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ASG uses drug money; members high on drugs

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, September 30th, 2016

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The terrorist group Abu Sayyaf is involved in illegal drug transactions to finance its operations.

This is based on the findings of numerous units in ZAMBASULTA or Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi area confronting the ASG.

Reports from AFP line units reveal that majority of the ASG members that government troops encounter are young recruits that are high on illegal drugs or shabu as evidenced by the paraphernalia recovered in the belongings of killed ASG members and in their lairs.

Drugs are being used to lure youngsters who may have been given shabu for free and later on recruited once they are addicted to it.

Reports also indicate that money generated from shabu is being used to finance the ASG daily operations.

This was also affirmed by several former hostages of the group. Those guarding the hostages are always high on drugs.

Nevertheless, the AFP continue to do their duty of monitoring the presence of ASG members in the metropolis with the help of Philippine National Police.

To date, there is no ASG members in Metro Manila.

“We have not monitored any Abu Sayyaf group members here (in Metro Manila). If they had information that will lead us to believe that indeed there are already members of the ASG in Metro Manila, we would have information sharing,” Public Affairs Ofice Chief Col. Edgard Arevalo said.

The AFP assures the public that the security forces of the government is not slacking off but exerting all efforts in suppressing terrorism and lawless violence,” said Col. Arevalo. — Bryan de Paz | UNTV News & Rescue

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AFP: No sightings of anti-ship ballistic missile test in West PH Sea

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, July 5th, 2019

A Filipino soldier patrols at the shore of Pagasa island (Thitu Island) in the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, May 11, 2015. REUTERS/RITCHIE B. TONGO/POOL

MANILA, Philippines – The Western Command (WESCOM) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said there is no monitored sighting of an anti-ship ballistic test in the West Philippine Sea, following reports of a missile launch by China in the area.

“Based on the report of our operating units, particularly the Joint Task Force West, there is no monitored sighting of anti-ship ballistic missile test conducted in our joint area of operations,” the AFP said in a statement dated July 3.

The military assured it is regularly conducting maritime patrol missions in the Philippine-held island detachments, especially in the West Philippine Sea.

“WESCOM is continuously monitoring our area of responsibility especially in the West Philippine Sea and conducts regular maritime and sovereignty patrol missions incessantly to sustain our presence in the 9 PH-held island detachments,” the AFP said.   

The military issued the statement after Pentagon reported about China’s “disturbing” missile launch near the Spratly (Kalayaan) islands that is contrary to Beijing’s pledge in 2015 not to militarize the man-made outposts in the disputed waterway.

The Philippine Department of National Defense earlier said an inquiry into the said reports will be conducted.

“We will decide later what to do if proven correct,” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a message sent to reporters.  

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Military says Duterte ‘coup’ comment just random remark

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 72nd Philippine Air Force Anniversary at the Col. Jesus Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on July 2, 2019. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte’s appeal for the military and police not to stage a coup d’etat during his term was just a random remark, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said on Wednesday (July 3).

“That was a random remark on the part of the President and Commander-in-Chief, in so far as the AFP is concerned,” AFP spokesperson, Marine Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo said in a message sent to reporters.

In a speech at the 72nd Founding anniversary of the Philippine Air Force in Pasay City, Duterte said that staging a coup is not necessary as he is willing to step down from office is asked to.

He added that Soldiers and policemen who no longer find him deserving to lead the country could simply call and talk to him over a cup of coffee.

“Do not do it please during my term. I told you before all you have to do kung ayaw ninyo ako, do not bring your weapons and mechanized armors there. Just call me and we’ll have coffee and I am ready to say, “It’s yours for the taking,” Duterte said on Tuesday.

According to Arevalo, there is nothing new in the chief executive’s comment on coup d’etat as he already mentioned it when he first met with the AFP and the Philippine National Police upon assumption of office.

“As early as the first joint AFP-PNP Command Conference that he presided upon his assumption of office and in several other instances after that, he has conveyed that same message to the security forces,” Arevalo said.

“He says, in essence, forget about mounting a military take-over that would lead to violence, death, and destruction. If anyone among the military (or the police) thinks he or she can better run the country, just tell him (the president) and he will step down,” he added.

Arevalo further said the AFP, led by its chief, General Benjamin Madrigal Jr., is an institution comprised of professional and matured servicemen and women who are patriots and loyal to the constitution and the duly constituted authorities.

“We have learned our lessons from the past and we shall live by it,” he said.

Arevalo also added that the reforms implemented in the AFP, including its modernization the increase in pay, allowances, and benefits like housing, have helped them best perform the mandate.

“We were given more than what we can ask for from a president and commander-in-chief who has shown genuine care and concern to his soldiers, airmen, sailors, and marines,” he said.

Arevalo also assured that the military will always remain loyal to the Flag, the Constitution and the Filipino people.

“we have, time and again assured him, as we reassure him today, that we in the AFP shall constantly and will remain loyal to the flag, to the constitution, and to the Filipino people whom we swore to protect with our lives,” he said. (with details from Lea Ylagan and Rosalie Coz)

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NBI nabs 2 suspected Abu Sayyaf members tagged in Basilan kidnap case

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

Courtesy : NBI-Counter Terrorism Division

MANILA, Philippines – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Tuesday said two suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf group (ASG) were arrested in separate operations in Manila and Taguig City.

The suspects, identified as Ibno Ismael alias “Abu Kodano” and Totoni Hairon, were tagged in the Golden Harvest kidnapping case in Basilan in 2011.

The NBI said the two are facing kidnapping and serious illegal detention cases. The suspects’ apprehension last June 26 was based on arrest warrants issued by Basilan Regional Trial Court.

According to the NBI, Ismael, who was using another name, was working as a construction worker in Taguig while Hairon was working as a security guard in Port Area in Manila.

The suspected ASG members are currently detained at the NBI Detention facility and are set to be transferred to Zamboanga City. (with details from April Cenedoza)

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