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PNP RELEASES COMPOSITE SKETCH OF DAVAO CITY BOMBER
[RELATED: Duterte vows 'day of reckoning' on Davao blast]


SEPTEMBER 7 -The suspect was described as a slim man, standing 5’7" in height and around 30 years old. Courtesy PRO 11 spokesperson Chief Inspector Andrea dela Cerna
Five days after the deadly blast, the Philippine National Police (PNP) released on Wednesday a composite sketch of the suspect believed to be behind the Davao City bombing that claimed at least 14 lives. Police Director Benjamin Magalong, acting PNP deputy chief for operations, and Chief Superintendent Manuel Gaerlan described the suspect as a slim man, standing 5’7" in height and around 30 years old. Authorities said the image of the suspect was identified by the witnesses. READ: PNP eyes 'narco-terrorism' in Davao blast They are also looking for closed circuit television camera footage that might have caught the suspect. According to the reconstructed pre-blast condition, the improvised explosive device (IED) was contained in a 60mm and 81mm mortar casing concealed in a textile and placed inside a bag. READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte vows 'day of reckoning' on Davao blast...

ALSO: Abu suspected in latest abductions in Malaysian Borneo (Sabah)


SEPTEMBER 11 -Fishermen offload their catch from a boat at the Sandakan central fish market in the Malaysian Borneo state of Sabah Fishermen offload their catch from a boat at the Sandakan central fish market in the Malaysian Borneo state of Sabah  Three crew members on a Malaysian fishing trawler have been kidnapped in waters where militants from the Abu Sayyaf group have previously taken hostages, a security official said on Sunday. (AFP Photo/Mohd Rasfan) ZAMBOANGA CITY—Malaysian authorities have reported the kidnapping of three fishermen late Saturday off Pom Pom Island, a popular scuba diving spot located in the eastern state of Sabah. Malaysia’s The Star Online quoted Eastern Sabah Community Command (Esscom) Commander Datuk Wan Abdul Bari Abdul Khalid as confirming that he had received the report about the kidnapping from the owner of the vessel himself. Khalid said the abduction was perpetrated by a “suspected seven-member Filipino armed group and is believed to have taken the victims across the border toward the southern Philippines island chain of Tawi-Tawi province.” The kidnappers fled on a green fast boat towards the southern Philippines. The rest of the crew steered the trawler back to the Semporna jetty. “The boat is Malaysian registered,” Wan Abdul Bari Abdul Khalid, head of Malaysia’s Eastern Sabah Security Command, told Armed Forces of the Philippines, without providing details. READ MORE...

ALSO: Bomb seized from Maguindanao vice mayor at Awang Airport
[RELATED EARLIER REPORT: Deadly Davao blast possible act of ‘narco-terrorism’ —PNP chief]
[RELATED(2): ‘Narco vice mayor’ being probed for Davao blast ]


SEPTEMBER 10 -An improvised explosive device (IED) was among the items seized from Talitay, Maguindanao Vice Mayor Abdulwahab Sabal and his bodyguards at Awang Airport in Maguindanao, police said Saturday.
A report by the Maguindanao provincial police office said Sabal and his two bodyguards identified as Maulana and Nasser were arrested at the Awang Airport at around 1 p.m. last Thursday. Sabal's wife, Mamalo, was also with him during the arrest. The police report said an IED made from a 60mm mortar round was seized from the possession of Sabal's group. Also seized from them were two pieces of .45 pistols, an M16 rifle, and 12 plastic sachets of shabu. Sabal, who has been brought to the Department of Justice in Manila for inquest proceedings and detention at Camp Crame in Quezon City, is included in President Rodrigo Duterte's "narco-list." The vice mayor and his men are facing charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, illegal possession of firearms and explosives. READ MORE...RELATED EARLIER REPORT,
Deadly Davao blast possible act of ‘narco-terrorism’ —PNP chief... RELATED(2) ‘Narco vice mayor’ being probed for Davao blast...

