Sunday, March 6, 2022

'I'm not red-tagging anyone': Lacson

From the Philippine News Agency (Mar 7, 2022): 'I'm not red-tagging anyone': Lacson (By Priam Nepomuceno)



Partido Reporma standard bearer Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson (File photo courtesy of Lacson-Sotto media bureau)

Partido Reporma standard bearer Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson denied allegations that he had purposely red-tagged anyone, saying he was merely warning against groups planning to create a coalition group with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

"I never red-tagged anybody. I was simply warning those concerned to be wary of a possible coalition government with a movement whose sole objective is to seize power," he said in a Twitter post on Monday.

Lacson made it clear that his warning is not aimed at anyone in particular, even as he belied accusations that he was red-tagging the supporters of other presidential candidates.

In order for the country to prosper and develop, he added that insurgency like corruption must be ended decisively.

"Insurgency, like corruption, must end if we want peace and prosperity," he said in his post.

In another Twitter post on Sunday, Lacson said a coalition government with the CPP-NPA-NDF will set back government gains to end the more than 50-year-old insurgency problem.

His post was accompanied by a link to an article quoting Cavite Rep. Jesus Crispin Remulla who claimed that some participants of a campaign rally of a presidential candidate in Cavite over the weekend were paid to attend the event.

According to the article, Remulla said some students who attended the campaign rally looked like activists and were purportedly trained by the NDF.

"This is worrisome. A coalition government will the CPP-NPA-NDF will set back the gains of the government's efforts to end the country's decades-old insurgency problem," he added.

The CPP-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines.

While the Anti-Terrorism Council also formally designated the NDF as a terrorist organization on June 23, 2021, citing it as “an integral and inseparable part” of the CPP-NPA that was created in April 1973.

"With all the bashing I'm getting for the 'coalition with the CPP-NPA-NDF' tweet I posted earlier, there must be the basis for the age-old quote 'truth hurts'. I care for my country which continues to suffer from the longest-running insurgency in the world. I just want it to end," Lacson said.

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1169138

Army to secure candidates campaigning in remote areas

From Panay News (Mar 7, 2022): Army to secure candidates campaigning in remote areas (By Ruby P. Silubrico)

AREVALO

The Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) vowed to secure election candidates campaigning in remote barangays, especially in rebel-infested areas.

“Any candidate na need nila ang ating tulong can ask for security so they can freely campaign in far-flung barangays,” said Major General Benedict Arevalo, 3ID commander.

He reminded candidates not to give “campaign tax” to rebels.

If they are being extorted, they should seek the help of the Armed Forces or the Philippine National Police, said Arevalo.

The campaign period for those running for local elective posts begins on March 25.

“Hindi namin kayo pababayaan. We will protect you,” Arevalo said.

https://www.panaynews.net/army-to-secure-candidates-campaigning-in-remote-areas/

Centino assures units of support

From the Mindanao Times (Mar 7, 2022): Centino assures units of support (By RHODA GRACE SARON)


Photos by Seaman First Class (SN1) Donald Viluan of the Public Affairs Office of AFP.

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will ensure that ample support is provided to units securing key facilities within and near the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

Colonel Jorry Baclor, AFP Public Affairs Office (PAO) chief, said AFP Chief of Staff Andres Centino made the assurance during his visit to the headquarters of Joint Task Force Malampaya in El Nido, Palawan as the unit is responsible in securing the Malampaya gas field.

 

Photos by Seaman First Class (SN1) Donald Viluan of the Public Affairs Office of AFP.

Centino also assured the Philippine Navy during his visit that the AFP will continue with its modernization program.

“The AFP recognizes your sacrifices and contributions in safeguarding our territory and people in this part of the country. Rest assured that as your Chief of Staff, I will leave the AFP and the Philippine Navy modernized and very different from its state when I entered the military service,” he said.


Photos by Seaman First Class (SN1) Donald Viluan of the Public Affairs Office of AFP.

Baclor said Centino inspected the former Matinloc and Nido gas platforms also in Palawan and inspected the Philippine Navy’s Barko ng Republika nang Pilipinas (BRP) Jose Rizal (FF150), which conducts routine patrols in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

https://mindanaotimes.com.ph/2022/03/07/centino-assures-units-of-support/

End terror acts in Negros Oriental – Sobejana

From the Visayan Daily Star (Mar 7, 2022): End terror acts in Negros Oriental – Sobejana (By GILBERT P. BAYORAN)


Retired AFP chief of staff Cirilito Sobejana, now Undersecretary of the Executive Department for Military Affairs, visits the 302nd Infantry Brigade headquarters in Tanjay City, Negros Oriental, was welcomed by its commander, Brig. Gen. Leonardo Peรฑa.* PA photo

Undersecretary Cirilito Sobejana of the Executive Department for Military Affairs, an office under the Office of the President, called on authorities to end the spate of killings and terror activities in Negros Oriental.

Sobejana said that the public perceived the killings as politically motivated and “everybody is calling for justice to take place,” Sobejana, who on March 4 met with Brig. Gen. Leonardo Pena, 302nd Infantry Brigade commander and PCol. Germano Mallari, provincial police director of Negros Oriental, at Camp Leon Kilat in Tanjay City, Negros Oriental.


This becomes a challenge to the PNP, AFP, COMELEC, as well as other stakeholders to address the issue head on, with no let up to effectively deal with it, he added.

Sobejana, who used to be the AFP chief of staff, also met with Gov. Roel Degamo. Rep. Arnie Teves, Guihulngan City Mayor Guido Reyes, Bayawan City Mayor Henry Teves, to highlight the guidance of President Rodrigo Duterte for the security forces to provide a democratic space and let democracy work, in ensuring that the public will be able to exercise their right to vote on the May 9 elections.

The series of shooting incidents and liquidation activities of civilians suspected as military informants in Guihulngan City, Vallehermoso, Negros Oriental, Binalbagan and Himamaylan City in Negros Occidental, have been claimed by the New People’s Army.

Sobejana sought the commitment of support and cooperation of those government officials in ending the menace of killings and other terror acts taking place in Negros Oriental.

