AFP receives P6M financial assistance from Songs for Heroes 3 concert

admin   •   December 6, 2017   •   3903

MANILA, Philippines — After the successful Songs for Heroes 3 concert last 0ctober 31, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has received the six-million-peso financial assistance from the proceeds of the event.

This is for the families of soldiers who were killed and wounded in the fight in Marawi City.

Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon personally handed over the check to AFP officials led by Chief of Staff Rey Leonardo Guerrero.

AFP, meanwhile, thanked UNTV for the help that boosts their fighting spirit.

“Ito ay malaki ang maitutulong. Hindi lang para sa pag-recover nila from their injuries, and of course, to assuage iyong mga feelings ng ating mga widows, iyong mga naiwan nila, especially sa mga killed-in-action soldiers natin. Ito’y talagang makakapagpaangat ng kanilang mga morale ng ating mga sundalo knowing na may mga grupo na katulad ng grupo ng UNTV na sumusuporta sa kanila sa kanilang mga challenges at mga hamon na hinaharap sa pangaraw-araw nilang gawain,” said the official.

(This is a big help not only in recovering from their injuries and of course to assuage the apprehensions of our widows and all those they left especially the killed-in-action soldiers. This will boost our soldiers’ morale knowing that there are groups like UNTV that support them as they face everyday challenges.)

Kuya Daniel, meanwhile, assures UNTV’s continuous help and support to the AFP.

“Nasa Songs for Heroes 3 na po kami. We intend to continue with that even with or without any Marawi incidents. Thank you for allowing us also to be part po kasi it’s our honor also and our pleasure na one way or the other, kung ano iyong ma-share man lang namin when we face our Creator, we can say that at least we tried also our best to reach out to help,” said Kuya Daniel Razon.

(We are now on Songs for Heroes 3. We intend to continue with that even with or without any Marawi incidents. Thank you for allowing us also to be a part. Because it’s our honor also and our pleasure that one way or the other, we can share whatever we can so when we face our creator, we can say that at least we tried also our best to reach out to help.)

The P6-million financial assistance is apart from the P8.3-million donated by Bro. Eli Soriano of Members Church of God International (MCGI) to the families of soldiers and policemen who fought in the war in Marawi.

Last week, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa has also received the two million peso assistance from the proceeds of the benefit concert. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News and Rescue

 

PNP renders immediate help; AFP ready to assist earthquake victims in regions 11, 12

Maris Federez   •   October 17, 2019

Mlang Police Station personnel together with Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) personnel, Mlang local government employees conduct post-earthquake damage inspection of buildings in Cotobato, Mindanao on Thursday, October 17, 2019.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) Police Regional Office (PRO) 11 and 12 have deployed their personnel to the areas affected by the earthquake that hit several towns and cities on Wednesday night (Oct. 17).

They were sent to render assistance to the local government units in maintaining peace and order, and ensure that traffic will run smoothly to avoid delay in the supply of relief goods.

According to PNP spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac, police are also helping in the clearing operation in the affected buildings.

Banac added that the situation in the affected areas is still under control and there is still no need to send support units from the national headquarters.

“Ang kapulisan natin ay lumabas kaagad at nagbigay ng police presence para magbigay ng order, para maassure ang public na nandyan ang ating pamahalaan. Lahat ng available manpower. Yung iba ay umalalay sa local government units para mag rescue sa mga nasaktan na biktima,” Banac said.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), meanwhile, said it is ready to deploy its personnel from the Engineering Brigade should the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) requests for it.

“Lahat naman ng ating AFP units within the area are on ready standby and with the close collaboration with the NDRRMC ready to be deployed at short notice naman, so far according to the NDRRMC ay capable pa naman yung LGU’s natin in responding to any requirements,” AFP Public Affairs Office chief, Capt. Jonathan Zata said.

Wednesday night’s tremor left 29 structures in Regions 11 and 12 with significant damage.

These malls include SM, Veranza Mall and Gaisano Mall in General Santos City, and the KCC Mall in Koronadal City.

Other structures that sustained damage were:

  • the Municipal Hall of Magsaysay in Davao Del Sur
  • the Sangguniang Bayan Building in M’Lang, Cotabato
  • the Roldan Hospital in M’Lang, Cotabato
  • the Fire Station in Makilala, Cotabato
  • and the Municipal Hospital in Carmen, Cotabato

(with details from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

PNP denies pressures from former generals pushed PGen Albayalde to resign

Maris Federez   •   October 15, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has denied that there had been a group of former generals who pressured PGen Oscar Albayalde to step down from his post as chief of the national police.

Albayalde announced his resignation on Monday (Oct. 14) amid the controversial drug raid in Pampanga in 2013 while he was still the provincial director.

Senator Richard Gordon mentioned the possibility that pressures from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) pushed Albayalde to resign.

“Ang naging dahilan ni Albayalde ay serye ng pagdinig at pressure doon sa issue (Albayalde’s reasons for his resignation were the series of hearings and on the issue itself),” PNP spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac said.

The PNP, however, admitted that Albayalde’s decision to go on a terminal leave had affected the morale of the police.

Banac said the PMA Sinagtala Class of 1986, where Albayalde belongs, is in full support of the former police chief’s decision.

Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte is still in the process of choosing the next PNP chief.

Three senior police officers are already in the shortlist of the president. These are:

  • PNP OIC PLtGen. ARCHIE GAMBOA
  • Deputy Chief PNP for Operations PLtGen. Camilo Cascolan
  • Chief of Directorial Staff PMGen. Guillermo Eleazar

The President, however, has the prerogative to choose anyone of the generals in the PNP. —(from the report of April Cenedoza) /mbmf

Bill seeking higher hazard pay for soldiers in conflict areas pushed in Senate

Robie de Guzman   •   October 15, 2019

A bill seeking to increase the monthly hazard pay of the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) stationed in conflict areas has been lodged in the Senate.

In filing Senate Bill No. 970, Senator Manny Pacquiao proposed to raise to P20,000 the current P540 monthly hazard pay of soldiers in conflict areas.

The proposal also seeks to increase to P10,000 each month the hazard pay of civilian doctors and nurses under the AFP Memorial Medical Center (AFPMMC) and those who provide aid and medical assistance to the military in the field.

“Personnel of AFP are the country’s frontlines in dealing with apprehensions in the borders and tensions with terrorist and extremist groups. The AFP defends our country despite the exposure to danger and possibly risking their lives,” he said.

“It’s only appropriate to compensate those who risk their lives to serve and protect our country,” he added.

The bill states that funds for the implementation of the measure shall be included in the yearly General Appropriations Act (GAA).

Pacquiao said he introduced the bill after noting that the hazard pay for uniformed personnel remained fix at P540 after the base pay increase of the military and other uniformed personnel became effective this year.

In 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte signed a resolution authorizing salary increase for soldiers, police officers and other uniformed personnel in the government.

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