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AFP Cavaliers stun Senate Defenders

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 24 October 2017 01:44 PM

Senate Defenders’ Sen. Joel Villanueva (#3) looks to attack the basket after his teammate Michael Dan Omega (#9) gave a screen to Alvin Zuniga during their game against the AFP Cavaliers on UNTV Cup Season 6 elimination round on October 22, 2017 at the Pasig City Sports Center. (Mark Oliver Santillan / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — The first round of eliminations continues on the league of public servants, the UNTV Cup.

In the main game of Sunday’s triple-header at the Pasig City Sports Center.

The Senate Defenders surrendered to the AFP Cavaliers as the two-time champion made it to a one-point win, 72 – 71.

Coach Sonny Manucat of the Cavaliers said defense was a key to the soldiers’ victory on Sunday.

“Number one, defense. Kasi alam ko talaga malakas yung Senate eh, so sabi ko sa kanila we have to contain all players inside lalo na yung Mangaran, Sevilla, saka si Jeff Sanders, kaya sabi ko walang magre-relax. Focus lagi sa game, kaya breaks of the game.”

(Number one, defense. I know that Senate Defenders is a really strong team, so I said to them we have to contain all players inside specially James Ryan Mangaran, Garry Sevilla, and Jeffry Sanders.  So I told them we shouldn’t relax. We need to focus on the game all the time — breaks of the game.)

Sir Romero Almerol Jr. with 17 points and Rolando Pascual with 13, led the Cavaliers in the scoring department.

While Rommel Balboa with 17 points and Jeffrey Sanders with 14 points led the Defenders. Senator Joel Villanueva, meanwhile, contributed 12 points.

In the second game, Malacañan-PSC Kamao knocked down PDEA Drug Busters, 91-85.

Coach Louie Gonzales admitted the Drug Busters posed a great challenge overconfidence was out of the question.

“We don’t have to be overconfident sa laban na to kasi, I watched their games, alam ko hindi pa nagka-come together, it’s a brand new team. Pero alam mo mga matured na yan eh, mga marurunong na yan, mag-aadjust na din yan. Now, kung bibigyan pa natin sila ng fighting chance, maglalaro ng maganda yan and which happened. Buti na lang nakalusot kami.”

(We don’t have to be overconfident in this game. I watched their games, I know they have not yet come together, it’s a brand new team. But you know, they are matured already, they are skilled, they will adjust. Now, if we will give them a fighting chance, they will play good, which actually happened. Good thing we made it through.)

And in the PNP-COA match, the Responders eased to victory over the Enablers, 112-72.

The Responders stays on the top spot in Group A with three games won and no game lost while COA has a 0-3 win-loss standing. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

The Scores:
Game 1
PNP Responders (112) — A. Yanquiling 18, A. Bayabao 17, J. Cabahug 14, O. Omiping 11, H. Decena 8, A. Tolentino 7, J. Saracho 6, R. Abaya 6, R. Ongutan 6, R. Cabrera 5, C. Elopre 4, J. Tacsay 4, H. Sta. Cruz 3, J. Misola 2, J. Criste 1
COA Enablers (71) — A. Gamboa 31, E. Ballestos 18, J. Angel 6, W. Paquera 5, R. Villanueva 4, J. Balgua 2, R. Garin 2, C. Sulay 2, P. Carpina 1
Quarter Scores: 31-11, 54-29, 80-50, 112-71
GAME 2:
Malacanang-PSC Kamao (91) — V. Javier 20, J. Besa 17, C. Luanzon 14, E. Dela Cuesta 13, I. Garrido 10, J. Jimenez 8, G. Gadong 4, M. Ignario 2, N. Javier 2, R. Abalos 1
PDEA Drug Busters (85) — M. Basco 32, R. Rizon 19, J. Perante 18, R. Sanz 12, C. Santiago 2, D. Dejarme 2
Quarter Scores: 24-20, 51-45, 76-65, 91-85
GAME 3:
AFP Cavaliers (72) — R. Almerol 17, R. Pascual 13, W. Casulla 10, A. Zuniga 8, B. Bautista 8, J. Lumonsod 6, W. Sergio 3, J. Quiambao 2, P. Fernandez 2, R. Araneta, E. Tan 1
Senate Defenders (71) — R. Balboa 17, J. Sanders 14, E. Villanueva 12, J. Mangaran 9, M. Omega 8, S. Marata 6, H. Ng 3, J. Flaminiano 2
Quarter Scores: 16-24, 47-39, 56-54, 72-71

 

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AFP on Duterte’s move to scrap talks with Reds: ‘It’s the right thing’

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, 22 March 2019 08:42 PM

File photo: Members of the New People’s Army

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said on Friday (March 22) that cancelling the peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) was the right move.

“Dapat lang. 31 years of deceptive ploys using peace talks, across five administrations, only resulted to more terrorist NPAs being released, an opportunity for the CTG (communist terrorist groups) to recruit and recover lost areas of influence, publicity for Joma [Sison] in the international arena as a ‘dove,’” AFP deputy chief of staff for civil-military operations Brig. Gen. Antonio Parlade, Jr. said in a message sent to media on Friday.

Parlade added that the decades-long peace process “wasted government funds spent for negotiations and junkets, opportunity losses for investments and development because of prolonged and intermittent fighting.”

“They had their best chance when peace was offered again to them by PRRD [President Rodrigo R. Duterte], offering Cabinet posts in good faith for them to help in good governance but they blew it by attacking projects, killing society forces, and even innocent civilians,” he said.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday permanently ended the peace negotiations and told the communist rebels to just talk to the next administration.

