PNP confirms presence of Maute Group In Metro Manila; assures public safety

admin   •   March 22, 2017   •   3757

MANILA— Authorities are now searching for other members of the Maute Group to prevent further attempts to sow terror in metro manila.

This, following the arrest of one of its members, Nasip Ibrahim who is now under the custody of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Securities at ports has also been tightened especially on roll- on/ roll-off (RORO) vessels that usually dock at ports, and are being used by terrorists to transfer their firearms and explosives.

“It is possible that they have a cell here in Metro Manila. Like what the district director said, they have a leader here, and his name is Eusoff Macoto; allegedly hiding in Tanza Cavite… Security at ports will now be tightened,” said NCRPO chief
PDir. Oscar Albayalde.

Quezon City Police District (QCPD) operatives arrested Ibrahim last night at his house at Salaam Compound Barangay Culiat, Quezon City.

Ibrahim is among suspects in the foiled US Embassy bombing attempt last November. The four other suspects have already been arrested last year.

Members of the Maute Group have used Ibrahim’s house to store firearms, and improvised explosive device which they use to spread terror.

Recovered from the suspect’s house were firearms and ammunitions, seven packets of suspected shabu, and a mortar.

Based on PNP’s investigation, the said group was also behind the terror threat during the Translacion and Miss Universe Beauty Pageant in Metro Manila.

“They have contacts here. They have a hideout here. They have connections here, and members that protect them especially those coming from Mindanao,” said Albayalde.

“Because their safe havens here are also their co-members and those who have returned to Islam.”

The PNP Chief PDG Ronald dela Rosa calls on the public not to panic since the PNP will deploy additional cops to crowded areas to ensure everyone’s safety.

“If the public will be afraid to go to public places that means they have achieved their victories. In order to defeat the terrorist we have to live our lives naturally. But we will remain on alert,” he said. — Grace Casin | UNTV News and Rescue

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PNP says no ISIS threat in Bulacan, probes leak of draft memo

Robie de Guzman   •   September 11, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is now investigating the leak and circulation online of a draft memorandum stating about the alleged presence of “ISIS affiliates” in Bulacan.

The said document posted on social media states that the Bulacan Provincial Police Office was on full alert status because of threats posed by the terrorist group. It said ISIS-inspired militants from Tuguegarao are moving to Bulacan to attack religious communities in the province.

According to Bulacan provincial police director Chito Barseluna, the document was not official and was not intended for public release.

He added that there was a miscommunication in drafting the memo as this should have been written to alert police units following recent bombings in Mindanao.

Barseluna confirmed that Bulacan police was indeed on full alert but this is because of the celebration of the Singkaban festival in the province.

The police official also denied receiving an intelligence report about the presence of an ISIS-inspired group in the province.

Barseluna also called on the public to stay calm and assured that tight security measures are in place. RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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Metro Manila mayors confident of meeting DILG deadline

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 28, 2019

Metro Manila mayors expressed confidence they would meet the deadline of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to clear public roads in their area.

The mayors have reported during the 25th Metro Manila Council meeting on Tuesday (Aug 27) that their road clearing operations are on track with the scheduled deadline.

San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora reported that 80% of roads have been cleared. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto said 50 to 60% of national and secondary roads have been cleared while tertiary roads are still being cleared.

Representatives of other cities like Muntinlupa and Caloocan have reported, 100% of their major roads have been cleared. Their operations will still continue in barangay roads.

MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim is elated with the progress in the road clearing operation and said that maintaining will be the difficult part.

“Clearing operations have been successful with the Metro Manila mayors leading the campaign. We can see that there is progress. Our Metro Manila mayors are doing their part but big challenge is maintenance and sustenance,” said Lim.

Lim also warned barangay officials who will refuse to participate in the road clearing operations.

“We asked the barangays captains to do their part in ensuring that cleared roads are free from obstructions. We are warning barangay officials who refused to cooperate may face charges,” he said.—AAC

Professors fear ‘militarization’ may invite abuse vs students, teachers

Marje Pelayo   •   August 22, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Teachers and professors in Metro Manila are opposing the proposed police and military presence in campuses across the country.

According to University of the Philippines (UP) Chancellor Mike Tan, the alleged militarization of educational institutions in the country may impact the students’ freedom of speech and may induce fear among schools.

Tan said, however, that the military and police may still decide to do some lecturing or organize fora inside campuses even in UP.

“Hahanap lang sila ng co-sponsor sa isang organisasyon ng UP, (They just need a co-sponsor from UP organizations),” Tan said.

Still, this cannot be used as avenue for government troops and police to remain inside school premises, he said.

This may lead to abuse, according to Tan, not only against students but against teachers and professors.

He cited the case of Leonardo Co, a University of the Philippines botanist who was killed in a crossfire between government troops and communist rebels in 2010.

“Medyo nakaka-disturb na bakit laging kung may UP students sa labas, ilang accounts na ang nabanggit kanina. Si Leonard Co na pinatay nga na siya ay isang professor namin. Sa Palanan[town], mga botanists na nagreresearch, mga math professors na nasa math na tutulungan ang mga teachers, hinarass din sila,” Tan argued.

(It’s quite disturbing why UP students are usually being involved. There had been several accounts cited. One of our professors here, Leonard Co, was killed. Botanists in Palanan who were doing research, math professors who were assisting the teachers, were harassed.)

“Kung kaya nilang gawin ito what more kung nakapasok sila sa campuses namin. That is our fear. Yan ang tinatawag naming militarization, (If they can do this, what more if they enter our campuses. That is our fear. That’s militarization,)” he added.

Dr. Danilo Arao, meanwhile, argued that students become activists because of their critical thinking, awareness of the issues and because they want to exercise their freedom of speech.

 “They are just using the label of communism as a convenient excuse to quell whatever critical thinking people may have here in this university as well as in other universities,” the professor said.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), for its part, said they are not against student activism.

DILG Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya argued that the government is just being serious in curbing the recruitment of students or minors to join the communist CPP-NPA-NDF’s armed wing.

Nevertheless, the UP Chancellor assured that they are monitoring movements and activities of school organizations in their respective universities and they are willing to cooperate with authorities whenever necessary. – MNP (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

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