Maguindanao Mayor, nanawagan sa BIFF na tigilan na ang pakikidigma

admin   •   January 30, 2014   •   2627

Shariff Aguak Mayor Bai Zahara Ampatuan (UNTV News)

Shariff Aguak Mayor Bai Zahara Ampatuan (UNTV News)

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Nanawagan si Shariff Aguak Mayor Bai Zahara Ampatuan sa Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) na dalhin sa tamang pagtitipon ang kanilang mga hinaing at huwag daanin sa pakikidigma.

Ang bayan ng Shariff Aguak ay ilang kilometro lamang ang layo sa bayan ng Rajah Buayan kung saan nagaganap ang sagupaan ng BIFF at tropa ng pamahalaan.

“Tigilan na yang gulo na yan dahil maawa kayo sa mga sibilyan na nadadamay diyan, kung meron man kayong gustong ipahiwatig sa mga kapatid natin sa MILF o sa gobyerno isa ako doon sa pwede ninyong utusan na mamagitan sa inyo magkaisa na lang tayo,” panawagan ni Ampatuan.

Samantala, patuloy pa rin ang bakbakan hanggang sa kasalukuyan ayon sa pamunuan ng 6th Infantry Division ng Philippine Army.

Nilinaw naman ni Col. Dickson Hermoso, tagapagsalita ng 6th Infantry Division na walang kaugnayan ang nangyayaring giyera ngayon sa paglagda sa huling annex ng frame work agreement ng Bangsamoro noong Sabado sa Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Aniya, “Baka magkaroon ng mis-impression na mayroong relation yan dun sa recently signed normalization annex last Saturday hindi po yung law enforcement operation ng kapulisan ng Maguindanao ay walang let up continue dahil marami silang ginawang krimen in the past.”

Sinabi pa ni Hermoso na malaking tulong ang isinasagawang negosasyon ng MILF at pamahalaan dahil nakakatulong na nila ngayon ang grupo at maging ang mga MNLF sa Maguindanao sa pagtugis sa mga miyembro ng BIFF.

Tiniyak rin aniya ng dalawang grupo na hindi makakapasok ang mga BIFF members sa kanilang mga controlled areas.

“Kasama namin sila dito nagba-block sila at sinisiguro yung mga MILF communities.”

Dagdag pa ni Hermoso, “Yes, even the MNLF they don’t allow the entry of this BIFF in their communities.”

Samantala, agad na ring nagpadala ng tulong para sa libu-libong evacuee na apektado ng sagupaan   ang regional government ng ARMM at provincial government ng Maguindanao.

Sa pinaka-huling ulat ng Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), 37 miyembro na ng BIFF ang nasawi sa pakikipagsagupa nito sa security forces sa Maguindanao, habang isang sundalo ang napatay.

Batay naman sa inilabas na datos ng Regional Disaster Management Office ng ARMM, aabot na sa anim na bayan o 22 barangay sa Maguindanao ang apektado ng labanan.

Umabot na rin sa 3,153 mga pamilya o 18,425 indibidwal ang internally displaced o inilikas dahil sa kaguluhan. (Louell Requillman / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Philippines to lift travel ban on 10 countries starting September 6

UNTV News   •   September 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to lift the current travel restrictions on travelers from 10 countries starting September 6, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque announced in a statement on Saturday.

These countries are namely:  India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Nonetheless, international travelers coming from the said countries shall comply with the appropriate entry, testing and quarantine protocols, depending on the country’s approved “listing,” Roque said.

He added that the IATF has adopted the “Yellow” and “Red” classifications, in addition to the “Green List” countries/jurisdictions/territories.

Roque said this is based on the countries’ respective incidence rates and case counts as primary criteria, and testing data as secondary criteria.  The incidence rate is the cumulative new cases over the past 28 days per 100,000 population while case counts are cumulative new cases over the past 28 days.

The government first imposed the travel restrictions on India in April then later expanded to include more countries to stem the spread of Delta variant, the highly transmissible strain of COVID-19.

 

120 repatriated Filipino workers from Malaysia arrive home

Robie de Guzman   •   August 19, 2021

Some 120 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) repatriated from the neighboring country of Malaysia have returned home.

The government of Davao City said the repatriated Filipinos landed at the Davao City International Airport  via a chartered Philippine Airlines flight on Monday.

Davao City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO) chief Generose Tecson said the repatriated OFWs will head to different cities and provinces as their final destination.

As in previous repatriation flights to the city, the OFWs will be staying at the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ)-certified and Department of Tourism (DOT)-accredited multi-use hotels.

“They will undergo a 14-day quarantine and will be released on the 15th day. They will be swabbed on the seventh day,” Tecson was quoted as saying in a statement by the city government.

“If positive, they will be brought to the Van City for isolation and monitoring,” she added.

The OFWs presented negative RT-PCR results before boarding their flight since Davao City is enforcing an ordinance that requires mandatory testing prior to entry into the Davao City via the Davao International Airport.

Tight security is also being implemented in quarantine facilities where the OFWs are staying to keep them from going around the city.

Aside from OFWs from Malaysia, a batch of 382 OFWs from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates also arrived in the city on August 6.

This is part of the national government’s repatriation program for Filipinos stranded abroad due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

4 alleged BIFF members surrender in Maguindanao — WestMinCom

Robie de Guzman   •   July 28, 2021

Four alleged members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) have surrendered to authorities in Maguindanao, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) said Wednesday.

In a statement, WestMinCom chief Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr. said the relentless focused military operations in central Mindanao have led to the starvation of some terrorists and prompted them to surrender.

Vinluan said the four members of the BIFF-Bungos Faction submitted themselves to the troops of the 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion (1Mech Bn) at about 11 a.m. on July 27.

“They handed over their firearm including one US cal. 50HB machine gun, one R4A3 Carbine with M203 grenade launcher, one cal. 30 Carbine, and one 7.62mm sniper rifle,” said 1Mech Bn Commander Lt. Col. Cresencio Sanchez, Jr.

Subject personalities were subsequently presented to Col. Pedro Balisi, Jr., Commander of 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade (1Mech Bde), and Shariff Aguak Mayor Marop Ampatuan at the unit headquarters in Barangay Kamasi, Ampatuan, Maguindanao.

The four are currently undergoing custodial debriefing at the 1Mech Bde headquarters, the WestMinCom said.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, commander of Joint Task Force Central urged the remaining BIFF members to yield and avail of the government’s reintegration programs.

“Now is the best time for you to surrender,” Uy said.

Since January 2021, the AFP said that the JTF Central neutralized a total of 145 BIFF personalities; 69 of which were killed, 74 surrendered, and two were apprehended.

“The offensives of the Joint Task Force Central will continue despite the mounting number of BIFF members who are now deciding to return to the folds of the law,” Vinluan said.

“Rest assured that all our operations adhere to the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Laws,” he added.

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