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BREAKING NEWS SUPER TYPHOON ROLLY: Further loses strength on third landfall

Rolly’ weakens further as it makes 3rd landfall in Quezon

 November 1, 2020, 4:48 pm

MANILA – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported that Typhoon Rolly (international name: Goni) further weakened as it made its third landfall in San Narcisco, Quezon at 12 p.m. on Sunday.In its 2 p.m. weather bulletin, the weather… Read More

Another tropical storm, Siony, enters PAR

 November 1, 2020, 3:11 pm

Rolly weakened into a typhoon while Tropical Storm Siony slightly intensified as it entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Sunday.

“Siony” is forecast to move generally northwestward at 30 kph with maximum sustained winds of 75 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph. It remains less likely to affect any portion of the country over the next two to three days, the PAGASA said. Read More

‘Rolly’ makes 2nd landfall over Tiwi, Albay

 November 1, 2020, 11:02 am

Super Typhoon Rolly  made its 2nd landfall in Tiwi, Albay, at 7:20 am on Sunday, November 1, bringing violent winds and torrential rain.

Its first  landfall  was in Bato, Catanduanes, at 4:50 am on Sunday.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in a bulletin released past 8 am that Rolly is moving west at the same speed of 25 km/h, after hitting the municipality of Tiwi.

The super typhoon maintained its maximum sustained winds of 225 km/h, but its gustiness increased from 280 km/h to 310 km/h. It is the world’s strongest tropical cyclone for 2020, so far. READ MORE

Catanduanes, Albay residents flee homes for evacuation centers

 October 31, 2020, 6:48 pm

LEGAZPI CITY –Evacuation in the island province of Catanduanes went on full swing as thousands of residents living in coastal towns and low-lying areas prone to storm surge, landslides, and flooding have been moved to safer grounds, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in… Read More

MINDANAO BREAKING NEWS – DECEMBER 1, 2019

MisOr town to light up P6-M torch for holiday season

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — The Misamis Oriental town of Villanueva will light up its PHP6-million torch to mark the beginning of the holiday season and the town’s month-long festival of lights dubbed as “Pasiga 2019.”Locally known as “sulô,” the 25-meter high torch tower is a first in Northern… Read More

Cotabato City gets Presidential child-friendly award

COTABATO CITY — The local government here has earned the most coveted Presidential Child-Friendly Award in recognition of its programs for the welfare of children in the city.Mayor Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi received the recognition during awarding ceremonies on Friday in Malacañang.Sayadi said… Read More

NPA rebels in Caraga, NorMin dwindling: Army official

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The areas where communist rebels operate in the Caraga and Northern Mindanao regions are dwindling as thousands of New People’s Army (NPA) members have either surrendered or had been killed in government offensives in recent months, a military official said.Maj…. Read More

DOLE gives aid to Kidapawan quake victims

COTABATO CITY – Following aftershocks of the series of earthquakes in North Cotabato slowed down, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 12 (Soccsksargen) extended aid to quake victims in Kidapawan City.DOLE-North Cotabato chief Marjorie Latoja handed over PHP3.7 million in… Read More

Over 1K deportees arrive in Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA CITY — Over a thousand deportees arrived here from Malaysia onboard a commercial ferry on Saturday.Ivan Eric Salvador, Department of Social Welfare and Development(DSWD) regional information officer, said M/V Antonia 1 arrived with 1,003 deportees and that they are profiling them to… Read More

6ID commander honors fallen soldier

TACURONG CITY, Sultan Kudarat –The commander of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Central (JTFC) commander on Friday paid his last respects to a soldier slain while in pursuit of the Dawlah Islamiya terrorists in Maguindanao.Maj. Gen. Diosdado Carreon visited the wake of… Read More

Thousands joined unity walk to end illegal drugs in DavSur

DAVAO CITY — Thousands of people participated in the unity walk initiated by the province of Davao del Sur on Saturday that seeks to end illegal drug menace in the area.The activity is in line with the Drug- Abuse Prevention and Control Week with the theme “Katarungan para sa Kalusugan,… Read More

