ASG sub-leader, 3 members killed in Sulu – AFP

Marje Pelayo   •   June 14, 2021   •   626

MANILA, Philippines – The Western Mindanao Command (WESMINCOM) of the Armed Forces of of the Philippines (AFP) reported the death of a notorious Abu Sayyaf Group sub-leader and three of his followers in a law enforcement operation in Sulu.

“Based on the report from the ground, combined elements of the military and police conducted a law enforcement operation to serve a warrant of arrest against ASG sub-group leader Injam Yadah in Barangay Alat, Jolo, Sulu around 2:00AM Sunday, June 13, 2021,” the WESMINCOM Commander Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr. said.

Sensing the presence of the operating troops, the target and three of his cohorts opened fire thereby prompting the government forces to retaliate. The exchange of fires resulted in the instantaneous death of Yadah and three others.

“We’ve long been on the hunt for Yadah. He has a reputation of being extremely violent — beheading captured innocent civilians and security forces alike. Finally, his hideous acts will now come to a full stop,” said Maj. Gen. William Gonzales, Commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu.

Two of the neutralized cohorts of Yadah were identified as Al-Al Sawadjaan, the youngest brother of infamous bomber Mundi Sawadjaan, and a.k.a. Rauf/Raup while the other one is yet to be identified.

According to 35th Infantry Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Wilfredo Borgonia, Yadah was involved in the kidnapping of various foreign nationals and locals including the ex-wife and daughter of former Talipao Mayor Tambrin Tulawie in 2018.

His latest reported activity was the kidnapping of Rex Triplett in Sirawai, Zamboanga Sibugay and Dr. Moreno in Jolo in 2020.

He was also involved in the abduction of the recently rescued Indonesian nationals.

Lt. Col. Borgonia further stated that Mundi’s brother Al-Al Sawadjaan was a volunteer suicide bomber and improvised explosive device maker.

Operating troops seized in the house of Yadah one M653 Carbine, one cal. 45 pistol, IED components, and 15 mobile phones. Troops also captured Yadah’s wife identified as a.k.a. Jhing and rescued their three children.

“All the forces under JTF-Sulu are doubling their efforts to apprehend Mundi Sawadjaan. His brothers are now dead and we are optimistic that he will also be neutralized. When that day comes, we can say that we have achieved total peace in the province. The local government and people here are one with us in this endeavor,” Maj. Gen. Gonzales added.

Since January 2021, a total of 121 ASG personalities have been neutralized in Sulu. Among the 121 members, 18 were killed, 86 surrendered, and 17 were apprehended.

Suspected Abu Sayyaf member nabbed in Quezon City

Robie de Guzman   •   September 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Wednesday said it has arrested an Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) member in an operation conducted in Culiat, Quezon City last week.

NBI officer-in-charge, director Eric Distor identified the suspect as Albazir Abdulla alias Abu Saif.

The operatives of the NBI-Counter Terrorism Division (CTD) arrested Abdulla, who is facing kidnapping and serious illegal detention charges for his alleged involvement in the 2001 Golden Harvest Plantation kidnapping case.

The operation was launched after NBI sources reported sightings of Abdulla in Metro Manila. A victim-witness also identified him in a CTD photo line-up as one of the abductors and a member of the ASG.

A series of casing and surveillance operations was conducted by the NBI-CTD in coordination with counterparts from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), to gather more information, which revealed the actual residence of Abdulla.

The arrested suspect was brought to NBI Detention Facility.

Distor said Abdulla is the second ASG member they arrested in Metro Manila this year. In May, operatives nabbed alleged ASG member Wahab Jamal alis Ustadz Halipa at Maharlika Village in Taguig.

The NBI said that the ASG group headed by their late leader Isnilon Hapilon and other senior ASG leaders raided the Golden Harvest Plantation in Brgy. Tairan, Lantawan, Basilan Province.

The terrorists seized the supplies from sari-sari stores and houses; livestock, firearms and ammunition from the plantation security. They also burned a chapel and detained 14 plantation workers, two of whom were beheaded by the terrorist group.

After four months of captivity, the victims were able to escape on separate occasions during the rescue operations by the government security forces.

After the incident, the ASG stayed in the mountains and some of its members assimilated back to society as “sleepers” or “spies,” the NBI said.

Six Abu Sayyaf members yield in Sulu

Marje Pelayo   •   August 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Joint Task Force Sulu reported the surrender of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits on Tuesday (August 24).

The surrenderers were identified as:

  1. Abral Samsidari (under ASG leader Radulan Sahiron)
  2. Marjin Basal (under ASG leader Radulan Sahiron)
  3. Alnajer Kaisal (under sub-leader Alhabsi Misaya)
  4. Basir Lahan (under sub-leader Apoh Mike)
  5. Munil Jumarain (under Almujer Yadah)
  6. Padih Hamsari (under Almujer Yadah)

The group also yielded one bushmaster rifle, two M1 garand rifles and one hand grenade fragmentation.

“Nararamdaman na talaga ng mga kababayan natin na gumaganda na kalidad ng buhay sa probinsya. Nakakatuwa na mayroon na naman tayong mga kapatid na naliwanagan at napiling magbalik loob sa ating gobyerno. Ngayong araw, isa-isa namin silang kinausap para talagang malaman paano ba sila napunta sa ganoong klaseng sitwasyon,” said newly installed 1102ND Brigade Commander Col. Giovanni Franza.

(Our countrymen are beginning to feel the improvement in the quality of life in the province. It feels good to know that some [ASG members] have finally seen reason and decided to return to the government fold. Today we had a chance to speak with them individually to find out how they ended up in the situation they were in.)

The surrender was facilitated by the 35th Infantry Battalion led by Lt.Col. Wilfredo Borgonia.

According to Joint Task Force – Sulu and 11ID Commander MGen William Gonzales, a total of 19 ASG members came forward and formally surrendered to the government forces for this month of August.

The official commended the cooperation of local government units for their part in the campaign for peace in Sulu.

“I am very grateful that the local chief executives are stepping up. We are all hand in hand in preparing these people to reintegrate to mainstream society,” MGen Gonzales said in a statement.

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

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