He also met with Provincial Election Supervisor Lionel Marco to brief him on the results of his meeting with local officials, as well as the AFP and PNP.

https://visayandailystar.com/end-terror-acts-in-negros-oriental-sobejana/

EASTMINCOM: Reds Continue to Suffer Defeat//The Collapse of Guerilla Front 3 in 10ID Area of Responsibility

Posted to the Eastern Mindanao Command (EASTMINCOM) Facebook Page (Mar 4, 2022): Reds Continue to Suffer Defeat//The Collapse of Guerilla Front 3 in 10ID Area of Responsibility



10th CMO Kalinaw Battalion

LOOK | A total of 13 NPA members under the Weakend Guerrilla Front 3, Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC) voluntarily surrendered to the troops of 1001st Brigade, 10ID, PA at Purok San Miguel, Brgy. Kidawa, Laak, Davao de Oro on February 26, 2022 and brought along with them the various high-powered firearms and other war materiel.
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EASTMINCOM: Official Statement//Mandaya-Mansaka Tribal Executive Council of Elders on the New Bataan 5 Incident

Posted to the Eastern Mindanao Command (EASTMINCOM) Facebook Page (Mar 4, 2022): Official Statement//Mandaya-Mansaka Tribal Executive Council of Elders on the New Bataan 5 Incident

National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict

OFFICIAL STATEMENT
MANDAYA-MANSAKA TRIBAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OF ELDERS
ON NEW BATAAN 5 INCIDENT

The Mandaya-Mansaka Tribal Executive Council of Elders (MMTECE) -- the highest governing body of the ICCs/IPs of New Bataan headed by Datu Daniel L. Pagantupan, his legislative office counterpart, Municipal IPMR, Hon. Arnel B. Sugnoan and its development arm in the management of Mandaya-Mansaka Ancestral Domain, Ancestral Domain Management Office (ADMO) headed by Datu Jake Hanggam jointly denounce and belies the statements made by Save Our School Network (SOS) and other CPP-NPA-NDF mass-based organizations condemning the death of Chad Booc and four others whom they called “Lumad Volunteer Teacher and Community Health Worker” during the legitimate encounter with the government forces in Purok 8, Sitio Libuton, Andap, New Bataan, Davao de Oro last February 24, 2022.

May we emphasize the following ground for our dismissal of such irresponsible and fallacious statements made by SOS network, bias media outlets, and other CNN sympathizers;

1. Lumad Reference: The Mandaya-Mansaka tribe of New Bataan deems it atrocious to call us “Lumads” as this has been used by CPP-NPA-NDF to associate us with their aspirations which are not consistent with our beliefs, culture and practices. The term “Lumad” is no longer used to refer to our ethnolinguistic group. The use of this term is a violation of the NCIP Resolution No. 08-009-2021.

2. Alleged Massacre: if these are truly civilians and no NPA combatants, then there should have been no firefight and firearms recovered during the encounter. On the allegation that our IP residents said that no encounter happened and the incident is a massacre, we are more than willing to refute such claim with witnesses to prove that the AFPs operation is legitimate and is only aimed at protecting and securing our community.

3. Chad Booc’s Activity within AD: on the statement that they were only conducting research in the area, then show to the ICCs/IPs the proof of research work and answer us why did these people conduct such activities within our Ancestral Domain without securing Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) and coordination with the Tribal Office so that we can formally file a legal actions against the institution responsible for the illegal activity.

We, as prime movers in the protection and management of our Ancestral Domain has always been consistent with our position and strong commitment to maintaining peace and development within our communities with the use of our traditional conflict resolution and customary law. We have always been supportive of National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) since the day of its implementation. Our Support includes the closure of Salugpungan Schools and declaring CPP-NPA-NDF “Persona-Non-Grata” within our Ancestral Domain together with the government and private partners, the Provincial, Municipal, and Barangay Local Government Units, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

These partnerships and moves have resulted to significant projects and developments within the Ancestral Domain which directly benefited the ICCs/IPS especially those communities considered Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA). The ICCs/IPs do not welcome any intrusion within the Ancestral Domain without prior consultation with the concerned IP Leaders specially the MMTECE leadership. Hence, the illegal incursion and disturbance of peace and security in the IP community in Brgy. Andap is deemed appalling and a grave violation of our human right to peaceful living.

While we are saddened for the unnecessary loss of a very precious life as that of Chad Booc’s and colleagues, we believe that such incident calls for our young generation to think rationally and contemplate before joining the impractical arm struggle and obsolete ideologies. We also call on the Mass-based organizations of the CPP-NPA-NDF to stop sensationalizing the incident and capitalizing on our young people’s vulnerabilities to advance your decades-long commitment to violence and insurgency. The ICCs/IPs of New Bataan are not ignorant of your false narratives of the incident.

Towards this end, may we extend our sincerest commendation to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) 1001st Brigade and 66th Infantry Battalion for quickly responding and neutralizing the intruders and for continually providing security to our Ancestral Domain and ICCs/IPs. May we also thank the Provincial Government of Davao de Oro headed by Governor Jayvee Tyron L. Uy, SBM Arturo T. Uy, Cong. Maricar Zamora, Mayor Geraldford N. Balbin and municipal officials for attending to the needs and for providing assistance to our disturbed IP Community in Sitio Libuton during and after the bloody encounter. The ICCs/IPs of New Bataan will be forever grateful to your timely responses in times of unexpected crises.


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EASTMINCOM: Former student from UCCP Haran confesses true identity of Chad Book

Posted to the Eastern Mindanao Command (EASTMINCOM) Facebook Page (Mar 5, 2022): Former student from UCCP Haran confesses true identity of Chad Book



5th Civil Relations Group

๐—™๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—จ๐—–๐—–๐—ฃ ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—•๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฐ

A FORMER student of Chad Booc claimed that the volunteer community school teacher was a New People's Army (NPA) leader and recruiter who lured children to become rebel warriors.

