Twin blasts in Jolo, Sulu linked to Abu Sayyaf Group
Marje Pelayo • January 28, 2019 • 3109
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) suspected possible links of the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) to the deadly twin explosions in Jolo, Sulu on Sunday morning (January 27).
Colonel Gerry Besana of the AFP Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM) said that the group Ajang-Ajang, an ASG-affiliated armed group known for abduction and sowing terror in the area, has been identified as the perpetrators of the blast.
The military positively identified the group through a CCTV footage recovered from the crime scene which showed some members of Ajang-Ajang entered the Mt. Carmel Cathedral and rushed outside before the two explosions happened.
“Iyan ang mga Abu Sayyaf na nandudoon sa city pagala-gala lang doon at sila ang mga itinuturo palagi na gumagawa ng atrocities laban sa ating mga kasundaluhan. At the same time gumagawa din ng mga kalokohan at panggugulo dyan sa bayan ng Jolo,” confirmed Besana, AFP Westmincom’s spokesperson.
“Ngayon ang kagandahan dito may lead na tayo at alam natin sino ang perpetrators ng pagpapasabog na ito,” he added.
The AFP-PNP joint investigation on the incident is now ongoing particularly the assessment of the signature prints on the recovered parts of the improvised explosive devices (IED) used by the suspects.
Meanwhile, former Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan believes the attacks had something to do with the recently concluded plebiscite for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).
Tan suspects the incident was plotted by BOL supporters after they (Tan) voted ‘no’ for the BOL.
“They want to undermine our leadership in the province after the plebiscite, but we will never give in we won’t give in we will fight back and we are ready to fight,” Tan said. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Dante Amento)
MANILA, Philippines — All 50 cadavers of military personnel who perished in the fiery July 4 C-130 crash in Sulu have been identified, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Friday.
In a statement, the AFP said the recently identified remains were the following:
Corporal Dexter E Estrada (Philippine Army)
Corporal Reynel A Matundin (Philippine Army)
Corporal Gulam H Ismael (Philippine Army)
Private First Class Bengie S Malanog (Philippine Army)
Private Ian R Azuelo (Philippine Army)
Private Erwin M Canton (Philippine Army)
Private Mansueto B Lingatong III (Philippine Army)
Private Mar Jhun T Capagngan (Philippine Army)
Private Michael C Dalore (Philippine Army)
Airman Second Class Glen Mar G Biscocho (Philippine Air Force)
The AFP said the remains of the deceased personnel, which were identified with the help of the PNP-SOCO, have already been transported to their hometowns so they can be reunited with their families.
“The AFP condoles with the families of our deceased comrades in this time of grief,” the military said.
“Rest assured that they will be provided with the necessary support and assistance as well as the benefits due to the soldiers who died in the line of duty,” it added.
The C-130 plane was carrying 96 passengers when it crashed in Patikul, Sulu.
The incident took the lives of 53 individuals, including 50 soldiers and three civilians on the ground, and injured 46 servicemen and four civilians.
Most of the fatalities were burned beyond recognition.
“The memories of our brave comrades who paid the ultimate sacrifice will live on not only in their families but throughout the military organization who continues to risk everything to achieve just and lasting peace for our nation,” the AFP said.
Below is the complete list of 50 personnel in C-130 plane tragedy:
Maj Emmanuel V Macalintal PAF 2. Maj Michael Vincent Benolerao PAF 3. Cpt Nigello Emeterio PAF 4. 1lt Karl Joseph T Hintay PAF 5. 2lt Sheena Alexandrea Tato NC – PAF 6. TSg Mark Anthony Agana PAF 7. TSg Donald P Badoy PAF 8. TSg Nelson B Hadjiri (QMS) PA 9. TSg Salahi J Abdurahman (Inf) PA 10. SSg Jan Niel Y Macapaz PAF 11. SSg Michael P Bulalaque PAF 12. Sgt Butch D Maestro (Inf) PA 13. Sgt Jack P Navarro PAF 14. Sgt Jelson J Sadjail (Inf) PA 15. A1C Fortunate L Regidor PAF 16. A2C Glen Mar G Biscocho PAF 17. Cpl Dexter E Estrada (Inf) PA 18. Cpl Reynel A Matundin (Inf) PA 19. Cpl Gulam H Ismael (Inf) PA 20. Cpl Jay-Ar V Obenita (Inf) PA 21. Cpl Alhamin U Salahuddin (Inf) PA 22. Cpl Jerome M Balivado (Inf) PA 23. Cpl Jemmar B Mondido (Inf) PA 24. PFC Philip Dante T Camilosa (Inf) PA 25. PFC Carlos D Dapanas Jr (Inf) PA 26. PFC Felizalday M Provido (Inf) PA 27. PFC Christopher A Rollon (Inf) PA 28. PFC Marchi E Bonzales (Inf) PA 29. PFC Keth Kane S Alegarme (Inf) PA 30. PFC Alzid S Hawrani (Inf) PA 31. PFC Nazer S Albaracin (Inf) PA 32. PFC Lester Al T Lagrada (Inf) PA 33. PFC Bensheen V Sabaduquia (Inf) PA 34. PFC Bengie S Malanog (Inf) PA 35. Pvt Ian R Azuelo (Inf) PA 36. Pvt Erwin M Canton (Inf) PA 37. Pvt Mansueto B Lingatong III (Inf) PA 38. Pvt Mar Jhun T Capagngan (Inf) PA 39. Pvt Michael C Dalore (Inf) PA 40. Pvt Mark Nash P Lumanta (Inf) PA 41. Pvt Vic A Monera (Inf) PA 42. Pvt Jomar A Gabas (Inf) PA 43. Pvt Marcelino H Alquisar (Inf) PA 44. Pvt Mel Mark L Angana (Inf) PA 45. Pvt Reymar C Carmona (Inf) PA 46. Pvt Jesfel D Mequiabas (Inf) PA 47. Pvt Archie S Barba (Inf) PA 48. Pvt Carlos Jhun C Paragua Jr (Inf) PA 49. Pvt Joey T Loterte (Inf) PA 50. Pvt Kevin L Damole (Inf) PA
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