Mindanao SUC Games training ground for world-class athletes

MAMBAJAO, Camiguin – The athletic competitions organized by state universities and colleges in Mindanao have become the training ground for a number of athletes who have competed in local and international sports events, a school official said on Saturday.Dr. Nelson Cabral, management… Read More

Troops seize IEDs as hunt vs. Dawlah Islamiya continues

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – Government troops recovered on Saturday improvised bombs and bomb-making materials while tracking down fleeing Dawlah Islamiya members, who are the target of surgical military operations in Maguindanao.The improvised bombs and bomb-making components were recovered… Read More

Indonesia holds investment forum, trade expo in Davao City

DAVAO CITY — At least 26 Indonesian companies joined the Investment and Trade Expo and Business Forum here slated from November 28 to December 1.The 26 companies specialized in a variety of products ranging from food products, children’s wear, fashion accessories, shoes, leather products, and… Read More

Army condemns militiaman’s death in Surigao Sur

BUTUAN CITY – The Army condemned on Saturday the killing of a member of the Civilian Armed Auxiliary (CAA) in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur.1Lt. Jonald D. Romorosa, civil-military operations officer of the Army’s 36th Infantry Battalion, told Philippine News Agency that they are still… Read More

MinDA eyes BARMM provinces to supply Halal food to Sabah

DAVAO CITY — The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) is eyeing three provinces within the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) for a trade mission particularly on Halal products to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia in January 2020.The supplies–covering Halal goat, beef, Manok… Read More

DA boosts support program for IPs in Caraga

BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Agriculture in the Caraga Region (DA-13) said it has given a boost to its support programs and services to the indigenous peoples (IPs) in the region.DA-Caraga hosted the Mindanao-wide Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran para sa Kababayang Katutubo (4Ks) program orientation… Read More

Ejected NoCot IDPs can return home: guv

KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato — Evacuees ejected from areas not considered as high risk following the earthquakes can now return to their respective homes, Gov. Nancy Catamco said Saturday.Catamco said this was based on the pronouncement of Melvin Sebua, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB)-12… Read More

Anti-smuggling group eyes waiver from Zambo private port owners

ZAMBOANGA CITY — A top official of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) has proposed that owners of private wharves should sign a waiver providing access to the members of the Task Force Aduana to their docks.Lawyer Segundo Sigmundfreud Barte Jr., Bureau of Customs-Zamboanga district collector, made the… Read More

Caraga observes Week of Peace

BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte – The Mindanao Week of Peace is being celebrated in Caraga Region starting Thursday, November 28, until December 4 this year.The week-long celebration kicked-off at the St. James the Great Parish here participated by representatives from indigenous peoples (IPs),… Read More

PNP-Davao Region to set up tourist police unit in Samal Island

DAVAO CITY — The Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 is set to establish a tourist police unit in the Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS) in Davao del Norte before yearend.Brig. Gen. Filmore Escobal, PRO-11 director, said the installation of the police unit seeks to provide the local and foreign… Read More

6th Infantry Division produces 677 new soldiers

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao — The Army’s 6th Infantry Division (6ID) has produced 677 new soldiers who completed Friday a six-month rigorous training here.Maj. Gen. Diosdado Carreon, 6ID commander, said the graduates comprised of 592 males and 85 females, who belong to the 2019 Candidate Soldier… Read More

2 SOLDIERS KILLED BY MILITARY AIRSTRIKE IN MARAWI SIEGE

 The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has formed an investigation team to look into the incident where two soldiers were killed and another 11 wounded after being hit by debris caused by a wayward aerial bomb in Marawi City Wednesday afternoon.

“Investigation is being conducted to determine the circumstances surrounding an incident where an ordnance missed its target during an airstrike conducted at about 12 noon of 12 July 2017,” military public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo said in a message.