Rurelyn Bay-ao, a former student of Booc in Salungpungan and Bakwit schools, said during the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) virtual press briefing that the slain teacher was also a leader in the Communist Party of the Philippines - New People's Army - National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

Bay-ao, who is also a member of an Indigenous People (IP) tribe in Talaingod, Davao, said she was taught by Booc in Saver's School Network, a community-based learning scheme used by the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) to lure IP children and train them to become NPA warriors.

"Naging mag-aaral po ako ni teacher Chad. Si Sir Chad ay di basta-basta aktibista lang, at di basta-bastang guro lang, kung di ay NPA mismo (I was a student of teacher Chad. Sir Chad is not just an activist, he was also an NPA)," she said.

She recalled that in 2020, she was with Booc at the University of the Philippines-Diliman as a member of the so-called Bakwit School where Booc taught and indoctrinated them through "PaDaPa" (Pambansang Demokratikong Paaralan).

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EASTMINCOM: 10ID assures an end to CPP.NPA terrorism thru support of masses

Posted to the Eastern Mindanao Command (EASTMINCOM) Facebook Page (Mar 5, 2022): 10ID assures an end to CPP.NPA terrorism thru support of masses



5th Civil Relations Group

๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฌ๐—œ๐—— ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—–๐—ฃ๐—ฃ-๐—ก๐—ฃ๐—” ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—บ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฟ๐˜‚ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜€

Agila Division Commander MGen Nolasco A Mempin lauded the outstanding accomplishment of the 1003rd Brigade. He also expresses his gratitude to the former UGMO members who vowed to empower their communities and reject the ideology of the CPP-NPA-NDF and never again be exploited by the Communist Terrorist Group.
 
“I enjoin everyone to continuously support our effort in ending this five-decade-long insurgency. With the masses now awakened and enlightened by the truth, let us protect our children from being lured again into the evil plague of terrorism brought by the CPP-NPA-NDF.” MGen Mempin added.

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EASTMINCOM: ANGRY and HAPPY//A sibling is now going to be with her brother for the first time celebrating his birthday

Posted to the Eastern Mindanao Command (EASTMINCOM) Facebook Page (Mar 5, 2022): ANGRY and HAPPY//A sibling is now going to be with her brother for the first time celebrating his birthday



5th Civil Relations Group

ANGRY and HAPPY a late sibling who is now going to be with her brother for the first time celebrating his birthday.

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EASTMINCOM: Former NPA leader and colleagues surrender!

Posted to the Eastern Mindanao Command (EASTMINCOM) Facebook Page (Mar 5, 2022): Former NPA leader and colleagues surrender!



5th Civil Relations Group

Former NPA leader and colleagues surrender!

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EASTMINCOM: EASTMINCOM Troopers Dismantle Communist Terrorist Group in Davao de Oro

Posted to the Eastern Mindanao Command (EASTMINCOM) Facebook Page (Mar 5, 2022): EASTMINCOM Troopers Dismantle Communist Terrorist Group in Davao de Oro

EASTMINCOM CONFIRMS | February 24, 2022, Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) members were killed following a series of armed clashes with the troops of 10th Infantry Division’s 1001st Brigade (1001st Bde) at Purok-8, Barangay Andap, New Bataan, Davao de Oro. Fatalities were identified as Chad Errol Booc alleged trafficker of Indigenous Peoples (IP) along with Jojarain Alce Nguho II, identified as a former volunteer teacher at the Community Technical College of Southeastern Mindanao, Inc. (CTCSM), allegedly being run by the CTG in Maco, Davao de Oro, before it was shut down in 2020.

Chad Booc was one of the personalities arrested by government authorities at the University of San Carlos – Talamban Campus in Cebu City after some parents from Talaingod, Davao del Norte reported about the alleged kidnapping of their IP children. The court in Cebu, later on, released him together with six others.
 
"The death of Booc and Nguho allows us to confirm the identity of these breeding grounds of the CTG, which are hiding behind the walls of so-called Lumad Schools. They are recruiters of the terrorist organization, pretending to be activists and volunteer teachers," LtGen. Almerol said.
 
The Commander of EastMinCom LtGen. Greg T. Almerol shared that all CTG-operated schools in the EastMinCom area are closed down by the Department of Education and communities due to incomplete submissions of documentary requirements and complaints from parents on their ways of teaching.
LtGen. Almerol also urged the remaining CTG leaders and members to peacefully surrender to the government before they face the consequences of their atrocities.



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EASTMINCOM: EASTMINCOM determines to finish remaining NPA terrorists in Eastern Mindanao

Posted to the Eastern Mindanao Command (EASTMINCOM) Facebook Page (Mar 5, 2022): EASTMINCOM determines to finish remaining NPA terrorists in Eastern Mindanao

Meanwhile, the EastMinCom Commander reiterated his call to the remaining leaders and members of the CTG to surrender, emulating the right decision of their comrades who capitulated peacefully, before it’s too late.

“To the remaining CTG out there come and lay down your arms. The government’s door is always open to accept and help you to start a new life with your family through the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program. However, if you refuse to heed our call, we will not think twice in using our force to neutralize you for the greater good of the Filipino people who desire nothing but peace,” he also warned.



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EASTMINCOM: Government aiding rebel returnees with societal integration

Posted to the Eastern Mindanao Command (EASTMINCOM) Facebook Page (Mar 5, 2022): Government aiding rebel returnees with societal integration

WATCH | Lt. Col. Ezra Baiagtey, 39th Infantry Battalion Commander of the Philippine Army, explains how government agencies help former rebels assimilate themselves into society.

See video: https://www.facebook.com/watch?v=438162784751318

#NTFELCAC
#EO7O

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EASTMINCOM: WATCH | 206 members of CPP-NPA-NDF at Talingod surrender

Posted to the Eastern Mindanao Command (EASTMINCOM) Facebook Page (Mar 5, 2022): WATCH | 206 members of CPP-NPA-NDF at Talingod surrender

206 members of the communist group surrendered voluntarily to the military after twenty-seven (27) years of fighting the government. "Community Surrender and Declaration of Rejection Against the CPP-NPA-NDF" held at Balimba Hills Activity Center, JBL, Brgy. Sto. Nifo, Talaingod, Davao del Norte on February 28th this year.

