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Maute terrorists in Marawi City, weakening in force – AFP

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines —  The Maute terrorist group is now starting to weaken.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson BGen. Restituto Padilla explained one indication of this is the military’s recent success in pushing through previous strongholds of the terrorists like the bridges in Mapandi and Bangolo.

“They were not able to protect their controlled area that’s why their strongholds are declining. If they remain strong, the government would not have pushed through their strongholds,” said Padilla.

In line with this, government troops continue to advance to the hideout of the Maute terrorist group.

However, the AFP said the terrorists are now careful and are using traps and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

Maute snipers and civilian hostages also hinder the government’s offensive against the terrorists.

“The intense firefight hinders our efforts to advance, to enter the area. These hindrances also include their use of IEDs, and snipers and other such tactics,” said the AFP spokesperson.

Padilla said the rebellion in Marawi City is now on its 107th day.

Although this has been the longest battle the soldiers have faced, the military is confident that the crisis in the city is already coming to an end.

“We are trying to end this clashes at the soonest possible time because what we want is to totally liberate the city of Marawi so that its residents could go back to their normal lives,” said Padilla.

As of current, the number of fatalities on the part of the government is at 145, while 649 were killed on the part of the Maute terrorist group. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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DND verifies presence of foreign terrorists in the Philippines

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of National Defense (DND) has received a report from the governments of Malaysia and Indonesia that foreign terrorists have entered through the country’s backdoor.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that DND and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are continuously conducting their intelligence gathering to confirm the veracity of the report.

“It is ongoing. We are intensifying our monitoring on the south and as of now we cannot confirm the presence of foreign terrorist but there are homegrown terrorists there in the south we are sure of that,” said Lorenzana.

The AFP for its part said that they are focusing on relatives of neutralized Maute fighters who may be supporting existing terror groups.

“In terms of skills and confidence, we have already diminished them but we are looking on another angle. It’s more on radicalization of the other youth members and supporters of ISIS-Maute,” said Philippine Army chief LtGen. Rolando Joselito Bautista

Secretary Lorenzana noted that these homegrown terrorists are among the reasons why they recommended a one-year extension of martial law declaration in Mindanao.

“We requested for the extension of martial law because we believe that there is still rebellion there brought about our homegrown terrorists, the Maute group, assisted by some foreigners,” said the defense secretary.

The AFP chief said that the extension of martial law is a huge help for the military to move against the terrorist group.

“It does not mean that you will reduce or diminish the threat but we have a lever and call it as manageable risk,” said Bautista. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP to deploy snipers and intel units at Tuesday’s Quiapo feast

by UNTV   |   Posted on Sunday, January 7th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has positioned a skeletal force on Quiapo area in Manila to provide security ahead of the yearly Traslacion on Tuesday.

According to National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief PDir. Oscar Albayalde, the PNP will deploy additional forces of more than 5,600 personnel next week for the said procession.

A battalion of soldiers from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will also be deployed.

Authorities will also deploy members of the PNP Special Action Force, SWAT, and personnel from its explosive and ordinance division.

The NCRPO will also position snipers at high-rise buildings in Quiapo.

Authorities will also deploy 23 medical stations, 65 ambulances, and 15 rescue boats within and around Quiapo.

“As of this time ready na ready na po tayo doon sa ating pagdadaos ng Traslacion (we are fully prepared for the celebration of Traslacion), including all the other government agencies involved particularly yung local government unit ng city of Manila,” said the NCRPO chief.

The police will also implement a ban on liquor and use of guns from  January 8-10.

“Two days of gun ban or suspension of the permit to carry firearms outside of the residence,” said Albayalde.

A no-fly zone will also be in effect over Manila as part of the security measures for the yearly procession.

Members of the PNP intelligence group, who will not be in their uniform, will also be in the area of the procession.

“Hindi tayo pwedeng mag relax dito (we cannot just relax here). Our intelligence operatives are continuously monitoring threat groups even outside of Metro Manila na puwedeng gumalaw (that may make a  move) while this Traslacion is ongoing,” explained Albayalde.

He also reminded the public to expect the conduct of more random checks of bags of those who will participate in the procession.

The chief of the NCRPO calls on the attendees to remain on alert and be vigilant and to immediately report to the police any suspicious object or individual during the conduct of the event. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP records 5 fatalities since return to war on drugs

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, January 4th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has recorded five drug-related fatalities during its more than 700 legitimate operations across the country.

More than 1,000 drug suspects have been arrested, while 10 others surrendered to authorities.

The PNP has lost one member and while another was injured.

According to PNP chief PDG. Ronald Bato dela Rosa, the police will intensify its arrests of suspects since they have already returned to the war on drugs.

“Expect more arrests of drug personalities and many more will be jailed,” said the chief.

PNP’s partner in identifying and arresting drug personalities is the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

“We provide intelligence. So if we have a good intel, we will pass it to the PDEA and Philippine National Police,” said AFP-NCR Commander BGen. Alan Arrojado.

It can be recalled that PNP returned to the drug war scene last December 5th after the President Rodrigo Duterte ordered their removal for facing various controversies.  — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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