AFP admits soldiers fighting in Marawi City are getting sick
Soldiers of Marawi City
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has admitted dozens of soldiers on the battle ground fighting the Maute terrorists in Marawi City are getting sick.
According to AFP Spokesperson BGen. Restituto Padilla, 78 soldiers have been withdrawn from the battle ground after contracting malaria, dengue, leptospirosis, and getting bitten by dogs.
“Due to their long exposure to various elements. Some soldiers are getting sick as well as some civilians,” said Padilla.
Despite this, Padilla said the public has nothing to worry about as the sick have been treated in military medical facilities near the battle ground.
Soldiers in serious condition were also airlifted to the nearest hospital in Cagayan de Oro.
“If the doctors’ recommendation is for the soldiers to evacuate immediately, we have helicopters to fetch them,” Padilla added.
Although the number of government troops on the ground has lowered, Padilla said it did not affect their advancement to the stronghold of the Maute group.
In fact, Padilla said military’s clearing operation on the buildings occupied by Maute has become faster.
The military official also noted that just recently, they were able to retake control of 23 buildings, and 18 more last Saturday from the terrorists.
“We are trying our best to finish the crisis in Marawi at the soonest possible time. We can do this. Like what we are saying, it’s difficult to impose a time frame because we are facing complications and we want to rescue all the hostages,” said Padilla. – Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
P3 million worth of smuggled onions seized in Cagayan
Two containers filled with onions allegedly smuggled from China were confiscated at the Port of Cagayan de Oro, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said.
In a news release on Monday, the BOC said the containers were seized last October 15.
The shipment, which was consigned to South Road Consumer Goods Trading, arrived in Mindanao Container Terminal (MCT) Sub-port in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.
The BOC said the containers were declared to contain “frozen malt” but was later found to be onions when subjected to physical examination.
The bureau said the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS-CDO) Field Station led by IO1 Oliver Valiente was alerted of the shipment after receiving derogatory information for possibly containing smuggled goods.
A Warrant of Seizure and Detention was already recommended for issuance against the smuggled shipment, it added.
Atty. Elvira Cruz, District Collector of the Port of Cagayan de Oro commended the vigilance of the customs personnel against smuggled vegetables which have been affecting local farmers as the influx of cheap agricultural products in the market significantly reduce their income.
Last September, the BOC said the Port of Cagayan de Oro destroyed P13.5 million worth of smuggled onions from China.
2 Dawlah Islamiyah-Maute Group members surrender
MANILA, Philippines — Two members of the terrorist Dawlah Islamiyah-Maute Group (DI-MG) yielded to authorities on Wednesday (September 1), the military reported.
They were identified as alias Mosab, 19 years old and alias Hodaifa; both hail from the municipality of Piagapo
The two surrendered to Joint Task Group Haribon in Kampo Ranao, Marawi City.
Mosab revealed that he was forced sometime in January, this year, to join the terrorist group. He was involved in sowing atrocities in the province to include numerous firefights against government forces that caused fear and even displaced some families in the hinter areas of Madalum and Piagapo in Lanao del Sur and Munai and Tangcal in Lanao del Norte.
Meanwhile, Hodaifa left the group this year upon “realizing the deceptive intent of the DI-MG of capitalizing on violent extremism as the true Jihad.” He was part of the group that terrorized and attacked Marawi City in 2017.
The two surrenderers brought with them two M-16 rifles with ammunition.
Brig. Gen. Jose Maria Cuerpo II of JTG Haribon, also the commander of the 103rd Infantry (HARIBON) Brigade, assured the safety and well-being of the former insurgents.
Meanwhile, Piagapo Vice Mayor Ali Sumandar urged the remaining DI-MG members to surrender. He also encouraged residents to report to the nearest military unit the presence of the terrorist group in their area.
Laguna, Iloilo City, Cagayan de Oro placed under ECQ starting August 6
Laguna, Iloilo City, and Cagayan de Oro will be placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) starting August 6.
In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said President Rodrigo Duterte approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to place the said areas under ECQ beginning August 6 until August 15. This is amid the continuous threat of the highly transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant.
Cavite, Lucena City, Rizal and Iloilo Province, meanwhile, will be placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from August 6 to August 15.
Batangas and Quezon, on the other hand, shall be placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions from August 6 to August 15. AAC