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Third suspect in foiled Manila bombing, arrested

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, 7 December 2016 08:50 AM

Third suspect of the foiled bombing near U.S. Embassy in Manila.

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

 

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Police recover NPA’s anti-tank IED in Surigao del Sur

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, 5 February 2019 12:19 PM

A tip from a rebel returnee led the Philippine National Police (PNP) to uncover an anti-tank improvised explosive device (IED) buried by the rebel group, New People’s Army (NPA) along National Highway in Barangay Amontay, Marihatag, Surigao del Sur.

Personnel of the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) and PNP Caraga began excavating on January 28 and were able to extract the 8-inch wide and one foot long bomb on Friday (February 1).

PRO-13 Spokesperson Police Superintendent Christian Rafols II said that the bomb has been buried for nine long years inside the lair of communist rebels for tactical operation against the military and police.

“Tapos ang plano nila kasi ang tapat noon sa pinaglagyan ay bundok. Doon naka-standby ang kanilang tropa kasi kung sino yung daw yung hindi mapapatay sa bomba ay ang papatay naman ay yung mga mag a-ambush. So yun ang plano nila,” said the spokesperson.

The bomb’s impact is estimated to cause heavy damage since it is buried underground.

“Ang bomba kung i-cocontain mo siya, mas grabe ang impact kasi ang pinaka shrapnel niya yung mga semento. Magliliparan yan sa mga tao, yun na ang tatama sa mga tao, at mag-cause damage. Mas mabuti na nakuha natin doon kasi magagamit pa nila yun kung gusto nilang gamitin,” said Rafols.

This is the second time since January 1 that PNP Caraga has recovered an IED.

The first one was found inside the backpack of a slain NPA fighter after an encounter in San Agustin, Surigao del Sur last month.

The PNP said the NPA may ride on the bombings in Jolo Sulu and other areas to sow fear among the Caraganons.

PNP Caraga is on heightened alert and has added police visibility in crowded areas. — Raymond Octobre | UNTV News & Rescue

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Countries offered help to quell terrorism in Mindanao – Palace

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, 1 February 2019 10:07 AM

The scene outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo, Sulu after twin explosions ripped through it on January 27, 2019. | Courtesy of
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MANILA, Philippines — Days after the deadly blasts that occurred at a church in Jolo, Sulu and a mosque in Zamboanga City, other nations have offered to help the Philippine government quell the growing terrorism network in the Mindanao region.

Among those that offered assistance are the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States of America, China, and Russia.

The offer came after President Rodrigo Duterte declared an all-out war against the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and other enemies of the state.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, the government welcomes the assistance offered by the international community.

“There’s no need for any asking for help, because they are already offering them, those support…weapons for instance, intelligence. So kung yun ang ibibigay sa atin, we will welcome it,” said Panelo.

Malacañang is also confident that the recent bombings in parts of Mindanao will not scare residents from casting their votes in the second plebiscite for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

The second BOL plebiscite had been scheduled for February 6 in some parts of Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato.

The first voting was held last January 21 in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Isabela City, Basilan and Cotabato City.

“They’re saying na dahil nagkaroon ng pambobomba. Takot na takot ang mga tao. Hindi ba sabi nila, they’re going with their normal activity. They’re just alert now, vigilant and cautious. But they will vote,” Panelo concluded. – Rosalie Coz

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President Duterte wants to totally eradicate terrorism, rebellion – Palace

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, 20 December 2018 05:15 PM

 

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

 

 

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