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Military rescues 2 ASG kidnap victims in Sulu

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, June 21st, 2018

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SULU, Philippines – Authorities rescued a mother and daughter from the hands of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Talipao, Sulu Wednesday afternoon, June 20.

Addang Tulawie and her daughter Edelyn were kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf bandits at around 2:00 p.m. on the same day. It was identified that the abductors were members of an ASG sub unit led by Hatib Hajan Sawajaan.

Together with members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and barangay peacekeeping teams, the AFP Joint Task Force Sulu was able to rescue the victims.

Addang is a sister of former Talipao Mayor TambrinTulawie while Edelyn is a half-sister of incumbent Talipao Mayor Nebukadnerzar Tulawie.

The victims were sent to Kuta Heneral Teodolfo Bautista Hospital for medical check-up and trauma debriefing.

Joint Task Force Sulu thanked the cooperation of the community and the local government unit for the quick rescue of the victims.

Meanwhile, West Mindanao Commander Lt. Gen. Arnel Dela Vega said they will not stop until the remaining 11 hostages of the Abu Sayyaf Group are rescued.

“We will run after them! We are confident that with the local chief executives’ and the peoples’ support in the municipalities of Sulu, we will finally rid the province of the ASG that has been spreading turmoil in the area,” Dela Vega said in a statement. – UNTV News & Rescue

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8 killed, ASG sub-leader wounded in Sulu clash

by admin   |   Posted on Saturday, February 2nd, 2019

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Five soldiers and three members of the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were killed in a heavy firefight that erupted between government troops and militants Saturday morning (February 2) at Sitio Sungkog, Patikul, Sulu.

The troops of 5th Scout Ranger Battalion under Lieutenant Colonel Marlo Jomalesa encountered more or less 150 ASG members who were under the command of Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan.

The firefight lasted for almost two hours resulting in the death of five soldiers and wounding of five others.

Three ASG militants were killed and 15 were wounded including Idang Susukan, sub leader of Sawadjaan. — UNTV News and Rescue

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Jolo, Sulu on lockdown after twin blasts

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, January 28th, 2019

Blast site in Jolo, Sulu| Photo courtesy of AFP WestMinCom

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)

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Twin blasts in Jolo, Sulu linked to Abu Sayyaf Group

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, January 28th, 2019

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ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) suspected possible links of the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) to the deadly twin explosions in Jolo, Sulu on Sunday morning (January 27).

Colonel Gerry Besana of the AFP Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM) said that the group Ajang-Ajang, an ASG-affiliated armed group known for abduction and sowing terror in the area, has been identified as the perpetrators of the blast.

The military positively identified the group through a CCTV  footage recovered from the crime scene which showed some members of Ajang-Ajang entered the Mt. Carmel Cathedral and rushed outside before the two explosions happened.

“Iyan ang mga Abu Sayyaf na nandudoon sa city pagala-gala lang doon at sila ang mga itinuturo palagi na gumagawa ng atrocities laban sa ating mga kasundaluhan. At the same time gumagawa din ng mga kalokohan at panggugulo dyan sa bayan ng Jolo,” confirmed Besana, AFP Westmincom’s spokesperson.

“Ngayon ang kagandahan dito may lead na tayo at alam natin sino ang perpetrators ng pagpapasabog na ito,” he added.

The AFP-PNP joint investigation on the incident is now ongoing particularly the assessment of the signature prints on the recovered parts of the improvised explosive devices (IED) used by the suspects.

Meanwhile, former Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan believes the attacks had something to do with the recently concluded plebiscite for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

Tan suspects the incident was plotted by BOL supporters after they (Tan) voted ‘no’ for the BOL.

“They want to undermine our leadership in the province after the plebiscite, but we will never give in we won’t give in we will fight back and we are ready to fight,” Tan said. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Dante Amento)

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