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Captured ASG bomb maker expected to face charges today

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, June 19th, 2017

Courtesy: AFP WESMINCOM

Courtesy: AFP WESMINCOM

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — Zamboanga Police office is currently in custody of Hamsi Amjad Marani, an Abu Sayyaf member and alleged bomb maker of ASG leader Isnilon Hapilon.

Police said, Marani may formal charges today for violating R.A. 9516 after police confiscated components used in making improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Marani was arrested on Saturday during a joint military and police operation at Sitio Niyog-Niyog, Barangay Muti in Zamboanga City.

Meanwhile, the suspect has vehemently denied being a member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and claims not to know Hapilon. He also insists he does not know how to create an explosive and that he rarely goes to Sulu.

Security has been tightened at the detention cell of Marani who is considered a high risk detainee.

Joint Task Zamboanga asserted that there is sufficient ground for the arrest of Marani.

Authorities assured enhance security at all entry points of Zamboanga Peninsula to prevent possible spillover of terrorist groups like Maute. — Dante Amento | UNTV News & Rescue

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AFP WestMinCom confident of Abu Sayyaf collapse

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, April 2nd, 2018

 

In a statement, Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) commander Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. said that the unified command is confident that the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) will soon collapse based on the continuous surrender of its members.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command appreciates the continuous surrender of Abu Sayyaf terrorists.

Among the latest surrenderers is Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) sub-leader, Nhurhassan Jamiri; the group’s overall commander in Basilan. He also served as the operations officer and chief of the urban terrorist group in Basilan.

Along with 13 of his comrades, Jamiri turned over a number of high-powered firearms to the military.

Jamiri surrendered two days after President Rodrigo Duterte visited Sulu to urge members of the ASG to surrender. He also vowed to provide housing and livelihood aid to surrendering bandits.

Speaking before 76 ASG surrenderers in the province, the president reiterated that he has no grudges against the terrorist group.

He also expressed willingness to talk to the Abu Sayyaf.

“I’m not dreaming. Only those who would want to surrender. Those who would want to fight, wala naman tayong magawa. Sabihin mo, ‘Huwag’, kung gusto niya wala ka ring magawa,” Duterte said during his speech in Sulu.

(I’m not dreaming. Only those who would want to surrender. Those who would want to fight, we can’t do anything about them. Even if you tell them “Stop”, there’s nothing you can do if they don’t want to.)

Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) is confident that the bandit group’s leadership will soon collapse based on the continuous surrender of its members.

“We are indeed seeing the eventual collapse of the group, as what our Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana had said in his earlier statement,” WestMinCom Commander Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, Jr. said.

Galvez added that Jamiri’s surrender proves that President Duterte’s strategic guidance and the diplomatic approach of the armed forces are key factors in winning the campaign against Abu Sayyaf extremists.

Based on records of the military from January to the present, 60 ASG members have surrendered; 13 have been arrested, including ASG sub-leader Walton Juljirin who was caught last Saturday; and 11 have been killed.

Two years into the Duterte presidency, the military has already neutralized three Abu Sayyaf leaders. They include: Abu Rami who was killed in Bohol; Alhabsy Misaya in Sulul; and ISIS emir in Southeast Asia, Isnilon Hapilon who was slain in Marawi. — Dante Amento | UNTV News & Rescue

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WesMinCom: Abu Sayyaf hostages now down to nine

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

 

Based on the figures of the military, the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) is holding nine hostages only, particularly in the province of Sulu, from the previous 30 hostages in 2016.

MANILA, Philippines — Aside from neutralizing the rebel group, the Armed Forces of the Philippines – Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WesMinCom) also targets to rescue its remaining hostages.

Based on the figures of the military, the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) is holding nine hostages only, particularly in the province of Sulu, from the previous 30 hostages in 2016.

Four of the hostages are Filipino nationals while five were foreigners.

The AFP believes they can rescue the remaining hostages through their continuous conduct of offensive operations.

“Sa ngayon, nakikita natin na we are continuing our effort in rescuing these hostages. More on Sulu base, we cannot reveal you kung sino ang humahawak cause it’s already an operational matter,” said WesMinCom Commander LtGen. Carlito Galvez Jr.

(For now, we can see that we are continuing our effort in rescuing these hostages. More on Sulu base, we cannot reveal you who is handling it, ‘cause it’s already an operational matter.)

Meanwhile, the number of casualties on the part of the ASG has climbed to 128.

Eighty ASG members were arrested while 166 have surrendered to the military.

Seventy-two of them are from Basilan, 61 from Sulu and 33 are from Tawi-Tawi province.

The AFP said that the high number of surrenderers is a good indication that the group is near a total defeat.

The military noted that ASG’s leadership has been in chaos after the death of one of its top leaders, Isnilon Hapilon, who was declared the emir of the Islamic State in Southeast Asia.

The WesMinCom commander claims that the declaration of martial law in Mindanao helped them in lessening the threats from rebel groups in the region.

“Yun ang target naming na at the end of 2018 sa duration ng martial law we can have a significant dent ang target namin is 70% of the threat will be removed,” said Galvez.

(Our target at the end of 2018 in the duration of martial law, we can have a significant dent. Our target is 70% of the threat will be removed.) — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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2 suspected Abu Sayyaf members nabbed in Zamboanga City

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, January 29th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The joint forces of the regional intelligence unit of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Task Force Zamboanga and its maritime unit arrested two suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Barangay Mariki, in Zamboanga City last Saturday.

They were identified as Tantari Sampang alias Abu Sonny and Paisar Aktub Sampang alias Jaber.

The two were allegedly working for ASG top leader Radulan Sahiron.

“Hindi lang sila basta-basta. They are someone doon sa organization nila kasi directly under Radulan Sahiron sila kaya nga mas masaya tayo na nakuha natin sila the fastest time,” said Zamboanga City Police spokesperson, PSInsp. Shellamae Chang.

(They are not ordinary members. They are someone [important] within the organization because they are working directly under Radulan Sahiron. That’s why we’re glad to have arrested them in the fastest time.)

Tantari Sampang is facing seven counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention, while Paisar Aktub Sampang is facing six counts of the same offenses in connection with his alleged involvement in the abduction of the employees of golden harvest plantation in Lantawan, Basilan, back in 2001.

According to Chang, they were able to arrest seven ASG members this month.

Meanwhile, the Zamboanga police allayed residents’ concerns over the series of arrests of alleged ASG members in the city.

They explained that they are just proving that they are doing their all in providing security to the public.

Despite this, the PNP is not discounting the possibility that the colleagues of the arrested ASG members might have been planning to sow violence in the area.

“Hindi po tayo pwede magrelaks kumbaga hindi natin pwede idisregard yung thought na baka mas madami pa sila kaya nga we rely on the information na yung binibigay ng community,” said Chang.

(We cannot just relax. We cannot disregard the thought that there are plenty of them. This is why we are relying on the information given by the community.)

Authorities will turn over Tantari to the Basilan police, while Paisar to the Pasig City police where he has a standing warrant of arrest.  — Maris Federes| UNTV News and Rescue

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