MANILA, Philippines — An alleged member of a crime group linked to the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASF) has been killed in an encounter with the military in Zamboanga Sibugay.
The suspect, identified as Ibrahim Anduhol alias Tongtong, is reportedly linked with the Barahama Ali crime syndicate that is allegedly engaged in kidnapping, robbery, and other criminal activities.
A law enforcement operation was conducted by police authorities around 2:30 a.m. on Thursday (December 17) which led to an encounter. Anduhol opened fire, leading to the police to retaliate. Police recovered two caliber .45 pistols with ammunition.
Andhol had a standing warrant of arrest for murder, and was involved in the killing of a soldier and kidnappings of a businesswoman in Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay in 2015, and a businessman in Kabasalan in 2018. AAC (with reports from Val Villarflor)
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the recommendation to place the entire Luzon region under state of calamity following the onslaught of consecutive typhoons.
The President announced on Tuesday evening (November 17) during his weekly public address that he signed the proclamation in response to the recommendation by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
Based on NDRRMC’s latest report, Typhoon Ulysses caused P2.715-B worth of damage to agriculture and P5.25-B worth of damage to infrastructure.
This is on top of the total amount of damages left by previous cyclones Quinta and Rolly.
Under state of calamity, the national government and the local government units (LGUs) are given authority to use their respective funds to address the needs brought about by the calamity.
Meanwhile, the president stressed his intention to construct sturdy evacuation centers in the country following the devastation of evacuation centers from the recent cyclones.
He asked Congress to fund the construction of such structures as they serve as temporary shelter to victims of calamities and disasters.
“Iyon sana ang tugunan ng Congress kasi kapag ganitong deluge, [That’s something Congress must address because in times of a deluge] they tend to go to places for shelter and relief,” Duterte said.
“We build a strong structure, stronger than a typhoon that would come their way for people to stay. Maybe small rooms with many comfort rooms where people can really stay for a while,” he added.
To date, the NDRRMC reported a total of 73 individuals perished from Typhoon Ulysses in addition to only 25 from Super Typhoon Rolly — the strongest cyclone that hit the country this year. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Monday said it will recommend the declaration of a state of calamity over the entire Luzon following the widespread damage brought about by the typhoons that pummeled the country in the previous weeks.
NDRRMC executive director Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad said the recommendation was agreed during the agency’s emergency meeting Monday to discuss the impacts of the recent typhoons and the early recovery actions.
“It was approved during the meeting the recommendation for President Rodrigo Duterte to place under state of calamity the entire Luzon to address the impacts of the latest typhoons that hit the country,” Jalad said in a statement.
“It was also agreed during the meeting to convene a technical working group of the joint prevention, mitigation, and preparedness clusters of the NDRRMC to assess the current dam management,” he added.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, who also serves as NDRRMC chairperson, asked the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) to revisit its historical data to strengthen warnings beforehand.
During the meeting, Lorenzana also raised various concerns to different agencies, including the provision of assistance to the affected farmers and fisherfolks, road clearing operations shelter requirements, and other recovery interventions.
As stated in Republic Act 7581, no price increase will be implemented among basic commodities when a state of calamity is declared.
In the previous weeks, strong storms such as Quinta, Rolly, and Ulysses battered parts of Luzon, devastating many areas and leaving thousands of families homeless.
The recent typhoons also claimed dozens of lives in different areas including Regions I, II, III, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol, and Metro Manila.
Duterte earlier ordered the creation of an inter-agency task force that will ensure speedy gov’t response and relief operations during calamities.
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