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    Lanao del Norte imposes tighter security after shooting incident

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

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    Authorities added more checkpoints and deployed more cops in the town of Pantar and nearby areas in Lanao del Norte.

    This is following the reported ambush last Saturday in the area that wounded four cops.

    But the chief of Pantar Police said the incident was not an ambush.

    Pantar PNP Chief of Police Insp. Mohammed Doro said, “There was a shooting incident but there’s no ambush.”

    Authorities are still determining the motive and the personalities behind the shooting incident,

    The Pantar Police assured that the area remains safe despite the ongoing clashes in the nearby Marawi City.

    Authorities also call on the public to immediately report to them any suspicious individuals or activities in their area.

    “Let’s help each other. We should not let our province experience what happened to Marawi City,” Baloi, Lanao del Norte acting police chief, Police Inspector Alibsar Daraba said. – Joan Nano | UNTV News and Rescue

     

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    AFP considers end of hostilities in Marawi City

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, October 20th, 2017


    MANILA, Philippines — Armed Forces of the Philippines Public Affairs Office (AFP-PAO) chief Col. Edgard Arevalo is confident that the hostilities in Marawi City have ended, now that all the leaders of the Maute terror group have already died and they no longer have an organizational structure, war can be considered over.

    “Yes, we can say that the crisis in Marawi is over,” said Col. Arevalo.

    He added that the remaining Maute fighters holed up in the city are now in hiding, while the others have mixed in with the rescued hostages.

    “That’s what we are doing. We are physically going after them, and to rescue the remaining hostages,” said the official.

    Meanwhile, the military has yet to find the area where the remains of Malaysian terrorist Dr. Mahmud Ahmad is buried. The former university lecturer was the alleged financier of the  Maute terror group.

    According to AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Año, the military can find the remains of Ahmad once they locate the person who buried him.

    “We have to find the right people that buried him. There’s an ongoing assault now, later on, we are able to capture some Maute fighters. He can be the one who can reveal where Dr. Mahmud was buried,” said Gen. Año.

    Año also noted that they are now conducting an assessment of the rescued hostages as many Maute fighters have mixed in with them to avoid being captured by the military. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

     

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    PNP finalizes report to clarify issues of alleged extrajudicial killings in the country

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, October 20th, 2017

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    MANILA, Philippines — For the last time, the Philippine National Police (PNP) sought to clarify anew the issue of the alleged extrajudicial killings in the country.

    To do this, the PNP is completing now a report that would clarify the reasons behind the deaths of more than 10,000 drug suspects in various parts of the country, which critics claim, are state-sponsored killings.

    The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has initially sought to conduct a similar probe, but President Rodrigo Duterte himself prohibited the plan.

    “How do we now know ngayon kung ano yung sinasabi nilang EJK? Kasi ang sa atin po ay ano yung krimen na naganap, pag may krimen na naganap sino ang perpetrator? State or non state? Ngayon isa pa, iniimbistigahan ba yan o hindi?”  said PNP PIO chief PCSupt. Dionardo Carlos.

    (How do we  know now what this EJK is that they are talking about? Because for us, it’s about the crime committed, and if it was committed, who was the perpetrator?State or non-state? Another one is, are these being investigated or not)

    According to the PNP, the thousands of deaths cannot be considered as extrajudicial killings or EJK since the cases are still under investigation.

    If a cop is proven involved in a killing, the PNP explained that it will fall under the category of murder and not EJK.

    For now, authorities have already resolved more than 6,000 cases of deaths, meaning these are already in courts, and the suspects are now facing charges.

    Through the said report, the public can know what happened behind the anti-illegal drugs operations of the PNP.

    “What we do is analyze what is happening and report, give out strategies give out this report to the public. We see no plot to cover up,” said the police.

    Meanwhile, the PNP will turn over death cases involving illegal drugs to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

     

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    20 more terrorists killed in latest encounter in Marawi City

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, October 20th, 2017

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    MANILA, Philippines —Twenty more members of the ISIS-inspired Maute terrorist group have been killed by the government forces since Wednesday night until early  Thursday morning.

    In a statement, AFP Chief of Staff Eduardo Año said that 13 were Wednesday night and seven more were slain on Thursday morning in the continuing military pursuit against the terrorists.

    The government also confirmed the intelligence report that among those killed was Dr. Mammud Ahmad, the financier who purportedly took over the leadership of the group following the death of Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute.

    This is based on a statement by one of the rescued hostages, saying that as soon as he was found dead, Mammud was buried Wednesday night.

    The military is now searching for Mammud’s remains and the burial site.

    Año added that seven more hostages have been freed, including a mother and her daughter who got injured but is now out of danger.

    Meanwhile, six soldiers were wounded but are now in better condition.

    With this data, the military believes that the number of hostages remaining with the terrorists has now gone down to 20.

    Gen. Ano stressed that the military is still in high morale, so is their desire to end the crisis in Marawi City.

    In total, the number of fatalities from the terrorists’ side is now at 850, and 163 from the government forces. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

     

     

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