ALSO: Manila terror plot bared


SEPTEMBER 9 -CHECKPOINTS BOOSTED. Police reinforce checkpoints in strategic areas of the metropolis Thursday as they brace for any untoward incident, only 6 days after a nightmarish explosion in Davao City which killed 15 people and wounded 70 others in the city’s night market area. Danny Pata
THE terrorist group that bombed the Davao City night market plans to launch similar attacks in Metro Manila to create havoc and to insult President Rodrigo Duterte, who is waging a war on terrorism and illegal drugs, a former police intelligence chief said Thursday. The Daulat-ul Islamiya, a unit of the Maute group in Mindanao that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, was identified Wednesday as the group behind the Davao blast that killed 15 people and wounded 70 others. “They have indeed plans in Metro Manila. I can categorically tell you now, but I don’t know the targets,” former police intelligence director Rodolfo Mendoza said. The Maute group led by Abdullah Maute, a Jordanian-trained terrorist, was tagged as the culprit in the deadly blast in Davao City on Sept. 2. Abdullah is married to an unidentified Indonesian jihadist operating in Lanao province, and has an alliance with the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) operating in Central Mindanao. However, Abdullah was killed along with his brother Omar in fierce fighting with Army troopers on the outskirts of Lanao del Sur. READ MORE...

ALSO: Dick wants suspension of habeas corpus for drug war
[RELATED: Official Statement of Sen. Leila M. De Lima on proposed suspension of Writ of Habeas Corpus for drugs and terrorism]


SEPTEMBER 8 -Sen. Richard Gordon wants to suspend the writ of habeas corpus for President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. Senate PRIB MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Richard "Dick" Gordon is set to file a Senate resolution which would grant emergency powers to President Rodrigo Duterte to address the drug problem in the country. The proposed emergency powers would include the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus, a court order which commands an individual or government official to produce a prisoner and justify its detention. "We are at war with drugs right now. Dapat bigyan natin siya (Duterte), kung kailangan isuspinde ang writ of habeas corpus para labanan ang droga at sa tinatawag nating terorismo," Gordon told members of the press in an ambush interview. The senator said he would file the bill by next week or as soon as he finishes the proposed measure. Gordon noted that the Congress would be in control of the situation as they would put safeguards against abuses if the writ is suspended. "I'd rather have Congress in control than one man," Gordon said.  READ MORE...RELATED, Official Statement of Sen. Leila M. De Lima on the proposed suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus for drugs and terrorism...


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PNP releases composite sketch of Davao City bomber


The suspect was described as a slim man, standing 5’7" in height and around 30 years old. Courtesy PRO 11 spokesperson Chief Inspector Andrea dela Cerna

MANILA, SEPTEMBER 12, 2016 (PHILSTAR)  By AJ Bolando September 7, 2016 - 7:20pm 6 47 -  Five days after the deadly blast, the Philippine National Police (PNP) released on Wednesday a composite sketch of the suspect believed to be behind the Davao City bombing that claimed at least 14 lives.

Police Director Benjamin Magalong, acting PNP deputy chief for operations, and Chief Superintendent Manuel Gaerlan described the suspect as a slim man, standing 5’7" in height and around 30 years old.

Authorities said the image of the suspect was identified by the witnesses.

READ: PNP eyes 'narco-terrorism' in Davao blast

They are also looking for closed circuit television camera footage that might have caught the suspect.

According to the reconstructed pre-blast condition, the improvised explosive device (IED) was contained in a 60mm and 81mm mortar casing concealed in a textile and placed inside a bag.

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The IED had an initiator of a modified of non-electric blasting cap that was powered by a nine-volt battery. It was triggered using a mobile phone.

RELATED: Davao blast: IED detonated via cellphone

The PNP said the IED used on Sept. 2 at the Davao City night market is same as the other attacks in Mindanao.

Meanwhile, the PNP is also considering the angle of “narco-politics” in the incident where politicians involved in drug trade funded the extremists to bomb the hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte.

