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 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.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said, during the bilateral meeting on Thursday (October 3), he is prepared to support President Rodrigo Duterte in the fight against terrorism.
“We are ready to continue to develop our partnership and to share our experience and achievements in the field of counter-terrorism,” he said during the meeting in Sochi, Russia.
Putin also said he considers the Philippines as an important partner in Asia. He is also willing to expand cooperation with the Philippines in several sectors including energy and industrial.
“Russian companies are ready to expand the supplies of energy products, aircraft, transport facilities, and specialized machinery to Philippines,” according to Putin.
“We are interested in further increase of industrial cooperation, in fostering cooperation in peaceful nuclear development, space exploration and digital technology. It is important to foster direct ties between entrepreneurs,” he added.
The Russian president also recalled how Duterte flew back to the Philippines during his first visit in Russia in 2017 because of terrorist attacks in Marawi.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
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