Gurong dinukot ng mga umano’y Abu Sayyaf members sa Zamboanga Sibugay, nakalaya na

admin   •   July 13, 2015   •   2054

Teacher Russell Bagonoc, ang pinalayang bihag ng mga umano'y miyembro ng Abu Sayyaf (UNTV News)

Teacher Russell Bagonoc, ang pinalayang bihag ng mga umano’y miyembro ng Abu Sayyaf (UNTV News)

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines — Nakauwi na sa Zamboanga City pasado alas onse ng gabi ng Linggo, sakay ng multi-purpose attack aircraft ng Philippine Navy, si Russell Bagonoc, isang guro na dinukot ng mga hinihinalang myembro ng bandidong Abu Sayyaf group.

Ayon sa mga awtoridad, Linggo ng tanghali ay pinakawalan si Russel ng mga dumukot sa kanya sa Jolo, Sulu.

Dinala naman ito ng mga concerned citizen na nakakita sa kanya sa headquarters ng second brigade ng philippine marines sa naturang probinsya.

Matapos matingnan ang kalusugan ni Bagonoc ay agad itong isinailalim ng mga otoridad sa stress debriefing.

Ayon kay Russel, hindi niya nakita ang mukha ng mga dumukot sa kaniya dahil palaging may takip ang mukha ng mga ito at minsan naman ay nilalagyan ng piring ang kanyang mata.

Pahayag ni Admiral Reynaldo Yoma ng Naval Forces Western Mindanao, “Ang problema, hindi niya na-identify daw yung mga tao, naka-bonnet. Kung hindi man naka-bonnet ay siya ang nakapiring.”

Sinabi rin ni Teacher Russel na nakaranas sila ng pananakit mula sa mga dumukot sa kanila.

“Okay naman (ang naging pagtrato nila sa amin sa kabuuan), kaso may isang beses ba parang napagbuntunan ng galit kaming dalawa ng sister ko yung time na yun.”

Marso a-singko nang dukutin si Russel at kapatid nitong si Reynabeth Silvano ng mga armadong lalaki habang papasok sa paaralang kanilang pinagtuturuan sa Talusayan, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Noong mayo ay pinakawalan ang kanyang kapatid matapos umanong magbayad ng ransom ang kanilang pamilya.

Hindi naman masabi ni Russel kung nagbayad din ng ransom ang kanyang pamilya para sa kanyang kalayaan. (Dante Amento / UNTV News)

11 fallen heroes in Sulu encounter return home ⁠—AFP

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 20, 2020

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has brought the remains of 11 soldiers who were killed in the recent Sulu encounter to their respective hometowns.

In a statement, the AFP said eight of the soldiers are from Luzon, one from Visayas, and two from Mindanao.

The fallen soldiers were given honors by Philippine defense leaders at Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base, Pasay, City on Saturday (April 18).

“In honor of their sacrifice for the nation, we assure the bereaved families that we will take care of them and extend to them the necessary assistance that their families will need.” according to AFP Commanding General, Lt. Gen. Gilbert I. Gapay.

READ: 11 soldiers killed, 14 wounded in Sulu encounter

Eleven soldiers of the AFP were killed while 14 others were wounded during an encounter with suspected Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members in Sulu on Friday (April 17).

11 soldiers killed, 14 wounded in Sulu encounter

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 18, 2020

Eleven soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) were killed while 14 others were wounded during an encounter with suspected Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members in Sulu on Friday (April 17).

The AFP reported that the military encountered around 40 ASG terrorists believed to be led by ASG leaders Radullan Sahiron and Hatib Hadjan Sawadjaan.

The number of ASG casualties is yet to determined but bloodstains were seen on their side of the battle after they scampered towards the northeast direction.

The said encounter lasted for an hour in Brgy. Danag, Patikul, Sulu.

The AFP said they lost six R4 rifles, a K3 SAW machine gun, an R4 rifle with a grenade launcher, and a hand-held radio in the encounter.

The military said flags in all military camps around the country will be flown at half-mast for the 11 Army heroes who died during the encounter.

AFP Chief General Felimon Santos, Jr. expressed his condolences to the family of the fallen heroes. He also ensured that all necessary assistance will be extended to their loved ones.

Meanwhile, Commander of the Army 11th Infantry Division based in Sulu MGEN Corleto Vinluan said pursuit operations in the area are ongoing. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

LPA affecting Visayas, parts of Mindanao

Marje Pelayo   •   February 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – State weather agency PAGASA is monitoring a low-pressure area (LPA) near the southern island of Mindanao.

As of 4:00 a.m. Thursday (February 6), the weather system was located at 705 k.m. east of Davao City.

The trough of the LPA is currently bringing cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms in areas of Visayas, CARAGA, Northern Mindanao and the entire Davao Region.

Meanwhile, the Northeast Monsoon (Amihan) is seen affecting Luzon particularly Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Bicol Region, Aurora, and Quezon where cloudy skies with light rains can be observed.

Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon due to Amihan.

Similar conditions will also be experienced in other areas of Mindanao due to localized thunderstorms.

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