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Duterte vows 'day of reckoning' on Davao blast ABS-CBN News Posted at Sep 10 2016 04:29 AM | Updated as of Sep 10 2016 05:00 AM


Police inspect the night market where the explosion took place in Davao City. Lean Daval Jr., Reuters

President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday promised a "day of reckoning" on the Davao blast that killed 14 people and left more than 60 others injured.

Duterte, in a press conference at the Davao City International Airport after his arrival from a state visit to Indonesia and the ASEAN summit in Laos, said investigators are pursuing leads on the bombing of a busy night market in the President's home city on September 2.

"It's too early to be talking about it," he said. "It's a matter of national security but I guarantee you: there will be a day of reckoning."

He also warned that there could be similar attacks "because of retaliation, reprisals"

Duterte also said he will have to assess if Davao City will be an ideal venue for the next ASEAN leaders' summit.

"That will depend on the security of Davao City. I would have to listen to the military and the police for an accurate assessment," he said.

"We do not want any bloody thing here, I'm sure. I have stated my case very clearly: we are in a state of lawlessness. I do not need any additional power... pang-takot lang iyan," Duterte said.

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His daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, has raised the bounty on those behind the Davao blast from P2 million to P3 million.

Duterte announced the reward increase in a press conference a day after an artist's sketch of the prime suspect in the Roxas Night Market explosion was released by law enforcers.


DAVAO CITY MAYOR SARA DUTERTE-CARPIO

The primary suspect in the Davao blast has a slim built, is between 5'7 to 5'8 in height and is around the age of 30.

PNP: 2 mortar rounds used in Davao blast

Witnesses helped in describing the physical features of the masked suspect.

According to PNP Chief Superintendent Ben Magalong, they are sure that the suspect was behind the explosion, based on testimonies.

He also said that those responsible for the bombing are members of an extremist group, which he refused to identify for now.

The Abu Sayyaf Group earlier claimed responsibility for the blast and warned of more attacks.

A politician being linked to the deadly blast was brought to the custody of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG) in Camp Crame early Saturday morning following his arrest at the Awang Airport in Datu Odin Sinsuat.

Talitay, Maguindanao Vice Mayor Abdulwahab Sabal was arrested along with three other men. He was quick to deny the allegations.
Sabal and his brother, Talitay Mayor Montasir Sabal, were included in a list of politicians allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade, which was released by Duterte last month.


INQUIRER

Abu suspected in latest abductions By: Julie S. Alipala @inquirerdotnet Inquirer Mindanao 01:52 AM September 12th, 2016


Fishermen offload their catch from a boat at the Sandakan central fish market in the Malaysian Borneo state of Sabah Fishermen offload their catch from a boat at the Sandakan central fish market in the Malaysian Borneo state of Sabah  Three crew members on a Malaysian fishing trawler have been kidnapped in waters where militants from the Abu Sayyaf group have previously taken hostages, a security official said on Sunday. (AFP Photo/Mohd Rasfan)

ZAMBOANGA CITY—Malaysian authorities have reported the kidnapping of three fishermen late Saturday off Pom Pom Island, a popular scuba diving spot located in the eastern state of Sabah.

Malaysia’s The Star Online quoted Eastern Sabah Community Command (Esscom) Commander Datuk Wan Abdul Bari Abdul Khalid as confirming that he had received the report about the kidnapping from the owner of the vessel himself.

Khalid said the abduction was perpetrated by a “suspected seven-member Filipino armed group and is believed to have taken the victims across the border toward the southern Philippines island chain of Tawi-Tawi province.”

The kidnappers fled on a green fast boat towards the southern Philippines. The rest of the crew steered the trawler back to the Semporna jetty.

“The boat is Malaysian registered,” Wan Abdul Bari Abdul Khalid, head of Malaysia’s Eastern Sabah Security Command, told Armed Forces of the Philippines, without providing details.

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Authorities did not directly link the kidnapping to the Abu Sayyaf but Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi said a “kidnap for ransom” group was responsible.

“The kidnap or ransom group operates near the southern Philippines, near Malaysian islands, and although the authorities monitor the waters closely, this group moves under the radar,” he was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times.

