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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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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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AFP submits recommendation to Pres. Duterte in line with the implementation of martial law in Mindanao

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — The existing martial law in Mindanao is set to end on the 31st of December.

With this, various groups opposing the military rule call on the government to no longer extend the proclamation.

They said martial law violates human rights particularly in the communities of Moros and Lumads.

The groups claim this is the reason why they want the military rule to end.

President Rodrigo Duterte initially said he will base his decision on the matter on the recommendations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP).

According to AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero, they based their recommendation on the current security situation of the country.

“Our recommendation is based on assessment not only covering the NPA’s, the assessment covers all threats. But of course you yourself, members of the media, have extensively reported about these atrocities by the NPA. So your coverage will speak for itself. We really have seen that there is an intensified action on the part of the NPA,” said Guerrero.

The AFP Chief of Staff, however, refused to reveal the contents of their recommendation, saying it will be the President himself who will decide on whether to extend the military rule or not.

However, when Guerrero was asked about the possibility of a nationwide martial law declaration, he has this to say…

“It’s always a possibility, everything is possible,” Guerrero added. – Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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