#NTFELCAC
#AFPyoucanTRUST



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EASTMINCOM: Ata IPs of Talaingod renounces CPP-NPA-NDF

Posted to the Eastern Mindanao Command (EASTMINCOM) Facebook Page (Mar 5, 2022): Ata IPs of Talaingod renounces CPP-NPA-NDF









Philippine Information Agency XI, Davao del Norte

DAVAO DEL NORTE, Feb. 28 (PIA)---- More than 200 former officers and members of the Southern Regional Committee of the Southern Mindanao Regional Command of the CPP-NPA-NDF this afternoon renounced their allegiance to the communist terrorist group and committed their full support to the national and local government.

They marked their declaration to abandon the CTG with a ceremony done at the Balimba Hills Activity Center, Sitio JBL, Baarangay Sto Nino, in the municipality of Talaingod.
 
An indigenous peoples ritual known in their dialect as “Panubag-tubag” was made, killing a white pig and a white chicken as offerings to the spirits. The combined blood of which, was made to stamp through a thumbmark, their renewed commitment to work for peace and development in their respective communities.

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Australia stands with PH in fight vs terrorism

Posted to the Philippine Information Agency (Mar 7, 2022): Australia stands with PH in fight vs terrorism (By Claire Gigje)



MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur (PIA)--As the city was drastically marked with a historical firefight between the government troops and Dawlah-Islamiyah inspired terrorist group years back, the Australian government delivered its solid support to the Philippines as it now gears to battle against terrorism.

Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Steven Robinsons emphasized in his latest visit Thursday, February 24, that the mission of conquering violence will require a unified effort, thus, the initiative of his country to support and be one with the Philippines.

“Australia stands for the Philippines for fighting against terrorism. It will have lots of cooperation to defeat terrorism and we stand for the people of Marawi as they recover,” he said.

With Australia likewise contributing significantly to the rehabilitation of the city, Robinson reiterated that they will continue its aid for the good of the affected citizens.

“Australia has been here for the last five years and it is going to be here for the foreseeable future to support the city to return to its former glory and the people who have been placed in a difficult status that is a result of the siege and the fight against terrorism,” he said. (CRG/PIA-Lanao del Sur)

https://pia.gov.ph/news/2022/03/07/australia-stands-with-ph-in-fight-vs-terrorism

DVIDS: U.S. Army Pacific and Philippine Army Kick Off Salaknib 2022

 Posted to the US Defense Video Information Dissemination System (DVIDS) (Mar 5, 2022): U.S. Army Pacific and Philippine Army Kick Off Salaknib 2022



Photo By Spc. Darbi Colson | The official party from the U.S. Army, the New Zealand Army, and the Philippine Army pose with participants after the opening ceremony of Salaknib 2022 at Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija, Philippines, March 5, 2022. The annual exercise aims to enhance the strategic readiness capabilities of the U.S. Army and Philippine Army while building on the shared vision of defending peace and security in the region in order to maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Darbi Colson/28th Public Affairs Detachment.)

FORT MAGSAYSAY, PHILIPPINES
03.05.2022
Story by Spc. Darbi Colson
3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division

FORT MAGSAYSAY, Philippines -- U.S. Army Pacific Soldiers kicked off the start of Salaknib 2022 alongside the Philippine Army's 1st Brigade Combat Team at an opening ceremony March 5, 2022, at Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija, Philippines.

Salaknib is an annual Philippine Army-led, U.S. Army Pacific sponsored bilateral exercise designed to enhance U.S. and Philippine Army capacity and interoperability across the spectrum of military operations, while also strengthening the ties between the two long-standing partner nations.

U.S. Army Pacific Deputy Commanding General Maj. Gen. Matthew W. McFarlane and the Philippine Army Exercise Director, Brig. Gen. Alvin B. Flores presided over the ceremony.

“The United States just published an Indo-Pacific strategy,” said McFarlane. “Two key aspects of that strategy are to build connections in the region and to bolster security in pursuit of a free and open Pacific. This exercise is a demonstration not only to each other, but to all those around the world with inclinations of not abiding by a free and open Pacific.”

Approximately 1,100 U.S. Army Soldiers and their Philippine Army counterparts are scheduled to participate in Salaknib 2022 until the last week of March, with training exercises occurring at Fort Magsaysay and Colonel Ernesto Rabina Air Base.

Participating U.S. units include the 25th Infantry Division, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Division Sustainment Brigade, 17th Field Artillery Brigade, the 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade, 413th Contracting Command, 130th Engineer Brigade and more.

Soldiers from both nations will participate in a range of field training and live fire exercises and receive instruction and share best practices in multiple functional areas, including fire support, communications, engineering, counter-improvised explosive devices, and military intelligence.

This year’s Salaknib will also feature the first ever U.S. validated Jungle Operations Training Course taught by the 25th Infantry Division Lightning Academy and Soldiers from 2-27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

“Bringing the Lightning Academy’s jungle course to the Philippines is something we really wanted to do,” said Col. Josh Bookout, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team commander. “When you experience tough training together you form a closer bond, and that’s what Salaknib is all about, building relationships.”

McFarlane concluded his opening remarks with a final reminder to all the participants.

"Just remember, together we are one team, and this one team is prepared for one fight if it ever comes to that, and this exercise demonstrates that capability.”

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Salaknib war exercises start

From the Daily Tribune (Mar 7, 2022): Salaknib war exercises start (By Paula Antolin)

Program demonstrates the long-standing partnership between the Philippine Army and USARPAC



Philippine soldiers and the US Army Pacific (USARPAC) contingent kicked off a 20-day Salaknib Exercise that seeks to deepen interoperability of troops of both nations at the 1st Brigade Combat Team (BCT) headquarters in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija.

“Salaknib demonstrates the long-standing partnership between the Philippine Army (PA) and USARPAC,”USARPAC Deputy Commanding General Maj. Gen. Matthew McFarlane said.

