ASG leader and 3 others killed in AFP, PNP joint operation in Bohol

admin   •   April 24, 2017   •   5531

Courtesy: Benjie Talisic

Courtesy: Benjie Talisic

BOHOL, Philippines The joint forces of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) have launched operations anew against the Abu Sayyaf group (ASG).

Based on a joint statement released by the AFP Central Command and the Police Regional Office 7, an ASG leader in Bohol, Joselito Melloria, alias “Abu Alih” was killed in an operation in Sitio Lagsing, Barangay Bacani, Clardin, Bohol.

Melloria allegedly led the ASG members who were able to escape after an encounter with government troops in Inabanga, Bohol last week.

Aside from the ASG sub leader, three other lawless elements, who are still unidentified by authorities, were killed.

Three high-powered firearms were found at the encounter site.

President Rodrigo Duterte is determined to hunt down the remaining members of the Abu Sayyaf Group in Bohol.

In his speech during the opening ceremonies at the Palarong Pambansa 2017 in San Jose de Buenavista, the President made the statement on his planned implementation of martial law.

“I told the military, ‘Huwag kayong matulog. Hanapin ninyo at patayin ninyo ‘yan. I want them dead. Huwag mong ibigay sa akin ‘yang nang buhay.’  Iyong mga terrorism na they cut other people’s throat, slit it and just to decapitate, they are really animals. But if you want me to be an animal, eh sanay rin ako diyan. Pareho lang tayo. I can dish out, go down what you can 50 times over. Kainin pa kita sa harap ko, bigyan mo lang ako ng suka pati asin, I’ll eat you.  Pagalitin mo ako.  Do not… Wala… No quarters given, no quarters asked for these people,” he said.

(I told the military, ‘Do not sleep. Hunt them down. I want them dead. Do not give them to me alive. Terrorists cut other people’s throat, slit it and just to decapitate. They are really animals. But if you want me to be an animal, I can also do that. I can dish out. Go down what you can 50 times over. I can even eat you. Just give me vinegar, fish sauce and salt, I’ll eat you. Infuriate me. Do not… no quarters given, no quarters asked for these people.)

READ: 9 dead in joint military ops vs suspected Abu Sayyaf in Bohol

President Duterte warned lawless elements who spark violence in Mindanao.  He said if terrorist groups do not end their activities, the government will be forced to lock down Mindanao.

‘I said, ‘Do not force me to do it because it will be a very sad day for all of us.’ Hindi lang ‘yan terrorist ang tapusin ko, lahat na pati ugali namin kasali na ako. Magbago talaga ‘yan. No more arrogance and… tatapusin ko lahat. Kaya huwag ninyo akong pilitin kasi magbago talaga ang Mindanao. So I will lockdown Mindanao and tatapusin ko ‘yung mga problema pati tao,” he said.

(I said, ‘Do not force me to do it because it will be a very sad day for us. I will finish not just the terrorists, but all attitudes including myself. They will change. No more arrogance. I will put an end to all these. So do not force me, because Mindanao will really change. So I will lock down Mindanao, and put an end to the problems and even persons.)  —  Gladys Toabi | UNTV News & Rescue

Duterte declares Nov. 2, Dec. 24 & 31 ‘Special working days’ for this year

Robie de Guzman   •   February 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has issued a proclamation amending some dates that have long been traditional holidays in the country and making them now ‘special working days.’

Under Proclamation No. 1107, the president declared the following days as ‘special working days’ for the year 2021:

  • November 2 – All souls’ day
  • December 24 – Christmas eve
  • December 31 – New Year’s eve

These dates were previously classified as special non-working days under Proclamation No. 986 s. 2020.

“For the country to recover from the adverse economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a need to encourage economic productivity by, among others, minimizing work disruption and commemorating some special holidays as special (working) days instead,” Duterte said in his order.

The coronavirus pandemic has plunged the country’s economy into a slump last year due to a lockdown that affected many businesses and workers.

Duterte designates NBI as sole body to probe PNP-PDEA ‘misencounter’

Robie de Guzman   •   February 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has designated the National Bureau of Investigation to be the sole agency to investigate the alleged misencounter between cops and operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Malacañang said Friday.

“Nagdesisyon po ang ating president na tanging NBI lang po ang mag-iimbestiga duon sa putukan na nangyari sa panig ng mga kapulisan at PDEA diyan po sa Quezon City,” Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said.

The shooting incident involving policemen and PDEA operatives occurred on Wednesday afternoon near a mall along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City. Four individuals – two cops, a PDEA agent and an informant – were killed in the gun battle.

The PNP and PDEA earlier said that a joint Board of Inquiry has been created to look into the incident.

But due to Duterte’s order, the joint probe will have to be discontinued.

“’Yung mga binuong joint panel para imbestigahan yan, na binuo po ng PNP at PDEA ay di na po magtutuloy sa kanilang imbestigahan,” Roque said.

Both PNP and PDEA assured to work with the NBI in compliance with Duterte’s directive. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

P7.9-M worth of marijuana seized in Cordillera police ops

Robie de Guzman   •   February 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines Thousands of dried marijuana plants and seeds were confiscated in a series of raids conducted by police operatives in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Friday.

In a statement, PNP chief General Debold Sinas said the Cordillera police launched the operations on five clandestine marijuana farms in Kalinga from Thursday until Friday, as part of PNP’s “summer offensive” against cultivation of prohibited plants.

The police raid on the five plantation sites, with a total land area of 2,550 square meters, stemmed from a buy-bust operation conducted by joint elements of Special Operations Unit 2, led by PNP Drug Enforcement Group with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Isabela, the Isabela PIU, the SAF Kalinga and the 2nd Coy KPMFC on February 18, 2021, that resulted in the arrest of two persons.

The PNP said the operation yielded the arrest of two persons who told authorities about the illegal cultivation of marijuana in the mountainous area of Barangay Loccong, Tinglayan, Kalinga.

This information led to the clearing operations and destruction of marijuana plants in coordination with the PDEA, the PNP said.

Police said a total of 21,600 fully-grown marijuana plants were destroyed in the clandestine farms, including some 30 kilograms of dried marijuana stalks and one kilogram of marijuana seeds, all estimated to be worth P7,945,000 based on standard drug price used by the Dangerous Drugs Board.

“Let me reiterate that police operation against the cultivation, production, and trafficking of Marijuana will continue without let-up because under Philippine laws, Cannabis in the form of plants, products, and its derivatives is still a dangerous drug as defined under Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002,” Sinas said.

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