PRRD details reasons for martial law extension in a letter to Congress

UNTV News   •   July 20, 2017   •   4785

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MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives formally received on Tuesday the eight-page letter of President Rodrigo Duterte where he presented his reasons to propose for a five-month extension of martial law in Mindanao.

In his letter, the president argued that the conflict in Marawi City cannot be finished on July 22, the last day of the 60-day martial law period.

This is based on his personal assessment, as well as on reports and recommendations from the Secretary of National Defense, AFP and PNP officials monitoring the current situation on the ground.

While the president enumerated the accomplishments of the troops since the declaration of martial law on May 23, he says a lot is yet to be accomplished.

He mentioned that only 12 out of the 279 target personalities were neutralized by the military, while the Maute and Abu Sayyaf Groups continue to recruit members to strengthen their forces.

Troops were also challenged with the rebel’s high-powered firearms, military grenades and huge supply of ammunition.

Aside from Maute, the military is also neutralizing attacks of Abu Sayaff in Sulu and Basilan, as well as Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) encounters government troops.

Foreign terrorists and other organizations are also found to be helping the Maute.

These rebel groups are using escape routes in adjacent regions and provinces.

On Saturday, Congress will convene in a joint session to discuss the request of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to extend martial law in Mindanao for another five months. The House of Representatives and Senate will be voting jointly, as the Constitution provides.

On Tuesday the Makabayan Bloc and Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat Jr. requested for a hearing and briefing before the joint session.

However, according to Majority Floor Leader Cong. Rudy Fariñas, the House will have its briefing on Saturday as many congressmen have not yet come back to Manila until SONA. – Joyce Balancio | UNTV News and Rescue

2 Dawlah Islamiyah-Maute Group members surrender

Marje Pelayo   •   September 2, 2021

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.

All 50 fatalities in Sulu C-130 crash identified — AFP

Robie de Guzman   •   August 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — All 50 cadavers of military personnel who perished in the fiery July 4 C-130 crash in Sulu have been identified, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Friday.

In a statement, the AFP said the recently identified remains were the following:

  • Corporal Dexter E Estrada (Philippine Army)
  • Corporal Reynel A Matundin (Philippine Army)
  • Corporal Gulam H Ismael (Philippine Army)
  • Private First Class Bengie S Malanog (Philippine Army)
  • Private Ian R Azuelo (Philippine Army)
  • Private Erwin M Canton (Philippine Army)
  • Private Mansueto B Lingatong III (Philippine Army)
  • Private Mar Jhun T Capagngan (Philippine Army)
  • Private Michael C Dalore (Philippine Army)
  • Airman Second Class Glen Mar G Biscocho (Philippine Air Force)

The AFP said the remains of the deceased personnel, which were identified with the help of the PNP-SOCO, have already been transported to their hometowns so they can be reunited with their families.

“The AFP condoles with the families of our deceased comrades in this time of grief,” the military said.

“Rest assured that they will be provided with the necessary support and assistance as well as the benefits due to the soldiers who died in the line of duty,” it added.

The C-130 plane was carrying 96 passengers when it crashed in Patikul, Sulu.

The incident took the lives of 53 individuals, including 50 soldiers and three civilians on the ground, and injured 46 servicemen and four civilians.

Most of the fatalities were burned beyond recognition.

“The memories of our brave comrades who paid the ultimate sacrifice will live on not only in their families but throughout the military organization who continues to risk everything to achieve just and lasting peace for our nation,” the AFP said.

Below is the complete list of 50 personnel in C-130 plane tragedy:

