Jolo attack shows terrorists’ opposition to BOL — political scientist

admin   •   January 29, 2019   •   2288

Courtesy: AFP WESTMINCOM

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research chairman, Prof. Rommel Banlaoi thinks that the twin blasts that rocked a Catholic church in Jolo, Sulu is the terrorists’ way of expressing opposition to the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

Banlaoi explained that the bombing was thoroughly planned and conducted after the conduct of first BOL referendum held last January 21 in Cotabato City, Isabela in Basilan and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. 

He added that the incident will serve as a challenge to members of the Bangsamoro government since the BOL is envisioned to bring peace and stability in the region.

 “Lumalabas na hindi kinakatakutan ng mga terrorist group kung ano man ang itatayong Bangsamoro government dahil iba ang sinusulong nilang pamahalaan. Ang sinusulong nila ay Islamic State na link sa ISIS,” said Banlaoi.

(It shows that the terrorist group is not afraid of the Bangsamoro government because they are pushing for an ISIS-linked Islamic State.)

Banlaoi also believes that the Abu Sayyaf Group is linked to the bomb attack. Based on their studies, the twin bombing is a signature of a terrorist group that is assisted by international militants.  

Banlaoi also pointed out some similarities in the Jolo bombing to the Rizal Day bombing in 2000 and the Valentine’s Day attack in 2005 that were both claimed by the Abu Sayyaf.

 “Yang Abu Sayyaf Group, foreign assisted yan kaya doon nila natutunan ang pagsasagawa ng bomba at yang estilo ng pagatake particularly ang pagta-target sa isang Christian entity,” said the professor.

(The Abu Sayyaf Group is assisted by foreign terrorists from whom they learned bomb-making and the targeting of Christian entities as a style of attack.) — UNTV News & Rescue

2 suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits killed in Sulu clash – AFP

Robie de Guzman   •   November 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A suspected sub-leader and a member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were killed in separate encounters with government troops in Sulu early Friday, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said.

AFP Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) Commander Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr. identified the slain individuals as alleged ASG sub-leader Hatib Munap Binda and a certain Bensio Barahama.

Vinluan said Binda was killed in the first encounter that occurred in Panamao town of Sulu province.

Based on the report submitted by 4th Marine Brigade Commander Col. Ruben Candelario, troops of the Marine Battalion Landing Team-1 (MBLT) was conducting combat operation st Bud Bawis Complex, Barangay Kawasan when they encountered the group of Binda around 5:45 a.m.

Vinluan said a fierce firefight ensued which lasted for about 30 minutes after which the enemy withdrew.

“While scouring the encounter site, marine troops recovered the dead body of ASG sub-leader Binda, one M16 rifle, and one M14 rifle,” he added.

Vinluan said that based on their records, Binda is the senior leader of the ASG operating in the municipalities of Kalingalan Caluang and Panamao, Sulu.

He was a member of the organization since 2002 and was an associate of the late ASG sub-leader Alhabsi Misaya during the conduct of series of kidnappings in the tri-boundaries of Malaysia, Indonesia, and Philippines.

In a separate operation, another team of the MBLT-1 encountered the ASG group under Sansibar Bensio a few meters away from the previous encounter site at 6:45 a.m. of the same day.

The encounter lasted for about 20 minutes which resulted in the death of a certain Bensio Barahama and the recovery of one M14 rifle, according to the report of MBLT-1 Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Marvin Salvan.

“Our good intelligence operations yielded to these positive results and we are grateful that no one from our side was injured during the operations,” Salvan said.

Vinluan said Barahama is the father of Abu Sayyaf Group sub-leader Sansibar Bensio and was operating in the areas of Panamao, Omar, and Luuk.

The AFP said operating troops are still in hot pursuit of the fleeing enemies.

“All the military units here in Sulu remain vigilant and resilient in eliminating the remaining terrorists who refuse to cooperate with us and continue to inflict terroristic activities in the peaceful communities,’’ said Maj. Gen. William Gonzales, Commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu.

“Rest assured that we will continue to work hard to end terrorism here in the beautiful island province of Sulu,” he added.

7 suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits killed in Sulu Sea, military says

Robie de Guzman   •   November 3, 2020

Speed boat of the ASG kidnappers

MANILA, Philippines – Seven suspected members of Abu Sayyaf (ASF) group were killed in an encounter in Sulu Sea, the military said Tuesday.

In a statement, the Joint Task Force Sulu said its troops intercepted and killed the alleged ASG bandits in an operation launched around 2 a.m. at the open waters of Sulu Sea near Sulare Island in Parang.

The bandits were aboard a twin engine speed boat and were said to be planning to conduct kidnapping activities in mainland Mindanao, it added.

“Exchanges of fires transpired, which lasted for 25 minutes, and resulted in the sinking of the boat utilized by more or less seven ASG members,” Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Mindanao Command chief Lieutenant General Corleto Vinluan Jr. said in a separate statement.

The military said two of the seven killed bandits were believed to be brothers of ASG leader and bomber Mundi Sawadjaan.

The two were identified as Madsmar Sawadjaan and Mannul Sawadjaan a.k.a @Abu Amara, who, according to authorities, was declared to replace deceased ASG senior leader Hajan Sawadjaan as emir. Five of the slain bandits have yet to be identified.

Retrieval operations of the sank speed boat and cadavers of ASG member are currently ongoing, the military added.

The joint operation was orchestrated by JTF-Sulu Commander MGen William Gonzales using Philippine Air Force’s Augusta Attack Helicopter and the Philippine Navy’s Multi-Purpose Attack Craft with the Scout Rangers and Special Forces on board.

Suspected Indonesian suicide bomber nabbed in PHL to face deportation – BI

Robie de Guzman   •   October 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is filing a deportation case against suspected suicide bomber Resky Fantasya Rullie who was apprehended by authorities on Saturday.

The BI, however, said Rullie will have to face the criminal charges lodged against her before being deported.

Rullie alias Cici, an Indonesian national, was arrested in a joint operation launched by the Philippine Army’s 11th Infantry Division, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group 9, National Intelligence Coordinating Agency 9 and the immigration bureau.

Also apprehended were Inda Nhur and Fatima Sandra Jimlani Jama, both wives of ranking Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members.

Rullie is reportedly the wife of ASG sub-leader Andi Basco, who was killed in a clash with government troops in Sulu.

Her parents were said to be responsible for the January 2019 twin bombings at the Mount Carmel Cathedral in Jolo, Sulu.

According to BI Intelligence Mindanao Task Group (MITG) head Melody Gonzales, Rullie was the subject of months of surveillance and was found to have allegedly been planning to conduct a suicide bombing attempt in Sulu before the arrest.

Gonzales said the trio were found in possession of a suicide vest, bombs, and other components used in making an improvised explosive device.

“They have been brought to the police station for documentation and filing of charges. A deportation case has been recommended to be filed against Rullie for terrorism, being an illegal entrant, and for undesirability, apart from the criminal charges that she face,” she said.

Gonzales said Rullie is considered a high value target in their drive against foreigners engaged in terroristic activities in the South.

Meanwhile, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente lauded his personnel and other law enforcers for the successful operation against a foreign terrorist.

“We will not stop until we have rid our country of these demons who abuse our hospitality and hurt our people,” he said.

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