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ENRILE PREFERS TO GO BACK TO DETENTION OVER HOUSE ARREST


Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile was rushed to Makati Medical Center last week for pneumonia. According to his son Jack Enrile, the senator could be discharged within a week.
 Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile prefers to be detained rather than be held under house arrest, his son Jack Enrile said on Thursday. In an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel, the younger Enrile said that his father wants go back to his detention cell at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center inside Camp Crame, after being discharged from the hospital. The senator was rushed to the Makati Medical Center last week due to pneumonia. According to his son, he may be discharged in a week. "I think Dr. Zamora said that his infection has been reduced to about 50 percent of what it originally was and it looks like he could be discharged within a week's time," the younger Enrile said. The younger Enrile added that his father is not open to being placed under house arrest. The senator wants to go back in detention and face the charges before him. READ MORE...

ALSO: Senators urge house arrest for Enrile from hospital


Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile. File photo MANILA, Philippines - Senators urged Thursday the Aquino administration to be more compassionate to Senate minority leader Juan Ponce Enrile, who was rushed to the Makati Medical Center due to pneumonia. Sen. Nancy Binay said she is praying for the fast recovery of Enrile, who has been detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center at Camp Crame in Quezon City. Binay said it would be best for Enrile to be “transferred permanently to another hospital recommended by his attending physician—a hospital capable of providing his medical needs.”  Acting minority leader Vicente Sotto III and Sen. Juan Victor “JV” Ejercito said the 91-year-old senator should be allowed house arrest.  “For humanitarian considerations, JPE (Enrile’s initials) should be allowed house arrest. At that advance age and condition, he needs proper care at home,” Ejercito said in a text message to reporters.  Sotto said he would also study the possibility of filing a motion on the floor on Monday to ask that Enrile be given house arrest. READ MORE...

ALSO: 21 Philippine cities most at risk from hazards globally


Satellite image of the record-breaking typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) that ripped through the Philippines' six central islands in December 2013. EUMETSAT  
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has 21 of the 100 cities identified to be most at risk from natural hazards, an international study released Wednesday indicated. Researchers from UK-based risk analysis firm Verisk Maplecroft combined data on risks posed by tropical storms and cyclones, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, severe storms, extra-tropical cyclones, wildfires, storm surges, volcanoes and landslides in more than 1,300 cities. "Of the 100 cities with the greatest exposure to natural hazards, 21 are located in the Philippines, 16 in China, 11 in Japan and 8 in Bangladesh," researchers said in a report, citing the Natural Hazards Risk Atlas. The preliminary report, however, did not specify all the 21 locations. Eight Philippine cities are also included in the ten most at risk globally, including Tuguegarao (2nd), Lucena (3rd), Manila (4th), San Fernando (5th) and Cabanatuan (6th). CONTINUE READING...and heed the warning!

ALSO: 8 of 10 cities most at risk from natural disasters located in Phl – study


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MANILA, Philippines - Eight of 10 world cities most exposed to natural hazards are in the Philippines and more than half of the 100 cities most exposed to earthquakes, storms and other disasters are in four Asian nations, according to a research. The study, published on Wednesday by risk analysis firm Verisk Maplecroft, analyzed the threat posed by storms, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, fires, volcanoes and landslides in more than 1,300 cities. The study found that the 10 cities most at risk are Port Vila in Vanuatu followed by Tuguegarao in Cagayan, Lucena in Quezon province, (4) Manila, (5) San Fernando in Pampanga, (6) Cabanatuan in Nueva Ecija, (7) Batangas, (8) Taipei, (9) San Carlos (the report did not indicate which province in the Philippines) and (10) Naga in Bicol. The study also found that of the 100 cities with the greatest exposure to natural hazards, 21 are in the Philippines, 16 in China, 11 in Japan and eight in Bangladesh. CONTINUE READING...

ALSO: Tagbilaran sinkhole, GenSan erosion prompt warnings


30-meter deep sinkhole in Tagbilaran City. LEO UDTOHAN   A sinkhole in Tagbilaran City in Bohol province. Erosion in General Santos City in South Cotabato. Residents and officials of the two areas are confronted with what appears to be natural phenomena that are threatening communities near them. In Tagbilaran, the Central Visayas office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) are taking a closer look at a sinkhole in the village of San Isidro that is 6 meters wide and 30 meters deep. It was found on a lot owned by a Filomena Lim. No one knows yet how it formed, but Rosita Lipio, property caretaker, quoted a nephew as saying it seemed like the earth suddenly opened. It happened past 4 p.m. on March 1. Lipio reported it quickly to village officials, expressing fear the sinkhole would grow bigger. Village sentinels were sent to cordon the area off. READ MORE...

