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Resorts World Manila gunman identified

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, June 5th, 2017

Philippine National Police identified the suspect in Resorts World Manila attack.

Philippine National Police identified Jessie Carlos, the lone gunman in the Resorts World Manila attack.

MANILA –  Jessie Carlos, 42 years old, quiet and a loner according to his neighbors. He was a resident of Sta. Cruz, Manila, and had a wife and three children.

He was a former tax specialist at the Department of Finance, but was removed from his job due to a complaint filed against him at the Office of the Ombudsman concerning an incorrect declaration of Statement of Assets and Liabilities (SALN).

He was a gambling addict who could not pay his P4-million debt and is separated from his wife.

In April, his addiction prompted his is relatives to ask the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) to ban him from entering any casinos.

These are the reasons cited by the police in relation to Carlos’ attack at Resorts World Manila, Friday midnight.

Tracking the taxi he took, the cops found Carlos’ family.

The relatives confirmed the identity of the suspect through the images and CCTV footage.

Aside from this, his parents identified Carlos’ corpse through the autopsy results.

The suspect’s parents asked for forgiveness to the victims of the attack especially those who died in the incident.

“Humihingi po kami ng patawad, sa nagawa po ng anak ko, hindi po namin gusto ang nangyari. We’re really sorry,” Fernando Carlos, the suspect’s father said. (We asked for forgiveness, to what my son did. We didn’t want this to happen.We’re really sorry.)

Carlos’ mother calls on parents to stop their children from getting involved in bad vices.

“Kung maaari po sana, awatin po ninyo ang anak ninyo.  Kami po namimighati rin po, di rin po namin matanggap na ang anak po namin, nalulong ng husto hangga’t umabot sa ganitong pangyayari,” Teodora Carlos, the suspect’s mother said. (If you can, stop your child. We’re really full of sorrow. We could not accept that our son was totally addicted and it has led to this incident.)

The police considers the case closed after the suspect has been identified. It has also put a stop to speculations that the incident was a terror attack.

“I think this already dispels all the notions, all the speculations on terrorism,” NCRPO Police Director Oscar Albayalde said. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP chief favors implementation of a nationwide curfew

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Under the proposed law, House Bill 7110 or the Nationwide Curfew Bill, minors aged 18 years old and below will be covered by a nationwide curfew.

MANILA, Philippines — Minors allegedly being used by syndicates for illegal activities such as illegal drug transactions has been making headlines.

This is one of the reasons why Bagong Henerasyon party-list Representative Bernadette Herrera Dy is pushing for the passage of the House Bill 7110 or the Nationwide Curfew Bill.

Under the proposed law, minors aged 18 years old and below will be covered by a nationwide curfew.

The curfew would begin at ten in the evening until five in the morning.

Some fathers are in favor of the said proposal.

“Para hindi magamit sa kalokohan ang mga kabataan ngayon (So that children will not be used in criminal activities) ,” said Roberto Gibaga, a resident of Montalban Rizal.

“Gusto ko na hangga’t maaga ay makauwi na rin ng bahay para hindi na sila masangkot sa kaguluhan sa labas ( I want children to be home as early as possible to prevent them from getting into trouble),” said Marlon Ortizano of Bagong Bayan, Quezon City.

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief PDG. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa has long wanted for the country to impose a nationwide curfew. Dela Rosa said that he has seen how criminals take advantage of minors.

“Pag frustrated ang mga minor, kakausapin niya, ‘Ano, wala ng pera gusto mo ng pera? O sige bibigyan kita ng P1,000. Pwede magdala ka lang ng cake ipadeliver ang cake sa nililigawan ko?’ So, yung bata nag dedeliver siya ng cake. Yun pala yung cake na yun may laman doon sa loob ng shabu. Ginagawa nilang courier yung mga bata,” said the PNP chief.

(If a minor is frustrated, a crook would ask, ” You want money? I will give you P1,000 if you deliver this cake to a girl I’m courting.’ The child delivers the cake not knowing it contains shabu hidden inside. Crooks use children as [drug] couriers.)

Representative Dy explained that the proposed law is based on the Quezon City ordinance that was upheld by the Supreme Court on August 8, 2017. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP and AFP personnel nabs alleged ISIS member in Manila

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, February 19th, 2018

The alleged ISIS member nabbed by the Philippine Nation Police: Egyptian national Fehmi Lassqued alias John Rasheed Lassqued. (Lea Ylagan / UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — With the help of an information sent to Philippine authorities, the operatives of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) arrested Egyptian national Fehmi Lassqued alias John Rasheed Lassqued in his apartment at Casa Blanca in Adriatico St., Malate, Manila last Saturday.

Based on intelligence report provided by the foreign counterparts of the PNP and AFP, a leader of the Islamic State (ISIS) was able to enter the Philippines from Iran last July 2016 using a fake passport.

The alleged ISIS leader is an expert in bomb-making, that is why authorities consider him a threat to the country.

The PNP and AFP seized from the suspect a firearm, ammunition, and materials used for bomb making.

