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Military rescues 2 ASG kidnap victims in Sulu

by Marje Pelayo   |   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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PNP to begin DNA sampling on two Sulu bombers and ‘mother’

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

A mother has reportedly identified her son as one of the suicide bombers responsible for the Sulu blast on Friday (June 28).

The Philippine National Police (PNP)-Crime Laboratory will begin the DNA sampling on the two bombers as well as the woman claiming to be the mother of one of the suspects.

According to PNP-Crime Laboratory Director PGen. Rolando Hinanay, they will expedite the process to confirm the identity of the two suspects. He said they will also confirm if the mother’s DNA will match with the DNA of one of the bombers.

“Kasama iyon sa ipo-process natin, eeksamin natin at titingnan natin kung nagma-match doon sa sinasabing alleged bomber at doon sa nag-claim, only then we can really confirm, na kamag-anak nila iyon kapag nag-match iyong resulta ng DNA, (That is part of our process. We will examine if [the person] claiming will match with the alleged bomber. Only then can we really confirm if they are relatives—if the DNA results match),” he said.

Western Mindanao Command Chief MGen. Cirilio Sobejana previously confirmed that the identify of one of the bombers was Filipino. He was identified as Norman Lasuca, 23 years old.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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4 dead, 12 hurt in Sulu military camp blast

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, June 28th, 2019

Four individuals were killed while 12 others were injured after a blast rocked a military camp in Indanan, Sulu, a Mindanao-based military official said on Friday.

Major Arvin Encinas, spokesperson of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command, said the explosion occurred at past 11 a.m.

Based on initial report, two loud explosions were heard near the detachment of the Brigade Combat team in Barangay Kajatan after soldiers stopped a vehicle boarded by a yet to be identified lawless armed group.

The explosion resulted to an armed encounter between the armed group and government troops.

As of this posting, the military said that the firefight has already stopped, and police forces are now conducting blocking operations in Sitio Tanjung.

Investigation regarding the incident is underway.

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6 Abu Sayyaf members nabbed in separate NBI operations

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) presented to the media on Tuesday (June 11) six alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) who were arrested in separate operations last month.

The NBI said that the six were arrested in Taguig City, Balanga City in Bataan, and Zamboanga City on May 16 and 20.

NBI spokesperson Ferdinand Lavin said, “the six arrested were involved in various terrorist activities, ranging from ambush, kidnap for ransom, bombing in Southern Philippines, and recruitment of other members.”

He added that the arrest stemmed from the intelligence reports that they gathered and have led them to the whereabouts of Azmier Maalum in Taguig City.

The joint operations of the NBI, the Philippine Navy (PN) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) had led to the arrest of Maalum, along with Amar Assan, Musa Tahil Sampang, Jamil Ibrahim, Yong Aming, and Majuk Tahil Amil.

Maalum has several warrants of arrest for eight counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention of Golden Harvest plantation workers in Basilan in 2001, while Sampang was involved in several bombing incidents also in Basilan.

The NBI said the six had been recruiting members in Metro Manila. (with reports from April Cenedoza) /mbmf

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