Malacañang followed this up with an announcement that a new panel will be created to pursue localized peace talks with communist members on the ground in line with the government’s new whole-of-nation approach to end the 50-year armed struggle.

READ: Gov’t to create new panel for localized peace talks

But for CPP founder Jose Maria Sison, there is nothing new in Duterte’s latest move to scrap the peace talks with the Reds, likening him to “an old broken record.”

“As far as the NDFP (National Democratic Front of the Philippines) is concerned, Duterte formally killed the peace negotiations on Nov. 23, 2017 with his Proclamation 360 terminating them,” Sison said in a statement released Thursday evening (March 21).

The communist leader added that Duterte was just “merely driving more nails into the coffin of the peace negotiations under his regime.”

He also claimed that the President only wants to implement fake localized peace process controlled by the military, instead of negotiating with the CPP national leaders.

“Instead of peace negotiations at the national level by the duly-authorized panels of the GRP (Government of the Republic of the Philippines) and the NDFP, what Duterte wants is fake localized peace negotiations staged and controlled by the military and military-occupied Office of the Presidential Adviser for the Peace Negotiations,” he said.

But according to AFP, Sison was just trying to muddle the issue to conceal his panic over Duterte’s decision.

AFP Spokesperson Marine BGen Edgard Arevalo said in a statement that Sison is well aware that local peace engagement has been immensely successful.

“Mr. Sison has the temerity to call President Duterte ‘stupid’ for thinking that government will be successful in attaining peace by engaging NPA (New People’s Army) Commanders and fighters on the ground instead of the CPP-NPA’s national leadership,” Arevalo said.

“Mr. Sison consistently calls localized peace talks as a “waste of people’s money”, “cheap trick”, “absurd and stupid”, and by other deriding terms. He moves heaven and earth to prevent it because it will further relegate him to history’s dustbin,” he added.

The AFP official said that since January 2018, more than 11,000 NPA fighters and sympathizers have returned to the government’s fold after realizing that they have been deceived.

“But enough is enough. 50 years of duplicity, deceit, and murder of thousands of his comrades on mere suspicion of being military informants or have expressed desire to go back to mainstream society must stop,” Arevalo said.

He also called on anew to communist rebels to come out of hiding and take advantage of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Programs being offered by the current government.

“They should follow the lead of their comrades who stopped being menace to society and are now experiencing a life free from hunger, fear, and uncalled for perils fighting government. They should take advantage of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Programs,” Arevalo said. –— Robie de Guzman

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AFP coordinates with counterparts over ‘entry’ of foreign terrorists in PH

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, 22 March 2019 12:34 AM

MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has confirmed it is closely coordinating with its foreign counterparts over the possible entry of foreign terrorists in the country through its airports and backdoor channels.

AFP Western Mindanao Command (WESMINCOM) Spokesperson Col. Gerry Besana said this is following reports that some foreign terrorists are attempting to enter the country amid the strict security measures being implemented in the tri-boundary of the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia.

“We do not discount the possibility that they might use our airport here. How will you know that people sitting or standing beside you is a terrorist?Not unless he is holding a gun, carrying explosives or anything that will also indicate that he is a terrorist,” Besana said.

The AFP official also revealed that eight out of ten foreign terrorists who were monitored to have entered the Philippines have been tracked in Central Mindanao.

Five of these persons have been identified, including Iraqi Abdul Rahman who allegedly brought an Islamic State flag in the country, two Indonesian nationals, and a Singaporean named Mauwiya.

Mauwiya is believed to be a remnant of Zulkilfli Binhir alias Marwan, the Indonesian terrorist killed by the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNP SAF) during a controversial operation, dubbed as the “Mamasapano Encounter” in January 2015.

“We’ve been trying to account all of them, but, of course, [as I’ve] said it is so hard. Nobody can tell who the terrorist is if they simply pose as ordinary people, not unless those are high-value targets reported by our foreign counterparts,” Besana said.

The military assures to continue monitoring and patrolling the country’s borders with the help of other countries, which promised to assist the Philippines in its fight against terrorism. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Lea Ylagan)

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PNP nabs over 3,000 poll gun ban violators, including cops

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, 21 March 2019 04:35 PM

Seized firearms from violators

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday reported to have arrested more than 3,000 people for violating the election gun ban.

Data from the PNP showed that a total of 3,105 gun ban violators were apprehended from January 13, the start of the election period, to March 20, 2019. Arrested persons include 2,924 civilians, 57 security guards, 44 government officials, 32 cops, five soldiers, two Jail and Management Penology officials and seven other members of law enforcement agencies.

According to PNP Spokesperson Senior Supt. Bernard Banac, the policemen were arrested for carrying unlicensed personal firearms.

“They will face illegal possession of firearms for violating the law, their firearms license will also revoked,” Banac told reporters at a press briefing in Camp Crame.

Also arrested for violating the election gun ban were 23 members of threat groups, six from private armed groups, three foreign nationals and two CAFGU members.

The PNP also seized 2,603 firearms, 64 firearm replicas, 1,038 bladed and pointed weapons and 168 grenades. 356 other types of explosives and over 21,000 rounds of ammunition were also confiscated.

The election period in connection with the May midterm elections will last until June 12, 2019. During this time, only police and military on duty and in complete uniform are allowed to carry firearms.

Under election gun ban, permit to carry firearms outside of residence is cancelled and people are prohibited from bearing, carrying and transporting firearms, explosives and other deadly weapons if they have not secured exemptions from the Commission on Elections (Comelec)

The PNP also called on gun owners with expired licences to surrender their firearms to authorities.“We appeal to the responsible gun owners, if your license has expired, surrender your firearms to the nearest police station for temporary custody and safekeeping until you renew your expired license,” Banac urged. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Lea Ylagan)

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