Salaknib, which means shield in Ilocano, is an annual bilateral exercise that aims to enhance the defense readiness of Filipino and American soldiers.

Capability enhancement

The 2022 edition of Salaknib focuses on the capability development of 1BCT, the Army’s primary combined arms and rapid deployment unit.

The large-scale exercise will have as participants from 1BCT, Training and Doctrine Command, Army Support Command, 51st Engineering Brigade, Civil-Military Operations Regiment, Army Artillery Regiment, Army Aviation Regiment, Armor Division, Light Reaction Regiment, Special Forces Regiment (Airborne), and First Scout Ranger Regiment.

https://tribune.net.ph/index.php/2022/03/07/salaknib-war-exercises-start/

Kalinaw News: Philippine Army, US Army Pacific kicks-off Salaknib Exercises

Posted to Kalinaw News (Mar 6, 2022): Philippine Army, US Army Pacific kicks-off Salaknib Exercises



FORT BONIFACIO, Metro Manila – The Philippine Army and the US Army Pacific (USARPAC) kick off on March 5, 2022, the 20-day Salaknib Exercise that aims to deepen interoperability between the two Armies at the 1st Brigade Combat Team (BCT) headquarters in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija.

“Salaknib demonstrates the long-standing partnership between PA and USARPAC,” USARPAC Deputy Commanding General Maj. Gen. Matthew McFarlane, the guest of honor and speaker of the event, said in his remarks.

Salaknib—which means “shield” in Ilocano—is an annual bilateral combined exercise that aims to enhance the defense readiness of Filipino and American troops by developing tactical interoperability. The 2022 edition of Salaknib focuses on the capability development of 1BCT, the Army’s primary combined arms, and rapid deployment unit.

The large-scale exercise will be participated by US soldiers and Philippine Army troops from 1BCT, Training and Doctrine Command, Army Support Command, 51st Engineering Brigade, Civil-Military Operations Regiment, Army Artillery Regiment, Army Aviation Regiment, Armor Division, Light Reaction Regiment, Special Forces Regiment (Airborne), and First Scout Ranger Regiment.



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WESTMINCOM: Abu Sayyaf Group Supporter neutralized in Basilan

Posted to the Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM) Facebook Page (Mar 6, 2022): Abu Sayyaf Group Supporter neutralized in Basilan

Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City – March 6, 2022

A supporter of the Abu Sayyaf Group was killed in a short encounter in Basilan at noon Friday, March 4, 2022.
 
According to Brig. Gen. Domingo Gobway, Commander of Joint Task Force Basilan, troops were conducting combat operation when they received information of
the presence of alias Buloy Parang in the vicinity of Barangay Mangal, Sumisip, Basilan. “Alias Buloy Parang served as a courier and planter of anti-personnel mine (APM) used for extortion by the ASG under Pasil Bayali in Sumisip area,” Brig. Gen. Gobway said.

While operating troops were approaching the reported location, the target opened fire which prompted the government forces to return fire. Short exchange of fires ensued which resulted in the death of Alias Buloy and the recovery of one cal. 45 pistol and one anti-personnel mine.
 
Brig. Gen. Gobway stated that the slain ASG supporter together with Pasil Bayali and Tawakal Bayali were involved in the series of APM bombings targeting a batching plant and the road construction projects in Barangays Limbo Candis, Central Sumisip, Lower Benembengan, and Mangal, all of Sumisip that killed two innocent civilians and one Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT) member.
 
“We remain steadfast in fighting against terrorism and neutralizing not only terror group members but even their supporters with the hopes of achieving our ultimate goal. All our achievements are attributed to our dedicated soldiers, our partners, stakeholders, and the populace,” Brig. Gen. Gobway emphasized.



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WESTMINCOM: Lawless element nabbed, explosive components seized in Sulu

Posted to the Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM) Facebook Page (Mar 6, 2022): Lawless element nabbed, explosive components seized in Sulu

Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City – March 6, 2022

A lawless element was arrested and several explosive components were seized in a joint law enforcement operation conducted at Zone 3, Barangay Tulay, Jolo, Sulu Saturday evening, March 5, 2022.

Lt. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr., Commander of Western Mindanao Command said combined elements from the 35th Infantry Battalion, 37th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team, K9 Team, 7th Special Action Battalion, 9th Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, and Jolo Municipal Police Station conducted a joint operation
to implement Search Warrant Nr. 2022-08-03 for violation of RA 9516 (Illegal Possession of Explosives) against Nursitta Mahalli Malud.
 
According to Lt. Col. Domingo Robles, Jr., Commanding Officer of 35IB, operating troops successfully apprehended the target and
seized explosive components including one 81mm Cartridge, nine inches detonating cord, one blasting cap, 23 inches #16 stranded wire attached to the blasting cap, one 9-volt battery with snap connector, one plastic container with arming switch (15 inches #16 stranded wire loop type switch), one roll electric tape, one lighter, 15 meters nylon string, and one shoulder bag.
 
Also seized were assorted identification cards, green notebook, one black analog Samsung phone, two android Samsung phones, four sim cards, three SD cards, and assorted money remittance receipts.
 
“This exemplifies that if an operation is well-coordinated, it will definitely be successful. My commendations to the members of the operating teams for this laudable accomplishment,” Brig. Gen. Ignatius Patrimonio, Commander of Joint Task Force Sulu expressed.
 
The arrested person was placed under the custody of Jolo MPS while the seized pieces of evidence were turned over to CIDG PFU9 and PECU Sulu for proper documentation and disposition.

“Law enforcement support operations, in collaboration with the police, will continuously be conducted by the Joint Task Force Sulu to contain lawless elements operating in the area. This significant accomplishment is a testament to the strengthened relationship we have established with our partners. It is with pride that I congratulate the soldiers of the Joint Task Force Sulu headed by Brig. Gen. Patrimonio and the policemen of the different police units in Sulu.





