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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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    More drills at US-PH Balikatan Exercises

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, October 5th, 2017

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    MANILA, Philippines – The activities American soldiers can conduct in the Philippines is no longer limited.

    Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Año said American troops can now perform activities they lined up in the Philippines for this year.

    It can be recalled that President Rodrigo Duterte ordered to stop or lessen the number of military exercises or other activities of the U.S. military in the Philippines.

    This is because of the alleged intervention of then U.S. President Barrack Obama in the human rights situation in the country.

    According to General Año, it was President Duterte himself who directed the AFP to be more friendly to the United States by allowing the conduct of more military exercises with them.

    In fact, the AFP Chief of Staff said, from the previous 258 military-related activities, the number of activities between American and Filipino soldiers has increased to 261.

    “There will be exchanges, tabletop exercises, command post exercises, conferences, consultations, humanitarian assistance, building schools and roads, ” Gen. Año said. – UNTV News & Rescue

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    China to donate firearms and ammunition to AFP

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

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    MANILA, Philippines — China is set to donate on Thursday firearms and ammunition to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

    AFP PAO Chief Colonel Edgard Arevalo said the said donations include 3,000 units of M-14 rifles; three million rounds of various types of ammunition and 30 sniper scopes worth USD22-million.

    Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and AFP Chief-of-Staff Eduardo Año will receive the donations which will be turned over by Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines, Zhao Jianhao.

    “Definitely this will greatly help in the operations that we conduct because this can help in our fire power not just, of course, in Marawi, but in other areas of the country where our combat operations are ongoing,” AFP-PAO Chief Col. Edgard Arevalo said. – UNTV NEWS & Rescue

     

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    Government troops reclaim bomb-making laboratory of Maute Group

    by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

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    Manila, Philippines – The military has regained control of the bomb-making factory of the Maute terror group at the main battle area in Marawi City.

    Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Public Affairs Office Chief Marine Col. Edgard Arevalo said, military’s retaking of control over the Bato Mosque, which was turned into a bomb-making factory, is a huge loss to the terror group.

    “They have used it as a bomb-making factory where they assemble IEDs. We have regained control of it,” Arevalo said.

    In the said mosque, the military discovered many components used in producing improvised explosive devices or IEDs like coins, which are being used as shrapnel. – UNTV News & Rescue

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