ASG uses ransom money to silence people in Sulu – AFP

admin   •   June 20, 2016   •   3021

Col. Noel Detoyato speaks to reporters.

Col. Noel Detoyato speaks to reporters.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is now being criticized amid problems with the bandit group Abu Sayaff continues.

The AFP said their doing everything they can to capture the bandits and even providing assistance to the residents of Sulu.

But they sometimes find it difficult to gather information on the ground as the ASG silence some residents of Sulu by giving them portions of the kidnap-for-ransom money.

“In the process of going after them, we get information that we cannot get information on the ground is because people there receives money from the group,” AFP Public Affairs Office Chief Col. Noel Detoyato said.

Detoyato said, to resolve the problem, giving ransom to the group must stop. He further added that different sectors of the society must also provide assistance to the people of Sulu, one of the poorest provinces in the country.

“One of the solutions is to fill in the gaps in the services of the government. Those include our roles in far-flung areas. They see only us as government presence. But at the outset, there really is a need for a synchronized coordination among all sectors of society.”

But reports are now surfacing that even members of the military are involved in the kidnap-for-ransom scheme of the ASG.

The AFP belied allegations saying there are mechanisms in place to ensure that no traitors or spies exist in their ranks.

“Our soldiers are constantly rotating. We have no permanent troops there. Even the officer there is not permanent. So, how come they say that? Our troops are being rotated always for so many years now. So, their accusations are absurd,” explained Detoyato.

(DARLENE BASINGAN/UNTV NEWS)

7 more communist rebels yield in Sultan Kudarat

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Seven more members of the communist terrorist group (CTG) surrendered to the Joint Task Force Central in Sultan Kudarat on Sunday (October 17).

Commander of Western Mindanao Command Maj. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr. said the CTG personalities were identified as Oyet, Maymay, Ben, Noel, Nacan, Osing, and Adog.

They belonged to the Platoon Myphone, East Daguma Front, Sub-regional Command-Daguma, Far South Mindanao Region. The said individuals also handed over their firearms, including two cal. 30 M1 Garand rifles, one cal. 30 M2 Carbine rifle, one 12-gauge Shotgun, and one M79 grenade launcher.

“The military is always willing to welcome former rebels/violent extremists who wish to lay down their arms, go back to the mainstream society, and live a peaceful life with their family,” Rosario said.

During the debriefing, alias Oyet expressed his condemnation of the communist group which he described as a ‘godless’ group.

Dako ang pagmahay namo ngano ning apil mi sa teroristang NPA, mayo na lang naa ang 7IB nga wala ngaduha-duha sa pagdawat namo (We regret our decision of joining the NPA terrorists. It’s a good thing that the 7IB is here to accept us without second thoughts),” alias Oyet said.

It can be recalled that on October 13, eight members of the same group surrendered to the 7IB in the municipality of Bagumbayan. AAC

P262 million worth of shabu seized, 4 drug suspects killed in Pampanga ops

Robie de Guzman   •   October 18, 2021

Four Chinese nationals were killed in a buy-bust operation that turned into a firefight with law enforcers, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said Monday.

In a statement, PDEA said its agents conducted the operation, together with the police and military forces, in Punta Verde Subdivision in Barangay Pulong Cacutud, Angeles City Pampanga at around 10 a.m.

The buy-bust operation turned into a firefight when the armed suspects engaged the combined forces, it added.

Authorities identified the suspects as Cai Ya Bing alias Cai, 29 years old from Yuncheng City, Shanxi; Erbo Ke alias Payat, 34 from Quanzhou City, Fujian; Huang Guidong, 43, and Wuyuan Shen also known as Jinpeng Zhang, 41, both from Zhang Zhou, Fujian.

All four men were allegedly armed with caliber .45 pistols.

PDEA said 38 kilograms of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu valued at P262,200,200 million  was seized from the suspects by combined forces.

Two mobile phones and a digital weighing scale were also recovered from the suspects, it added.

PNP to coordinate with AFP on campaign vs loose firearms

Robie de Guzman   •   October 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar on Thursday said they will closely work with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in strengthening efforts against the proliferation of loose firearms in the country.

In a statement, Eleazar said the PNP will be partnering with the AFP to bolster coordination and information-sharing to further intensify the campaign.

Eleazar’s statement follows the arrest of five people, including two soldiers and a policeman, for allegedly selling firearms during an entrapment operation in Barnagay Tamontaka in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao last Tuesday.

The PNP identified the arrested individuals as Patrolman Eliver Jay Anggot Soverano, reportedly assigned to the PNP-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Regional Crime Laboratory Office; Datu Morjan Kunakon Tumindig; Adams Tuminding; and Army Staff Sgt. Gleen Argones Sangyao and Army Staff Sgt. Reynaldo Dichosa II, both are reportedly assigned to the 6th Infantry Division.

The operation was conducted after a police poseur-buyer was able to transact with the suspects for the sale of assorted firearms.

Seized from the suspects were a 5.56 mm Bushmaster rifle, two 5.56 rifle, an M4 Carbine, two cal. 45 pistols, and three 9mm pistols.

“Dahil sa insidenteng ito, makikipag-ugnayan ang inyong PNP sa liderato ng Armed Forces of the Philippines upang palakasin ang monitoring at mga operasyon laban sa sinumang magbebenta at bibili ng mga loose firearms, pulis man, sundalo o sinuman ang sangkot dito. Hindi natin hahayaan ang ganitong kalakaran lalo na at may eleksyon tayong dapat protektahan,” Eleazar said.

He said the PNP personnel arrested will be charged with both criminal and administrative charges.

He lauded the Datu Odin Sinsuat Municipal Police Station for the operation.

Eleazar earlier ordered police units to conduct early election security preparations that include aggressive operations against loose firearms and private armed groups.

“I am also warning all our personnel not to engage in this kind of illegal activity because I will make sure that the full force of the law will be used against you. Bilang mga alagad ng batas, hindi dapat tayo maging bantay-salakay at sa halip ay bantay ng bayan upang mapanatili ang kapayapaan at kaayusan,” he said.

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