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DUTERTE: MAUTE GROUP FUNDED BY ILLEGAL DRUGS

“CRUSH THEM!”

DEAD OR ALIVE

The terrorist Maute Group fuels its rebellion with dirty money from illegal drugs, President Rodrigo Duterte told soldiers in North Cotabato on Tuesday, June 6.

Crush the enemy, Duterte ordered  the troopers during his visit at  the 602nd Infantry (Liberator) Brigade, 6 ID in Carmen town.

The Maute Group joining with another terrorist group, Abu Sayyaf, attacked and occupied parts of Marawi City on May 22.

Government troops are on their l6th day of fierce firefight with the terrorists about a hundred of whom are holding out in buildings.

President Duterte has put up a P20 million reward for the capture, dead or alive, of the Maute brothers, leaders of the Maute Group and Isnilon Hapilon who heads the Abu Sayyaf. The two groups have pledged alliance to the ISIS, an international terrorist group considered as the most violent terrorist organization in the world today.
According to President Duterte, it was money coming from illegal drugs trade that funded the rebellion in Marawi City.
“Gentlemen, we are fighting a rebellion. Rebellion is a war, it is not anything that you see everyday, not peace and order o law and order. It will… If we allow it to overcome them, then this country will end something like minus the island of Mindanao,” he said.
“So ‘yung mission ninyo itong rebellion pati drugs is connected with rebellion. Ang pera ng rebellion ginamit nila ang shabu. And that is why I am not ordering, ordering you to an ordinary police action,” he added.
“I am ordering you to crush, pulpugin mo ang kalaban natin kasi hindi ito pangkaraniwang pulis. When I say, “crush them”, you have to destroy everything including lives,” the President said.
The President said he has the same orders for the soldiers on crushing the illegal drug trade.
“Ang durugista, same. You have to destroy the apparatus. Ang apparatus ‘yung mismong diyan nag-aano, nagluluto pati ‘yung nagde-deliver. Kasi kung walang nagluluto, wala ‘yung delivery. Pag wala naman delivery, mahirapan,” he said, adding that it is destroying the country.
“So you go after the last person sa drug apparatus. Kasali diyan middleman, taga-luto, taga-deliver,” he noted.
The President, meanwhile, commended the soldiers for a job well done following its efforts that led to the surrender of numerous members of the New People’s Army.
 

“First, I would like to congratulate your officers for a job well done. The briefing itself was a splendid one and at no other time, matagal na kayo sa serbisyo — that at no other time maraming mga NPA na nag-surrender and a lot of weapons in the hands of government now,” he said.
 

“For that alone and the numerous campaigns that you’ve had, you have made me happy this afternoon to see you. And I would like you to know that I love the Armed Forces,” he added.


The Chief Executive vowed to exercise his utmost effort to end the war. 


“If it would take me 10 years to do it, I will do it, if I am still around. If I will do it until the end of my term, I will do it,” he said, as he assured that the Armed Forces will receive modern equipment.
 

“So I hope to repay your services. Pinakamalaking ano ko ngayon ang Armed Forces. Bagong equipment sa inyo, bago lahat. Lahat bago from Jolo to Cagayan,” he said.
 

“Cagayan nag-deliver ako 30 million. Another 28 million to complete it. Para inyo lang ‘yan,” he added.


He also promised the soldiers that he will take care of the education of their children through a trust fund.


“They will have a good education. May trust fund ako running into billions,” he said. “Hindi na mauubos ‘yang tuition sa mga bata.” (PND/PNA)

BOUNTY

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

DEAD OR ALIVE
BY ROGER M. BALANZA

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

President 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. READ MORE

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

DEAD OR ALIVEBY ROGER M. BALANZA

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

President 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.
siegemarawiPresident 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.

AFP: HAPILON NOW CALLING SHOTS IN MARAWI SIEGE

“He’s in charge. He’s commanding them”

BY ROGER M. BALANZA

The leader of a Mindanao terrorist group reported as the current head of the Southeast Asean cell of the dreaded Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is now in charge of terrorists fighting government troops in Marawi City.

Military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jo-Ar Herrera said Isnilon Totoni Hapilon remains in the city and is calling the shots for  the terrorists.

“He’s in charge. He’s commanding them,” Herrera said in a report in ABS/CBNnews.com.

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Hapilon is the leader of the Abu Sayyaf that has gained international notoriety for beheading its foreign hostages.

Abu Sayyaf gunmen teamed up with another terrorist group, the Maute Group, in the May 22 afternoon attack in Marawi City.

The attack was reportedly triggered by a botched military raid that aimed to arrest Hapilon.

Late night of the day while on  an official visit in Russia, President Rodrigo Duterte declared Martial Law in Mindanao and ordered a military assault against the terrorists who invaded the capital city of Lanao del Sur in western Mindanao.

The military said a hundred more members of the Maute Group and Abu Sayyad Group are holding forth in private houses and public buildings.

A total of 120 militant gunmen have been killed, including suspected foreign fighters,  since the firefight started on May 23.

The death toll from the 11-day-old firefights, as of June 2, is 175 including 19 civilians killed in crossfire or by the militants.

Tne predominantly Muslim city of Marawi of 200,000 people has practically become a dead city with residents evacuating in masse as the fighting raged during the week.

The military said about 2,000 are trapped in the ongoing clashes, used as human shields by the terrorists.

GOV’T CASUALTY SURGING IN MARAWI SIEGE

11 TROOPERS, 2 COPS KILLED

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BY ROGER M. BALANZA

At least 11 soldiers and two policemen have been killed since Tuesday, May 23 in fierce firefights  with the terrorist  Maute Group in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur in Mindanao.

Mindanao ,  the Philippines’ main southern island, is home to various Moro terrorist and militant groups largely blamed for the island’s slow economic development and unstable peace and order. 

Thirty-one  of the  Maute Group have been killed as of May 25,  television reports said quoting a military statement.

The terrorist group launched a surprise attack on late afternoon of May 22 on the western city of Mindanao, occupied and burned facilities and establishments without initial resistant from government.

Reports said there were more than a hundred terrorists involved in the attack, who did not need to march in numbers into the pre-dominantly Muslim city.

Armed members of the Maute Group, along with supporters from another terrorist group, the Abu Sayyaf, were reported to be already holed up in the city. The military and police said they were to arrest on the day a top leader of the Abu Sayyaf.

Commandeering government vehicles, the terrorists waved flags of the Middle East-based terror group Islamic State of Iraq and Iran (ISIS), before being engaged in firefights by responding government troopers the following day, May 23.

 As the terrorists count casualties, so does the government as the battle rages on.

On Thursday, May 25,  6 soldiers were killed and seven others were injured as the fighting continues.

Fifteen terrorists, on the same day, were killed in firefights with troops clearing two key bridges guarded by about 30 terrorists, said the Armed Forces of thePhilippines (AFP) Western Mindanao Command.

The Maute Group apparently is now linked to the Abu Sayyaf, which is reported as seeking recognition as a Philippine cell of the ISIS, now considered as the world’s most violent terrorist group.

The terrorist attack on Marawi happened on the day that military and police were to serve a warrant of arrest on Isnilon Totoni  Hapilon, top leader of the Abu Sayyaf who is reported to have a  direct link to the ISIS. Hapilon is in the Most Wanted list of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

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Hapilon was reported to be in Marawi City recuperating from serious wounds suffered during an airstrike on an Abu Sayyaf base in Butig town in Lanao del Sur in January.

Government operatives said they encountered members of the Maute Group and Abu Sayyaf holed up in Marawi City while they were planning to serve the warrant of arrest on Hapilon.