  1. Maj Emmanuel V Macalintal PAF
    2. Maj Michael Vincent Benolerao PAF
    3. Cpt Nigello Emeterio PAF
    4. 1lt Karl Joseph T Hintay PAF
    5. 2lt Sheena Alexandrea Tato NC – PAF
    6. TSg Mark Anthony Agana PAF
    7. TSg Donald P Badoy PAF
    8. TSg Nelson B Hadjiri (QMS) PA
    9. TSg Salahi J Abdurahman (Inf) PA
    10. SSg Jan Niel Y Macapaz PAF
    11. SSg Michael P Bulalaque PAF
    12. Sgt Butch D Maestro (Inf) PA
    13. Sgt Jack P Navarro PAF
    14. Sgt Jelson J Sadjail (Inf) PA
    15. A1C Fortunate L Regidor PAF
    16. A2C Glen Mar G Biscocho PAF
    17. Cpl Dexter E Estrada (Inf) PA
    18. Cpl Reynel A Matundin (Inf) PA
    19. Cpl Gulam H Ismael (Inf) PA
    20. Cpl Jay-Ar V Obenita (Inf) PA
    21. Cpl Alhamin U Salahuddin (Inf) PA
    22. Cpl Jerome M Balivado (Inf) PA
    23. Cpl Jemmar B Mondido (Inf) PA
    24. PFC Philip Dante T Camilosa (Inf) PA
    25. PFC Carlos D Dapanas Jr (Inf) PA
    26. PFC Felizalday M Provido (Inf) PA
    27. PFC Christopher A Rollon (Inf) PA
    28. PFC Marchi E Bonzales (Inf) PA
    29. PFC Keth Kane S Alegarme (Inf) PA
    30. PFC Alzid S Hawrani (Inf) PA
    31. PFC Nazer S Albaracin (Inf) PA
    32. PFC Lester Al T Lagrada (Inf) PA
    33. PFC Bensheen V Sabaduquia (Inf) PA
    34. PFC Bengie S Malanog (Inf) PA
    35. Pvt Ian R Azuelo (Inf) PA
    36. Pvt Erwin M Canton (Inf) PA
    37. Pvt Mansueto B Lingatong III (Inf) PA
    38. Pvt Mar Jhun T Capagngan (Inf) PA
    39. Pvt Michael C Dalore (Inf) PA
    40. Pvt Mark Nash P Lumanta (Inf) PA
    41. Pvt Vic A Monera (Inf) PA
    42. Pvt Jomar A Gabas (Inf) PA
    43. Pvt Marcelino H Alquisar (Inf) PA
    44. Pvt Mel Mark L Angana (Inf) PA
    45. Pvt Reymar C Carmona (Inf) PA
    46. Pvt Jesfel D Mequiabas (Inf) PA
    47. Pvt Archie S Barba (Inf) PA
    48. Pvt Carlos Jhun C Paragua Jr (Inf) PA
    49. Pvt Joey T Loterte (Inf) PA
    50. Pvt Kevin L Damole (Inf) PA

AFP identifies 3 more cadavers in Sulu C-130 crash

Robie de Guzman   •   August 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Three more bodies of military personnel who perished in the July 4 C-130 crash in Patikul, Sulu have been identified, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Tuesday.

Citing a report from the Regional Crime Laboratory Office 9 of the Philippine National Police, the AFP identified the three cadavers as:

  • Corporal Jemmar B. Mondido
  • Private First Class Lester Al T. Lagrada
  • Private First Class Bensheen V. Sabaduquia

“The AFP has already informed the families of the identified personnel as the remains are now being prepared for transport,” the military said in a statement.

A total of 40 cadavers have now been identified while 10 are still undergoing the “tedious process of identification,” it added.

The following are the 40 identified cadavers in C130 crash as of August 7:

  1. Maj Emmanuel V Macalintal PAF
  2. Maj Michael Vincent Benolerao PAF
  3. Cpt Nigello Emeterio PAF
  4. 1Lt Karl Joseph T Hintay PAF
  5. 2Lt Sheena Alexandrea Tato NC-PAF
  6. TSg Mark Anthony Agana PAF
  7. TSg Donald P Badoy PAF
  8. TSg Nelson B Hadjiri (QMS) PA
  9. TSg Salahi J Abdurahman (Inf) PA
  10. SSg Jan Niel Y Macapaz PAF
  11. SSg Michael P Bulalaque PAF
  12. Sgt Butch D Maestro (Inf) PA
  13. Sgt Jack P Navarro PAF
  14. Sgt Jelson J Sadjail (Inf) PA
  15. A1C Fortunate L Regidor PAF
  16. Cpl Jay-Ar V Obenita (Inf) PA
  17. Cpl Alhamin U Salahuddin (Inf) PA
  18. Cpl Jerome M Balivado (Inf) PA
  19. Cpl Jemmar B Mondido (Inf) PA
  20. PFC Philip Dante T Camilosa (Inf) PA
  21. PFC Carlos D Dapanas Jr. (Inf) PA
  22. PFC Felizalday M Provido (Inf) PA
  23. PFC Christopher A Rollon (Inf) PA
  24. PFC Marchi E Bonzales (Inf) PA
  25. PFC Keth Kane S Alegarme (Inf) PA
  26. PFC Alzid S Hawrani (Inf) PA
  27. PFC Nazer S Albaracin (Inf) PA
  28. PFC Lester Al T Lagrada (Inf) PA
  29. PFC Bensheen V Sabaduquia (Inf) PA
  30. Pvt Mark Nash P Lumanta (Inf) PA
  31. Pvt Vic A Monera (Inf) PA
  32. Pvt Jomar A Gabas (Inf) PA
  33. Pvt Marcelino H Alquisar (Inf) PA
  34. Pvt Mel Mark L Angana (Inf) PA
  35. Pvt Reymar C Carmona (Inf) PA
  36. Pvt Jesfel D Mequiabas (Inf) PA
  37. Pvt Archie S Barba (Inf) PA
  38. Pvt Carlos Jhun C Paragua Jr (Inf) PA
  39. Pvt Joey T Loterte (Inf) PA
  40. Pvt Kevin L Damole (Inf) PA

“The AFP condoles with the families of our deceased comrades in this time of grief,” it said.

“We shall continue to exhaust all efforts in order to identify the remaining victims and bring them to their final resting place,” it added.

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