Duterte admin’s move vs Maute group in Marawi an overkill – Sen. Hontiveros

UNTV News   •   June 7, 2017   •   21787

Liberal Party and Senate opposition member Senator Risa Hontiveros believes the government did not take the right approach to address the crisis in Marawi City.

In an interview on the program Get it Straight with Daniel Razon, Hontiveros said President Rodrigo Duterte should not have declared martial law in the entire Mindanao.

She explained that the President has other options aside from placing the entire region under military control.

The lady senator also insisted on the holding of a joint session in the Senate to clarify the reasons for the decision of the Chief Executive.

“Even in the parameters of martial law, is that rebellion? We are the ones who initiated, and did the city government of Marawi break its allegiance to the government and join the Maute? Obviously, it did not. Is it invasion or rebellion?” Hontiveros said.

Amid the ongoing operation of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police in Marawi City, the senator calls on the government to always take into consideration the safety and civil liberties of civilians.

“We are organizing a group gathering for civil liberties. Our immediate call is to stop the air strikes,” Hontiveros added. — Robie De Guzman | UNTV News and Rescue

BIFF attack in Datu Piang, Maguindanao an isolated case — AFP

Marje Pelayo   •   December 4, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said the incident in Datu Piang, Maguindanao on Thursday night (December 3) cannot be likened to the Marawi siege.

According to AFP Chief of Staff General Gilbert Gapay, the attack that was carried out by members of the militant organization Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter (BIFF) was an isolated case.

“Even another Marawi is highly improbable at this point in time  because we have already learned the lessons of Marawi and we can consider what happened in Datu Piang as an isolated case, and it is really far from another Marawi incident,” Gapay said.

Still, the official calls on the public to remain vigilant and at the same time, cooperate with authorities in order to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police (PNP) is filing criminal charges against the BIFF members responsible for the attack that damaged public properties.

“The police will file criminal charges against those terrorists responsible for the attack and burning of our patrol car, as we assure the Datu Piang residents of intensified security measures to prevent similar threats posed by violent extremists  in the future,” assured PNP Chief Police General Debold Sinas. MNP (with inputs from Lea Ylagan)

No holiday truce with communist rebels, AFP says

Robie de Guzman   •   December 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Thursday said it will not recommend to President Rodrigo Duterte a ceasefire with the communist rebels this holiday season.

In a statement, AFP spokesperson Major General Edgard Arevalo said that many times in the past, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), have shown its “incapacity for sincerity” as they allegedly continue with their hostile acts despite the ceasefire declaration.

“This was the AFP’s painful experience where the communist terrorist group reneged from their own ceasefire declaration by attacking and killing soldiers on humanitarian and peace and development missions,” Arevalo said.

“During the incumbency of a truce, these terrorists continued their extortion activities and committed crimes of murder, arson, and the likes,” he added.

The military official said the communist rebels only venture on peace talks to “give themselves the chance to regroup, refurbish, recruit new members, and recoup their losses.”

Arevalo also claimed that Luis Jalandoni, a National Democratic Front negotiator, had supposedly declared that they push for peace negotiations not really to bring peace but to pursue armed struggle.

“And with these many hard lessons of the past, we will not allow them to trample upon our people’s bona fide desire for peace – not this holiday season – not until we have decisively defeated this menace to society,” he added.

Arevalo, however, said that the AFP would support the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte despite their position on the matter.

Last year, the government and the CPP-NPA both declared a truce during the holiday season, from December 23, 2019 to January 7, 2020.

Alleged Cotabato mall bomber killed in clash with police

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 2, 2020

The alleged mastermind of the mall bombing in Cotabato in 2018 died in an encounter with the police on Tuesday (December 1).

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has confirmed that Abraham Abad Abdulrahman alias Abu Suffian died in a gun battle with a composite police team implementing a Search Warrant in Barangay Bagua 2, Cotabato City.

During the operation, Abu Suffian resisted during the lawful search and engaged the police team in a firefight.

Six minor children were rescued from the area of encounter. The raiding team recovered a 60mm high-explosive mortar projectile, IED components, and a motorcycle.

PNP Chief, Police General Debold Sinas urged other PNP units to intensify efforts against terrorist personalities belonging to domestic and transnational threat groups. AAC

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