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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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Duterte requests Congress to extend on-going martial law for one more year

by Joniel Monton   |   Posted on Monday, December 11th, 2017


President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Anti-Corruption Summit 2017: ‘Breaking Chains of Corruption 2017’ at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 28, 2017. RUJI ABAT/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) submitted last week a recommendation to President Rodrigo Duterte regarding the martial law in Mindanao.

Both agencies favor the extension of martial law in the region instead of lifting it on its scheduled term before the end of the year.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea has confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte will request the Congress to extend the on-going martial law for one more year.

Based on the text message of Sec. Medialdea, the letter has already been signed by the Chief Executive pending submission to Congress.

The AFP initially stated that there is still a need for martial law in Mindanao because of reports regarding remaining Maute members, Abu Sayyaf and other terrorist groups merging together.

“Those who survived that siege still remain at large and are attempting to recover by recruiting other members of the society,” said AFP spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla.

Another reason cited for the extension is the on-going violent attacks by members of the New People’s Army (NPA).

“There was a 2,000% increase in the amount on the effect of the violent incidents on business alone,” said Padilla.

The opposition of the administration expressed their disapproval and said that the martial rule extension would only hinder the Marawi residents from returning to their homes. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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9 Non-ASEAN member nations join ASEAN navies in first-ever multilateral naval exercise in Thailand

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

The Philippine Navy’s largest vessel, BRP Tarlac together with the BRP Gregorio del Pilar took part in the first-ever multilateral naval exercise conducted by ASEAN held in Pattaya, Chon Buri province.

To prove the harmony of international navies, the Royal Thai Navy as host has combined three significant events into a single one under the Rubric of the International fleet review: specifically, the International Fleet Review 2017, the first ASEAN Multilateral Naval Exercise or the first AMNEX 2017 and the 11th ASEAN Navy Chief’s meeting.

On Sunday, crews from all 10 ASEAN member states and 9 non-ASEAN countries participated in the naval drills joined operations demonstrations and international navies city parade which was witnessed by the public at Pattaya beach, Thailand.

The Philippine Navy’s participation in the AMNEX 2017 aimed to convey the command’s commitment to developing maritime operational capability to increase readiness and interoperability and strengthen the relationship among regional and extra-regional navies.

Meanwhile, the Filipino community in Thailand in cooperation with the Philippine Navy and marines staged a concert for a cause entitled “Rebuilding Marawi” last Saturday.

“Sa pamamagitan ng pag-perform para sa ating mga kababayan na hindi masyadong sinuwerte sa Marawi so napakalaking tulong sa inyong Phil. Navy na ang Fil Community dito sa Thailand ay nag-organize ng ganito (By performing for our fellow Filipinos who were not as lucky in Marawi, it is a big help to the Philippine Navy that the Filipino community in Thailand organized this),” Philippine Marines Msgt. Ramil Baile said.

Organizers provided free transportation from different points of Bangkok, Pattaya, and Rayong to the venue. Filipino delicacies were also served during the concert.

The affair also gave the Filipinos in Thailand a chance to interact with our Filipino soldiers who supported our troops in Marawi.

“Wherever our Philippine Navy goes, binigbigyan natin ang kasiyahan sa ating mga kababayan, dahil alam naming na namimis nyo na rin ang mga balita, lalo na ang makipagfellowship sa ating mga kakababayan lalo na sa ating mga navy at marine,” Fleet Marine Ready Force Commander Commodore Albert Mogol said.

(We give happiness to our fellow Filipinos because we know they would like to know what’s new in the Philippines and they miss the fellowship with our compatriots, especially our navy and marine.)

The Philippine Navy contingent will remain in Thailand on the course of the naval exercises until Wednesday, November 22.

“Sa mga kababayan nating Filipino dito sa Thailand, dapat nating ipagmalaki ang gating bansa kahit saan tayo mapunta(To or fellow Filipinos in Thailand, you should always be proud of your country wherever you go). Gaya ng ginagawa ng ating (just like with the)Philippine Navy, wherever our Navy is we always carry our flag. We are proud,” Mogol said   – Kath Dumaraos | UNTV News & Rescue

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Duterte to base martial law extension on recommendation of military, police

by Joniel Monton   |   Posted on Monday, November 20th, 2017

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the troops of the Eastern Mindanao Command during the President’s visit at Camp Panacan Station Hospital in Davao City on November 18, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines —  December 31, 2017 is the deadline of the martial law that was declared in Mindanao to eradicate security threats such as terrorism and insurgency.

President Rodrigo Duterte said, he will decide whether to extend or lift martial law in the whole Mindanao based on the recommendation he will receive from the military and police.

“Whatever the decision of the armed forces and the police since they are the ones also who would be totally engaged in if there is really if there’s an offing of trouble there, we should give credence to it actually,” he said.

It was initially said by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) that they are hunting down in full force local networks of terrorists especially in areas of Maguindanao, Zamboanga, Basilan Sulu and Tawi-Tawi where there are Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, Abu Sayyaf group and others.

According to a statement released by AFP spokesperson Major General Restituto Padilla Jr. they aim to weaken or fully eradicate terrorists until they can are no longer become threats to the country’s security.

Before the year ends, they will give an assessment if there is a need to lift of extending martial law in Mindanao to resolve the remaining security threat.

Meanwhile, President Duterte defended the military personnel accused of looting during the height of the crisis in Marawi City and other violations of human rights.

“How will they steal those? I was there.  And they were billeted in houses. And they were using the amenities of that house. The refrigerator. There was power. The electric fans are used. When they say borrowed, it’s only right. Those are very large things that you cannot hide in your pocket.  And I do not believe that soldiers will steal those.” the President said.  — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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