Clarin town in Bohol, under state of calamity amid military pursuit operations vs ASG

admin   •   April 26, 2017   •   3378

MANILA – The town of Clarin in Bohol has been placed under a state of calamity amid the military’s pursuit against the remaining members of the Abu Sayaf Group (ASG) in the province.

Clarin Mayor Allen Piezas said the declaration took effect on Monday.

Peiza estimates that about 500 families are affected by the ongoing military operations.

Authorities said at least three members of the ASG are still hiding in Clarin.

The remaining ASG members were able to survive in their recent encounter with the military last April 11 in Bohol.

ASG’s recent clash with the military was led by Muammar Asakali.

Asakali and several of his men were killed in the said encounter. — UNTV News & Rescue

Duterte declares state of calamity due to ASF outbreak

Robie de Guzman   •   May 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has declared a nationwide state of calamity due to the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak that has significantly reduced the country’s local supply of pork and spiked its prices according to a document released by Malacañang on Tuesday.

Under Proclamation No. 1143 signed by Duterte on May 10, the state of calamity will last for a period of one year beginning this date “unless earlier lifted or extended as circumstances may warrant.”

“The ASF is responsible for the significant reduction in the country’s swine population by around three million hogs, resulting in more than P100 billion n losses to the local hog sector and allied industries, and leading to the increased retail prices of pork products,” the proclamation read.

“There is an urgent need to address the continued spread of ASF and its adverse impacts to jumpstart the rehabilitation of the local hog industry, and to ensure the availability, adequacy and affordability of pork products, all for the purpose of attaining food security,” it added.

The president signed the proclamation upon the recommendation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council over the outbreak.

The disease has spread to 12 regions, 46 provinces, 493 cities and municipalities, and 2,671 barangays in the country, the proclamation stated, with new cases continuously being reported despite government interventions.

Duterte said that such declaration will, among others, “afford the national government, and local government units (LGU), ample latitude to utilize appropriate funds, including the Quick Response Fund, in their response efforts to contain the continuing spread of the ASF and restore normalcy in ASF-affected areas.”

Under the proclamation, all government agencies and LGUs are enjoined to render full assistance to and cooperation with each other, and mobilize the necessary resources to undertake “critical, urgent, and appropriate measures in a timely manner” to curtail the further spread of ASF.

Concerned agencies must also address the supply deficit in pork products, reduce retail prices, and jumpstart the rehabilitation of the local hog industry.

Law enforcement agencies, with the support of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, are also directed to “undertake all necessary measures to ensure peace and order in affected areas, as may be necessary.”

Abu Sayyaf member surrenders in Basilan – military

Robie de Guzman   •   April 27, 2021

Another member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) has surrendered to authorities in Basilan, a military official said.

In a statement issued on Monday, Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WestMincom) chief Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr. said the intensified non-combat operations of the military units in Basilan led to the surrender of Abdul Asnulan Akil alias Abz, a resident of Barangay Kamamburingan in Ungkaya Pukan town.

“Akil is a member of the notorious Abu Sayyaf Group under Radzmil Jannatul, a.k.a. Khubayb. He has a standing warrant of arrest for murder,” Vinluan said.

Akil handed over one M1 Garand rifle with magazine and 18 rounds of ammunition when he surrendered to the military on April 25, the official said.

According to Brig. Gen. Domingo Gobway, commander of the Joint Task Force Basilan, Akil was involved in a massacre in Kamamburingan last April 22, 2018, wherein four civilians were beheaded.

“His surrender is attributed to our peace efforts facilitated by the different intelligence units here in Basilan,” he added.

Akil is currently undergoing custodial debriefing and will subsequently be turned over to PNP-Basilan for proper disposition.

“We hope that those who remain in hiding will follow the footsteps of Akil. Rest assured that we will give our full support during their reintegration process,” Vinluan said.

Since January 2021, a total of 11 ASG members have surrendered to the military in Basilan.

4 improvised explosive devices recovered in Basilan town – military

Robie de Guzman   •   April 22, 2021

Government troops on Thursday found four improvised explosive devices (IED) and other components allegedly assembled by the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group in Basilan, a military official said.

In a statement, Lt. Gen.Corleto Vinluan Jr., chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command (AFP-WesMinCom), said the IEDs were recovered while troops were conducting a special operation in Barangay Campug, Al-Barka, Basilan around 10 a.m. Thursday.

“Troops of the 101st Infantry Brigade, 68th Infantry Battalion, 18th Infantry Battalion, 39th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team, 4th K9 Company, Naval Special Operations Unit-6, and the intelligence operatives conducted a special operation which resulted in the recovery of four improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other components,” Vinluan said.

According to Brig. Gen. Domingo Gobway, Commander of the Joint Task Force Basilan, the recovered items include the following:

  • Two IEDs, filled with Ammonium Nitrate/Fuel Oil (ANFO) placed in two 1kg can containers
  • One IED filled with ANFO placed in a 900 grams container
  • One IED filled with ANFO placed in 500 grams container
  • One 9-volt battery
  • One pressure-type switch
  • One improvised blasting cap
  • 20 pieces projectiles
  • 3-feet detonating cords
  • One 40mm High Explosive cartridge
  • One 40mm practice grenade round

“Said IEDs were made by the ASG members under Furuji Indama and were recovered through our intensified intelligence monitoring,” Gobway said.

Recovered devices were subsequently transported to Barangay Calugusan, Lamitan City for the conduct of Render Safe Procedure (RSP) and were placed under the custody of the 39th EOD Team for proper disposition, the AFP-WesMinCom said.

Vinluan called on the people of Basilan to “remain vigilant and immediately report any suspicious person or things in your locality.”

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