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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Sayyafs free 2 hostages in Sulu after vigilantes snatched militant leader’s wives


SULU – Abu Sayyaf militants have freed the daughter of a former Sulu mayor and his ex-wife they kidnapped in the Muslim province after a group of armed vigilantes seized the wives of their leader and threatened to execute them.

The militant group tied to the Islamic State quickly released Eddilyn Tulawie, 27; and her 57-year old mother, Addang, on Wednesday evening near Talipao town where the Abu Sayyaf abducted them in their house before dawn.

A photo released by the military's Western Mindanao Command on Thursday shows freed Abu Sayyaf hostages  Eddilyn Tulawie, 27; and her 57-year old mother, Addang, in Sulu province. 

Eddilyn‘s father, Tambrin Tulawie, was the town’s former mayor, whose son Nezar is the incumbent mayor.

The vigilantes, mostly villagers, armed themselves and hunted down 3 wives of Abu Sayyaf leader Hatib Sawadjaan, who was behind the abductions, and took them captive to force the militants to free their hostages.

The Abu Sayyaf released the victims safely after vigilantes - fed up with Abu Sayyaf atrocities in Sulu – threatened to behead one by one Sawadjaan’s wives. The militant group is still holding nearly a dozen hostages, mostly foreign sailors it kidnapped at sea off Tawi-Tawi and Basilan provinces in recent years.

There was no immediate statement from the mayor or other officials on the recovery of the hostages by the vigilantes. But the military’s Western Mindanao Command claimed the duo was rescued following an “intensified operation” by soldiers, policemen and civilians.

“The intensified operations launched by combined troops of the Joint Task Force Sulu, BPATS (Barangay Police Action Team), and the Talipao Police led to the immediate release of the two kidnap victims,” it said.

It said the hostages were abandoned and “rescued” at a forested area near Kagay village in Talipao. “While scouring the area, the operating troops were able to rescue the two hostages in the forested area and were immediately brought to the residence of former Talipao Mayor Tambrin Tulawie,” the military said. “It is the peoples' participation and their resolve against the kidnappers that forced the bandits to abandon the victims in the area where they kept them for several hours.” (Mindanao Examiner)

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Sayyafs seize ex-Sulu mayor’s daughter, former wife


SULU – Abu Sayyaf rebels seized early Wednesday a daughter of a former Sulu mayor and his ex-wife in a daring operation right into their own turf in Talipao town, officials said.

Officials said the rebels barged into the house of Eddilyn Tulawie, 27; and seized the woman and her 57-year old mother, Addang. Eddilyn‘s father Tambrin Tulawie was the town’s former mayor, whose son Nezar is the incumbent mayor.

Tulawie’s family did not release any statement, but the twin abductions occurred around 3 a.m. in the village called Kuhaw. The victims were asleep when the gunmen broke into their house and captured them.

The motive of the abductions was still unknown, but the Abu Sayyaf is notoriously known for its ransom kidnappings not only in Sulu, but also in Basilan and Tawi-Tawi provinces which are all part of the Muslim autonomous region; including the Zamboanga Peninsula and cross-border raids in Sabah.

It was unclear why the police and military failed to detect the Abu Sayyaf raid despite an intensive campaign against the brutal group, whose leaders have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

The abductions also occurred while the whole southern region is under an extended martial rule since last year following President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration to address terrorism, rebellion and criminality. (Mindanao Examiner)

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‘3rd Telco is not dead’ By Jun Ledesma

Letters from Davao: ‘3rd Telco is not dead’ By Jun Ledesma

DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION and Telecommunications Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio is in earnest to pursue the mandate of President Rodrigo Duterte to have a 3rd player in the telecom industry. Mind you, Rio knows what the public is clamoring for and he has the strategy to deliver what the crafty duopoly deprived the helpless public despite its stranglehold of the industry.