ALSO: VP Binay urges govt to include other stakeholders in BBL like  indigenous Mindanaoans or Lumads in discussion


Vice President Jejomar Binay said the government should also consider the sentiments of other stakeholders like the indigenous Mindanaoans or Lumads and the Moro National Liberation Front. File photo 
MANILA, Philippines - Vice President Jejomar Binay yesterday urged the government to include other stakeholders in the discussions on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which will be the legal basis for the creation of an autonomous Bangsamoro entity in Mindanao. Binay said the government should also consider the sentiments of other stakeholders like the indigenous Mindanaoans or Lumads and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).  “What I fear is after the peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is signed, there will be another group of insurgents that will arise,” Binay said in Filipino. He also noted that certain features of the draft BBL should be carefully reviewed as these could run counter to provisions of the Constitution and compromise national sovereignty. “The problem there is the features of the agreement, specifically on the sharing of natural resources. The way they describe it, I know this is exaggerated, they almost require a passport to enter a part of the territory,” Binay said. READ MORE...

ALSO: Makati extends aid to 19 SAF members


Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. Photo credit: Inquirer  The Makati City government has extended P190,000 in financial assistance to the 19 members of the Special Action Force, who also took part in the Jan. 25 bloody operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao. Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay led the distribution of financial assistance to the 19 members of the SAF - 84th Seaborne Company last Tuesday at the Makati City Hall. He added the 19 police commandos, whose names were withheld upon their request, each received a P100,000-check. “They should not become the Forgotten 19,” said Binay. “These 19 valiant members of SAF 84th Seaborne Company also deserve our recognition and gratitude for having risked their lives to capture known terrorists and thereby save innocent lives. This is the least we can do to show our appreciation of their dedication to duty.”  On Feb. 18, Vice President Jejomar Binay and Makati City government officials distributed P440,000 financial assistance to the families of the 44 police commandos killed in the bloody encounter with suspected members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Mamasapano. READ MORE...


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Enrile prefers to go back to detention from hospital over house arrest


Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile was rushed to Makati Medical Center last week for pneumonia. According to his son Jack Enrile, the senator could be discharged within a week.

MANILA, MARCH 9, 2015 (PHILSTAR)  By Patricia Lourdes Viray - Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile prefers to be detained rather than be held under house arrest, his son Jack Enrile said on Thursday.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel, the younger Enrile said that his father wants go back to his detention cell at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center inside Camp Crame, after being discharged from the hospital.

The senator was rushed to the Makati Medical Center last week due to pneumonia. According to his son, he may be discharged in a week.

"I think Dr. Zamora said that his infection has been reduced to about 50 percent of what it originally was and it looks like he could be discharged within a week's time," the younger Enrile said.

The younger Enrile added that his father is not open to being placed under house arrest. The senator wants to go back in detention and face the charges before him.

"He wants there to be no doubt of his innocence and he wants the Filipino public to doubt the strength of this case," Jack said, adding that his father wants to clear his name.

A few senators earlier urged the Aquino administration to allow house arrest for Enrile.

Enrile was charged with plunder along with Sen. Jinggoy Estrada and Sen. Bong Revilla for their alleged misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund. ..


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Senators urge house arrest for Enrile By Christina Mendez (philstar.com) | Updated February 26, 2015 - 6:29pm 0 2 googleplus0 0


Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile. File photo

MANILA, Philippines - Senators urged Thursday the Aquino administration to be more compassionate to Senate minority leader Juan Ponce Enrile, who was rushed to the Makati Medical Center due to pneumonia.

Sen. Nancy Binay said she is praying for the fast recovery of Enrile, who has been detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center at Camp Crame in Quezon City.

Binay said it would be best for Enrile to be “transferred permanently to another hospital recommended by his attending physician—a hospital capable of providing his medical needs.”

Acting minority leader Vicente Sotto III and Sen. Juan Victor “JV” Ejercito said the 91-year-old senator should be allowed house arrest.

“For humanitarian considerations, JPE (Enrile’s initials) should be allowed house arrest. At that advance age and condition, he needs proper care at home,” Ejercito said in a text message to reporters.

Sotto said he would also study the possibility of filing a motion on the floor on Monday to ask that Enrile be given house arrest.

Sen. Francis Escudero, meanwhile, was cold to the idea, saying that it would be difficult for the Senate to make a stand on the issue otherwise the chamber can be accused of trying to influence the court.

