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Mga Pilipino at Amerikanong sundalo, sumabak sa matinding pagsasanay sa nagpapatuloy na joint naval exercises

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Magkasamang nagsasanay ang naval force ng United States at ng Pilipinas para sa Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training o CARAT 2012. (PHOTOVILLE International / Ritchie Tongo)

SOUTH COTABATO, Philippines — Binisita ng ilang miyembro ng media kahapon ang isinasagawang Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training o CARAT 2012 sa pagitan ng mga sundalong Amerkano at Pilipino.

Dinatnan ng mga mamamahayag ang damage control exercises sa isa sa mga US Navy Ship na dumating sa Pilipinas para sa CARAT 2012.

Ipinakita ang loob ng bagong naval ship na kasalukuyang naka daong sa Makar Wharf ng General Santos City.

Ang nasabing barko ay may mga modern technology at armaments na malaking advantage ng US naval forces na maaring magamit ng mga Pilipino.

“Ang Philippine Navy, mayroon tayong mga bagong ships na ina-acquire. Yung isa nga yung galing sa kanila, US Coast Guard vessel yun na kinumisyon nila. Mayroon pa tayong parating na isa, tapos may mga helicopter pa na parating din na i-aacquire natin na mga bago. Marami pang ibang mga equipment para sa modernization ng Philippine Navy,” ani  Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao Commander Commodore Philip Cacayan.

Lulan ng barkong ito ang humigit kumulang  dalawang daang (200) crew na kasama sa fire control at fire fighting drill na parte rin ng CARAT Exercise.

May US helicopter din na ginagamit para sa nasabing drill.

Kasabay ng exercise na ito ay ang small-boat training, na ginagawa sa baybayin ng Seguil.

Dito’y tinuruan ng mga sundalong Amerkano ang kanilang mga Filipino-counterpart kung paano resolbahin ang hostage-taking crisis na maaring mangyari habang nasa laot.

Ayon pa kay Commodore Philip Cacayan, hindi lamang ang mga Philipine Marines ang matututo sa nasabing exercises.

Nakakakuha rin ng taktika mula sa mga sundalong Pilipino ang mga American representative na maaring nilang gamitin sa kanilang bansa.

“Sa subject matter expert exchanges merong tayong lecturer na Pilipino from our counterpart..meron din from US. Hindi lang sila ang nagle-lecture sa atin,” ani NFEM Commander Cacayan

Pagkatapos ng nasabing drill ay magkakaroon ng martial arts training kung saan tuturuan ng mga Pilipinong Marine ang kanilang US counterpart ng Philippine Martial Arts.

Ang pagpapalitan na ito ng karunungan at taktika ng mga Pilipino at Amerikanong naval forces sa pamamagitan ng CARAT ay walong taon nang ginagawa sa iba’t-ibang bahagi ng Pilipinas.

Pahayag ni Commodore Dave Welch ng US Navy, “They are very professional force and Mo. Cartney said it’s up to the Filipino government and Philippine Navy what kind of capabilities they wanna have…. I wouldn’t compare the two, they are two different navies, with different capabilities.” (Ito Ang Balita ni Lipsy Grace Carayo, UNTV News)

 

 

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AFP: No sightings of anti-ship ballistic missile test in West PH Sea

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, July 5th, 2019

A Filipino soldier patrols at the shore of Pagasa island (Thitu Island) in the Spratly group of islands in the South China Sea, west of Palawan, Philippines, May 11, 2015. REUTERS/RITCHIE B. TONGO/POOL

MANILA, Philippines – The Western Command (WESCOM) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said there is no monitored sighting of an anti-ship ballistic test in the West Philippine Sea, following reports of a missile launch by China in the area.

“Based on the report of our operating units, particularly the Joint Task Force West, there is no monitored sighting of anti-ship ballistic missile test conducted in our joint area of operations,” the AFP said in a statement dated July 3.

The military assured it is regularly conducting maritime patrol missions in the Philippine-held island detachments, especially in the West Philippine Sea.

