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
President Duterte wants to totally eradicate terrorism, rebellion – Palace
FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte | PCOO\Rey Baniquet
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is serious in eradicating terrorism and rebellion in the country according to Malacanang.
Based on the report of Global Terrorism Index in 2018 by the Institute for Economics and Peace, the Philippines is ranked tenth among countries most-affected by terrorism.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that this is the reason for the Chief Executive’s martial law declaration in Mindanao and its extensions.
Panelo noted that the Duterte administration is not neglecting terrorism and the goal of the government to totally overpower rebellion through intensification of services to solve extreme poverty which is believed to cause uprising or armed struggle.
The spokesperson added that President Duterte remains “focused and steadfast in fulfilling his constitutional mandate to serve and protect the Filipino people.” — UNTV News & Rescue
US Embassy, affiliated offices in PH to close for National Day of Mourning
MANILA, Philippines — US Embassy and its affiliated offices will be closed on Wednesday (December 5).
Based on the advisory of the embassy, this is due to the commemoration of National Day of Mourning for former President George H.W. Bush in the United States.
The operation is set to be back on Thursday (December 6). — UNTV News & Rescue
Seven wounded in Paris knife attack
Still photograph of police investigators at scene | REUTERS
French police detained a man who wounded seven people in a knife attack in downtown Paris late on Sunday (September 9), a judicial source said early on Monday (September 10), adding there was no initial indication the attack was linked to terrorism.
Four of the victims suffered severe wounds, the source said.
Local media reported two of the victims were British. — Reuters