CA’s rejection of Taguiwalo will not hamper rehabilitation efforts in Marawi City – AFP
admin • August 18, 2017 • 3402
MANILA, Philippines — Armed Forces of the Philippines – Public Affairs Office (AFP-PAO) Chief Col. Edgard Arevalo is confident that nothing will change in the recovery and rehabilitation plan for conflict-torn Marawi City even if the Commission on Appointments (CA) rejected the appointment of former Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy Taguiwalo.
Arevalo said, the AFP as always is ready to cooperate with anyone appointed to the position or to any member of the Duterte Cabinet.
“Sino man ang ma-appoint dyan ang AFP is more than willing to be a part of basic services that our government is offering to our people,” said Col. Arevalo.
The official said the armed forces will remain as the lead agency in the rehabilitation of Marawi City.
DSWD, being a member of ‘Task Force Bangon Marawi’, will manage the distribution of food and construction of temporary shelters for affected residents in the war against government troops and the Maute-ISIS terrorists. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines – A minor reshuffle is expected to take place soon in the Cabinet of President Rodrigo Duterte, a highly placed source said on Monday.
The source, who requested anonymity for lack of authority to divulge this information to media, said Duterte is mulling over moving some officials amid ongoing evaluation of all departments’ performances.
The source said the revamp may include Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, who may be transferred to the Mindanao Development Authority.
The President may announce the possible Cabinet revamp next month, the source said. (with details from Grace Casin)
MANILA, Philippines – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Monday (April 15) said a DNA test from the United States authorities confirmed the death of Maute-ISIS leader Abu Dar.
“It is confirmed. It is Abu Dar’s remains,” Lorenzana said in a text message to UNTV News.
Col. Romeo Brawner Jr., Commander of the 103rd IB Haribon Brigade in an interview said the DNA results are indeed conclusive.
“The results were given to us by our US counterparts. We were assisted by the United States in confirming the DNA sample that they got from the cadaver of Abu Dar with those of his sons. So, yes. There is positive confirmation that Abu Dar, who was killed during the operation conducted last March 14,” Col. Brawner said.
The official said Abu Dar was the last remaining leader of the Maute-ISIS group who planned and staged the Marawi siege.
He was among the 10 terrorist leaders shown in a recovered video footage planning for the plot in Marawi City along with ISIS emir Isnilon Hapilon.
For two years, he had been in hiding and it was only in March this year that the military was able to neutralize him.
“This means that the Daulah Islamiyah, the new name of the Maute-ISIS group, will finally be ended with the death of their leader,” the military commander said.
As for his replacement, Brawner said the next in rank to Abu Dar is Abu Zacharia, a little-known Maute leader who, unlike his predecessor, is not a religious leader and “doesn’t have full influence in the entire group.”
Secretary Lorenzana, meanwhile, said they have no information yet as to who is currently leading the remaining Maute terrorists who are still in hiding.
“Well, for now his group is leaderless. We are monitoring who will replace Dar,” Lorenzana said.
Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police (PNP) welcomes the confirmation of the reported death of Abu Dar, whose complete name was Owaydah Marohombsar.
“This is a significant development in the government’s continuing campaign against terrorism and domestic threat groups,” PNP Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde said in a statement.
Government security forces clashed with members of the Maute terror group on March 14 in Tubaran, Lanao del Sur.
Abu Dar was among the five terrorists killed in the said encounter, the PNP Chief said. – Marje Pelayo
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