In a statement, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada said he hopes that Enrile is allowed to post bail by the court. It will be better than house arrest, said Estrada who is charged with plunder along with Enrile and Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr.

The charges stemmed from the senators’ alleged misuse of their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel.

“He should be granted bail for humanitarian reason not only house arrest,” Estrada said in a statement.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV thinks the detained senator should stay under hospital arrest. “I believe that a hospital is still the best place to take care of his fragile health.” ..


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21 Philippine cities most at risk from hazards globally By Camille Diola (philstar.com) | Updated March 5, 2015 - 4:00pm 10 2463 googleplus1 1


Satellite image of the record-breaking typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) that ripped through the Philippines' six central islands in December 2013. EUMETSAT

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has 21 of the 100 cities identified to be most at risk from natural hazards, an international study released Wednesday indicated.

Researchers from UK-based risk analysis firm Verisk Maplecroft combined data on risks posed by tropical storms and cyclones, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, severe storms, extra-tropical cyclones, wildfires, storm surges, volcanoes and landslides in more than 1,300 cities.

"Of the 100 cities with the greatest exposure to natural hazards, 21 are located in the Philippines, 16 in China, 11 in Japan and 8 in Bangladesh," researchers said in a report, citing the Natural Hazards Risk Atlas. The preliminary report, however, did not specify all the 21 locations.

Eight Philippine cities are also included in the ten most at risk globally, including Tuguegarao (2nd), Lucena (3rd), Manila (4th), San Fernando (5th) and Cabanatuan (6th).

Ranked first is Port Vila in Vanuatu, and Taipei in Taiwan is eighth in the list.

Lead environmental analyst Richard Hewston said the Philippines has an "extreme exposure" to natural hazards that may pose challenges to foreign businesses, supply chains and output despite the Southeast Asian country's fast-growing economy.

"As typhoon Haiyan (Super Typhoon Yolanda) in the Philippines and the tsunami in Japan showed us, natural hazard events can have far-reaching and long-lasting impacts on supply chains, business and economies," Hewston said.

He said it is an imperative for governments and the private sector to be aware of the risks and "understand how, where and why those risks manifest" to effectively manage hazards' consequences.

A warning to the Philippines

Hewston said the Philippines' natural hazard risk is worsened by its "poor institutional and societal capacity to manage, respond and recover" from incidents.

The Philippines and Japan are highly exposed to hazards, but Japan ranks higher in terms of resilience.

The Philippines (80th), is considered "high risk" in part due to "entrenched corruption" and "high levels of poverty," the report said.

"With foreign investment continuing to flow into countries highly exposed to natural hazards, those which are unable to demonstrate robust resilience may lose an element of their competitiveness," Hewston warned. ..


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8 of 10 cities most at risk from natural disasters located in Phl – study  By Charmie Joy Pagulong (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 6, 2015 - 12:00am  11 588 googleplus0 3


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MANILA, Philippines - Eight of 10 world cities most exposed to natural hazards are in the Philippines and more than half of the 100 cities most exposed to earthquakes, storms and other disasters are in four Asian nations, according to a research.

The study, published on Wednesday by risk analysis firm Verisk Maplecroft, analyzed the threat posed by storms, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, fires, volcanoes and landslides in more than 1,300 cities.

The study found that the 10 cities most at risk are Port Vila in Vanuatu followed by Tuguegarao in Cagayan, Lucena in Quezon province, (4) Manila, (5) San Fernando in Pampanga, (6) Cabanatuan in Nueva Ecija, (7) Batangas, (8) Taipei, (9) San Carlos (the report did not indicate which province in the Philippines) and (10) Naga in Bicol.

The study also found that of the 100 cities with the greatest exposure to natural hazards, 21 are in the Philippines, 16 in China, 11 in Japan and eight in Bangladesh.

“Natural hazard risk is compounded in the Philippines by poor institutional and societal capacity to manage, respond and recover from natural hazard events,” the report said.

The Philippines is considered “high risk” in terms of the country’s ability to manage and mitigate the impacts of natural hazard and in part due to “entrenched corruption and high levels of poverty,” the report added.

Aside from being at risk to volcanic eruptions, quakes and floods, the Philippines is also hit by more than 20 typhoons every year.

The strongest typhoon ever recorded in the history of the world was Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), which struck the Visayas on Nov. 8, 2013. The monster storm left more than 7,000 people dead or missing and destroyed over a million houses.

The report said that disaster risk reduction strategies in the Philippines are improving after the “widely criticized” response to Haiyan.

