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PNP verifies viral report of planned IED bombings

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

IMAGE_UNTV_NEWS_060617_ Dionardo Carlos


MANILA — The Philippine National Police (PNP) is verifying the authenticity of a document  circulating on social media regarding alleged individuals planning to detonate improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

PNP PIO Chief Police Chief Superintendent Dionardo Carlos said such an advisory is usually for internal use of government agencies only.

However, the PNP pointed out some dubious contents of the document.

“If you’ll look at it, it seems legit but the content and the reference sighted here should have security classification,” Carlos said.

Since the crisis erupted in Marawi City on May 23, a number of alleged terror threats have been circulating on social media, such as the information that says a woman plans to bomb malls in Metro Manila.

There was also the alleged attempt of the Abu Sayyaf group to bomb malls in Baguio City.

All these information, the PNP says, are fake.

Carlos said, “What the PNP does is direct the particular intel unit to validate.”

The PNP calls on the public to stop sharing unverified information on social media as it may cause panic while authorities have yet to release official statements regarding the matter.

“What we can do best is to reverse the cycle for example I got the particular information what I can do is return that info to the one that send it to me and I will say this is not true until it reaches back the originator he he’ll know that the circulating information is real,” Carlos added.

The PNP says it would be better to immediately report to authorities any terror threat one would receive instead of sharing it on social media. – Grace Casin | UNTV News and Rescue


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Comelec fund for barangay election preps down to P5-B

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Commission on Elections (Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez admitted in the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon that the agency now has only five billion pesos budget for the upcoming May 2018 village polls.

MANILA, Philippines — Commission on Elections (Comelec) Spokesperson James Jimenez admitted in the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon that the agency now has only five billion pesos budget for the upcoming May 2018 village polls.

The amount was originally seven billion pesos but the agency already used five billion pesos for the printing of ballots.

But Jimenez assured that the said spending will not go to waste.

“Ang maganda diyan Kuya Daniel, yung karamihan doon sa ginastos namin noon magagamit pa natin ngayon. Ang bulto talaga niyan ay yung balota. So magagamit natin yan,” said Jimenez.

(What’s good about it Kuya Daniel is that most of the things we spent on can still be used today. The bulk of which were the ballots. We can still use those.)

However, the official said the amount paid as salary for their additional personnel remains irrecoverable.

Still, several lawmakers are pushing for the postponement of the barangay election in May but Comelec insists that they will continue to prepare for the polls.

In fact, Jimenez said that the agency is now 85% prepared and will start the printing of 18 million ballots mid-February.

Jimenez argued that another postponement of the election would definitely affect democracy in the country specifically the public’s rights to select the leaders of the land.

On top of the problems considered by the Comelec is vote buying.

When host, Daniel Razon, asked Jimenez why no vote buyer has ever been jailed by the commission, the latter said, “Medyo mahirap mapatunayan ang vote buying (Vote buying is difficult to prove).”

Another issue the agency wants to resolve is the implementation of election gun ban since they still have not received any written notice from the palace regarding the ban.

“Nawi-weaken yung institusyon, nawi-weaken yung process kasi hindi ka sure (It weakens the institution and the process because you’re not sure). Yun ang (That is the) lasting damage,” said Jimenez.

Even the Philippine National Police (PNP) said they are just waiting for the Comelec to issue its guidelines for the gun ban.

“Expected na magkakaroon ng gun ban (Implementation of a gun ban is expected),” said PNP PIO PCSupt. John Bulalacao. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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Developers from China, Malaysia express interest to rehabilitate most affected parts of Marawi City — TFBM

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, February 9th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The groundbreaking ceremony for the rehabilitation of the most affected parts of Marawi City is in April.

On Monday, February 12, developers who are interested to participate in the rehabilitation should submit their unsolicited proposals to the government.

Task Force Bangon Marawi said around six have already expressed their interest including groups from China and Malaysia.

“Based on the informal communications relayed to us, foreign companies have signified their intention to participate in the master development of Marawi coming from China and Malaysia,” said Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) Task Force Bangon Marawi  Secretary-General Usec. Falconi Millar.

The technical working group of the Task Force Bangon Marawi will study the unsolicited proposals for one week and the bidding process for the rehabilitation project will undergo the Swiss challenge system.

It means, after selecting the best proposal, the government will look for another party which can challenge it and offer it for a lower price but with the same quality.

Meanwhile, the local government of Marawi City welcomes the decision of the Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of the extension of martial law in Mindanao for one year.

They believe this is beneficial for the city, especially on its reconstruction and rehabilitation.

“Tayo po ay naniniwala na makakatulong po especially in addressing itong sinasabi nating the possibilities of recruitment of this would be members of ISIS-inspired groups so yan po ay malaking tulong po,” said Marawi City Mayor Majul Usman Gandamra.

(We believe that this will help us especially in addressing the possibilities of recruitment of this would be members of ISIS-inspired groups. So, it is a big help.) — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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IED found 1-km away from Task Force Davao’s checkpoint

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, February 9th, 2018


DAVAO, Philippines — Task Force Davao has confirmed that the unattended bag they found in Barangay Lasang, Bunawan District Davao City on Thursday contained an improvised explosive device (IED).

Task Force Davao Commander Col. Nolasco Mempin said that the bag was found almost just one kilometer away from their detachment.

“Yung respond ng canine dogs natin it appears positive kasi ng sit down ung canine dog so immediately tinawagan na EOD na naka base ditto sa Sta. Ana and pagdating ng EOD, pag check nila positive din,” said the commander.

(The response of our canine dogs appears positive. Because the canine dog sat down, so they immediately called the EOD based here in Sta. Ana. Upon their arrival, when they checked it, they saw the IED.)

Although the task force has yet to determine who left the IED, Mempin said that they believe the communist rebel group New Peoples Army (NPA) is the one responsible.

“We have not identified the perpetrator but based dun sa (on the) signature ng (of the) IED it is the same with the IEDs being used by the NPA. It is homemade bomb wherein yung (its) casing niya (is a) PVC pipe plus fragments made of cut pieces of cable wire and fertilizer and detonating cord as the booster cord explosives,” said the commander.

Mempin also noted that since the city of Davao already became a center of the country, they are expecting more pestering from rebel groups.

With this, authorities plan to intensify the security in detachment areas.

The residents of the city are also advised to stay vigilant of suspicious objects or individuals and to immediately report them to authorities.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, meanwhile, shrugged off the incident.

“I ordered Task Force Davao to check the background where the IED was left, because it may be the NPA is testing our capacities and preparedness of Davao City, and to look deeper into the matter. I commend and congratulate the men and women at the checkpoint for the fast action and for immediately determining that someone left the IED there,” said the Davao City mayor. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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