Zahid said the three people kidnapped were not Malaysian citizens but permanent residents.

Filipino military officials at the western Mindanao Command and at Joint Task Group Sulu were silent on the latest kidnapping, which happened during massive military operations against the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu.

A military intelligence report however said three Filipino Badjaos were abducted in the Semporna Seas at 10:40 p.m. on Sept. 10. The victims were only identified as Masurin, Sami and Lolong. With an AFP report


GMA NEWS ONLINE

Bomb seized from Maguindanao vice mayor at Awang Airport Published September 10, 2016 5:26pm


An improvised explosive device (IED) was among the items seized from Talitay, Maguindanao Vice Mayor Abdulwahab Sabal and his bodyguards at Awang Airport in Maguindanao, police said Saturday.

A report by the Maguindanao provincial police office said Sabal and his two bodyguards identified as Maulana and Nasser were arrested at the Awang Airport at around 1 p.m. last Thursday. Sabal's wife, Mamalo, was also with him during the arrest.

The police report said an IED made from a 60mm mortar round was seized from the possession of Sabal's group. Also seized from them were two pieces of .45 pistols, an M16 rifle, and 12 plastic sachets of shabu.

Sabal, who has been brought to the Department of Justice in Manila for inquest proceedings and detention at Camp Crame in Quezon City, is included in President Rodrigo Duterte's "narco-list."

The vice mayor and his men are facing charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, illegal possession of firearms and explosives.

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Police have tightened security measures in airports nationwide following the deadly bomb attack in Davao City last September 2, which left 14 people dead and at least 70 others injured.

Philippine National Police spokesperson Senior Superintendent Dionardo Carlos clarified that the arrest of the vice mayor had no connection with the police's efforts to arrest people responsible for the Davao City blast.

"Walang connection sa bomba (Davao City blast), yun ang sabi ni Chief," Carlos said.

Earlier in the day, PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa announced the arrest of Sabal but declined to confirm reports that the local official was involved in the Davao City blast. He only cited Sabal's inclusion in the narco-list.

"Napangalanan siya ni presidente, kasama siya sa listahan ng mga narco-politicians... Pero ito ngayon, sa particular na bomb blast ng Davao, hindi pa natin na-establish," the PNP chief announced during his visit at the MIMAROPA regional headquarters in Mindoro.

Dela Rosa had said that drug lords may have a hand in the Davao City blast, which prompted Duterte to declare a state of national emergency. —Jessica Bartolome/ALG, GMA News

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Deadly Davao blast possible act of ‘narco-terrorism’ —PNP chief Published September 3, 2016 2:59pm By ELIZABETH MARCELO, GMA News


'BATO' DE LA ROSA

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is not discounting the possibility that the deadly blast in Davao City market Friday night was related to the government's relentless campaign against drugs, or to its efforts against terrorism in Sulu.

“We can't [help] but entertain the thought na baka mamaya part of narco-terrorism na rin ito. Baka gusto nila mag-ease up yung ating efforts sa against drugs, ma-shift yung ating attention,” PNP chief Director General Ronald del Rosa said at a press conference in Camp Crame on Saturday morning.

He said that the PNP is also looking at “narco-terrorism” as the motive for the blast, which could be aimed at hampering the administration’s anti-drugs campaign.

Baka iniisip nila na because of the blast hindi na natin papansinin masyado yung problema sa drugs…. But still, [there is] no let up sa ating anti-drug [campaign],” Dela Rosa stressed.

While a police intelligence group is still investigating the incident, he said there is a high-probability that the deadly blast was a terrorist attack.

Dela Rosa did not directly attribute the incident to a particular terrorist group, but said that the military, upon President Rodrigo Duterte orders, has intensified its offensive in Sulu against the bandit Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).

“We have been bringing the war to them [ASG]. Andun po ang ating mga tropa, marami nang mga sundalo doon. Kaya, ang ginawa nila ay para ma-divert ang attention [at] ma-ease up ang tension sa Sulu,” he said, adding that the attack has put the police on the defensive.