Better communication and the evacuation of 1.7 million people meant that Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit), a category 3 storm, killed only 27 people in December 2014. ..


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Tagbilaran sinkhole, GenSan erosion prompt warnings Carmel Loise Matus and Allan Nawal @inquirerdotnet Inquirer Visayas and Inquirer Mindanao 2:59 AM | Friday, March 6th, 2015


30-meter deep sinkhole in Tagbilaran City. LEO UDTOHAN

A sinkhole in Tagbilaran City in Bohol province. Erosion in General Santos City in South Cotabato.

Residents and officials of the two areas are confronted with what appears to be natural phenomena that are threatening communities near them.

In Tagbilaran, the Central Visayas office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) are taking a closer look at a sinkhole in the village of San Isidro that is 6 meters wide and 30 meters deep.

It was found on a lot owned by a Filomena Lim.

No one knows yet how it formed, but Rosita Lipio, property caretaker, quoted a nephew as saying it seemed like the earth suddenly opened. It happened past 4 p.m. on March 1.

Lipio reported it quickly to village officials, expressing fear the sinkhole would grow bigger. Village sentinels were sent to cordon the area off.

Ed Llamedo, DENR-Central Visayas spokesperson, said the occurrence of sinkholes is “actually dramatic.”

“It may appear in the surface that the land is still intact but cavities start to scour due to ground vibration, water seepage and fractures or joints on the surface,” he said.

Llamedo said he believed the sinkhole is one of the effects of the 7.2-magnitude quake that struck Bohol on Oct. 15, 2013 but which manifested itself only now. The quake killed 201 people in Bohol.

The Central Visayas office of the DENR said data and images provided by the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority listed 1,182 sinkholes in Bohol.

In General Santos City, authorities had evacuated people living near a shore that had eroded by 100 meters.

The city government declared the community called Tinago in the village of Barangay South as “no-build zone” following the discovery of the erosion, which had grown to 70 meters in diameter and 60 meters deep.


Erosion of the coast (encircled, right photo) in General Santos City. RONALD VELASQUEZ

Mayor Ronnel Rivera said an aerial survey of the area showed the extent of the erosion.

Dr. Bong Dacera, city disaster risk reduction and management office action officer, said what was happening in Tinago is underwater erosion.

Dacera said while only the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) could declare what it is, “based on our assessment, it is coastal subsidence.”

He said a few meters from the shores of Tinago, an underwater precipice of a steep cliff around 25 meters deep was located and that the movement of the sea over the years has eroded parts of it, causing the erosion.

“When compared to a surface phenomenon, what happened there is definitely a landslide,” he said.

Dacera said the city is expecting a team from the MGB national office to examine the phenomenon.

Results of the MGB study would be used by the city government in “disaster-proofing” the village of South and nearby coastal communities, said Dacera.

“Sinkhole or not, the risks are still high and looming for the residents of Tinago,” said Mayor Rivera, who had ordered the evacuation of at least 37 families living in the area.


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Include other stakeholders in BBL discussion, government urged By Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 5, 2015 - 12:00am 3 25 googleplus0 0


Vice President Jejomar Binay said the government should also consider the sentiments of other stakeholders like the indigenous Mindanaoans or Lumads and the Moro National Liberation Front. File photo

MANILA, Philippines - Vice President Jejomar Binay yesterday urged the government to include other stakeholders in the discussions on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which will be the legal basis for the creation of an autonomous Bangsamoro entity in Mindanao.

Binay said the government should also consider the sentiments of other stakeholders like the indigenous Mindanaoans or Lumads and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).

“What I fear is after the peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is signed, there will be another group of insurgents that will arise,” Binay said in Filipino.

He also noted that certain features of the draft BBL should be carefully reviewed as these could run counter to provisions of the Constitution and compromise national sovereignty.

“The problem there is the features of the agreement, specifically on the sharing of natural resources. The way they describe it, I know this is exaggerated, they almost require a passport to enter a part of the territory,” Binay said.

“My objection from the beginning is the feature on sub-state. This has been debated for a long time,” he added.

The Vice President also reiterated his stance that congressional approval of the BBL should not be bound by a deadline. “The BBL should ripen at the right time.”

‘Congress, don’t wait for probe result’

But Justice Secretary Leila de Lima urged Congress to proceed with its deliberations on the BBL without having to wait for the results of the probes into the massacre of 44 policemen in a clash with MILF and other Moro rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Jan. 25.

“I agree with those who are saying that the passage of BBL should be separate from the issue on Mamasapano incident. We will be wasting time with the suspension of hearings in the committees of both Senate and House of Representatives because they are waiting for the results of the investigation,” she lamented.

