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Right-hand man of Isnilon Hapilon nabbed in Sulu

by Marje Pelayo   |   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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Bato apologizes for ‘shit happens’ remark

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Monday, July 8th, 2019

Senator Ronald dela Rosa

Senator Ronald dela Rosa has issued a public apology for his “shit happens” remark last week.

The senator’s statement stemmed from the death of a three-year-old girl during an anti-illegal drugs operation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Rodriguez, Rizal last June 29.

Dela Rosa admitted using wrong choice of words in detailing the said incident.

“Klaruhin ko na lang, hindi maganda ang dating doon sa parents ng bata na namatay. I would like to apologize to the family yung aking wrong use of term. Dapat ang sinabi ko doon instead na ‘shit happens’, dapat unfortunate [I would like to clear, it didn’t sit well with the parents of the dead child. I would like to apologize to the family for my wrong use of term. I shouldn’t have said “shit happens” but, rather, unfortunate],” Dela Rosa said.

The newbie senator promised to be very careful with his choice of words now that he is already a lawmaker. (with details from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

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TESDA exec with alleged links to Abu Sayyaf Group nabbed

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – A high-ranking official of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) was nabbed in a joint operation by soldiers and police for illegal possession of explosives in Isabela City, Basilan.

Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Regional Field Unit 9 Chief PCol. Tom Tuzon said the suspect was identified as Muida Hataman, TESDA’s provincial director based in Basilan, believed to have links with the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).

Police Colonel Bernard Banac said Hataman was arrested early morning on Tuesday (June 25) at Barangay San Rafael in Isabela City as a warrant for her arrest was being served.

Seized from the suspect several materials in making explosives such as blasting cap, chemical ingredients, four cellular phones, and two laptop devices.

“Ang suspek ay kasalukuyang nasa kustodiya ng CIDG Region 9 at sumasailalim na po sa imbestigasyon at patuloy na inaalam ang posible pang kasamahan at iba pang gamit sa pampasabog na maaari pang nakatago sa ibang lugar,” PNP Spokesperson PCol. Banac said.

(The suspect is currently under the custody of the CIDG Region 9 and is now being investigated. [Authorities] are looking into some of her possible cohorts and other explosive materials that are still being kept somewhere.)

While the CIDG already received information that Hataman is connected to an ASG sub-unit, authorities are still verifying information regarding her identity as the investigation goes on.

“Patuloy pang inaalam ng mga taga CIDG kung ano ang kanyang background, kung meron ba siyang kinalaman sa grupong ASG at (kung) mayroong kamag anak at bakit nasa possession niya ang mga naturang gamit pampasabog,” Banac said.

(CIDG personnel are still verifying her background – if she has links to the ASG, any relative and why she was in possession of bomb making paraphernalia.)

Hataman is believed to be the wife of ASG sub leader Radzmir Janatul. – (with details from Lea Ylagan)

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PNP reshuffles officers in 3 key positions

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has reshuffled officers in several key positions effective June 25.

Police Colonel Domingo Cabillan is now the acting deputy regional director for administration of the Police Regional Office 11 or Davao region.

Meanwhile, Police Colonel Florendo Quibuyen is now the acting executive officer of the Directorate for Research and Development from his former post as officer-in-charge of the Eastern Police District.

Police Brigadier General Nolasco Bathan will take over as the director of the Eastern Police District replacing PBGen. Christopher Tambungan who was relieved for spanking a lady cop.

According to PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management Director PMGen. Lyndon Cubos, the newly assigned officers were recommended by the Senior Officers Promotion and Placement Board following assessment of their merits and performances on duty. – (with details from Lea Ylagan)

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