Third suspect of the foiled bombing near U.S. Embassy in Manila.
(UPDATE) — The third suspect in the foiled bombing along Roxas Boulevard is now under the custody of the Philippine National Police following his arrest on December 3 in Bulacan.
National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief P/Dir. Oscar Albayalde identified the suspect as Mohammad Jumao-as alias ‘Modie’, an x-ray technician living in Sta. Ana, Bulacan.
The suspect hid after his two companions had been arrested. Jumao-as resurfaced after assuming that the police had already stopped searching for him.
Authorities immediately filed charges against Jumao-as after finding in his possession a calibre .45 gun, and a hand grenade.
“He was already charge of illegal possession of firearms and illegal possession of explosives,” Albayalde said.
Albayalde said, a CCTV footage showed Jumao-as as among those who left the improvised explosive device (IED) at Luneta, the first area targetted by the group.
“The three were here on that Sunday night while conducting surveillance where they can leave the IED. In this series of footages, you can see that they are walking on the vicinity of Luneta where they want to leave the IED. They started to walk separately until they proceeded to Baywalk along Roxas Blvd,” said Albayalde.
Authorities are still searching for two other suspects who are also members of the Ansar Al Khalifah.
Despite this, the NCRPO assured the public of a safe holiday season, further noting that their men are on alert to guard areas in Metro Manila. — UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines – The United States (US) government has provided an additional P298 million ($5.9 million) to support the Philippines in the fight against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), its embassy in Manila announced on Thursday.
In a statement, the US Embassy said that the additional assistance brings the total amount of pandemic assistance to the Philippines to more than P768 million ($15.2 million).
As part of this assistance, the embassy said that the US Agency for International (USAID) will partner with 18 local governments to “promote effective crisis management and implement response plans.”
“Funding will support local governments to rapidly disburse emergency funding and supplies, and strengthen the capacity of local crisis response centers to disseminate accurate and timely crisis response information, manage quarantine measures, set up public handwashing facilities, ensure food supply, and support local business recovery,” the embassy said.
Other activities funded through this new assistance tranche will provide supply chain analytics and promote a regulatory environment that facilitates logistics and transportation for food, medical products, and other essential goods.
To assist with small and micro-enterprise recovery, USAID will facilitate access to credit and provide grants and skills training to heavily affected sectors and communities.
“This latest assistance builds on our long-standing relationships with local government units across the Philippines, and represents our continued commitment to our Filipino friends, partners, and allies in this time of crisis,” U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim said as he welcomed this new tranche of support to the Philippines.
The US Embassy said this new assistance also includes P44 million ($875,000) from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration for the International Committee of the Red Cross to support COVID-19 response in the Philippines, including increasing stocks of essential medical supplies and expanding hospital capacity, preventing the spread of disease in detention centers, and supporting resilience for vulnerable people and communities.
MANILA, Philippines — The Embassy of the United States in the Philippines on Monday (February 10) denied reports alleging the US of cancelling and suspending tourist visa applications and renewals.
“The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines is aware of a fraudulent advisory alleging the cancellation/revocation of tourist visas and the suspension of visa applications,” the advisory reads.
“These claims are not true,” the statement reiterates.
The Embassy stressed that no changes has been officially announced regarding the U.S. visa policy in the Philippines, referring to a post circulating on social media saying the US decided to change the visa policy in the country due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus and President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).
The US Embassy encourages the public to refer to its official website https://ph.usembassy.gov/ and official social media platforms which “are the best sources for accurate and current information.”
Likewise, the Embassy urged the public to report incidence of visa and passport fraud to its official page FPMManila@state.gov.
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Army is eyeing to recruit more soldiers this year amid the intensified campaign of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to end local armed conflict and terrorism.
The Philippine Army said it will recruit additional members to augment troops and help meet the government’s deadline to end terrorism and expand its nation-building efforts.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier ordered the military to eradicate terrorism and insurgency in the country before his term ends in 2022.
The recruitment also aims to further strengthen the Army force against internal and external threats while promoting nationalism among the Filipinos.
“Anyone who wants to serve our people is welcome to join as long as the Philippine Army’s qualifications are met. Qualified applicants will receive the same benefits during training and when they become part of the regular force,” Army Spokesperson Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said in a statement.
The minimum requirement for a candidate soldier is that he or she must be 18 to 30 years old, a natural-born Filipino citizen, single, without a child, and is 5 feet to 6 feet and 4 inches tall.
An aspiring applicant must also pass the Armed Forces of the Philippines Service Aptitude Test, Physical and Medical Examinations, and Physical Fitness Test.
Interested applicants may visit the Army recruitment centers in Cagayan de Oro City, Cebu City, and Taguig City.
Applicants may also visit the nearest Army base in their localities for inquiries.
Zagala said the newly opened slots are allotted for both aspiring officers and enlisted personnel. The number of additional personnel to be recruited is on top of the 5,300 quota announced this year.
“We call on the best and the brightest to take this opportunity to be part of our nation-building efforts by serving the people and securing the land,” added Zagala.
Visit this link for more information on Army Recruitment centers.
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