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NPA denies slain ‘lumad’ teachers were guerrillas

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer (Mar 7, 2022): NPA denies slain ‘lumad’ teachers were guerrillas (By: Dexter Cabalza)



New People’s Army (NPA) | INQUIRER.net file photo

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA) said it would “punish” those responsible for the deaths of two volunteer school teachers in Davao de Oro in February.

“The NPA in Southern Mindanao shall ensure that revolutionary justice in the conduct of the people’s war is thoroughly meted out,” Rigoberto Sanchez, spokesperson for the NPA-Southern Mindanao, said in a statement.


The Army’s 10th Infantry Division (ID) last week claimed the five — “lumad” teachers Chad Booc and Gelejurain Ngujo II, community health worker Elgyn Balonga, and their two other companions Tirso Aรฑar and Robert Aragon — were NPA rebels who were killed in a “series of armed encounters” in Barangay Andap, New Bataan, early on Feb. 24.

The military, in their report, found one M653 rifle, one .45-caliber pistol, one hand grenade, one antipersonnel mine, assorted food supplies and personal belongings from them.

The NPA denied the military’s narrative, claiming the five — referred to as “New Bataan 5” were “massacred.”

“The NPA command revealed that based on its investigation, the five victims were in the custody of the soldiers under the 10th ID since the night of Feb. 23, before they were presented as ‘killed in an encounter’ the following day,” it said.


The group alleged the five were accosted in a military checkpoint in Barangay Poblacion in New Bataan, which is only a few kilometers from the headquarters of the 66th Infantry Battalion.

On Feb. 24, the lifeless bodies of the five were found sprawled on a dirt road in Purok 8, Barangay Andap.

The Inquirer tried to reach 10th ID spokesperson Capt. Mark Anthony Tito for comment, but he did not respond.

Wounds, bruises

Save Our Schools Network, which assisted the family of Booc in claiming his body, said his cadaver “bore wounds and bruises, indicating possible signs of torture while under military custody.” The family plans to send Booc’s family to their hometown in Cebu where he would undergo an autopsy.

The nongovernmental organization said the five were on their way back to Davao City from New Bataan when they were killed. The unarmed group came from research work to prepare for the possible reopening of schools, when they were killed.

The NPA also denied the five were their members.

The administration of the University of the Philippnes (UP) Diliman College of Engineering, Booc’s alma mater, condemned the killing, and called for “an immediate, unbiased investigation of the incident to establish the facts to explain what really happened, and bring justice” to Booc and the others killed.

Booc finished his computer science degree cum laude at UP Diliman in 2016.

He was among the seven arrested individuals during the so-called interagency “rescue operation” on Feb. 15, 2021, in one of the universities in Cebu City.

They were arrested for allegedly holding several lumad, specifically 19 minors from Talaingod in Mindanao.


https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1564304/npa-denies-slain-lumad-teachers-were-guerrillas

Bishops, lawmakers seek separate probes into Davao de Oro ‘encounter’

 From Rappler (Mar 6, 2022): Bishops, lawmakers seek separate probes into Davao de Oro ‘encounter’ (GRACE CANTAL-ALBASIN)



'Its appetite to hunt groups for speaking out has remained insatiable even in its remaining few months in power,' the Ecumenical Bishops' Forum says

BUKIDNON, Philippines – Bishops from various Christian denominations and a group of lawmakers called for separate official investigations into the February 24 deaths of Lumad rights activist and volunteer teacher Chad Booc and four others in Davao de Oro province.

The calls were made as an offshoot of a controversy surrounding what the military claimed was an encounter in New Bataan town that killed the five activists on February 24.

All five were accused by the military of being New People’s Army (NPA) rebels,
an allegation disputed by Booc’s family and the Save Our Schools Network (SOS Network).


In a March 4 statement, the Ecumenical Bishops’ Forum (EBF) sought separate investigations into the deaths by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).

The statement was signed by EBF chairperson and United Methodist Church Bishop Ciriaco Francisco, United Church of Christ in the Philippines Bishop Joel Tendero, Caloocan Catholic Bishop Emeritus Deogracias Iniguez Jr., and The Right Reverend Emelyn Gasco-Dacuycuy and Dindo Ranojo of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente.

The EBF said the government’s iron-handed approach in dealing with the longest-running communist insurgency in Southeast Asia resulted in the vilification, red-tagging, frame-ups, detentions, murders, and policies and programs against human rights and environmental activists, sectoral leaders, and even church people.

“Its appetite to hunt groups for speaking out has remained insatiable even in its remaining few months in power,” read part of the bishops’ statement.

At the House of Representatives, six lawmakers under the Makabayan bloc filed House Resolution No. 2500 to urge the CHR to start an investigation into the alleged Davao de Oro encounter.

The resolution noted that Booc, the most prominent member of the group, was subjected to intense red-tagging, threats, and harassment long before his killing.

The legislators also cited conflicting accounts about their deaths.

The resolution was jointly authored by representatives Carlos Zarate, Ferdinand Gaite and Eufemia Cullamat of Bayan Muna, Sarah Elago of the Kabataan party-list, Arlyn Brosas of Gabriela Women’s Party, and France Castro of ACT Teachers.

The authors and their groups themselves, incidentally, have been subjected to years of red-tagging.

The College of Engineering of the University of the Philippines-Diliman also released a strongly worded statement against the rise in the number of killings which it said were attributed to “encounters with the NPA.”

“We demand punitive measures… We believe in the rule of law and justice for all; even in war, there are laws to be followed. Instead of killing our youth, the government should be addressing the causes of their respective decisions to leave their comfortable lives to serve the underserved,” the group said.

Brigadier General Jesus Durante III, commander of the Army’s 1001st Brigade, told a news conference that the encounter in New Bataan came after villagers informed the military that food supplies were en route for delivery to NPA rebels operating in the area.

Davao de Oro Governor Jayvee Tyrone Uy has corroborated the military claims of an encounter in New Bataan on February 24, contrary to allegations made by the NPA and SOS Network that there was none that day.


Booc, according to Durante, was an NPA recruiter, an allegation SOS Network has challenged.

