SULU, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) cannot yet determine the kind of bomb used in the deadly blast in Jolo, Sulu on Sunday (January 27) that killed around 20 individuals.
PNP Chief DG Oscar Albayalde said investigation and collection of bomb fragments are still ongoing to identify the signature of the perpetrators through the type of explosive that was used.
“Sa ngayon wala pang masabi kung ano klaseng bomba dahil walang marecover na residue although may mga nakuha silang parts na cellphone,” Albayalde said.
The PNP Chief also ordered full-alert status of the entire police force in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and the National Capital Region (NCR).
The entire municipality of Jolo has been placed on lockdown and checkpoints were enforced in different areas of the town.
Albayalde said Mt. Carmel Cathedral has been a target of attacks in the past where priests and helpers were harmed and killed.
“Nagmimisa halos nasa second reading pa lang daw nung pumutok itong IED. Halos puno dahil iyon ang madalas na pinupuntahan ng mga tao. Second mass, sa thinking ng pari, mga nasa 100 (persons) ang nasa loob,” Albayalde said of the attendees of the doomed Sunday mass in Jolo.
Currently, a battalion of PNP Special Action Force (SAF) has been stationed in the area for security.
Albayalde said it was not the first time that a house of worship has been attacked in the town.
In 2011, a bomb was placed and blasted off the altar of a Catholic chapel leaving several people dead. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
MANILA, Philippines — All 50 cadavers of military personnel who perished in the fiery July 4 C-130 crash in Sulu have been identified, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Friday.
In a statement, the AFP said the recently identified remains were the following:
Corporal Dexter E Estrada (Philippine Army)
Corporal Reynel A Matundin (Philippine Army)
Corporal Gulam H Ismael (Philippine Army)
Private First Class Bengie S Malanog (Philippine Army)
Private Ian R Azuelo (Philippine Army)
Private Erwin M Canton (Philippine Army)
Private Mansueto B Lingatong III (Philippine Army)
Private Mar Jhun T Capagngan (Philippine Army)
Private Michael C Dalore (Philippine Army)
Airman Second Class Glen Mar G Biscocho (Philippine Air Force)
The AFP said the remains of the deceased personnel, which were identified with the help of the PNP-SOCO, have already been transported to their hometowns so they can be reunited with their families.
“The AFP condoles with the families of our deceased comrades in this time of grief,” the military said.
“Rest assured that they will be provided with the necessary support and assistance as well as the benefits due to the soldiers who died in the line of duty,” it added.
The C-130 plane was carrying 96 passengers when it crashed in Patikul, Sulu.
The incident took the lives of 53 individuals, including 50 soldiers and three civilians on the ground, and injured 46 servicemen and four civilians.
Most of the fatalities were burned beyond recognition.
“The memories of our brave comrades who paid the ultimate sacrifice will live on not only in their families but throughout the military organization who continues to risk everything to achieve just and lasting peace for our nation,” the AFP said.
Below is the complete list of 50 personnel in C-130 plane tragedy:
Maj Emmanuel V Macalintal PAF 2. Maj Michael Vincent Benolerao PAF 3. Cpt Nigello Emeterio PAF 4. 1lt Karl Joseph T Hintay PAF 5. 2lt Sheena Alexandrea Tato NC – PAF 6. TSg Mark Anthony Agana PAF 7. TSg Donald P Badoy PAF 8. TSg Nelson B Hadjiri (QMS) PA 9. TSg Salahi J Abdurahman (Inf) PA 10. SSg Jan Niel Y Macapaz PAF 11. SSg Michael P Bulalaque PAF 12. Sgt Butch D Maestro (Inf) PA 13. Sgt Jack P Navarro PAF 14. Sgt Jelson J Sadjail (Inf) PA 15. A1C Fortunate L Regidor PAF 16. A2C Glen Mar G Biscocho PAF 17. Cpl Dexter E Estrada (Inf) PA 18. Cpl Reynel A Matundin (Inf) PA 19. Cpl Gulam H Ismael (Inf) PA 20. Cpl Jay-Ar V Obenita (Inf) PA 21. Cpl Alhamin U Salahuddin (Inf) PA 22. Cpl Jerome M Balivado (Inf) PA 23. Cpl Jemmar B Mondido (Inf) PA 24. PFC Philip Dante T Camilosa (Inf) PA 25. PFC Carlos D Dapanas Jr (Inf) PA 26. PFC Felizalday M Provido (Inf) PA 27. PFC Christopher A Rollon (Inf) PA 28. PFC Marchi E Bonzales (Inf) PA 29. PFC Keth Kane S Alegarme (Inf) PA 30. PFC Alzid S Hawrani (Inf) PA 31. PFC Nazer S Albaracin (Inf) PA 32. PFC Lester Al T Lagrada (Inf) PA 33. PFC Bensheen V Sabaduquia (Inf) PA 34. PFC Bengie S Malanog (Inf) PA 35. Pvt Ian R Azuelo (Inf) PA 36. Pvt Erwin M Canton (Inf) PA 37. Pvt Mansueto B Lingatong III (Inf) PA 38. Pvt Mar Jhun T Capagngan (Inf) PA 39. Pvt Michael C Dalore (Inf) PA 40. Pvt Mark Nash P Lumanta (Inf) PA 41. Pvt Vic A Monera (Inf) PA 42. Pvt Jomar A Gabas (Inf) PA 43. Pvt Marcelino H Alquisar (Inf) PA 44. Pvt Mel Mark L Angana (Inf) PA 45. Pvt Reymar C Carmona (Inf) PA 46. Pvt Jesfel D Mequiabas (Inf) PA 47. Pvt Archie S Barba (Inf) PA 48. Pvt Carlos Jhun C Paragua Jr (Inf) PA 49. Pvt Joey T Loterte (Inf) PA 50. Pvt Kevin L Damole (Inf) PA
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