AFP mulls over deploying Marines to New Bilibid Prison

UNTV News   •   July 7, 2017   •   5987


MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa has informed President Rodrigo Duterte of his plan to pull out members of the PNP Special Action Force from the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP).

This, following their alleged involvement in the issue of illegal drug trade inside the national penitentiary.

He also mentioned the recommendation to replace them with members of the Philippine Marines.

“Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa has already talked to the President on the deployment of Marines to replace SAF personnel in the Bilibid which has put on hold and it was overtaken by events because of the Marawi rebellion,” Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said.

However, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said it will not be easy to deploy marines inside the NBP as there is still a crisis in Marawi City.

AFP Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said each government troop has its own role and they have big responsibilities in bringing the situation in Marawi back to normal.

“Stated in the law are the agencies and their duties. There are agencies tasked to man the said facility so they should be the ones to provide security there,” Padilla said.

General Padilla assured the military will study the said proposal should it be formally requested to them.

The AFP is confident that the Marines’ reputation will not be tarnished like what happened to the members of SAF.

“We are not worried that the discipline of our military, marines, army, air force or navy will be destroyed while performing their duty. They can perform it well,” Restituto added. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

Senate panel to begin probe on alleged ‘red-tagging’ activities of military officials

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 30, 2020

The Senate panel will begin its inquiry next week (November 3) on the alleged ‘red-tagging’ activities of military officials.

Senator Panfilo Lacson filed Senate Resolution No. 559 and will summon Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Southern Luzon Command chief Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr.

Parlade drew the ire of netizens after he warned actress Liza Soberano and Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, against associating with the Gabriela Women’s Party-list, which he accused of having links with the New People’s Army.

Lacson said the resolution aims to resolve issues as well as draft guidelines to avoid misunderstandings between the military and the public.

The Senator will be inviting other officials from the Department of National Defense and the AFP.  

He added that the Gabriela Women’s Party-list and other militant groups will also be invited to the inquiry.

“We will also invite Gabriela and other militant groups para maliwanagan natin saan ba nag-uugat iyong misunderstanding at saka iyong conflict pagdating sa red-tagging, red-baiting, (to shed light on the root of the misunderstanding and the conflict when it comes to red-tagging, red-baiting)” he said. AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado).

Duterte: Military to maintain permanent presence in Marawi City

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 6, 2020

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered for the military to remain in Marawi City to fend off extremists that would threaten order in the region.

During a meeting on updates regarding the Marawi Rehabilitation on Wednesday (March 4), the Chief Executive appealed to the people of Marawi to support the deployment of soldiers in the city.

He also assured the residents that the military will remain deployed to fight against terrorists and not Maranaos.

“I’m not after the Maranao. Iyang military, hindi ang Maranao ang hinahanap niyan [but] the terrorists that terrorize everybody,” he said.

“It’s the age of terrorism so we will just have to do something about it. Come up with something that can mitigate. My decision to build a military camp there will remain,” he added.

Three years have passed since Islamic State-inspired militants laid siege to Marawi.—AAC

Continuing the legacy: 3 widows of Marawi heroes join the military

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 25, 2019

Three widows of Marawi heroes are now ready to continue the legacy of their husbands who sacrificed their lives for the liberation of Marawi in 2017.

Private Grace P. Allaga, wife of late Corporal Ardnie R. Allaga, Private Merzie G. Rogador, wife of late Private First Class Eldon C. Rogador, and Private Christine Mary E. Montero, wife of late Corporal Marjone G. Montero are now considered enlisted military personnel after finishing the candidate soldier course.

They are among the 749 new soldiers who underwent and finished the four-month candidate soldier course conducted by the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division under the Philippine Army.—AAC


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