SOS Network said Booc and the other activists were sent to Davao de Oro to do research work because the group anticipated the reopening of Lumad schools.

Meanwhile, the NPA in Southern Mindanao threatened to punish those behind the deaths of activists.

Marco Valbuena, chief information officer of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), alleged that Booc, Gelejurain Ngujo II, Elgyn Balonga, and drivers Roberto Aragon and Tirso Aรฑar were in the custody of the military on the evening of February 23, hours before the alleged encounter took place.

“The victims were accosted at a military checkpoint in Barangay Poblacion, New Bataan in Davao de Oro. On February 24, the bodies of the five were found sprawled on a dirt road in Purok 8, Barangay Andap,” Valbuena alleged.

Rigoberto Sanchez, spokesperson of the NPA in Southern Mindanao, warned of “revolutionary justice.”


https://www.rappler.com/nation/bishops-congressmen-seek-investigation-davao-de-oro-encounter/

Hospital inaugurated in ex-NPA-influenced village

From the Sun Star-Zamboanga (Mar 6, 2022): Hospital inaugurated in ex-NPA-influenced village



ZAMBOANGA. A mini hospital was inaugurated last week in Titik, a previously New People’s Army-influenced village in Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte. A photo handout shows Sindangan Mayor Rosendo Labadlabad (center) leading the ribbon-cutting ceremony during the soft opening of the healthcare facility. (SunStar Zamboanga)

THE government, through the Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (TF-Elcac) has inaugurated a mini hospital in a former New People’s Army (NPA)-influenced village in Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte.

The mini hospital, which held its soft opening last week, is located in Titik village, Sindangan.

Sindangan Mayor Rosendo Labadlabad, head of the Municipal Task Force-Elcac; Zamboanga del Norte Second District Representative Glona Labadlabad; Lieutenant Colonel Filven Noche, 44th Infantry Battalion (IB) commander; and Police Lieutenant Colonel Mario Manipon, Sindangan police chief, inaugurated the Titik Mini Hospital.

The 44IB said in a statement that the Titik Min Hospital, which is now finally operational, is manned by a physician, two midwives and one nurse.

At the same time, the four officials also held a groundbreaking ceremony signaling the start of a road project in Titik village.

Recently, Titik village received a completed road project that extends from Purok 1 to Sitio Mati.

Titik Village Chairperson Teresita Silang expressed her utmost gratitude for long-sought healthcare and infrastructure developmental projects needed by her constituents.

The Titik village, which was previously an NPA-infested area, was recently cleared and is a beneficiary of the Barangay Development Program (BDP) for calendar year 2022.

The BDP is a flagship project of the National TF-Elcac, which is a whole-of-nation approach in defeating the NPA and obtaining sustainable and inclusive peace throughout the country.

Noche said they will sustain the support to the Zamboanga del Norte second congressional district and Municipal TF-Elcac programs to uplift the living condition and quality of life of previously NPA-infested villages amid the health pandemic. 

https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1922812/zamboanga/local-news/hospital-inaugurated-in-ex-npa-influenced-village

Extremist group Dawlah Islamiya-Maute lose support in another LDS town, says military

From Business World (Mar 6, 2022): Extremist group Dawlah Islamiya-Maute lose support in another LDS town, says military

PHILIPPINE ARMY

SUPPORTERS of the Dawlah Islamiya-Maute in Piagapo town have cut ties with the Islamic State-affiliated group following last week’s government operations in another town where at least seven members of the extremist organization were killed, according to the military.

In a statement over the weekend, the 103rd Infantry Brigade based in southern Philippines said
30 supporters, including those acting as couriers for the Dawlah Islamiya, turned themselves in to the military headquarters in Madalum, Lanao del Sur.

“The activity can be attributed to the recent successful encounter at… Maguing Lanao del Sur on March 01, 2022 that brought fear to all other members and supporters of the DI-MG (Dawlah Islamiya-Maute Group),” the 103rd Infantry Brigade Team, also known as the Haribon Team, said.


Government forces launched a land and air offensive in Maguing on March 1, where seven Dawlah Islamiya members and one soldier were, based on the military’s report as of Friday.

Five other soldiers were wounded during the encounter.

The military’s Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) said troops have also recovered a significant weapons cache at the camp, where the group was conducting training operations and planning for sabotage activities.

WestMinCom Spokesperson Andrew M. Linao, in a statement Friday, asserted that the “real target is the Daulah Islamiya Maute group,” and that reports of civilian casualties in surrounding communities were still being verified.

“From the ground to the spot and progress reports, there was no indication that there were involved civilian casualties,” he said in a mix of English and Filipino, noting that evacuation was conducted in coordination with the local government and police.

WestMinCom commander Alfredo Rosario, Jr., in a press conference Friday, also clarified that the confusion over the attack with Maguing-based members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which has signed a peace deal with the government, has been settled.

The province of Lanao del Sur includes Marawi City, which was taken siege by the Maute group in 2017.

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Peace taking more time in Bangsamoro – third party observers

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer (Mar 7, 2022): Peace taking more time in Bangsamoro – third party observers (By: Bong S. Sarmiento)



WELCOMING PEACE | Former fighters of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front flash the victory sign to symbolize peace during the decommissioning rites for members and weapons of the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces in Maguindanao province. (RICHEL V. UMEL / INQUIRER MINDANAO)

Gains have been achieved so far in the Bangsamoro peace process, but independent observers noted that delays in some of its key areas could potentially get in the way to the attainment of sustainable peace.

According to the international Third Party Monitoring Team (TPMT), several dimensions of the peace process were still at an early implementation stage and that obstacles to realizing sustainable peace by 2025 remain and should not be underestimated.

“Peace is taking more time and we need to be patient,”
Huseyin Oruc of Turkey said in a press briefing on Thursday during the release of the team’s 7th Public Report in Pasig City.


Oruc, a member of the TPMT, cited the team’s projections in 2013 that all the mechanisms for lasting peace in Bangsamoro would already be finished by 2016.

