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AFP, mangangailangan ng mas maraming sundalo para sa territorial defense

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, February 6th, 2014

FILE PHOTO: Officers and crew of the BRP Ramon Alcaraz. (Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office)

MANILA, Philippines – Sa loob ng dalawang taon, apat na libong sundalo ang kakailanganin ng Philippine Navy upang punan ang mga kailangan nitong tauhan.

Ngayong taon, 100 opisyal at 1,900 enlisted personnel ang kukunin ng Navy. Parehong bilang din ang kailangan sa para sa taong 2015.

Ang naturang bilang ay mataas kumpara sa 500 na taunang nire-recruit ng hukbong dagat.

Ayon kay Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Fabic, tagapagsalita ng Philippine Navy, ang hakbang ay bahagi na rin ng sinisimulang pagtutok ng militar sa territorial defense o pagbabantay sa teritoryo ng Pilipinas.

“Part of campaign to gradually shift from internal security operation to territorial defense so upgrading the Navy.”

Dagdag pa nito, “These are due to request of our naval operating forces and preparing for upcoming vessels in the navy.”

Ayon kay AFP Spokesman Maj. Gen. Domingo Tutaan, parte na ng kanilang paghahanda sa pagbabantay sa soberenya ng bansa ang pagdadagdag ng tauhan bukod sa mga bagong gamit.

“Re-structure probably structure present units and come up with additional units.”

Simula ngayong buwan ay iikot na ang mobile recruitment team ng Philippine Navy sa mga operational commands ng hukbong dagat.

Ang aplikante sa pagka-opisyal ay dapat graduate ng baccalaureate degree course, edad 21-28 years old at physically and mentally fit para sa training.

Ang papasok na enlisted personnel ay dapat may 72 units sa kolehiyo o graduate ng 2 year vocational course at umeedad ng 18-23 years old.

Magdala lamang ng transcript of records, NSO birth certificate, NBI clearance at 2×2 picture.

Ang bagong opisyal ay may starting salary na P29,000 habang ang bagong sailor ay P15,000 bukod pa ang mga benepisyo.

Para sa iba pang detalye ng recruitment at iba pang careers sa Philippine Navy, maari po kayong bumisita sa >>> http://www.navy.mil.ph/careers.php

Samantala, bukod sa dalawang bagong frigate na bibilhin ng Navy, dalawa pang malalaking bagong barko o strategic sealift vessels ang parating sa Navy.

Ani Fabic, “Accommodate a marine 500 multipurpose vessel, pwede medical ship it can house amphibious assault vehicle ship to shore movement. It can house 1 helicopter.”

Mataas naman ngayon ang morale ng Philippine Navy dahil sa mga bagong gamit na nadagdag sa kanila. (Victor Cosare / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

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6 Abu Sayyaf members nabbed in separate NBI operations

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) presented to the media on Tuesday (June 11) six alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) who were arrested in separate operations last month.

The NBI said that the six were arrested in Taguig City, Balanga City in Bataan, and Zamboanga City on May 16 and 20.

NBI spokesperson Ferdinand Lavin said, “the six arrested were involved in various terrorist activities, ranging from ambush, kidnap for ransom, bombing in Southern Philippines, and recruitment of other members.”

He added that the arrest stemmed from the intelligence reports that they gathered and have led them to the whereabouts of Azmier Maalum in Taguig City.

The joint operations of the NBI, the Philippine Navy (PN) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) had led to the arrest of Maalum, along with Amar Assan, Musa Tahil Sampang, Jamil Ibrahim, Yong Aming, and Majuk Tahil Amil.

Maalum has several warrants of arrest for eight counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention of Golden Harvest plantation workers in Basilan in 2001, while Sampang was involved in several bombing incidents also in Basilan.

The NBI said the six had been recruiting members in Metro Manila. (with reports from April Cenedoza) /mbmf

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PH, US, Japan and India navies sail for maritime cooperative activity

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, May 10th, 2019

The Philippine Navy patrol vessel, BRP Andres Bonifacio (PS17) joined in the quadrilateral sail together with Japan Maritime Self Defense Force vessel, JS Izumo (DDH-183) and JS Murasame (DD-101), Indian Navy Ships, INS Kolkata (D63) and Shakti (A57), and the United States Pacific Fleet vessel, USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110). | Photo credit: Philippine Navy

The Philippines, United States (US), Japan, and India navies sailed together in the South China Sea as part of the maritime cooperative activity.

This is the first phase of the ASEAN-Plus Defense Ministers’ Meeting Maritime Security Field Training Exercise (ADMM-Plus MARSEC FTX) 2019 in Busan, Republic of Korea.

The Philippine Navy patrol vessel, BRP Andres Bonifacio (PS17) joined in the quadrilateral sail together with Japan Maritime Self Defense Force vessel, JS Izumo (DDH-183) and JS Murasame (DD-101), Indian Navy Ships, INS Kolkata (D63) and Shakti (A57), and the United States Pacific Fleet vessel, USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110). 

According to Captain Roy Vincent T. Trinidad, who is leading the Philippine Navy delegation for the ADMM-Plus maritime exercise, “The group sail showed the active participation of the Philippine Navy as it strengthens its relationships with allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region. This gives us another opportunity to learn from like-minded navies.”

For the week-long transit, the ships conducted a series of training exercises and social interactions.

The ships will transit through the West Philippine Sea where the conduct of “freedom of safe navigation” is applied in support of a rules-based international system benefiting all countries.

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Gov’t tells Alejano: Trip to Panatag shoal OK but should be cleared

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Senatorial candidate Gary Alejano (📷 Twitter)

Everyone may visit the disputed Panatag Shoal off Zambales, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Spokesperson Captain Armand Balilo said on Monday.

Balilo made the statement after Otso Diretso Senatorial candidate and Magdalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano wrote a formal letter to the PCG to request for permission to visit the contested shoal.

The letter, dated April 13, was addressed to PCG Commandant Admiral Elson Hermogino.

“Sir, the PCA ruling in 2016 clearly stated that the Scarborough Shoal is a traditional fishing ground of Filipino and Chinese fishermen, hence, both of our fishermen can fish there. However, our local media has reported otherwise, which, if left unchecked would greatly undermine our people’s rights to the resources found there,” Alejano’s letter read.

Balilo said there is no policy that prohibits people from visiting Panatag Shoal as long the trip is properly coordinated with the PCG station for rescue operation in case of emergency.

However, the Philippine Navy said Alejano and other opposition senatorial candidates cannot just sail to the disputed area, saying this should be cleared with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM).

The Philippine Navy said Alejano’s request should be forwarded to the AFP-NOLCOM as it has operational control of the navy ships deployed in Panatag shoal.

Nevertheless, authorities expressed doubt that the trip would be permitted if it’s going to be used for something other than fishing.

The PH Navy also stressed it can always deny request to travel to Panatag Shoal as it is not a tourist destination that anyone can visit.

The military said the AFP-NOLCOM’s priority concern is safety, and the current maritime dispute between the Philippines and China comes second. – Robie de Guzman

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