“Instead na mag-concentrate tayo ng effort doon sa area nila, magiging defensive tayo ngayon sa ating mga siyudad at magbabantay tayo...," he added.

Not taken at face value

"Even though may umamin na nga from their [ASG] members sa Zamboanga, we do not take that as face value. Kino-confirm parin natin ang claim nila. We have many ways of validating it,” Dela Rosa said.

On Saturday morning, the ASG claimed responsibility for the Davao City explosion that left over a dozen people dead and over 60 others injured.

ASG spokesperson Abu Rami said the attack was a "call for unity” to all their members in the country amid the all-out-war of the Armed Force of the Philippines against their group.

On the other hand, Dela Rosa said he will be heading for Davao City Saturday afternoon to personally oversee the situation and to report to President Duterte. — LBG, GMA News

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‘Narco vice mayor’ being probed for Davao blast By Jaime Laude and Evelyn Macairan (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 11, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


Vice Mayor Abdul Wahab Sabal of Talitay, Maguindanao and three companions arrive at the Department of Justice where drug trafficking charges were filed against them yesterday. Sabal is also being investigated for his possible involvement in the Davao night market blast on Sept. 2. EDD GUMBAN

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine National Police (PNP) filed drug trafficking charges yesterday against Talitay, Maguindanao Vice Mayor Abdul Wahab Sabal, who is also being investigated for the Davao City bombing last Sept. 2 that killed 14 people.

The PNP’s Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG) filed the charges against Sabal and three other suspects before the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Sabal was flown to Manila from Maguindanao early yesterday morning following his arrest on Thursday at the Cotabato City airport.

DOJ prosecutor Gino Santiago said the complaints were filed against Sabal, Mohanna Sabal, Nasser Maulana and Norodin Abas.

Santiago said that based on the letter request of the PNP, the investigators filed complaints of violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 1992 and Illegal Possession of Firearms and Explosives against the four respondents.

The DOJ clarified that it would be decided by next week if a case would be filed against the suspects in the proper court.

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Aside from the illegal drug trade, police are investigating the possible involvement of Vice Mayor Sabal in the bombing at the Davao City night market.

Police released an artist’s sketch of the suspect who was wearing a mask.

PNP chief Director General Roland dela Rosa said that the blast could have been perpetrated by narco-politicians in retaliation for the government’s sustained anti-drugs campaign.

Santiago said that there was “no mention” that the complaint filed against the four individuals were connected to the Davao blast last Sept. 2.

Earlier, President Duterte accused Sabal and his brother Talitay Mayor Montasir Sabal as narco-politicians for their involvement in the illegal drug trade.

The Sabal brothers earlier surrendered to Maguindanao police director Senior Supt. Nicksdon Muksan and denied their involvement in drug trafficking.

They later presented themselves to Dela Rosa in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

In Manila, Sabal was initially brought to the AIDG office before he was brought to the DOJ in Manila.

PNP spokesman Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos said that he still has no information regarding Sabal’s arrest and presence at the AIDG.


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Metro terror plot bared posted September 09, 2016 at 12:01 am by Francisco Tuyay and Funny Pearl A. Gajunera


CHECKPOINTS BOOSTED. Police reinforce checkpoints in strategic areas of the metropolis Thursday as they brace for any untoward incident, only six days after a nightmarish explosion in Davao City which killed 15 people and wounded 70 others in the city’s night market area. Danny Pata

THE terrorist group that bombed the Davao City night market plans to launch similar attacks in Metro Manila to create havoc and to insult President Rodrigo Duterte, who is waging a war on terrorism and illegal drugs, a former police intelligence chief said Thursday.

The Daulat-ul Islamiya, a unit of the Maute group in Mindanao that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, was identified Wednesday as the group behind the Davao blast that killed 15 people and wounded 70 others.

“They have indeed plans in Metro Manila. I can categorically tell you now, but I don’t know the targets,” former police intelligence director Rodolfo Mendoza said.

