AFP identifies 3 more cadavers in C-130 Crash

Maris Federez   •   August 8, 2021   •   322

MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Saturday (August 7) identified three more cadavers of military personnel who perished in the C-130 crash in Patikul, Sulu.

AFP spokesperson Col. Ramon Zagala said that the Philippine National Police-Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) Crime Lab Region IX has confirmed the identities of Corporal Jerome Balivado, Private Joey Loterte, and Private Kevin Damole, all from the Philippine Army.

The AFP said the Western Mindanao Command has already reached out to the families of the deceased and is now arranging for the immediate transport of the cadavers to their hometowns.

Zagala confirmed that a total of 37 bodies in the ill-fated C-130 crash have now been identified.

Thirteen, on the other hand, are still undergoing the tedious process of identification to ensure that they are reunited with their families as soon as possible.

Based on AFP records, those who perished in the crash are as follows:

  1. Maj Emmanuel V Macalintal PAF
  2. Maj Michael Vincent Benolerao PAF
  3. Cpt Nigello Emeterio PAF
  4. 1Lt Karl Joseph T Hintay PAF
  5. 2Lt Sheena Alexandrea Tato NC – PAF
  6. TSg Mark Anthony Agana PAF
  7. TSg Donald P Badoy PAF
  8. TSg Nelson B Hadjiri (QMS) PA
  9. TSg Salahi J Abdurahman (Inf) PA
  10. SSg Jan Niel Y Macapaz PAF
  11. SSg Michael P Bulalaque PAF
  12. Sgt Butch D Maestro (Inf) PA
  13. Sgt Jack P Navarro PAF
  14. Sgt Jelson J Sadjail (Inf) PA
  15. A1C Fortunate L Regidor PAF
  16. Cpl Jay-Ar V Obenita (Inf) PA
  17. Cpl Alhamin U Salahuddin (Inf) PA
  18. Cpl Jerome M Balivado (Inf) PA
  19. PFC Philip Dante T Camilosa (Inf) PA
  20. PFC Carlos D Dapanas Jr (Inf) PA
  21. PFC Felizalday M Provido (Inf) PA
  22. PFC Christopher A Rollon (Inf) PA
  23. PFC Marchi E Bonzales (Inf) PA
  24. PFC Keth Kane S Alegarme (Inf) PA
  25. PFC Alzid S Hawrani (Inf) PA
  26. PFC Nazer S Albaracin (Inf) PA
  27. Pvt Mark Nash P Lumanta (Inf) PA
  28. Pvt Vic A Monera (Inf) PA
  29. Pvt Jomar A Gabas (Inf) PA
  30. Pvt Marcelino H Alquisar (Inf) PA
  31. Pvt Mel Mark L Angana (Inf) PA
  32. Pvt Reymar C Carmona (Inf) PA
  33. Pvt Jesfel D Mequiabas (Inf) PA
  34. Pvt Archie S Barba (Inf) PA
  35. Pvt Carlos Jhun C Paragua Jr (Inf) PA
  36. Pvt Joey T Loterte (Inf) PA
  37. Pvt Kevin L Damole (Inf) PA

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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