The terms of reference in the search for the 3rd player had been changed a number of times leading to unkind speculations DICT deliberately delays the selection. Rio knows his turf but maybe the government does not want to go wrong that an oversight committee was created.

The other day, the oversight committee in search of a new player scrapped the draft TOR anew. The committee is not sold to the so-called committed delivery of services from those who aspire to be the 3rd player. I simply understand this to mean that promises or commitments are meaningless and in fact elicit caution.

Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez, an investment savvy businessman is correct. There are aspiring telecom firms who do not have a single service installation or a modicum of perceptible operations but by sheer publicity via cute PR strategy make the public believe they are the preferred telco to compete with the duopoly. There is nothing wrong with news dispatches except that these can inveigle investors from buying stocks from what could be just paper corporations! But this just one bone of contention.

Between promises or commitments and demonstrated delivery of telecom services at this point, it is only Acting Secretary Rio who can name the players outside of the duopoly - PLDT/Smart and Globe - which, aside from congressional franchise, have existing resources like frequencies, facilities and accessories, operational and technical organizations and clientele to prove their commitment and programs of expansion. If DICT and the oversight committee have a primordial responsibility to the public at this crucial stage of the search for the 3rd player it won’t harm the public or the government if they now identify the aspirants who have track records and those which have yet to start with the proverbial cornerstone.

Certainly we do not want to have a repeat of the BW Resource scandal and Secretary Dominguez is correct in this, assuming that I am correct in my assessment why the oversight committee would not buy commitments.

On the other hand, Rio’s DICT should be given an elbow room to deliver on Duterte’s agenda to have a 3rd Telco. When you have a situation where 45% of the country’s geographical area is not served or underserved and the rest of the 55% is hankering for an internet speed that is still trying to graduate from the Jurassic dial up the din of clamor will not cease. While the delay in the search has accorded the duopoly to shape up their service or equipment if any have yet to be felt.

Definitely a 3rd player can catch up as it will not be hobbled by heavily capitalized investments which have yet to be fully subscribed. Without the challenge the duopoly can sleep comfortably in the absence of a lullaby. Remember that PLDT for one only had P1.5-billion in paid up capital so a telecom player with an initial P10-billion plus financial backing and several billions more in assets and on-going financial transactions can be a big nightmare to these big guys. For now, that player is not expected to be in the category of Globe and PLDT/Smart which had long controlled the telecom industry and fleeced their subscribers despite the despicable service and free-wheeling rate that is notoriously known as the most expensive in the world. But in time, given the rapid evolution in the internet of things, the duopoly will not actually matter that much.

In the meantime, there ought to be a synergy between DICT and DOF/Transco.

Between the two agencies they can deliver the Duterte promise and in the process makes the Philippines to leap frog from the “kangkungan” pond to the clouds. He who says the 3rd Telco player is dead must be out of sync or singing the discordant and nervous tune of the duopoly. (Jun Ledesma)

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Sayyaf fighter yields in Basilan 

ZAMBOANGA CITY – An Abu Sayyaf rebel has surrendered to the police in the restive province of Basilan in southern Philippines where government efforts continue to lure militants to return to the fold of the law.

The 28-year Lukman Buddiman Ladjaman also surrendered his M-79 and M-203 grenade launcher and rifle to the police and vowed to help in government peace advocacy campaign in Basilan, one of 5 provinces under the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao or ARMM.

Ladjaman said he was under Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Radzmer Jannatul.

His surrender came after ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman has called on members of the militant group to lay down their weapons and return to the fold of the law and live a peaceful life with their loved ones.

“We are extending peace to the Abu Sayyaf. We want you to re-join society and live peacefully with your families. There is no reason to wage war; there is no reason to fight the government because we are doing everything for the sake of peace, of our children and our future,” Hataman said.

Last week, Hataman, along with security officials, led the distribution in Isabela City of food packs, rice and non-food items to nearly 200 mostly former Abu Sayyaf members who surrendered to the military in Basilan, one of 5 provinces under the autonomous region.

