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Right-hand man of Isnilon Hapilon nabbed in Sulu

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

File photo: Abu Sayyaf group

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde announced Wednesday, May 23, that the right-hand man of Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon has been arrested in a joint military and police operations in Sulu.

The militant was identified as Hashim Abtaib alias “Abu Imam,” an active member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG.)

Abtaib is facing multiple charges including kidnapping and serious illegal detention. He was involved in the kidnapping of 15 workers from Golden Harvest plantation in Lantawan, Basilan and in the beheading of a soldier, also in Basilan, in 2001.

Albayalde said the victims positively identified Abtaib on the day he was arrested.

Abtaib has a P600,000 bounty on his head. Authorities are looking into his possible participation in the Marawi Siege. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP Chief wants upgrade of cops’ intel skills after CamSur ambush

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, October 19th, 2018

Crime scene of the ambush against police personnel in Lupi, Camarines Sur on October 18, 2018

 

CAMARINES SUR, Philippines – Following the gruesome ambush against police personnel in Lupi, Camarines Sur on Thursday (October 18), Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Albayalde wants a level up of skills in intelligence gathering among policemen.

Albayalde admitted to have noticed some loopholes in police operation procedure during the ambush specifically in critical areas such as that in Lupi.

“Marami tayong nakitang kailangan i-improve…Unang-una iyong sa information gathering, intelligence gathering natin. Pangalawa, iyong will to fight ng ating mga kapulisan kailangan natin iyong skills, iyong instinct ng ating mga pulis. So marami pa po tayong nakikita rito. Iyong manner of investigation…These incidents, hindi na po natin [hahayaan na] mangyari ang similar incident na ganito,” Albayalde said,

Albayalde was in Canaman, Camarines Sur on Friday (October 19) to award the posthumous promotion to three police escorts killed in the attack.

They were SPO1 Percival Rafael, PO3 Carlito Navarroza and PO1 Ralph Jason Vida.

“The whole Philippine National Police, kami po’y nakikiramay sa mga pamilya ng mga biktima and we want to assure the family that we will give justice to the victims,” Albayalde assured the slain cops’ kin.

After the ceremony, the PNP Chief proceeded to a hospital in Naga City where the rest of the wounded cops are confined.

The relatives of those killed in action and the wounded policemen also received cash assistance from the PNP.

Meanwhile, the remains of the cops killed in action have already been delivered to their respective hometowns. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Allan Manansala)

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Duterte awaiting recommendation from AFP, PNP on Martial Law extension – Palace

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, October 19th, 2018

 

AFP Chief of Staff General Carlito Galvez, Jr. and PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Legal Adviser Salvador Panelo clarified that President Rodrigo Duterte is still awaiting the recommendation from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) on whether or not to extend the imposition of Martial Law in Mindanao.

It can be recalled that Congress allowed the extension of Martial Law in the region until December 31, 2018 upon request of the Duterte administration in order to eradicate Islamic State-inspired terror groups that sparked the Marawi siege.

Panelo said the President still gives utmost consideration to the information that the military provides as the soldiers are the ones monitoring the actual security situation on ground.

However, Panelo believes that another extension of Martial Law remains highly necessary to ensure the safety of the majority of citizens in all parts of the country.

“As I said, if it is helping the population – the population is not even opposing it, so to my mind, there is a need to extend it,” Panelo said. “But according to the President that will depend on the advice, the recommendation of the military because they are the ones on the ground.”

Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the Department of National Defense (DND) is continuously assessing the situation in Mindanao through consultations with members of the community, local government units, the business sector and civil society groups.

“We are currently assessing the situation consulting with the population, LGUs, military, police, business and civil society. We will make the recommendation in the next two months before the year ends,” Lorenzana said in a statement. –  Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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PNP to release list of election hotspots on October 17

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, October 15th, 2018

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to release the list of election hotspots across the country on the last day of filing of certificate of candidacy (COC) on October 17.

PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde, however, named five areas where incidents of election-related violence are perennial.

These are Abra, Masbate, Lanao, Zamboanga Del Norte and Zamboanga Del Sur.

Albayalde noted, however, that these areas are not the top five in the list because they are still finalizing their records.

“Ito iyong sinasabi natin na mga perrenial na andyan sa election watchlist areas (EWAs) na di nawawala tuwing election. Ilalabas natin ang final after the end of candidacy,” Albayalde said. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo

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