The Maute group led by Abdullah Maute, a Jordanian-trained terrorist, was tagged as the culprit in the deadly blast in Davao City on Sept. 2.

Abdullah is married to an unidentified Indonesian jihadist operating in Lanao province, and has an alliance with the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) operating in Central Mindanao.

However, Abdullah was killed along with his brother Omar in fierce fighting with Army troopers on the outskirts of Lanao del Sur.

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His Indonesian wife has reportedly been joined at four other Indonesian jihadists conducting bombing sorties in different parts of Central Mindanao.

At least five Malaysians who were recruited by the IS in their country had sought sanctuary in the country after Malaysia cracked down on homegrown Islamic militants.

They were University Malaya lecturer Dr. Mahmud Ahmad, stationary shop owner Mohd Najib Husen, former Selayang Municipal Council employee Muhammad Joraimee Awang Raimee, 39, Darul Islan Sabah members Mohd Amin Baco, 31 and Jeknal Adil, 30, both Tawau.

Reports said that the bombing in Davao City by the Maute group was to avenge the killing of Abdullah and brother Omar and several of its members in the bloody fighting in Butig town.

Mendoza’s disclosure surfaced after security forces foiled a supposed bomb attack on an unknown target following the seizure of several bomb components, tools and explosive materials in Mlang, North Cotabato Tuesday.

The recovery of the deadly bomb components in Cotabato came after security forces launched a massive manhunt against the suspected bomber in Davao City. Two suspects have been arrested.

In Sultan Kudarat, Army operatives intercepted three 60 mm mortar projectiles that were to be used as makeshift mines.

Mendoza said that the interdicted military ordnance could be attributed to the Ansar Khilafa, an IS-affiliated unit operating in Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani province led by an Indonesian jihadists and Malaysians terrorist.

Mendoza said that terrorist have evolved, disregarding their “idealistic” objectives for more profitable aims.

“This has led to the establishment of the alliances of terrorist organizations with organized crime groups to fortify their profit—generating activities,” Mendoza said.

He said alliances maintain a slew of illegal activities such as terrorism, drug trafficking, arms and human smuggling, money laundering and other transnational crimes.

“Firm strategic alliances have made it difficult for law enforcement to penetrate their targets,” he said.

To advance their illegal activities, “legitimate businesses and non-government organizations serves as fronts for these groups to cover their illegal and criminal activities.”

Security forces on Thursday foiled bomb attacks on still unknown targets following the interception and discovery of several deadly bomb components and military ordnance in two separate areas in Mindanao.

Police also intercepted a cache of firearms at a port in Masbate.

The bomb components were seized while police tried to serve warrants of arrest on two suspected bomb makers in Purok 6, Brgy Dungan, Mlang, North Cotabato while the military ordnance was intercepted at Barangay Rebukin, Sultan Kudarat.

Police raiders failed to catch the two suspects, but a search of their residence uncovered a fragmentation grenade, cellphones that could be used as detonators, blasting caps, batteries, a soldering gun, an ohmmeter tester, three circuit boards, silicon controlled rectifier and test lights, 26 light emitting diodes, capacitors, electric stranded wires, an undetermined amount of black powder, a cellphone charger, a remote control and Christmas lights.

Police Supt. Romeo Galco Jr. said the seizure was a breakthrough in their efforts to arrest potential bomb makers and to deter bombing.

In Sultan Kudarat, military intelligence operatives intercepted three projectiles for use with rocket propelled grenades.

Col. Earle Baliao, commander of the Army’s 603rd Brigade, said the RPG projectiles were similar to the explosive used in the Davao City bombing.

He added that there seemed to be a terrorist plan to plant the projectiles along the highway.

“”Definitely we foiled a bombing attempt,” Baliao said.

The Philippine National Police on Thursday said it has established the identity of the primary suspect in the Davao City blast.

PNP Chief Dir. Gen. Ronald dela Rosa said Thursday the suspect was positively identified based on the testimony of two massage therapists.

Dela Rosa said the suspect has been identified even if his face was covered, by presenting to the witnesses 20 pictures or portraits showing features.