Unfulfilled expectations

“Now, we are targeting 2025. These are very long delays, this country deserves peace and we need the support of everyone…for the full implementation of the peace agreement,” he said.

The unfulfilled expectations include the proposed transformation of the six recognized camps of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) into peaceful and productive economic zones.

TMPT chair Heino Marius said finalizing the Camps Transformation Plan and the Camps Transformation Investment Plan had only been agreed very recently.

“We would expect that the Bangsamoro Normalization Trust Fund (BNTF), which is now in place and which has been operationalized (last year), could also hopefully play an important role in working toward turning these camps into peaceful, productive communities,”
he said.

Marius added that discussions about the BNTF could be found in documents many years back, but it was only last year that the fund was put in operation.


The six MILF enclaves recognized by both parties include camps Abubakar as-Sidique in Maguindanao, Bilal in Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur, Omar ibn al-Khattab in Maguindanao, Rajamuda in North Cotabato and Maguindanao, Badre in Maguindanao, and Busrah Somiorang in Lanao del Sur.

The BNTF was formally launched in May 2021 by the MILF-led Bangsamoro government, together with officials from the then Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process and the World Bank, chosen as fund administrator by the Philippine government and the MILF.

Steady progress

Last week, the TPMT, which was established in 2013 to monitor and review the implementation of the peace agreements between the Philippine government and the MILF, issued its 7th Public Report, covering the period from November 2020 to January 2022.

In a statement, the TPMT noted steady progress in advancing the peace process in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), which was created in 2019 following the ratification of Republic Act No. 11054, or the Organic Law for the BARMM.

The key achievements during the reporting period included the adoption of two more priority codes (Civil Service Code and the Education Code), the transfer of Cotabato City into the BARMM administrative structure, regular interaction between the national and Bangsamoro governments through the Intergovernmental Relations Body (IGRB), the issuance of an amnesty proclamation (including for members of the MILF) and the launch of the third round of decommissioning of MILF forces, the TPMT said.

Marius also noted that the government and the MILF showed a high level of commitment to the peace process and the ceasefire agreement between the parties remained intact.


“We believe that this is the right time to look at the peace agreements from a broader perspective, to assess what has been achieved and what remains to be done, also in view of the new administration taking over later this year,” Marius said.

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Alleged wife of Abu Sayyaf bomb-maker arrested in Jolo, explosives recovered

From ABS-CBN (Mar 6, 2022): Alleged wife of Abu Sayyaf bomb-maker arrested in Jolo, explosives recovered

Philippine authorities said they arrested the second wife of Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Mundi Sawadjaan in a joint operation in Barangay Tulay in Jolo, Sulu Saturday.

In a statement, the Joint Task Force Sulu said it arrested a certain Nursitta Mahalli Malud, also known as Kirsita Ismael, by virtue of a search warrant for possession of illegal explosives.

Allegedly recovered from the suspect were several explosives and bomb-making components, including an 81mm mortar cartridge, a detonation cord, a blasting cap, a 9-volt battery, and other paraphernalia.

Authorities later confirmed that Kirsita Ismael is the second wife of bomb maker Sawadjaan. She is also in charge of his finances and the procurement of IED materials.


The suspect is currently in the custody of the Jolo Police, while the other pieces of evidence were turned over to the 9th Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Provincial Field Unit and the Provincial Explosive and Canine Unit (PECU).

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Abu Sayyaf sub-leader’s wife arrested with bomb components —AFP

From GMA News Online (Mar 6, 2022): Abu Sayyaf sub-leader’s wife arrested with bomb components —AFP


Photo: AFP

A suspected bomber has been arrested in a joint operation carried out by the military and the Philippine National Police in Barangay Tulay in Jolo, Sulu, Joint Task Force Sulu said.

In a statement, JTF-Sulu said that law enforcement operatives including members of the 35th Infantry Battalion and the 7th Special Action Battalion of the PNP's Special Action Force (SAF) on Saturday
served a search warrant on Nursitta Mahalli Malud, also known as Kirsita Ismael, and found her in possession of explosive and bomb-making components.



Photo: Joint Task Force Sulu

These include one 81-mm mortar HE cartridge, a blasting cap and a detonation cord.

The military said that Malud is the second wife of ASG sub-leader and bomb maker Mundi Sawadjaan. She is currently in custody at the Jolo Municipal Police Station.


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Alleged Abu Sayyaf courier arrested in Jolo, bomb parts seized

From the Philippine Star (Mar 6, 2022): Alleged Abu Sayyaf courier arrested in Jolo, bomb parts seized (Roel Pareรฑo)


This satellite image shows Jolo, Sulu.  Google Maps

Police on Saturday night arrested the wife of an Abu Sayyaf leader over components for improvised bombs that were found in a search of their residence in Jolo, Sulu.

Nursita Mahalli Malud is also suspected to be a finance courier for the terrorist group, authorities said.

The 7th Special Action Battalion of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Special Action Force (SAF) and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Field Unit 9 enforced the search warrant at Malud's residence in Barangay Tulay about 8:30 p.m.


Maj. William Maisog, CIDG 9 provincial officer, in his incident report, said a search warrant, issued by the Regional Trial Court 9th Judicial Region Patikul was enforced against Malud for alleged illegal possession of explosives.

The police alleged that Malud, who is the second wife of Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Mundi Sawadjaan, is an Abu Sayyaf group supporter and was responsible for her husband's finances as well as for funds channelled to the group.

According to the police, Malud was also allegedly in charge of finding medical supplies and bomb components for the group of Sawadjaan.

The police recovered bomb components, including a cartridge of 81-mm mortar, detonating cord, a blasting cap, stranded wires attached to blasting cap, a 9-volt battery with snap connector, a container with arming switch, and other personal belongings, including cellphones, SD cards, and notebook with intelligence value, and receipts of money remittances.

The suspect was temporarily detained in the Jolo Police Station while the seized bomb components and other evidence were placed under the custody of the CIDG.

https://www.philstar.com/nation/2022/03/06/2165336/alleged-abu-sayyaf-courier-arrested-jolo-bomb-parts-seized