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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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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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PNP, other law enforcement agencies to support PDEA’s anti-drug war lead

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

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang revealed two important orders of President Rodrigo Duterte, Tuesday.

First, bringing back the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the operation against illegal drugs and other law enforcement agencies such as National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Bureau of Customs (BOC) and Philippine Postal Corporation as support groups.

However, the PNP and the rest have to coordinate with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) as the responsible lead agency in implementing the anti-drug war.

“The first is directing the Philippine National Police and other law enforcement agencies to resume providing support to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in the conduct of anti-illegal drug operations,” Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said.

Roque added that the recent decision of the President was based on the PDEA’s lack of manpower which hampers the anti-drug operations and encourages the resurgence of illegal drugs and criminalities.

It can be recalled that, in October, President Duterte ordered PDEA to be the sole-agency in the anti-drug war campaign.

There were also reports of public clamor for the return of the PNP in the anti-drug war.

CPP-NPA a terrorist group

Meanwhile, Sec. Harry Roque also announced that President Duterte has already signed the proclamation declaring the CPP-NPA as a terrorist group.

“It’s a proclamation declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army as an identified terrorist organization under RA 10168, Human Security Act,” Roque said.

Based on the Human Security Act, those who are financing and supporting terrorist acts are regarded as a terrorist group.

President Duterte has also ordered the Department of Foreign Affairs to publish the proclamation, and the Department of Justice to submit the petition to the Manila Regional Trial Court classifying the CPP-NPA as a terrorist group based on the said act. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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VP Robredo visits wounded soldiers at AFP Medical Center

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, December 1st, 2017

Vice President Leni Robredo has visited several wounded soldiers at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Medical Center.

The soldiers were injured in the recently concluded Marawi City battles.

The Philippine Vice President gave the soldiers some presents upon her visit which she did after attending a ceremony in Caloocan City in celebration of the Bonifacio Day. – UNTV News & Rescue

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