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List of candidates for the next AFP Chief of Staff submitted to PRRD

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

 

FILE PHOTO: Armed Forces of the Philippines headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

MANILA, Philippines — The list of generals the President can choose from to replace retiring Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Eduardo Año has already been submitted to the palace.

Based on the recommendation of the AFP Board of Generals submitted by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to the President, the said generals are:

  • Western Command Chief Lt. General Carlito Galvez, a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) class 1985 and the one who supervises the Marawi rebellion;
  • Eastern Mindanao Command Chief Lt. Gen. Leonardo Rey Guerrero of the PMA Class of 1984 who is now based in Davao City;
  • Lt. Gen. Melchor Mison Jr, of the PMA Class of 1984;
  • And, Deputy Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Narciso Vingson Jr. of the PMA Class of 1985.

Año is set to retire on the 26th of October in accordance with the mandatory retirement age of the military. – UNTV News & Rescue

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15 BIFF members killed in Maguindanao clash

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

(Photo courtesy of AFP Joint Task Force central)

 

The conflict continues between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Maguindanao.

The military operation against BIFF leader, Abu Toraipe, started at dawn on Monday, June 11 at Agusan Marsh in the municipality of Pikit .

“Trabaho ng military to secure the civilian and this threat. Ang Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters are the number one threat diyan sa Central Mindanao,” said WestMinCom spokesperson LTC Gerry Besana.

(It is the military’s job to secure the civilian and this threat. The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters are the number one threat in Central Mindanao.)

The Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) said 15 BIFF members were killed in the attack, eight were injured from airstrikes and two were captured including bomb expert, Anwar Ali.

There were no reported casualties on the military’s side.

Aside from this, the WestMinCom spokesperson said that the AFP also bombed the improvised explosive device (IED) factory of the Daesh-inspired group.

The clearing operation recovered several firearms and a few explosives.

Besana added that the destruction of the IED factory is a huge accomplishment by the military.

“It is a very significant accomplishment for the joint task force central under the Western Mindanao Command na talagang napakarami ng IEDs na tinamaan. Talagang napakalakas ng sabog doon,” said Besana.

(It is a very significant accomplishment for the Joint Task Force Central under the Western Mindanao Command because of the high number of casualties caused IED explosions.  The blasts were really powerful.)

The camp of BIFF on the other hand denied any casualties from their ranks.

“Mga sibilyan ang tinamaan ng airstrike at ang pagkawala ng mga 105 mm Howitzer.  Sobra 30 na ang tinamaan nandoon na ang patay. Wala naman kaming pagawaan ng bomba,” said BIFF spokesperson Abu Misri Mama.

(Civilians were hit by the airstrike, and the firing of 105mm Howitzer. More than 30 were killed. Also, we do not have a bomb factory.)

Meanwhile, the AFP assured they are doing their best to avoid collateral damage and it will not affect the peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).  — Dante Amento| UNTV News & Rescue

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EastMinCom to augment force in fight against terrorist group CPP-NPA

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, January 25th, 2018

MANLA, Philippines — Destroy the enemies of the state.

This is the clear order of President Rodrigo Duterte to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) during a command conference in Mawab, Compostella Valley last Monday.

The President announced he wants to eradicate all the terrorists in the country.

“He mentioned that in equivocal terms to destroy the enemy of the state. For the part of the PNP it’s the defeat or destruction of drug syndicates primarily with us the supporting role. But the destruction of CPP-NPA that is our primary task,” 1003rd Infantry Battalion Commander Col. Ernesto Torres said.

With this, the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) of the AFP will deploy another battalion of soldiers to help in defeating the members of the Communist Party of the Philippines and New People’s Army or the CPP-NPA.

Three battalions of soldiers have already been deployed at the 1003rd infantry brigade

The military said the Chief Executive also vows to provide funds for the rebels who would surrender to the government.

“He said let us offer something to them, meaning the active rebels, something that is more than what the communist are offering. He made mention of land, houses, and jobs. He said he will find funds for this program that we would be proposing,” Torres said.

Among the counter insurgency measures the government wants to implement is the improvement of the reward system of the AFP and its programs for the indigenous people or Lumads in the region. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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NDRRMC on alert for imminent Mt. Mayon explosion

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Around 5,000 families have already evacuated areas within the seven kilometer radius of Mayon Volcano.

Families from 25 barangays in Albay are now in 18 evacuation centers.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said they continue to be on alert for any Mayon Volcano activities.

“So, we are still on alert level 3 and very closely, Phivolcs is monitoring Mayon’s volcanic activity,” NDRRMC Spokesperson Mina Marasigan said.

The NDRRMC has also coordinated with the local government units and the Department of Social Welfare and Development to ensure that relief supplies and stand-by funds are ready for the evacuees.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is also on stand-by for the security and peace and order.

The government will also install temporary learning centers for the students in the evacuation centers.

Although tight security is imposed in the area, tourists were not restricted in watching the activities in Mayon Volcano.

“We have designated viewing desks and areas where tourists are allowed to go,” Marasigan said. – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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