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Isnilon Hapilon’s aide arrested in Zamboanga City

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, June 19th, 2017

Courtesy : AFP WESMINCON

Courtesy : AFP WESMINCON

An Abu Sayyaf bomb expert and alleged aide of ASG leader Isnilon Hapilon was arrested in Zamboanga City last Saturday.

The suspect was identified as Hamsi Amajad Marani. According to Col. Leonel Nicolas, the commander of Joint Task Force Zamboanga, investigations are underway as to where the suspect came from and how he was able to enter Zamboanga City.

Col. Nicolas said he might have come from Marawi City. At present, checkpoints at the entry points in Zamboanga City have been tightened further to prevent a spillover of the conflict in Marawi.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) calls on the public to remain calm and immediately report to them any suspicious individuals in their areas.

“There’s no need to be alarmed. The Joint Task Force Zamboanga has a contingency plan for all these things. He was caught because we have laid out plans in case terrorists enter the city,” said Col. Nicolas. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Recto pushes for live-streaming of Boracay and Marawi rehab

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Senator Ralph Recto

MANILA, Philippines — Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto called on the government to live stream the Boracay environmental clean-up drive and the Marawi rehabilitation efforts.

He said the proposal is to promote transparency in these two big-budget government projects ensuring that the budget, time and the specifications are followed.

Under the Project DIME, or Digital Imaging for Monitoring and Evaluation, drones, satellites and other technologies will monitor the development of these projects. — UNTV News & Rescue

 

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Task force targets return of Marawi IDPs before 2018 ends

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, April 5th, 2018

MARAWI VICTIM: Emma Abdullah hopes to return home in the war-stricken city of Marawi.

 

The Task Force Bangon Marawi  (TFBM) along with the Marawi City government and other agencies are thoroughly preparing to speed up the return or transfer process of internally displaced persons (IDPs) that are still staying in various evacuation centers.

According to the task force’s manager Asec. Felix Castro, Jr. they are now taking up measures to allow the return to Marawi of almost 206 families staying in Iligan City and other places.

“Ang ginagawa natin ngayon is good for 500 families. Ibig sabihin, mayroon pa sa ibang areas na pwedeng ilipat iyon ang susundin natin. Pinapriority lang natin ang Iligan evacuation center,”  TFBM manager Asec. Felix Castro.

(What we are currently doing is good for 500 families. It means there are still those in other areas that can be relocated. We are only prioritizing the Iligan evacuation center.)

Meanwhile, the second batch of Kambisitas is set to visit Marawi.

These are the residents in the main battle area who want to see their homes.

Emma Abdullah is excited to see the home they fled from and hopes that they can still salvage their things.

“Ang naisip ko baka mayroon pa, hindi nawala gamit ko at bahay ko, hindi nasira kaya excited ako makita ang lugar namin. Ang pangarap namin na sana makauwi kami sa lugar namin sa Marawi City,” said the evacuee.

(I am thinking if there’s still something left, if my valuables are still there or if my house has not been destroyed. So I am excited to see my town. Our dream is to return to our home in Marawi City.)

But Joint Task Force Ranao  (JTFR) commander BGen. Roseller Murillo admitted it is still not totally safe to venture into the main battle area because of remaining improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

“Although tatlong pass ang ginagawa ng ating mga sundalo, mayroon pa ring hindi makikita diyan, sigurado. Kaya nga kung may makita kayo during the inspection during Kambisita, huwag nyo galawin, i-report agad na ho. Available naman ang EOD personnel natin,” said Murillo.

(Although our soldiers have made three passes, there will still be some things they might have overlooked, that’s for sure. That’s why, when you see something during the inspection, during Kambisita, do not touch it.  Report it immediately. Our EOD personnel will be available.)  — UNTV News & Rescue

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Self-confessed ISIS-member nabbed in Makati

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

The self-confessed Tunisian ISIS member, Fehmi Lassoued

MANILA, Philippines —National Capital Region Police (NCRPO) cops insists that they have arrested self-confessed Tunisian ISIS member, Fehmi Lassoued at a hotel in Ermita, Manila.

At the hearing of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday, Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Peter Ong repeatedly asked them about it.

However, in the CCTV footage submitted by the Ayala Corporation, the suspect can be seen walking at Ayala Triangle in Makati City at around 10 in the evening last February 16.

Afterwards, cops in civilian clothes approached them and brought them to a van.

The video confirmed the statement of Lassoued that they were not arrested at their apartment after being served the search warrant.

The CCTV footage of the Casablanca Hotel also shows that his live-in partner Anabel was the only one being brought out from the room by the police.

The DOJ initially dismissed the illegal possession of firearms and explosives charges against the suspect as the evidence was found to have been planted.

The lawyer of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) also plans to file charges against the cops who arrested Lassoued.

The PNP chief PDG. Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa has expressed dismay over the dismissal of the justice panel of the complaint against  Lassoued due to a technicality.

Dela Rosa also defended the cops handling the case.

“Yung airtight case talaga na walang butas. Walang singaw. Kailangan talaga, minsan kasi nagmamadali at limitado ang oras dahil may reglementary period. Minsan ang imbestigador natin ay nagmamadali at macha-charge naman sila ng arbitrary detention paglalampas sa reglamantary period so nagmamadali sila kaya nagko-commit ng blunder,” said PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa.

(The airtight case has no loophole. Sometimes they are in a hurry and there is limited time due to reglementary period. Sometimes our investigators are in a hurry to charge them with arbitrary detention after the reglementary period. Because of haste, they commit blunder.)

Lassoued is now in the custody of the Bureau of Immigration and is facing deportation proceedings for using a fake passport. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

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