Those who received the aid were beneficiaries of the Program against Violent Extremism or PAVE, the regional government’s first model program - launched in April this year - in providing various interventions to former Abu Sayyaf members who surrendered to the government, and their families. It also caters to returnees from the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters or BIFF.

Hataman also spoke to the former rebels and reminded them of their commitment in helping to promote peace and development in Basilan, just several nautical miles off Zamboanga.

“We are happy to say that those (former Abu Sayyaf members) are very supportive of our peace advocacy and have become partners of government in this endeavour, and we shall continue this (PAVE) program in other parts of ARMM in partnership with various stakeholders until we finally achieve peace in the region,” he said, who also led the celebration of the Eid al-Fitr with the Badjao community in Sumisip town where he distributed food packs and money to the indigenous tribe.

Hataman said PAVE is recognized by the National Peace and Order Council and is now officially part of the national government’s reintegration program dubbed as CLIP or Comprehensive Local Integration Program aimed at achieving permanent and peaceful closure of all armed conflicts with rebel groups.

He said the ARMM government is committed to do all the necessary measures to address violent extremism. The program’s core principles are to bridge social gaps, balance the military and non-military offensives, and attain justice. “Marami na tayong pinagdaanan pero walang sustainable na solution kaya inaasahan po natin na itong programa ay magiging daan at simula ng permanenteng kapayapaan dito sa ARMM,” he said.

Hataman said after processing procedures by local governments and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the surrendering Abu Sayyaf members will be endorsed to the ARMM government for psychosocial, economic, educational and spiritual interventions.

“And we will allow them to live as normal and productive citizens in their communities, and they will be the advocates for peace against violent extremism,” he said, adding that the cycle of violence must end.

The program also seeks to prevent returnees from going back, provide an opportunity to start anew, encourage more rebels to surrender, provide an avenue for healing, and increase grassroots support to countering violent extremism.

“Ang pinaka-goal naman talaga ng programang ito ay sumuko na lahat ng mga Abu Sayyaf, at naway dumating ang araw na wala ng mga rebelde sa buong rehiyon,” Hataman said.

The returnees will automatically be the recipients of the regional government’s banner programs – ARMM’s Health, Education, Livelihood, Peace and Governance, and Synergy and ARMM’s Bangsamoro Regional Inclusive Development with Growth and Equity.

“We made sure na lahat ng mga sumukong Abu Sayyaf na may mga pending cases ay hindi magiging benepisyaryo ng programang ito,” Hataman said. (Mindanao Examiner)

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ARMM launches villages’ expo showcasing Bangsamoro’s rich cultures and history

COTABATO CITY – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is showcasing and promoting the region’s grandest mock tribal villages narrating the variety of cultures, traditions, history, and oneness of the Bangsamoro people.

Launched on June 18, the ARMM villages’ expo is held inside the Office of the Regional Governor’s Compound here and is mounted to give the visitors a snapshot of the Moro’s vast cultural heritage.
“People will experience the beauty of the culture of the Bangsamoro people. We will provide them a complete image of what ARMM has,” ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman said.

The exhibit focuses on celebrating the diversity of cultures of the region’s five component provinces that will form part of the 29th founding anniversary of the region.

The villages will feature a wide array of traditional living, tribal communities, livelihood, heritage, arts, cuisines, and products. Through the villages, people will be able to recognize and appreciate the similarities and the differences of the Moro culture.

Atty. Rasol Mitmug Jr., Department of Education-ARMM Secretary and a chieftain in a village in Lanao del Sur, said that to capture the feel of his province, the mock village built the Plaza Cabili, a landmark at the Islamic City of Marawi, which was ruined during last year’s fighting between militants and security forces.

