Twin blasts in Jolo, Sulu linked to Abu Sayyaf Group

Marje Pelayo   •   January 28, 2019   •   3109

|Photo courtesy of AFP WestMinCom

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)

All 50 fatalities in Sulu C-130 crash identified — AFP

Robie de Guzman   •   August 20, 2021

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:

  1. 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

AFP identifies 3 more cadavers in Sulu C-130 crash

Robie de Guzman   •   August 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Three more bodies of military personnel who perished in the July 4 C-130 crash in Patikul, Sulu have been identified, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Tuesday.

Citing a report from the Regional Crime Laboratory Office 9 of the Philippine National Police, the AFP identified the three cadavers as:

  • Corporal Jemmar B. Mondido
  • Private First Class Lester Al T. Lagrada
  • Private First Class Bensheen V. Sabaduquia

“The AFP has already informed the families of the identified personnel as the remains are now being prepared for transport,” the military said in a statement.

A total of 40 cadavers have now been identified while 10 are still undergoing the “tedious process of identification,” it added.

The following are the 40 identified cadavers in C130 crash as of August 7:

  1. 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. Cpl Jay-Ar V Obenita (Inf) PA
  17. Cpl Alhamin U Salahuddin (Inf) PA
  18. Cpl Jerome M Balivado (Inf) PA
  19. Cpl Jemmar B Mondido (Inf) PA
  20. PFC Philip Dante T Camilosa (Inf) PA
  21. PFC Carlos D Dapanas Jr. (Inf) PA
  22. PFC Felizalday M Provido (Inf) PA
  23. PFC Christopher A Rollon (Inf) PA
  24. PFC Marchi E Bonzales (Inf) PA
  25. PFC Keth Kane S Alegarme (Inf) PA
  26. PFC Alzid S Hawrani (Inf) PA
  27. PFC Nazer S Albaracin (Inf) PA
  28. PFC Lester Al T Lagrada (Inf) PA
  29. PFC Bensheen V Sabaduquia (Inf) PA
  30. Pvt Mark Nash P Lumanta (Inf) PA
  31. Pvt Vic A Monera (Inf) PA
  32. Pvt Jomar A Gabas (Inf) PA
  33. Pvt Marcelino H Alquisar (Inf) PA
  34. Pvt Mel Mark L Angana (Inf) PA
  35. Pvt Reymar C Carmona (Inf) PA
  36. Pvt Jesfel D Mequiabas (Inf) PA
  37. Pvt Archie S Barba (Inf) PA
  38. Pvt Carlos Jhun C Paragua Jr (Inf) PA
  39. Pvt Joey T Loterte (Inf) PA
  40. Pvt Kevin L Damole (Inf) PA

“The AFP condoles with the families of our deceased comrades in this time of grief,” it said.

“We shall continue to exhaust all efforts in order to identify the remaining victims and bring them to their final resting place,” it added.

4 more fatalities in Sulu C-130 crash identified – AFP

Robie de Guzman   •   July 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Friday said it has identified four more bodies of military personnel who perished in the C-130 crash in Sulu.

The AFP identified them as Sergeant Jelson Sadjail, Corporal Alhamin Salahuddin, Private First Class Alzid Hawrani, and Private First Class Nazer Albaracin.

The identified bodies were all from the Philippine Army, it added.

In total, the AFP said 33 cadavers have now been identified while 17 are still undergoing the “tedious” process of identification as most of the fatalities were burned beyond recognition.

“The AFP through the Western Mindanao Command has reached out to the loved ones of the identified personnel while their remains are being prepared for transport and proper burial,” the military said.

The C-130 plane crashed in Patikul, Sulu last July 4. It was carrying 96 passengers when the incident occurred.

More than 50 people died, including 3 civilians on the ground, and 46 were injured in the fiery crash.

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