The PNP chief did not want to name the suspect as the manhunt continues.

What is clear, he said, is that the police already know where the suspect might be hiding.

He declined to name the terrorist group behind the blast, however.

In Davao City, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said the bounty for the arrest of the bombing suspects has grown to P3 million, after a businessman and a law firm donated P500,000 each to add the the P2 million reward offered by the city government.

The mayor said P1 million would be given for information about the identity and whereabouts of the suspects, while P2 million would be given to those who can arrest and bring the suspects alive to the authorities. With Florante S. Solmerin, PNA


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Dick wants suspension of habeas corpus for drug war By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated September 8, 2016 - 2:16pm 167 4956 googleplus0 0


Sen. Richard Gordon wants to suspend the writ of habeas corpus for President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. Senate PRIB

MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Richard "Dick" Gordon is set to file a Senate resolution which would grant emergency powers to President Rodrigo Duterte to address the drug problem in the country.

The proposed emergency powers would include the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus, a court order which commands an individual or government official to produce a prisoner and justify its detention.

"We are at war with drugs right now. Dapat bigyan natin siya (Duterte), kung kailangan isuspinde ang writ of habeas corpus para labanan ang droga at sa tinatawag nating terorismo," Gordon told members of the press in an ambush interview.

The senator said he would file the bill by next week or as soon as he finishes the proposed measure.

Gordon noted that the Congress would be in control of the situation as they would put safeguards against abuses if the writ is suspended.

"I'd rather have Congress in control than one man," Gordon said.

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"I am doing this so we will not be destabilized by any country," the senator added.

Gordon noted that he would be the lone author of the proposed bill but said that he would welcome any senator who would want to co-author the resolution.

Meanwhile, Sen. Leila de Lima said she would oppose the proposal to suspend the writ of habeas corpus, according to a report from GMA News.

De Lima compared the proposal to suspend the writ of habeas corpus to a "creeping Martial Law" as it would mean that the court could no longer inquire on the legality of a person's arrest or detention.

The former Justice secretary further argued that the privilege of the writ can only be suspended in cases of rebellion or invasion and stressed that the war on drugs is neither of those.

De Lima had opened a Senate inquiry on the spate of extrajudicial killings and summary executions of drug suspects in the country. More than 2,000 drug suspects have been killed since Duterte assumed office last June 30.

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Official Statement of Sen. Leila M. De Lima on the proposed suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus for drugs and terrorism PTV·THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2016



“The privilege of the writ can only be suspended in cases of rebellion and invasion. The drug war is not really an invasion or rebellion. Using ‘war’ to describe the anti-drug campaign is just a figure of speech. We should not take the analogy too far as to think that the drug war is a literal war between armed combatants dedicated to waging said war, and treat drug lords and pushes as foreign invaders or rebels out to overthrow government. They are not. Let us keep that basic constitutional consideration in mind.

“Habeas corpus basically is the power of the court to require the State in general to produce before the court the physical body of a person in its custody, whether detained legally or illegally. The privilege of the writ is the remedy of a petitioner to question the legality of the detention and to ask the court to order the release of the body in the event that his detention is illegal, e.g. arrested without warrant.

“Suspension of the writ means that the court can still ask the State to produce the body, but it can no longer inquire into the legality of the arrest or detention. In short, anybody can be arrested without a warrant and the legality of the arrest cannot be immediately questioned via a petition for habeas corpus, but maybe in some other later proceeding.

“The only limitation thus to warrantless arrests when the privilege of the writ is suspended is that the arrest effected must be related to the offenses of rebellion and invasion and the person arrested for rebellion or invasion, or any offense related to such must be formally charged in court within three days after his arrest.

“It will effectively legitimize situations of warrantless arrests, prolonged detentions without being formally charged in court (at least up to three days) or other situations which would otherwise be deemed arbitrary or illegal were it not for the suspension of the privilege of the writ.

“So basically, what is suspended is the proscription against warrantless arrests as enshrined in the bill of rights. That is the very heart of the situation when we do not have the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus.”


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