The Lanao del Sur village, which carries the tagline, ‘Sarimanok Rising’, also features the Torogan, or House of the Sultan, that displays different artifacts of Maranaos. “We also emphasize the Maranao’s entrepreneurial side that’s why we built a Padian, or market. We will also have the replica of the Bacolod Grande Mosque,” Atty. Mitmug said.

The Tawi-Tawi village, or the Island Paradise as described by its chieftain, Secretary Dyan Sangkula Jumaide of ARMM’s Agrarian Reform department, is the simplest village among the participating provinces. “We prefer to depict the real life of Tawi-Tawians, which is peaceful and simple,” Sec. Jumaide said.

The village has set up the Sheikh Makhdum mosque and mimics the scenery of the province with its white sand beach - Panampangan, Bud Bongao, and Tabu, or the public market.

Tagged as the Pearl of Sulu Sea, the Sulu Village highlights the Astanah Darul Jambangan, a wooden life-size replica of the royal palace of the Sultanate of Sulu. Don Mustapha Loong, Public Works and Highways-ARMM Secretary and Sulu Village chieftain, said the  Astana Darul Jambangan narrates the fact that the Sulu Sultanate already exists prior to the arrival of the Spaniards and the creation of the Philippine government.

The Sulu Village is the largest structure among the five villages built by far. It features the different cultures, arts, flags, handicrafts, swords, and food and information areas.

For the province of Maguindanao, two of its well-preserved artefacts were featured in its village — the Lantaka (cannon) and the largest Kampilan (sword). A replica of Tulugan, or the House of the Sultan, was also built as the main attraction inside the village, which symbolizes the government of Maguindanaons.

Inside the Tulugan are various ancient instruments of the Maguindanaon tribe, which include Gandigan and Kulintang and the traditional weaves such as Inaul, Tudung, and Galang. Also in the Maguindanao village is a replica of the Quirino Bridge and Padian, or market.

In Basilan’s tribal village, Yakan cloth, or Tennun, is seen all over. “The Basilan village uses the tagline ‘Weavers of Peace’ as the Yakans are basically weavers of peace,” said Executive Secretary and Basilan village chieftain Atty. Laisa Alamia.

A traditional house blessing will be performed in the Basilan village wherein dancers, together with the governor, mayors, and other officials of the province will welcome visitors to the village.


Villages symbolize legacy, good governance of the Bangsamoro

“When I learned the intention of this day’s event, there are only two things I would like to emphasize the legacy and good governance of the Bangsamoro,” Marian Pastor Roces, an independent curator, writer and researcher, said in her speech during the launching of the region’s tribal villages expo.

Roces said (ARMM proved that the Moro’s lifestyle and heritage remain alive and relevant in the country. She said the Moro has left her fully inspired to learn more and appreciate its unique and distinguished history. “Hindi kayo natinag nang digmaan o anumang kaguluhan dahil hanggang ngayon andito kayo para ipakita ang tunay na ganda at kahalagahan ng kultura ng Bangsamoro,” she said.
 
Governor Hataman noted that the villages were not meant to be built just for celebration but to show the unity of the Bangsamoro people. “Ang mga villages ay hindi lamang itinayo para magsaya, itinayo ito upang mas maunawaan ng ibang mga tao ang kulturang meron tayo dito sa ARMM,” Governor Hataman said as he urged the Bangsamoro people to give value and share to others what the ARMM can uniquely offer.

As a symbol of unity, representatives from each of the five ARMM provinces performed their traditional dance during the launching ceremony. ARMM comprises Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

The public can visit the villages until the end of December to appreciate the pride of the Moros. (Bureau of Public Information)

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Return to the fold of the law and live peacefully, Sayyafs told


ZAMBOANGA CITY – Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao or ARMM has called on members of the militant group Abu Sayyaf to lay down their weapons and return to the fold of the law and live a peaceful life with their loved ones.

“We are extending peace to the Abu Sayyaf. We want you to re-join society and live peacefully with your families. There is no reason to wage war; there is no reason to fight the government because we are doing everything for the sake of peace, of our children and our future,” Hataman told the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner on Monday.

