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    Umano’y mastermind sa Sabah standoff, ibubunyag na ng Malaysian officials

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

    Google Map: Sabah, Malaysia

    Google Map: Sabah, Malaysia

    MANILA, Philippines – Papangalanan na umano ng Malaysian security forces ang mga nasa likod ng madugong Sabah standoff.

    Ayon kay Malaysian Defense Minister Ahmad Zahid Amidi, ihahayag sa publiko ang umano’y mastermind ng Sabah crisis makalipas ang May 5 general elections sa Malaysia.

    Sinabi ng Defense Minister na ayaw niyang mabahiran ng pulitika ang kanyang trabaho kaya palilipasin muna ang halalan bago ibunyag ang mga pangalan ng mga nasa likod ng naganap na kaguluhan sa Sabah.

    Una nang hiniling ng ilang state leader ng Malaysia sa mga otoridad na ihayag ang pangalan ng mga sinasabing utak sa Sabah incident. (UNTV News)

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    Several Asian countries pertrubed by reports of citizens joining the Maute-ISIS group

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, September 21st, 2017

    Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meeting

    MANILA, Philippines — Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime Chairman Catalino Cuy confirmed that some Malaysian and Indonesian nationals have been fighting for the Maute terror group.

    Cuy said that even China, one of the most powerful countries in Asia, has also expressed concern.

    “Even China expressed concern that there might be Chinese nationals already in Marawi and they are worried that afterwards the situation is resolved in Marawi, they might find another place and go back to their respective countries,” said Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) OIC Usec. Catalino Cuy.

    This caused concern among member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) that some of their nationals might have also been joining the Maute-ISIS terrorists.

    The Philippines jointly patrols with Indonesia and Malaysia to strictly monitor the individuals entering and exiting the three southeast Asian countries.

    Representatives of all ASEAN nations agree to conduct similar activities in their respective jurisdictions to address and prevent terrorism.

    “So they are considering joint patrols in common borders in other areas of ASEAN countries,” said Cuy.

    Each member of ASEAN acknowledges that Southeast Asia is one of the targets of violent extremists. The leaders of these nations vow to not allow terrorists from wreaking havoc in their respective countries and to closely coordinate with each other to address the complex problem at the soonest possible time. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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    Duterte to open PH borders to Malaysia and Indonesia to counter terrorism

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, September 4th, 2017

    PCOO Photo/ Karl Normal Alonzo

    MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated about the upcoming meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

    This is to discuss the strengthening of cooperation between the three countries against terrorism

    “To formalize an agreement, we have to meet face to face and agree on an agenda for the talks,” said President Duterte during an interview with the press in Davao City.

    The meeting aims to strengthen the initial agreement of the three nations in having a joint task force to fight terrorism and other transnational crimes.

    The president wants to open the Philippine borders to security forces of Malaysia and Indonesia if needed.

    “Kung may hinahabol kami, tapos sabihin, malakas ‘yan, wala nang panahon, tirahin mo na lang siya. Even if it’s a Filipino, sabihin mo doon sa [inaudible], “Tirahin mo na.” or Indonesian dito (If we are running after (terrorists), then they say these are strong and we lack the time, just hit on them. Even if it’s Filipino…or Indonesian here (in the Philippines),” he said.

    President Duterte warned recently on terrorists’ next possible targets such as Davao, Zamboanga and even Manila.

    This is why the government is also strengthening the capacity of the military and police.

    It is the 105th day since conflict in Marawi City started and the chief executive said the retaking of the whole city against terrorists is at its end. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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    Fleet to reset following collision accident: U.S. Pacific Fleet commander

    by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

    The damaged USS John McCain is docked at Changi Naval Base in Singapore August 22, 2017. Reuters/Calvin Wong

     

    Speaking at a press conference held at the Changi Naval Base, Swift said they would follow the order of U.S. Navy Admiral John Richardson, the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO).

    This, after the U.S. guided-missile destroyer USS John s. McCain collided with an oil tanker Alnic MC in waters off the eastern side of Singapore Monday morning, leaving 10 sailors missing and five injured.

    “We will implement the operational pause that CNO announced across all fleets, and that will include all units in the Pacific and will be complete by August 28,” said Admiral Scott Swift, commander of the US Pacific Fleet.

    Swift added that there would be a second phase of review.

    “In addition, I have directed a second phase that will be focused on all surface ships deployed in the Pacific, including those forward deployed naval forces in Yokosuka and Sasebo. This second phase will be a deliberate re-set for our ships, focused on a number of areas, such as navigation, ship’s mechanical systems, and bridge resource management. It will involve training and assessment by a team of experts with each ship and their watchstanders,” said Swift.

    The United States Pacific Fleet (USPACFLT) commander said divers have found remains within the damaged part of the destroyer, adding that the Malaysian authorities have also found remains.

    Swift also ruled out the possibility of a cyber attack behind the incident.

    Of the injured, four have been sent by helicopters to the hospital, while the other one with minor injury stayed with the damaged destroyer which managed to sail back to the Singapore’s Changi Naval Base Monday noon.

    The U.S. side did not reveal the details of the missing and injured on grounds of privacy.

    Search for the missing sailors were still underway. Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia joined the United States in the operation. — UNTV News and Rescue

     

     

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