“Mayroon siyang mga drawing drawing. May mapang nakuha sa kanya but it’s really unidentifiable as of this time dahil hindi pa alam yung lugar. Mapa mapa  lang probably it’s a general area,”  said NCRPO chief PDir. Oscar Albayalde.

(He has sketches of a map. But it’s really unidentifiable as of this time because we do not know yet the place. It’s just a map. Probably, it’s a general area.)

“Maybe I was an ISIS before, but if I have these things, of course, I will say. It’s no problem for me,” said the suspect.

Authorities also arrested the partner of Lassqued, identified as Anabelle Salipada, a resident of Upi, Maguindanao.

According to Albayalde, ISIS members went to countries experiencing turmoil to recruit new members.

“Yung mga conflicting parties pwede niyang irecruit pareho. Ganoon ang ginagawa niya, gaya sa Mindanao, may conflict diyan so madaling mag recruit doon,” said Albayalde.

(The conflicting parties can be recruited. That’s what they are doing, like in Mindanao, there is a conflict there so it’s easy to recruit.)

Philippine authorities are still determining if Lassqued had recruited new members of the ISIS terrorist group. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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Accused Florida high school gunman faces 17 murder counts

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Nikolas Cruz appears in a police booking photo after being charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder following a Parkland school shooting, at Broward County Jail in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S. February 15, 2018. Broward County Sheriff/Handout via REUTERS

PARKLAND, Fla. (Reuters) – A 19-year-old man who had been expelled from his Florida high school was due in court on Thursday, charged with 17 counts of murder, after authorities say he unleashed one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.

The ex-student, identified as Nikolas Cruz, 19, walked into the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Wednesday and opened fire on students and teachers, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said. Police believe he acted alone.

Cruz was expected to appear in court Thursday afternoon for a bond hearing, faced with 17 counts of premeditated murder, said Constance Simmons, a spokeswoman for the state attorney’s office.

Cruz was armed with an AR-15-style rifle and had multiple ammunition magazines when he surrendered to officers in a nearby residential area, police said. He loved guns and was expelled for unspecified disciplinary reasons, police and former classmates said.

The shooting in a community about 45 miles (72 km) north of Miami was the 18th in a U.S. school this year, according to gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety, continuing a troubling pattern that has played out over the past few years.

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It was the second deadliest shooting in a U.S. public school after the 2012 massacre of 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

The deadliest school shooting in U.S. history was at Virginia Tech in 2007, when 32 people were killed.

The Florida shooting stirred the long-simmering U.S. debate on the right to bear arms, which are protected by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Schools across the country have installed electronically secured doors and added security staff, but few legislative solutions have emerged.

“So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior,” U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Thursday. “Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!”

Trump plans to address the nation from the White House at 11 a.m. EST (1600 GMT), a spokeswoman said.

“There’s more questions than answers,” Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Republican Paul Ryan, said in an interview with Indiana radio station WIBC. “I don’t think that means you then roll that conversation into taking away citizens’ rights.”

A law enforcement officer is assigned to every school in the Broward County district, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High board member Donna Korn told a local newspaper. The sheriff’s office also provides active shooter training and schools have a single point of entry, she said.

“We have prepared the campuses, but sometimes people still find a way to let these horrific things happen,” Korn said.

The first victim of the attack was publicly identified on Thursday as Aaron Feis, an assistant coach on the school’s football team and a school security guard who was shot while shielding students, the team said on Twitter.

‘THE WORST IN HUMANITY’

Hundreds of panicked students fled the building, running past heavily armed, helmeted police officers while others huddled in closets.

“This has been a day we’ve seen the worst in humanity,” Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said Wednesday.

The assailant wore a gas mask as he stalked into the school carrying a rifle, ammunition cartridges and smoke grenades, then pulled a fire alarm, prompting students and staff to pour from classrooms into hallways, according to Florida’s two U.S. senators, who were brief by federal authorities.

Cruz had recently moved in with another family after his mother’s death in November, according to Jim Lewis, a lawyer representing the family and local media, bringing his AR-15 along with his other belongings.

The family believed Cruz was depressed, but attributed that to his mother’s death, not mental illness.

“They didn’t see any danger. They didn’t see any kind of predilection this was going to happen,” Lewis told CNN.

Cruz may have left warning signs on social media. Buzzfeed reported that a person named Nikolas Cruz left a comment under a YouTube video that read “I‘m going to be a professional school shooter.” The man who posted the video was alarmed and contacted the FBI, Buzzfeed reported.

Reuters was unable to immediately confirm those details.

Colton Haab, a 17-year-old member of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps at the high school, said he realized the alarms were not a drill after hearing several shots fired.

“That for me changed it to an active shooter scenario,” he said. Haab rushed to his ROTC room and helped usher several dozen students inside, barricading them behind curtains made of Kevlar, a material used to make bullet-proof vests.

“We grabbed two pieces of two-by-four, a fire extinguisher and a chair,” Haab said. “We were going to try to stop him with whatever we had.”

Additional reporting by Zachary Fagenson in Parkland, Florida, Jonathan Allen in New York, Susan Heavey in Washington and Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee; Writing by Scott Malone; Editing by John Stonestreet and Jeffrey Benkoe

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