Pres. Duterte to open up issue of fighting terrorism in ASEAN-India summit

UNTV News   •   January 24, 2018   •   3291


The Philippine delegates led by President Rodrigo Duterte left for New Delhi, India on Wednesday afternoon to attend the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit on Thursday.

The President sees the summit as a good venue that will open many opportunities for the Philippines’ Economic Growth.

He also sees this as a platform to discuss the issue on fighting terrorism.

“We’re okay sa ASEAN. But it’s all trade and commerce and everything else under the sun, except but we do not have the platform for terrorism and other problems of law and order . . . That’s why I will go, because I will tell them, “If these will only be the agenda, so what’s the use of meeting just once a year?” And probably the ministerial level, once every 3 months,” Duterte said.

The Chief Executive adds that he will also take harsh measures against terrorists who will try to sow violence in the country. And if the threats get worse, especially in Sulu and Celebes Sea, he will ask China to help the Philippines to resolve it.

“I will tell you, if we can’t solve it. We just have to call China to come in and blow them off just like Somalia, that Aden Strait there, were it not for the presence of the Chinese, piracy there would have not stopped,” said Duterte.

Meanwhile, President Duterte gives the Kuwaiti government an ultimatum. If no action is taken on the abuses against Overseas Filipino Workers, the President is determined to order a recall and a ban on the deployment of OFW’s in the said country.

Although the President said Kuwait has been helping the Philippines and it is truly an ally, he will not let our fellow Filipinos not only in Kuwait but also in the whole of middle east to suffer abuse in any form.

“Can I ask you now just to treat my countrymen as human beings with dignity? I do not want to fight with you. We need your help to improve our country,” Duterte said. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

DFA finalizes repatriation for 11 stranded Filipino seafarers onboard Ocean Star 86

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 25, 2020

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is finalizing the repatriation of the remaining 11 Filipino seafarers stranded in Chinese waters onboard Ocean Star 86 since March 24.

The DFA and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) are already coordinating with the Philippine Embassy in China. OWWA said the seafarers will be able to return home by next week.

“Mayroon na po napipintong repatriation either this coming week or first week of October ng ating mga mahal na stranded seafarers sa China (Our stranded seafarers in China will be repatriated either this coming week or first week of October). We are now providing assistance to the seafarers,” according to OWWA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac.

Based on the information received by OWWA, the Ocean Star 86 is docked in the mainland and the Philippine Embassy in China has been providing assistance to the seafarers. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

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PH security forces foil bomb plot in Jolo, Sulu

Robie de Guzman   •   September 21, 2020

A bomb plot in the capital town of Jolo in Sulu province believed to have been orchestrated by local terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) was foiled by the Philippine security forces, the military said.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said, this is after the elements of the Philippine Coast Guard-Explosive and Ordnance Division (PCG) discovered a baggage that contained an improvised explosive device allegedly planted at the local port on Saturday.

The military added that a PCG patrol team found the abandoned baggage between the office of the Harbor Master and the Maritime Police Office at Jolo port.

A K9 unit deployed to the area confirmed that the baggage contained a bomb.

Operating troops of the 35th Infantry Battalion immediately cordoned off the area while the bomb squad carefully disarmed the explosive which was assembled using two electric blasting caps, a rifle grenade, a spark plug and concrete nails.

“I commend our troops and our partners for the accomplishment. You saved the lives of the innocent people and foiled this terroristic activity of our heartless enemies,” said Brig. Gen. William Gonzales, commander of the anti-terror Joint Task Force Sulu.

AFP Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr. also commended the troops.

“This success is a result of the intensified conduct of intelligence operations and the strengthened collaboration with the police and other security agencies, thus preempting the terrorists from executing their terror plan. I commend the troops of the JTF Sulu for a job well done,” he said.

The military said tight security measures remain in place as government troops continue to pursue ASG leader Mundi Sawadjaan who was said to the brains of the twin bomb attacks in Barangay Walled City in Jolo barely a month ago that killed 14 people and injured others. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Val Villaflor)

9 cops, 3 officials face administrative charges over Sulu shooting incident

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 7, 2020

Nine police officers are facing administrative charges for their involvement in the shooting of four soldiers in Jolo, Sulu on June 29.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief PGen. Camilo Cascolan confirmed on Monday (September 7) that the PNP-Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS) has filed administrative charges against the nine cops and their three immediate superiors.

“Summons were served last week to the nine respondents who are presently under restrictive custody by the headquarters support service in Camp Crame,” he said.

Aside from the administrative charges, the nine cops will also face criminal charges for murder and planting of evidence filed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

Cascolan also said the three immediate superiors will face administrative charges “for gross neglect of duty under the doctrine of command responsibility.”

The Philippine Army previously reported that the four soldiers are members of their intelligence unit who are on the hunt for two suicide bombers. They also said the two suicide bombers are those responsible for the twin explosions in Jolo, Sulu on August 24 which killed 15 and injured 74. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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