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
Malacañang said President Rodrigo Duterte can declare martial law if terrorism reaches Metro Manila.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the chief executive expressed concern about the recent suicide bombing which led to the death of eight individuals including one Filipino suicide bomber in Indanan, Sulu.
“Iyon nga ang kinakatakot niya kasi may suicide bomber na. (That’s what he feared, there is already a suicide bomber). He’s very concerned of that. Kaya hindi ba nag-warning siya sa enemies of the state, (so he warned the enemies of the state) ‘Don’t force my hand into it. I will not allow the disintegration of this country,’ ” he said.
“Kaya nga hindi ba don’t force me to the wall. Kapag hindi kayo tumigil, (So don’t force me to the wall. If you do not stop) I’ll be compelled to use powers granted to me by the Constitution, lalong lalo pa iyong terorismo makarating dito sa Maynila (especially if terrorism reaches here in Metro Manila),” he said.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines – The United States Embassy on Wednesday belied reports that a US State Department deputy assistant secretary has been appointed as America’s next ambassador to the Philippines.
In a statement, the US Embassy said reports on Mina Chang’s alleged appointment to replace current envoy Sung Kim is false.
“We’ve seen this claim. It is not true,” the Embassy said.
It added that in September 2018, the White House announced US President Donald Trump’s intent to nominate Mina Chang to be an Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development for the Bureau of Asia.
The nomination was referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in January 2019.
“There have been no additional White House announcements regarding her nomination to the USAID position,” the Embassy said.
According to the website of the US State Department, Harvard-educated Chang is currently assigned to its Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations.
Her profile stated that the 32-year old Korean-American diplomat has “extensive on the ground experience in conflict areas such as in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Nigeria and the Philippines.
Before assuming government position, Chang was the chief executive officer of the non-government organization Linking the World.
She is also an advocate of global education and pushes for “proactive stabilization as a strategic tool of foreign engagement and an investment in a stronger America abroad.”
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is planning to file charges against the driver of a dump truck which caused a part of the Roxas Boulevard to collapse on Sunday while it was transporting sand for the ongoing rehabilitation of Manila Bay.
DPWH district engineer Mikunug Macud said they would file charges against the driver of the 14-wheeled truck for violating the load limit and passing through a secondary road where trucks are banned from traversing.
The incident happened at past 1:00 a.m. along Roxas Boulevard corner Remedios street in Ermita, Manila.
The truck, which came from Pampanga, was heading to Manila Baywalk to deliver tons of sand for the Manila Bay rehabilitation project when it fell into a hole.
According to the truck driver, he was supposed to take Roxas Boulevard’s main road but traffic law enforcers allegedly directed them to pass through the service road to give way to a fun run event.
Macud said the truck carrying sand weighed about 42 tons while the Remedios street could only accommodate 20 tons.
The portion of the road that collapsed was built over a double barrel box culvert, which served as one of the city’s main drainage system. It was built in the 1970s.
“Dapat ang driver, alam niya ‘yung dapat daanan niya… hindi naman siya talaga dapat dumaan diyan kasi mayroon naman silang mga designated area,” Macud said.
The Remedios street was temporarily closed to traffic as authorities are still trying to extricate the truck out of the hole.
The DPWH hopes to immediately remove the truck to commence repairs on the damaged road. (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
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