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Initial report from Marawi indicates that the bomb was 250 meters off target. The impact of the explosion caused the collapse of nearby structures.
“Large debris from heavily reinforced buildings accidentally hit two of our personnel who (died )in the process,” Arevalo added.
However, he did not identified the specific aircraft responsible for this incident.
Meanwhile, 11 others sustained minor shrapnel wounds. All are ambulatory and are recuperating in the nearby hospital.
“We are saddened by this unfortunate incident. We are attending to the needs of the families of our troops who died or were hurt. Cognizant units from the AFP have formed a group that is now conducting initial investigations to determine the cause of the mishap and prevent the chances of it re-occuring,” the official said.
This is the second incident involving aerial bombs causing casualties to friendly forces in the ongoing Marawi City crisis.
Last May 30, an Air Force SF-260 light attack aircraft, conducting strike missions against Maute Group terrorists, accidentally bombed an Army position in Marawi City, killing 10 troopers and wounded seven others.
The incident prompted the temporary grounding of the above-mentioned aircraft and investigation of flying personnel involved. (PNA)

NUMBERED DAYS FOR MAUTE TERRORISTS

The tide is definitely against the remaining Maute group terrorists in Marawi City as the military starts to bring more pressure against the lawless elements.

With the focusing of its combat power, more and more defense positions of the Islamist group are being neutralized, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo said Monday.

The development is a welcome one as fighting in Marawi City reaches its sixth week.

“We also declared that the AFP is firm in its declaration that it is winning in this battle, as a matter of fact the victory is irreversible, it is just a matter of time before we will be able to complete our mission,” Arevalo added.

“Right now the terrorist group is feeling the might of the Armed Forces and (the AFP) is closing in on their (remaining) positions,” he further said.

With the shrinking of the Maute group’s defensive perimeter, Arevalo said that they have been receiving reports that there is now conflict among the members and the leadership of the lawless elements due to issues of finances and waning logistical support.

“(With these development) there were some members of the Maute group/ISIS group who (have made plans to surrender and desert) but according to reports, they were executed,” he added.

The military official added that with the reduction of Maute group combatants some civilian hostages are being forced to fight or carry ammunition and supplies for the terrorists with execution as an alternative for those who will refuse.

Arevalo placed the number of civilians still at the clutches of the bandits to 150 to 200 with the remaining Maute group members at 100 to 120 pocketed at four barangays in Marawi City.

As of this posting, there are 27 civilians executed by the terrorists and 70 troopers and police officers killed in the ongoing operations along with 268 Maute Group combatants neutralized since last May 23.

With this development, the AFP official said they also received reports that Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon, the ISIS “Emir” in Southeast Asia, has already abandoned his companions creating a massive morale problem for the latter.

“We were told by those rescued that Isnilon Hapilon has abandoned his companion from the location, this is subject to validation process but we have received that information that (he) has already deserted his companions,” he added.

“But if he has indeed left, the AFP will continue to track him and run after him,” Arevalo disclosed. (Priam F. Nepomuceno/PNA)

MAUTE ARRESTED IN DAVAO CITY

mellejorBY LILIAN C. MELLEJOR

The brain behind the Maute group and three of his family members were arrested by the combined Task Force Davao and police under the Joint Task Force Haribon.

They were intercepted on board a black Toyota Grandia at the Sirawan checkpoint in Davao City Tuesday morning.

Cayamora Maute, whose face resembles the first photo in the gallery of Maute terrorists, is the patriarch of the Maute family and father of the Maute brothers Abdullah and Omar, who are now leading the battle with government troops in Marawi City.maute

This was confirmed by Brigadier General Gilbert Gapay, the deputy commander and designated spokesperson of Eastern Mindanao Command for Martial Law, in a press conference at Davao City Police Office (DCPO).

Cayamora was nabbed along with his second wife Kongan Alfonso-Maute, daughter Norjanna Balawag-Maute, son-in-law Bensarali Tingao, and van driver Aljon Salazar Esmael, who was released by authorities. Norjanna and Bensarali are husband and wife.

Authorities at the checkpoint suspected it was Cayamora concealing his identity by sporting a clean cut image (no more beard) and covering his body and face with malong, prompting them to hold the family for further verification.

When Cayamora was asked to remove the cover of his face, the soldier suspected him to be one of the persons in the gallery of the Maute terrorists. Posters of the Maute terrorists have been posted in all checkpoints, police and army vehicles since the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao.

