PNP tracks associates of nabbed Indonesian terrorist

admin   •   March 26, 2018   •   5123

Mugshot photo of Indonesian terrorist Mushalah Somiba alias Abu Omar

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) believes Indonesian terrorist Omar was not alone in traveling to the Philippines. This is why the police continue to search for his other colleagues.

Omar was arrested by the Police Regional Office Region (PRO) XII in Palimbang Sultan Kudarat last March 10.

He is now under the custody of the Bureau of Immigration in Mindanao.

PRO 12 Director PCSupt. Marcelo Morales said they are now leaving it up to the immigration bureau the fate of alleged suicide bomber Mushalah Somiba alias Abu Omar.

“Yung naarestong terorista ay itinurn over namin sa Bureau of Immigration for violation of immigration law,” said the regional director.

(We already turned over to the Bureau of Immigration the arrested terrorist for violating immigration law.)

Local authorities were able to arrest Omar with the help of intelligence information given by Indonesian authorities.

Police said the suspect even attempted to trigger the explosion of the bomb attached to his body during the arrest.

He was previously detained in Indonesia but was able to go free.

The PNP suspects the alleged suicide bomber had plans to commit a crime in the Philippines.

He was supposed to meet with an active member of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter (BIFF).

“Convicted na terorista sya sa Indonesia. Nag-serve siya ng one and a half years sa prison for crimes of terrorism sa Indonesia,” said Morales.

(He is a convicted terrorist in Indonesia. He served one a half years in prison for crimes of terrorism in Indonesia.)

Authorities confiscated from Omar an ATM card and more than 250,000 rupiah bills. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

DILG commends PNP, LGUs for ‘safest SEA Games ever’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 13, 2019

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has lauded the Philippine National Police (PNP) and local government units (LGUs) for the “safest Southeast Asian (SEA) Games” in history.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said there were no serious or major untoward incidents reported that marred the SEA Games.

“Naipakita natin ang ‘Filipino hospitality’ at ang bayanihan ng pulisya, nasyunal at lokal na mga pamahalaan, private sector at media (We have shown the ‘Filipino hospitality’ and the cooperation of the national police and the local government, private sector and media). This will go down in history as the best and safest ever,” he said.

There were 27,440 police officers deployed to site task groups during the whole duration of the SEA Games.

In Metro Manila alone, there were 18,105 officers securing the competitions; 6,554 in Central Luzon; 1,865 in Southern Luzon; and 916 in La Union.

“We will not rest until all the foreign athletes, coaches and staff have left the country. We are committed 100% to their safety and well-being. Congrats to the PNP for a job well done!,” Año addded.—AAC

2 gold medals, for Papa: Indonesian athlete’s bittersweet SEA Games moment

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 4, 2019

Indonesian athlete Edgar Xavier Marvelo won two golds in the men’s Gunshu and Daoshu Wushu event on Tuesday (December 3).

According to a post of the 2019 SEA Games, Edgar’s father passed away while he was dominating in the event.

“He was only informed about it after winning the gold, bringing him to tears,” the post read.

In his Instagram post, he posted a photo of himself while wearing his gold medal. His post read: “2 Gold Medals, for Papa❤️”.

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2 Gold Medals, for Papa❤️

A post shared by Edgar Xavier Marvelo (@edgarmarvelo) on Dec 2, 2019 at 8:44pm PST

2 Indonesian soldiers injured in explosion in central Jakarta

Robie de Guzman   •   December 3, 2019

Indonesian forensic policemen check the site of a small explosion at the National Monument Park in Jakarta, Indonesia, 03 December 2019. EPA-EFE/STR

Jakarta – Two Indonesian soldiers were injured, one of them seriously, in an explosion at the National Monument park in central Jakarta on Tuesday, military officials investigating the incident said.

Armed forces spokesperson Eko Margiyono said at a televised press conference that they suspect it was a case of a smoke grenade that exploded during a sports event in the park located near the presidential palace.

Police cordoned off the area, although the monument remained open to the public while investigations continued into the incident.

It was not clear whether the explosion was an accident or an attack.

The two soldiers, who were exercising in the park at the time of the explosion, suffered injuries to their arms and legs, according to images shared on social media.

They were transferred to the intensive care unit of the Gatot Subroto Army hospital, where their condition was stable, according to the authorities.

The incident comes three weeks after a suicide blast at a police station in Medan, on the island of Sumatra, which left six injured.

Indonesia has suffered several extremist attacks over the last two decades, including on the island of Bali in 2002, which killed 202. EFE-EPA

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