AFP identifies 20th fatality in Sulu C-130 crash

Robie de Guzman   •   July 9, 2021   •   584

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Friday said it has identified another soldier who perished in the C-130 crash in Patikul, Sulu.

The 20th fatality that the AFP has identified was Airman First Class Fortunate Regidor of the Philippine Air Force.

His remains are now being prepared for air transport, it added.

The military previously released the names of the following 19 personnel who were killed in the air mishap over the weekend:

  • Maj Emmanuel V Makalintal (PAF)
  • Maj Michael Vincent L Benolerao (PAF)
  • 1Lt Karl Joseph T Hintay (PAF)
  • TSg Mark Anthony A Agana (PAF)
  • TSg Donald P Badoy (PAF)
  • SSg Jan Neil Y Macapaz (PAF)
  • SSg Michael P Bulalaque (PAF)
  • Sgt Jack P Navarro (PAF)
  • Cpt Nigello R Emeterio (AFP Medical Corps)
  • 1Lt Sheena Alexandrea F Tato (AFP Nurse Corps)
  • Sgt Butch D Maestro (PA)
  • Pfc Christopher A Rollon (PA)
  • Pfc Felixzalday M Provido (PA)
  • Pvt Raymar C Carmona (PA)
  • Pvt Vic A Monera (PA)
  • Pvt Mark Nash P Lumanta (PA)
  • Pvt Jomar A Gabas (PA)
  • Pvt Marcelino H Alquisar (PA)
  • Pvt Mel Mark L Angana (PA)

With 20 bodies already identified, there remain 29 fatalities undergoing examination and preservation in different facilities in Zamboanga City:

  • TSg Nelson B Hadjiri (PA)
  • TSg Salaji J Abdurahman (PA)
  • Cpl Alhamin U Salahuddin (PA)
  • Cpl Dexter E Estrada (PA)
  • PFC Keth Kane S Alegarme (PA)
  • Sgt Jelson J Sadjail (PA)
  • Cpl Gulam H Ismael (PA)
  • Cpl Philip Dante T Camilosa (PA)
  • Pvt Joey T Loterte (PA)
  • Pvt Erwin M Canton (PA)
  • Pvt Mar Jhun T Capagngan (PA)
  • Cpl Reynel A Matundin (PA)
  • Pvt Kevin L Damole (PA)
  • PFC Nazer S Albaracin (PA)
  • Pvt Michael C Dalore (PA)
  • Cpl Jay-ar V Obenita (PA)
  • Cpl Jemmer B Mondido (PA)
  • PFC Alzid S Hawrani (PA)
  • Pvt Carlos Jhun C Pargua Jr (PA)
  • Pvt Ian R Arsuelo (PA)
  • Cpl Jerome M Balivado (PA)
  • PFC Benjie S Malanog (PA)
  • PFC Lester Al T Lagrada (PA)
  • Pvt Mansueto B Lingatong III (PA)
  • PFC Bensheen V Sabaduquia (PA)
  • PFC Carlos D Dapanas Jr (PA)
  • PFC Marchi E Bonzales (PA)
  • Pvt Archie S Barba (PA)
  • A2C Glen Mar G Biscocho (PAF)

Meanwhile, the following 47 injured military personnel are still being treated in Camp Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital in Sulu, Zamboanga City Medical Center, Ciudad Medical Center, Doctors Hospital, Camp Navarro General Hospital, and West Metro Hospital in Zamboanga City:

  • Cpl Kristopher E Baobao (PA)
  • Pfc Ludovico D Pastera Jr (PA)
  • Pvt Jesfel D Mequiabas (PA)
  • Pvt Vincent Paul Bandalan (PA)
  • Pvt Geive L Hensis (PA)
  • SSg Arnulfo A Sarong (PA)
  • Cpl Michael N Sagge (PA)
  • Pvt Christian C Martorillas (PA)
  • Pfc Attrajie H Samindih (PA)
  • Pvt Alfran B Buna (PA)
  • Pvt Jhon Klier D Gaid (PA)
  • Cpl Jesee Lord B Galo (PA)
  • Sgt James Miguel B Ybanez (PA)
  • Pvt Jeason Mark C Balondo (PA)
  • Pvt Kenan T Villanosa (PA)
  • Pvt Jeriel O Araneta (PA)
  • Ssg Jemson S Jadjuli (PA)
  • Pvt Christian S Banug (PA)
  • Pvt Olan Marco W Acolentava (PA)
  • Cpl Romel Q Evangelio (PA)
  • Pvt Juarobenger I Impuesto (PA)
  • Pvt Chris John L Numeron (PA)
  • Pvt Jonel B Lagulay (PA)
  • Pvt Renato B Tejares (PA)
  • Pvt Rodiel S Morales (PA)
  • Pfc Reymark M Bulat-Ag (PA)
  • Pvt Roejader D Culata (PA)
  • Pvt Resque L Mambabao (PA)
  • Sgt Nasir I Abduhassan (PA)
  • Pfc Ganney O Ligayan (PA)
  • Sgt Abud H Asmawil (PA)
  • Pvt Jerson D Peloton (PA)
  • Pvt Brayan D Marfe (PA)
  • Pvt Christian Joshua Jay Pacal (PA)
  • Pvt Efren S Untoc (PA)
  • Pvt Ryan C Tagubar (PA)
  • Pvt Jeffrey D Ganzan (PA)
  • Pvt Stephen B Maglacion (PA)
  • Pvt Marck Francis I Carnaje (PA)
  • Pfc Nathaniel P Bongcayao (PA)
  • Pvt Cyrille Jhon G De Castro (PA)
  • Pvt Troy C Fernandez (PA)
  • Sgt Al-Ameen M Sahibuddin (PA)
  • Pvt Benjamin M Obod Jr (PA)
  • Sgt Bensaudi B Asanulla (PA)
  • Cpl Nasser M Baguinda (PA)
  • Pfc Al-Sharif A Atiulla (PA)

The AFP said that personnel who were killed in action will receive a Command Special Financial Assistance, which will include the sum of their base pay, hazard pay, and bonuses; a funeral service support amounting to P80,000; and monthly pension-based on rank and length of service.