Just over the weekend, Hataman, along with security officials, led the distribution in Isabela City of food packs, rice and non-food items to nearly 200 mostly former Abu Sayyaf members who surrendered to the military in Basilan, one of 5 provinces under the autonomous region.

Those who received the aid were beneficiaries of the Program against Violent Extremism or PAVE, the regional government’s first model program - launched in April this year - in providing various interventions to former Abu Sayyaf members who surrendered to the government, and their families. It also caters to returnees from the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters or BIFF.

Hataman also spoke to the former rebels and reminded them of their commitment in helping to promote peace and development in Basilan, just several nautical miles off Zamboanga.

“We are happy to say that those (former Abu Sayyaf members) are very supportive of our peace advocacy and have become partners of government in this endeavour, and we shall continue this (PAVE) program in other parts of ARMM in partnership with various stakeholders until we finally achieve peace in the region,” he said, who also led the celebration of the Eid al-Fitr with the Badjao community in Sumisip town where he distributed food packs and money to the indigenous tribe.

Hataman said PAVE is recognized by the National Peace and Order Council and is now officially part of the national government’s reintegration program dubbed as CLIP or Comprehensive Local Integration Program aimed at achieving permanent and peaceful closure of all armed conflicts with rebel groups.

He said the ARMM government is committed to do all the necessary measures to address violent extremism. The program’s core principles are to bridge social gaps, balance the military and non-military offensives, and attain justice. “Marami na tayong pinagdaanan pero walang sustainable na solution kaya inaasahan po natin na itong programa ay magiging daan at simula ng permanenteng kapayapaan dito sa ARMM,” he said.

Hataman said after processing procedures by local governments and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the surrendering Abu Sayyaf members will be endorsed to the ARMM government for psychosocial, economic, educational and spiritual interventions.

“And we will allow them to live as normal and productive citizens in their communities, and they will be the advocates for peace against violent extremism,” he said, adding that the cycle of violence must end.

The program also seeks to prevent returnees from going back, provide an opportunity to start anew, encourage more rebels to surrender, provide an avenue for healing, and increase grassroots support to countering violent extremism.

“Ang pinaka-goal naman talaga ng programang ito ay sumuko na lahat ng mga Abu Sayyaf, at naway dumating ang araw na wala ng mga rebelde sa buong rehiyon,” Hataman said.

The returnees will automatically be the recipients of the regional government’s banner programs – ARMM’s Health, Education, Livelihood, Peace and Governance, and Synergy and ARMM’s Bangsamoro Regional Inclusive Development with Growth and Equity.

“We made sure na lahat ng mga sumukong Abu Sayyaf na may mga pending cases ay hindi magiging benepisyaryo ng programang ito,” Hataman said. (Mindanao Examiner)

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Thousands flee as fighting erupts in Mindanao

COTABATO CITY – Thousands of villagers have their homes following clashes between security forces and ISIS-inspired militants in southern Philippines.
Soldiers continued Monday battling members of the so-called Maute Group behind deadly attacks in Lanao del Sur’s Marawi City last year. The military was pursuing Abu Dar, one of the group’s commanders, in the province.
The fighting, which began over the weekend in Guiarong village in Tubaran town, displaced at least 700 families, mostly Muslim villagers. It was not immediately known whether both sides had suffered casualties since the clashes were continuing.
Military aircrafts pounded a large area where the militants have sought refuge while ground troops advanced to capture those targeted by the air strikes.
Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman has ordered social workers to look into the safety of the evacuees, especially women, children and the old; and to distribute food aid to refugee shelters in Lanao del Sur, one of 5 provinces under the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
Last week, security forces also launched a massive campaign against militant group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in nearby Maguindanao and North Cotabato and destroyed several weapons and bomb factories, and killing at least 2 dozen fighters in Liguasan Marsh. (Mindanao Examiner)

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