Sirawan Detachment Commander Lt. Col. Nelson Mundia said Cayamora’s companions introduced themselves as Bensarali and Norjannah Tingao. Cayamora presented several IDs that all the more raised the suspicion of the authorities at the checkpoint.

Mundia said they were told by the family that Cayamora would undergo medical treatment in Davao City. Cayamora was lying on the seat at the back of the driver when authorities conducted search and check.

In an interview, the van driver Salazar said he was hired by Bensarali for their travel to Tagum in Davao del Norte for the medical check-up of two old persons.

He picked up Bensarali from Filipino Hotel, Cotabato City and proceeded towards Sultan Kudarat town. They were waiting along the highway in Barangay Simuay, Sultan Kudarat town when a D4D pick-up arrived with two elders on board and transferred to the van. They were later identified as Cayamora and Farhana.

Barangay Simuay is the crossroad to Marawi and to Davao.

However, upon reaching Amas, North Cotabato, Salazar said Bensarali told him they will get off in Davao City instead of Tagum.

In the investigation, Gapay said Cayamora presented several IDs but later on admitted he is Cayamora.

Authorities also confiscated PHP363,000 cash, the van, several ID cards, personal belongings and other pieces of evidence.

Gapay said Cayamora will be detained at the DCPO. Cayamora will be facing rebellion charges in connection to the ongoing Marawi incident.

“His arrest is a big blow to the Maute and ISIS because he is the patriarch of the Maute,” Gapay said.

During his younger days, Gapay said, Cayamor led the Maute group.

Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 Director Chief Superintendent Manuel Gaerlan said they have also copies of the four warrants of arrest against Cayamora for kidnapping (four counts, no bail) and serious detention issued by the Regional Trial Court in Lanao del Sur.

Gaerlan said Cayamora’s wife also has a standing warrant of arrest for illegal possession of firearms and blasting caps also issued by a court in Lanao del Sur.

Following the arrest of Cayamora and his family, DCPO Director Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum said they will further step up their security in Davao City and DCPO.

He said they will also deploy more police and security troops within the vicinity of the police office. (PNA)

PRIZE ON HAPILON’S HEAD NOW AT P267.5-M

The informant or informants that could provide information leading to the capture, dead or alive, of Isnilon Hapilon could end up as millionaire  bounty hunters with the prize on the head  of the Philippines’ Most Wanted  terrorist now raised to a whopping P267.5 million.

BY ROGER M. BALANZA
davao-city-mayor-rodrigo-duterte_01President Rodrigo Duterte has placed an additional reward of P10 million on Hapilon’s head to further balloon the bounty earlier offered by the United States and Philippine authorities.
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has a standing prize of $5 million (roughly P250 million) on Hapilon; the Philippine government, before President Duterte, had offered P7.5 million.
President Duterte has placed a total reward  of P20 million for the capture, dead or alive, of terrorists  Isnilon Hapilon and the Maute brothers.
Hapilon’s head is worth P10 million and P5 million each for the Maute brothers, Abdullah and Omar, said Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año on Monday, June 5.
Hapilon is the leader of the Abu Sayyaf Group and the Southeast Asian cell of the Islamic State of Iran and Iraq (ISIS). The Abu Sayyaf, declared as an international terrorist group by the US and the European Union, has gained worldwide notoriety for its kidnapping and beheading of foreign hostages.
The Maute brothers are the founders of the Maute Group that is also linked to the Middle East-based ISIS, today considered as the most violent terrorist group.
Hapilon and the Maute brothers and their groups were behind the surprise attack and and occupation of Marawi City on May 22.
The attack prompted President Duterte to declare Martial Law in Mindanao.
The military on May 23 using land troops and air power started engaging the marauders in firefights that led to mass exodus of residents avoiding being caught in the crossfire of the battle.
Fierce fighting is on its 15th day as of today June 6, as government troops ferret out remaining terrorists holed out in buildings.
Military said only about 30 percent of the capital city of Lanao del Sur in western Mindanao is under control of the Moro militants.
The military said 120 terrorists have been killed since the fighting started. The government suffered 38 dead casualties. Nineteen civilians were killed either caught in the crossfire or shot dead by the militants