“WESCOM is continuously monitoring our area of responsibility especially in the West Philippine Sea and conducts regular maritime and sovereignty patrol missions incessantly to sustain our presence in the 9 PH-held island detachments,” the AFP said.   

The military issued the statement after Pentagon reported about China’s “disturbing” missile launch near the Spratly (Kalayaan) islands that is contrary to Beijing’s pledge in 2015 not to militarize the man-made outposts in the disputed waterway.

The Philippine Department of National Defense earlier said an inquiry into the said reports will be conducted.

“We will decide later what to do if proven correct,” Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a message sent to reporters.  

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Military says Duterte ‘coup’ comment just random remark

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 72nd Philippine Air Force Anniversary at the Col. Jesus Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on July 2, 2019. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte’s appeal for the military and police not to stage a coup d’etat during his term was just a random remark, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said on Wednesday (July 3).

“That was a random remark on the part of the President and Commander-in-Chief, in so far as the AFP is concerned,” AFP spokesperson, Marine Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo said in a message sent to reporters.

In a speech at the 72nd Founding anniversary of the Philippine Air Force in Pasay City, Duterte said that staging a coup is not necessary as he is willing to step down from office is asked to.

He added that Soldiers and policemen who no longer find him deserving to lead the country could simply call and talk to him over a cup of coffee.

“Do not do it please during my term. I told you before all you have to do kung ayaw ninyo ako, do not bring your weapons and mechanized armors there. Just call me and we’ll have coffee and I am ready to say, “It’s yours for the taking,” Duterte said on Tuesday.

According to Arevalo, there is nothing new in the chief executive’s comment on coup d’etat as he already mentioned it when he first met with the AFP and the Philippine National Police upon assumption of office.

“As early as the first joint AFP-PNP Command Conference that he presided upon his assumption of office and in several other instances after that, he has conveyed that same message to the security forces,” Arevalo said.

“He says, in essence, forget about mounting a military take-over that would lead to violence, death, and destruction. If anyone among the military (or the police) thinks he or she can better run the country, just tell him (the president) and he will step down,” he added.

Arevalo further said the AFP, led by its chief, General Benjamin Madrigal Jr., is an institution comprised of professional and matured servicemen and women who are patriots and loyal to the constitution and the duly constituted authorities.

“We have learned our lessons from the past and we shall live by it,” he said.

Arevalo also added that the reforms implemented in the AFP, including its modernization the increase in pay, allowances, and benefits like housing, have helped them best perform the mandate.

“We were given more than what we can ask for from a president and commander-in-chief who has shown genuine care and concern to his soldiers, airmen, sailors, and marines,” he said.

Arevalo also assured that the military will always remain loyal to the Flag, the Constitution and the Filipino people.

“we have, time and again assured him, as we reassure him today, that we in the AFP shall constantly and will remain loyal to the flag, to the constitution, and to the Filipino people whom we swore to protect with our lives,” he said. (with details from Lea Ylagan and Rosalie Coz)

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6 Abu Sayyaf members nabbed in separate NBI operations

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) presented to the media on Tuesday (June 11) six alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) who were arrested in separate operations last month.

The NBI said that the six were arrested in Taguig City, Balanga City in Bataan, and Zamboanga City on May 16 and 20.

NBI spokesperson Ferdinand Lavin said, “the six arrested were involved in various terrorist activities, ranging from ambush, kidnap for ransom, bombing in Southern Philippines, and recruitment of other members.”

He added that the arrest stemmed from the intelligence reports that they gathered and have led them to the whereabouts of Azmier Maalum in Taguig City.

The joint operations of the NBI, the Philippine Navy (PN) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) had led to the arrest of Maalum, along with Amar Assan, Musa Tahil Sampang, Jamil Ibrahim, Yong Aming, and Majuk Tahil Amil.

Maalum has several warrants of arrest for eight counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention of Golden Harvest plantation workers in Basilan in 2001, while Sampang was involved in several bombing incidents also in Basilan.

The NBI said the six had been recruiting members in Metro Manila. (with reports from April Cenedoza) /mbmf

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