ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Philippine Army is organizing the first-ever battalion of reservists to boost community-based security forces against the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits in Sulu, military officials announced Monday.“We are going to form the first-ever Sulu Ready Reserve Battalion…. Read More
Seven Abu Sayyaf bandits were killed following an encounter in Sulu Sea on Tuesday.
Initial information from the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) said that an all-out offensive was launched against the local terror group past 1 in the morning in the open waters of Sulu Sea near Sulare Island in Parang.
Air and sea attacks were conducted by troops targeting members of the Abu Sayyaf Group under Mannul/Mannor Sawadjaan.
Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr., commander of the Western Mindanao Command, said Sawadjaan and his six heavily armed companions were leaving Sulare Island on a speedboat when they were intercepted by government forces.
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Days after suggesting that it would be prudent to place Sulu under martial law following the deadly twin blasts in Jolo on Aug. 24, Philippine Army (PA) commander Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana on Sunday said he is withdrawing his recommendation as there might be better options.”I drop my… Read More
The four Army intelligence operatives killed in the June 29 shooting incident by police officers in Jolo, Sulu bore gunshot wounds on their backs, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Tuesday.In a message to newsmen, Guevarra said field agents of the National Bureau of… Read More
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday expressed hope that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) would maintain a good working relationship despite the recent shooting incident between cops and soldiers in Jolo, Sulu.During his visit to Camp… Read More
President Rodrigo Duterte treats the deaths of four soldiers gunned down by police officers in Jolo, Sulu as a personal loss, Malacañang said on Monday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this remark after observers noticed that Duterte looked low-spirited, even sickly,… Read More
MANILA – Ranking police and military officials on Monday met to tackle proposal to form a board of inquiry that will revisit the operational procedures to prevent a repeat of the shooting incident that killed four soldiers in Jolo, Sulu.Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Gen. Archie… Read More
Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go traveled to one of the southernmost and isolated parts of the country, Sulu province, on Thursday to deliver assistance to fire victims.
More than 2,227 families, comprising 11,225 individuals, were left homeless after fire, caused by an electric overload, razed their houses and properties last February 3. The families have been evacuated to a nearby sports complex and tennis court in Jolo.
“Sa mga kababayan kong nasunugan, ‘wag po kayong mag-alala. Nandito po ang gobyerno. Andyan si Allah, Panginoon handang tumulong (To my fellowmen who are victims of the fire, don’t worry. Your government is here. Allah will provide),” Go said.
“Importante po, walang nasaktan. Trabaho po namin na magserbisyo sa bawat Pilipino, at gaya nang ipinangako ko noon, kahit saang sulok kayo ng Pilipinas ay pupuntahan ko po kayo hanggang kaya ng aking oras at katawan (It’s good that no one was hurt. It is our duty to serve every Filipino and as I promised, I will visit you wherever you are, so long as my time and my health allow it).”
Go, whose advocacies include ensuring immediate government response to calamities and natural disasters, brought relief and financial assistance to each family.
He also offered to provide new sets of school uniforms and shoes to each student affected by the incident.
Go said the schooling of the students should not be interrupted.
He encouraged the students to go back immediately to their respective schools so they would not miss any of their classes.
In his message to the fire victims, Go said as a public servant, it is his duty to visit Filipinos, most especially those who live far from Metro Manila, in their times of need to listen to their concerns and provide solutions to their daily struggles.
“Trabaho namin sa Senado ang legislation, constituency at representation. Hindi naman lahat ng mga Pilipino ang makakapunta ng opisina namin para humingi ng tulong. Kaya kami na ang bababa sa inyo at pakinggan ang inyong mga hinaing at makapagbigay ng solusyon sa inyong mga problema (Our work in the Senate covers legislation, constituency, and representation. Not every Filipino could come to our office to seek help. That is why we come to you to listen to your concerns and offer a solution to your problems),” he said.
Meanwhile, representatives of the National Housing Authority (NHA), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) were present to provide additional assistance to the residents.
The NHA provided cash assistance initially to 100 families whose houses were destroyed. The rest will be distributed next week.
The DSWD’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations (AICS) program provided financial assistance to each family while PCSO distributed grocery packs.
For individuals interested in skills training, TESDA offered a carpentry training program for them.
Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan expressed his appreciation for the senator’s efforts to bring service to Filipinos, especially in this time of need.
“Talagang sarili talaga ni Senator Bong Go na pumunta dito para ipaabot ang serbisyo ng pamahalaan (Senator Bong Go went all the way here on his own to extend government help),” Tan told reporters.
Go also thanked Tan and the people of Sulu for their support for him and the Duterte administration.
“Salamat din po kay Governor, sa lahat ng taga-Jolo, Sulu sa suporta ninyo sa akin noon. At ngayon, andito ako, handa akong magserbisyo sa inyo (I also thank the governor and people of Jolo, Sulu for their support. Now that I am here, I’m ready to serve you),” he said.
The Philippine Army, Philippine Coast Guard, and Philippine National Police also assisted the senator and the government agencies while providing aid to the fire victims. Private groups, such as the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, were also present to extend support. (PR)