturday, February 2nd, 2019

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Five soldiers and three members of the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were killed in a heavy firefight that erupted between government troops and militants Saturday morning (February 2) at Sitio Sungkog, Patikul, Sulu.

The troops of 5th Scout Ranger Battalion under Lieutenant Colonel Marlo Jomalesa encountered more or less 150 ASG members who were under the command of Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan.

The firefight lasted for almost two hours resulting in the death of five soldiers and wounding of five others.

Three ASG militants were killed and 15 were wounded including Idang Susukan, sub leader of Sawadjaan. — UNTV News and Rescue

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Military clashed with ASG in Patikul, Sulu – AFP

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, January 31st, 2019

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Members of the Philippine Army 1st Scout Ranger Battalion engaged in an encounter with some members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).

According to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM), the soldiers clashed with the ASG’s sub-group Ajang-Ajang under Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan in the municipality of Patikul, Sulu.

The firefight lasted for five minutes before the enemies retreated.

The military believes that the group was with alias ‘Kamah’, the primary suspect in the Jolo cathedral bombing.

“This is after the airstrikes we conducted two days or three days ago. Tuloy tuloy ito. It’s been three days now, ang airstrikes doon at saka artillery shelling. The same group iyan ang may napatay the other day, si Umal Usop,” AFP Westmincom Spokesperson Col. Gerry Besana said.

Military offensives are now focused on the area of Patikul which is a known bailiwick of the bandits.

There were no casualties on the side of the government.

Authorities, meanwhile, are ongoing with its clearing operations to verify the number of casualties on the enemies’ side.

The AFP are now holding airstrikes over enemies’ camp while ensuring the safety of the civilians.

“it is our pledge to protect the rights of all Filipinos and all human being kapag may nagkakamali sa amin kaso ang aabutin namin and we do not tolerate any and any collateral damage,” Besana concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Dante Amento)

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