“Their beneficiaries will also receive support under the Office of the President’s Comprehensive Social Benefits Program which includes Special Financial Assistance worth PhP500,000; and shelter, health, education, and employment assistance,” it added.

“No amount can ever replace the lives of our brave comrades who paid the ultimate sacrifice in line of their duty to protect our people and the state. Extending financial assistance to their families and loved ones is the least that we can do for the invaluable services they have rendered to our country,” AFP Chief of Staff General Sobejana said in a statement.

Personnel who were wounded in action, on the other hand, will receive full reimbursement of hospitalization expenses, and special financial assistance from the Office of the President worth P250,000 for major injury and P100,000 for a minor injury.

The Armed Forces and Police Mutual Benefits Association, Inc. gave P12,000 each to the wounded personnel while cash advance releases are being processed for those who were killed.

Each of the wounded will also receive P10,000 as approved by Philippine Army Commander Major General Andres Centino, and P15,000 from the 11th Infantry Division.

Former Governor and now Sulu Vice Governor Abdusakur Mahail Tan also pledged P15,000 each for the wounded and P30,000 for the families of the soldiers killed in action.

“The AFP honors our members who perished in the ill-fated C-130 crash in Sulu. Their memories will live on not only in their families but throughout the military organization who continues to risk everything to achieve just and lasting peace for our nation,” Sobejana said.

Duterte names Army chief Centino as next AFP chief

Robie de Guzman   •   November 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has designated Philippine Army chief Lieutenant General Andres Centino as the new chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Malacañang said Friday.

“We confirm that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte approved and signed the designation of LGEN Andres Centino as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) effective November 12, 2021,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.

Centino will replace General Jose Faustino Jr. who is retiring from service as he reaches the mandatory age of 56.

“We are confident that Gen. Centino will continue the initiatives of his predecessors to bring lasting peace and development in the country while securing the State and upgrading our defense capability,” Roque said.

“We wish the success of Gen. Centino in his new role as AFP Chief,” he added.

Centino is a member of the Philippine Military Academy Maringal Class of 1988.

Meanwhile, the AFP said Centino’s designation “will prompt an upward movement in the AFP leadership that will further inspire our soldiers to surpass challenges with excellence and continue our campaign towards genuine transformation.”

“He has immense knowledge and experience in leading our troops on the ground and in supporting peaceful efforts to protect our people against various threats,” AFP spokesperson Colonel Ramon Zagala said in a separate statement.

“His integrity, management acumen and genuine desire for peace and development make him a competent leader who shall guide the AFP in fulfilling its mission while supporting national efforts to battle the current pandemic,” he added.

Prior to his appointment, Centino served as AFP deputy chief of staff for operations and infantry division commander in Northern Mindanao.

Military Black Hawk choppers deployed to aid missions in Western Mindanao

Robie de Guzman   •   November 5, 2021

Two Black Hawk helicopters acquired by the Philippine military have been deployed to the Western Mindanao, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Friday.

In a statement, the AFP Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) said its major Air Force Unit, Tactical Operations Wing-Western Mindanao (TOW-WM), has received the S70i Black Hawk Utility helicopters on November 4 at the Edwin Andrews Air Base.

These units will be used to aid in various missions, including support in combat operations and quick response for humanitarian aid, it added.

“We are very grateful that the top brass considered the deployment of these air assets which will greatly contribute to the accomplishment of our missions here in Western Mindanao,” said WestMinCom Commander, Maj. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr.

Colonel Dennis Estrella, wing commander of the TOW-WM, said that the deployment of the Blackhawk helicopters will boost the capability of the armed forces in both lethal and non-lethal operations.

“Expect that with the deployment of the Black Hawk helicopters in our unit, our operations will greatly improve as these helicopters have larger capacity and more impressive horsepower allowing a faster and longer-range transport. In addition, the said helicopters have the ability to absorb high-impact velocities enabling it to withstand strong turbulent winds,” Estrella said.

Terror leader killed in Maguindanao clash – military

Robie de Guzman   •   October 29, 2021

A leader of terror group Daulah Islamiyah was killed in an encounter with state troops in Maguindanao, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Friday.

In a statement, the AFP identified the terrorist as Salahuddin Hassan, who was believed to the “overall Amir” of Daulah Islamiyah.

Hassan was also said to be the one behind the series of bombings and terror attacks in Maguindanao, North Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat.

The military said Hassan was killed early Friday morning in a joint police and military operation in Barangay Damablac in the municipality of Talayan.

Also killed in the clash was Hassan’s wife, Jehana Minbida, who was said to be the finance officer of the terror group.

The operation was launched following report from residents on the presence of suspicious armed individuals in the area.

Hassan was allegedly trying to escape when he was killed by the troops. He was seriously wounded and was left by his group along with his wife, the AFP said.

“Our operating troops were able to recover the cadaver of Hassan and Minbida together with several firearms and war material which includes a 5.56mm R4 Rifle, bandoliers, ammunition, various war paraphernalia, and subversive documents,” the military said.

AFP chief of staff General Jose Faustino Jr. commended the units involved in the operation.

“This latest accomplishment is a significant blow against the DIHG (Daulah Islamiyah-Hassan Group) and another victory in our thrust against terrorism. With their leader now dead, the terrorist group will certainly crumble,” he said.

 

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