Philippine troops closing in on terrorist group ASG

admin   •   September 22, 2016   •   3632

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SULU, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is anticipating the right moment for the inevitable intense battle between the soldiers and Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Sulu.

Although the area seems to be quiet at the moment Westmincom spokesperson Major Felipe Tan, Jr., said, it doesn’t mean that no operation is going on.

“We are just waiting for the right time, the right moment to have a decisive engagement,” he said.

The AFP expressed that they are gradually penetrating the previous hideouts of the bandits.

This may indicate that the terror group are struggling and could explain why they have been freeing their captives.

He also said that the support given by the residents and local officials such as the formation of Barangay Peace Keeping Action Team against the offensives ASG, helped greatly.

As well as the additional forces deployed to Sulu to expand their operation.

Tan also said that the government forces are gaining ground with the placement of the troops in strategic locations where hostages can be rescued safely.

Battalions from different specializations like Scout Rangers, Special Forces of Navy Air Force and others are assigned to come after Abu Sayyaf in accordance to the “seek and destroy” order of President Rodrigo Duterte are estimated to have reached 16. (DANTE AMENTO / UNTV News and Rescue)

LPA affecting Visayas, parts of Mindanao

Marje Pelayo   •   February 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – State weather agency PAGASA is monitoring a low-pressure area (LPA) near the southern island of Mindanao.

As of 4:00 a.m. Thursday (February 6), the weather system was located at 705 k.m. east of Davao City.

The trough of the LPA is currently bringing cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms in areas of Visayas, CARAGA, Northern Mindanao and the entire Davao Region.

Meanwhile, the Northeast Monsoon (Amihan) is seen affecting Luzon particularly Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Bicol Region, Aurora, and Quezon where cloudy skies with light rains can be observed.

Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon due to Amihan.

Similar conditions will also be experienced in other areas of Mindanao due to localized thunderstorms.

Doctor kidnapped by armed men in Sulu

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 5, 2020

A doctor has been kidnapped by armed men from his clinic in Jolo, Sulu on Tuesday (February 5).

Authorities are still investigating which group abducted Dr. Daniel Moreno who is a public servant treating local residents in Jolo, Sulu.

Based on the investigation of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, four men in camouflage entered Moreno’s clinic in Barangay Walled City past 7:00 p.m. The men forced the doctor to board a red Tamaraw FX.

“Nakasuot ito ng military at PNP uniforms kung kaya’t siguro mas napadali iyong kanilang execution. Tayo po ay naniniwala na matagal na nilang sinu-surveillance at minamatyagan itong doctor na ito, (They were wearing military and PNP uniforms so the execution was easier for them. We believe they have long been monitoring this doctor),” according to Western Mindanao Command Spokesperson Major Arvin John Encinas.

Authorities are currently determining the motive of the kidnapping and if the Abu Sayyaf Group is involved in the said incident.—AAC (with reports from Val Villaflor)

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Rains may cause mudflow in areas affected by Taal’s volcanic activity

Marje Pelayo   •   January 13, 2020

A boy’s muddy feet is seen during an evacuation after a volcano eruption in Talisay, Batangas, Philippines, 13 January 2020. Thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate as authorities in the Philippines raised the alert due to the increased activity of the Taal volcano, located in an island near Manila. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised the alert level from 1 to 3 and then 4 – on a scale of 5, after an increase in the activity of the crater resulted in an eruption spewing steam and ash up to one-kilometer high. EPA-EFE/MARK R. CRISTINO

MANILA, Philippines – State weather bureau PAGASA is monitoring a Low Pressure Area (LPA) in the eastern part of Mindanao.

Based on PAGASA’s 4:00 AM update Monday (January 13), the LPA was spotted at 735 km East Southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

Meanwhile, parts of Northern Luzon are currently experiencing the effects of the tail end of a cold front which brings cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms in areas in Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region,and Aurora.

Possible flash floods or landslides due to scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains

Also, cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms will prevail over Caraga and Eastern Visayas as a result of the impact of the trough of the LPA.

This condition may cause possible flash floods or landslides due to scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains.

Meanwhile, volcanic activity is currently affecting the provinces of Batangas, Cavite, and Laguna.

Hence, cloudy skies with isolated rains and thunderstorms may possibly reduced visibility and cause mudflow during ash fall and light to moderate rains.

Residents in the affected areas are advised to take extra caution and heed warnings from authorities.

In Ilocos Region, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains caused by the northeast monsoon will prevail.

This may cause intermittent strong winds especially in coastal and mountainous areas.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will also experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms.

Residents are urged to monitor for possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms especially in areas susceptible to these hazards.

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