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DND verifies presence of foreign terrorists in the Philippines

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of National Defense (DND) has received a report from the governments of Malaysia and Indonesia that foreign terrorists have entered through the country’s backdoor.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that DND and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are continuously conducting their intelligence gathering to confirm the veracity of the report.

“It is ongoing. We are intensifying our monitoring on the south and as of now we cannot confirm the presence of foreign terrorist but there are homegrown terrorists there in the south we are sure of that,” said Lorenzana.

The AFP for its part said that they are focusing on relatives of neutralized Maute fighters who may be supporting existing terror groups.

“In terms of skills and confidence, we have already diminished them but we are looking on another angle. It’s more on radicalization of the other youth members and supporters of ISIS-Maute,” said Philippine Army chief LtGen. Rolando Joselito Bautista

Secretary Lorenzana noted that these homegrown terrorists are among the reasons why they recommended a one-year extension of martial law declaration in Mindanao.

“We requested for the extension of martial law because we believe that there is still rebellion there brought about our homegrown terrorists, the Maute group, assisted by some foreigners,” said the defense secretary.

The AFP chief said that the extension of martial law is a huge help for the military to move against the terrorist group.

“It does not mean that you will reduce or diminish the threat but we have a lever and call it as manageable risk,” said Bautista. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP and AFP personnel nabs alleged ISIS member in Manila

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, February 19th, 2018

The alleged ISIS member nabbed by the Philippine Nation Police: Egyptian national Fehmi Lassqued alias John Rasheed Lassqued. (Lea Ylagan / UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — With the help of an information sent to Philippine authorities, the operatives of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) arrested Egyptian national Fehmi Lassqued alias John Rasheed Lassqued in his apartment at Casa Blanca in Adriatico St., Malate, Manila last Saturday.

Based on intelligence report provided by the foreign counterparts of the PNP and AFP, a leader of the Islamic State (ISIS) was able to enter the Philippines from Iran last July 2016 using a fake passport.

The alleged ISIS leader is an expert in bomb-making, that is why authorities consider him a threat to the country.

The PNP and AFP seized from the suspect a firearm, ammunition, and materials used for bomb making.

“Mayroon siyang mga drawing drawing. May mapang nakuha sa kanya but it’s really unidentifiable as of this time dahil hindi pa alam yung lugar. Mapa mapa  lang probably it’s a general area,”  said NCRPO chief PDir. Oscar Albayalde.

(He has sketches of a map. But it’s really unidentifiable as of this time because we do not know yet the place. It’s just a map. Probably, it’s a general area.)

“Maybe I was an ISIS before, but if I have these things, of course, I will say. It’s no problem for me,” said the suspect.

Authorities also arrested the partner of Lassqued, identified as Anabelle Salipada, a resident of Upi, Maguindanao.

According to Albayalde, ISIS members went to countries experiencing turmoil to recruit new members.

“Yung mga conflicting parties pwede niyang irecruit pareho. Ganoon ang ginagawa niya, gaya sa Mindanao, may conflict diyan so madaling mag recruit doon,” said Albayalde.

(The conflicting parties can be recruited. That’s what they are doing, like in Mindanao, there is a conflict there so it’s easy to recruit.)

Philippine authorities are still determining if Lassqued had recruited new members of the ISIS terrorist group. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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UNTV Cup Semifinals kick off

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, February 9th, 2018

UNTV Cup Final 4

MANILA, Philippines — The UNTV Cup Season 6 semifinal round kicks off on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at the Pasig City Sports Center.

The Senate Defenders and Malacañang-PSC Kamao are set to battle the top 2 seeded teams AFP Cavaliers and NHA Builders.

According to league rules, the AFP and NHA hold the twice-to-beat advantage.

This necessitates the lawmakers and the Presidents’ men to win two straights to grab the two championship tickets.

The younger team NHA Builders will battle the former two-time championship contender Malacañang-PSC Kamao on the first game (3pm) of the doubleheader while former two-time champion AFP Cavaliers will face the Senate Defenders on the main game (4:30pm).

But should the AFP and NHA emerge victorious on Sunday, the will outrightly proceed to the Best of Three Finals match, while the Senate and Malacañang-PSC will set a knockout battle for third.

The AFP Cavaliers with a mixture of old and young gunners is expected to flex their vintage champion form while the Senate Defenders will stick to their chemistry and tough defense.

On the other hand, the question of who is more hungrier will be the story of NHA-Malacañang-PSC saga as both teams had already frequented to the final 4 seats but failed to get the Cup.

This epic battles can be watched live at the venue for free as well as on the UNTV channel and website. — UNTV New Media

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AFP Northern Luzon command launches “agri soldiers” in Tarlac

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, February 8th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The Northern Luzon Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has launched a project for its retiring soldiers called “Sundalo na, Magsasaka pa!”

AFP’s partner in the implementation of the said program are the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), Department of Agriculture (DA), local government units (LGUs), and several other stakeholders.

It is an extension project of the Northern Luzon Command (NoLCom) for retiring soldiers and their families.

The program aims to prepare soldiers near their retirement age to return to their civilian lives.

“Ito po ay para ma-execute ang transition assistance program ng AFP o Armed Forces of the Philippines para matulungan natin yung mga retirees sa darating na panahon na sila ay lalabas ng serbisyo,” said AFP-NoLCom spokesperson Isagani Nato.

(This is to execute the transition assistance program of the AFP or Armed Forces of the Philippines to help our retirees face the civilian life when they finally leave the service.)

Under the said program, the retiring soldiers will be taught about organic farming, goat-raising, and knowledge on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

“Napakaimportante because this is education. Hindi nga alam ng mga sundalo even their generals how to do farming the right way kasi may concept tayo ng pagtatanim pero outdated na yun. Dapat tuturuan tayo ng bagong technology, bagong mechanization bagong strategies,” said Sen. Cynthia Villar.

(This is so important because this is education. Soldiers, even their commanders, do not know how to do farming the right way. We have a concept for farming, but it’s already outdated. We should be taught about new technologies, new mechanization and strategies.)

Several retiring soldiers are glad about the said program.

They believe should the training become a success, they could focus on their new learnings upon leaving the camp.

“Pwede po siguro na mag farming na lang ako after retirement kung maganda po yung training na mangyayari sa amin magiging maganda yung output nya at makikita namin na mas maganda sa farming  malang Sir dun na lang kami mag farming,” said NoLCom chief Ronaldo Agdeppa.

(I can go into farming after retirement if the training is good. Once we see that the output is good, that it would be better to do farming, we might opt for it.)

“Lahat kami excited na at proud na nakasama sa estudyante. Pagdating ng araw pagretired ko uuwi kami sa probinsya at yung natutunan ko dito i-aapply ko dun balang araw,” said MSgt. Edwin Mariñas.

(We are all excited and proud to become students of this. Someday when I retire, we will go back to our province and I will apply there everything I learned here.)

Fifty soldiers will initially undergo the program where they will be monitored for two years. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue


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