Bomb signature used in Patikul Bombing, same with what ASG uses – PNP BARMM

Maris Federez   •   August 14, 2019   •   566

Authorities secure the area outside a church following a bombing incident at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Jolo last January 27, 2019. (Photo: Armed Forces of the Philippines – Western Mindanao Command)

The Philippine National Police-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PNP-BARMM) office is looking into the possibility that the group of Abu Sayyaf leader Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan could be the one behind the series of bombings in Sitio Tibongbong, Barangay Igasan in Patikul, Sulu on Tuesday (Aug. 13).

PRO-BARMM director PBGen. Marni Marcos said the bombs used in the bombing at the Jolo Cathedral, at a military camp in Sulu and in Patikul bear the same signature.

Based on the shredded pipe gathered at the bomb site, same type of pipes were used as bomb cylinder.

“Sino ba yung nagpe-perpetrate ng mga ganyang terrorist act in the area? Iisa lang naman yung grupong binabantayan natin [Who else would perpetrate such terrorist acts in the area? There’s only one group that we are monitoring],” said Marcos.

Nevertheless, the police are still conducting a thorough investigation to ascertain whether some groups are copying Sawadjaan’s style.

Gen. Marcos will also meet the local chief executives in Sulu to ask them to encourage their constituents to cooperate with the authorities in their investigation on the said series of bombings.

He added that they will also talk with the Ulama in the area.

“Yung concern natin sa terrorism yung landscape niyan ay nag iba na. Meron na tayong Filipino suicide bomber. And worst is, mga bata o young people yung nire-recruit (What we are concerned about is that the terrorism landscape has already changed.  We now have Filipino suicide bombers. And worst is, they are recruiting the young people),” Marcos said.

“We should involve everybody. Hindi lang military o law enforcement unit ngayon ang inaano natin because it involves yung education, ano yung teaching at ano ba talaga yung tamang ituturo natin sa mga bata [We are not just focusing on military or law enforcement because it also involves education. What are the things that we should really teach the children],” he added.

Meanwhile, PNP chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde has admitted that there is a problem with security in the area and that they need the help and cooperation of the community.

“We have to be alert always.  Very important po ang participation ng community dito. Napaka importante ng impormasyon na ibibigay ng community dito para maubos at matigil na ang insidente na ito sa ating bayan [The community’s participation is very important. The information that the community will provide us is very important in curbing or stopping these incidents in our country],” the PNP chief said.

A member of the 43rd K9 Platoon of the Philippine Army was among the injured in Tuesday’s Patikul bombing. (with details from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

PNP targets zero casualties in the upcoming 2019 SEA Games

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 21, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) targets zero casualties in the upcoming 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games from November 30 to December 11.

Over 17,000 security personnel from various government agencies will be deployed during the event.

During the send-off ceremony in Camp Bagong Diwa on Thursday (November 21), PNP officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa said in a press briefing that they have not monitored any threat for the SEA Games.

“Imminent [threat]? None. But the evaluation continues. We do not stop evaluating,” he said.

The task force created for the SEA Games includes the PNP, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Office of the Civil Defense, local government units (LGUs), and other government agencies.

Meanwhile, SEA Games Task Group Commander PBGen. Lyndon Lawas said they are coordinating with the Department Education (DepEd) for the suspension of classes in Metro Manila.

The deployment will begin on November 25 following the implementation of ‘full alert’ status in Metro Manila.

“We would like to minimize the effect of the travel of the delegates to and from the different destinations, from the billet area to the game sites,” he said.

There will be 530 events from 56 sports in the SEA Games where over 9,000 athletes will compete for the gold.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

All PNP camps, offices declared ‘no vape zone’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 20, 2019

All camps and offices of the Philippine National Police (PNP) will be a ‘no vape zone’, according to PNP officer-in-charge (OIC) Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa.

“All PNP camps and offices are declared ‘no vape zone’,” he said in a statement on Wednesday (November 20). Gamboa also directed policemen to refrain from vaping in public.

The PNP OIC also said they will begin enforcing the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to ban vaping in public spaces.

PNP Spokesperson Bernard Banac also said, Gamboa already directed the PNP to enforce the ban and arrest those who are caught vaping in public.

“Effective today ang agarang pagbabawal sa paggamit ng vapes o e-cigarettes at ang pagtiyak na ang paggamit nito in public ay maaaresto (The ban on the use of vapes or e-cigarettes will be effective today and individuals caught using it in public will be arrested),” according to Banac.

However, for cities with no ordinance, apprehended individuals will have their names listed. They will just be reprimanded and will be sent home.

Banac also said that the PNP will coordinate with local government units (LGUs), vape manufacturers and sellers regarding the said ban.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

500 more housing units for Scout Rangers to be completed before year-end – PH Army

Robie de Guzman   •   November 19, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Army is eyeing to finish before the year ends the additional housing units and facilities for the members of the First Scout ranger regiment and their dependents at Camp Tecson in San Miguel, Bulacan.

In a statement, the army said the second batch of 500 houses for Scout Ranger troops aims to improve their standard living.

On the other hand, the 14-feet training pool is envisioned to enhance the warfighting capabilities of the Rangers as well as provide a recreation area for the troops.

The project is in partnership with the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).

Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Macairog Alberto and HUDCC Chairperson Sec. Eduardo D. Del Rosario led the groundbreaking ceremony for the project last Nov. 15.

“These events certainly reflect positive changes throughout the organization, not only to the quality of professionalization of our ranks but also to the standards of living for our soldiers,” Alberto said.

In December 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte awarded the first batch of 500 units which now houses the Scout Rangers and their families.

“These new facilities will greatly boost the morale of not just our uniformed personnel but also their families. We look forward to more collaborative ventures and continuous partnership between the PA and HUDCC for the continuous development of our Armed Forces,” Alberto said.

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