“I hope they (lawmakers) separate these issues and just focus on the constitutional scrutiny of the BBL,” she added.

Malacańang hinted yesterday that while lawmakers appear to be opposed to the proposed BBL, it does not necessarily mean that the allies of President Aquino in Congress will vote against its passage.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. noted that the deliberation of administration and opposition lawmakers on the BBL is just part of the dynamics in the legislative chamber, and senators and congressmen have all the right to revise provisions in the BBL which they see to be in conflict with the Constitution.

“But it does not mean that when a senator or congressman expresses a critical view about a provision in the BBL, he will not anymore vote for its passage,” Coloma told reporters in Filipino.

Sen. Francis Escudero said that MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal was wrong in telling legislators what it should do as far as the BBL is concerned. He reminded Iqbal that the members of Congress have a duty to go over every piece of proposed legislation brought before them.

But Sen. Grace Poe said that she understands where the MILF is coming from with its statements about the BBL because the government peace panel agreed to include all the provisions in the measure during the negotiations. However, it is the responsibility of Congress to ensure that the provisions of the BBL are constitutional and would be beneficial to all sectors.

Two of three senators tagged as being against the BBL yesterday also cried foul over the billboard put up in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao depicting them as anti-peace.

The billboard showed pictures of Sens. JV Ejercito, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Alan Peter Cayetano with the caption: “Anti-BBL Senators.”

Ejercito said that the billboards, one of which was put up in Sultan Kudarat, are a form of “harassment” against him and his two colleagues.

Ejercito clarified that his stance against the BBL in its present form does not mean that he is anti-Muslim.

Marcos, for his part, said that he was surprised by his inclusion in the billboard since he was not even against the BBL in the first place.

“But I guess they’re just expressing their opinion. With Sen. JV and Sen. Alan, it was because they withdrew (their support to the BBL). I don’t know why I was included among the anti-BBL senators,” Marcos added.

Updates on probe could affect peace talks

Meanwhile, the Department of Justice (DOJ) will no longer release updates on the Mamasapano probe until it is completed, citing possible repercussions on the ongoing peace talks between the government and MILF.

“It’s better that we just release the results of our evaluation and findings at the proper time, instead of piecemeal releases, because this is a very sensitive case. In as much as we would want the (suspects) to face criminal justice system, it is complicated because of the ongoing peace process,” De Lima explained. – With Edu Punay, Delon Porcalla, Jose Rodel Clapano, Marvin Sy


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Makati extends aid to 19 SAF members By Joel E. Zurbano | Mar. 05, 2015 at 12:01am



Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr. Photo credit: Inquirer 

The Makati City government has extended P190,000 in financial assistance to the 19 members of the Special Action Force, who also took part in the Jan. 25 bloody operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.

Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay led the distribution of financial assistance to the 19 members of the SAF - 84th Seaborne Company last Tuesday at the Makati City Hall. He added the 19 police commandos, whose names were withheld upon their request, each received a P100,000-check.

“They should not become the Forgotten 19,” said Binay. “These 19 valiant members of SAF 84th Seaborne Company also deserve our recognition and gratitude for having risked their lives to capture known terrorists and thereby save innocent lives. This is the least we can do to show our appreciation of their dedication to duty.”

On Feb. 18, Vice President Jejomar Binay and Makati City government officials distributed P440,000 financial assistance to the families of the 44 police commandos killed in the bloody encounter with suspected members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Mamasapano.

Apart from the P100,000 financial help, the families also got a P300,000 worth of house and lot courtesy of the National Housing Authority through the initiative of the Vice President, who is also chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council.

The city government also offered college scholarship at the city-run University of Makati (UMak) to the children or siblings of the slain policemen.

Last February 8, the Binay family also visited and gave P100,000 each to the 15 wounded troopers of the PNP-SAF who survived the mission to hunt down two terrorists.

Some of the families are thankful for what Makati city government and other agencies have given to them but they said the most important thing to them is justice for the fallen policemen.

They said due process is moving slowly despite numerous videos circulated on television and the social media proving what really transpired on that day.

The affected families also said both President Benigno Aquino III and resigned National Police chief Alan Purisima should admit their involvement and be meted out punishments.

The SAF operatives went to Mamasapano on Jan. 25 to serve an arrest warrant against suspected Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias Manwar, and Filipino bomb-maker Basit Usman when they were attacked by suspected BIFF and MILF men.

A total of 392 elements of the PNP-SAF were involved in the operation, of whom 44 were killed and 15 were wounded.


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