C-130 plane crash in Sulu kills at least 31, injuring 54

UNTV News   •   July 4, 2021   •   707

A C-130 aircraft of the Philippine Air Force carrying troops crashed in Sulu before noon Sunday (July 4), Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief Cirilito Sobejana confirmed.

The incident occurred at 11:30 a.m. after the said plane, while transporting troops from Cagayan de Oro, reportedly missed the runway and crashed in the town of Patikul in Sulu province.

In a statement, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said casualties in the crash were among the 92 personnel who were passengers of the plane. Of the 92, three were pilots and five were crewmen.

“The rest were Army personnel reporting for duty,” said Lorenzana.

Latest update by the MGen. Corleto S Vinluan Jr., commander of the Western Mindanao Command (WESMINCOM) said 50 wounded military personnel were rescued and 29 bodies were retrieved from the crash site.

Four civilians, on the other hand, were injured on the ground and are receiving treatment. Two other civilians died in the crash, he added.

Vinluan further said that 17 military personnel on the manifest are still unaccounted for. Retrieval operations, meanwhile, are still ongoing.

Seventeen of the injured have been evacuated to the WMC Hospital, Vinluan added.

Philippine Air Force receives four drones from US military

Robie de Guzman   •   October 14, 2021

 The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has received four ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) from the United States Military, the US Embassy said on Thursday.

The UAS units worth P20 million were turned over to PAF at the Clark Air Bases in Pampanga on October 13.

The drones were personally received by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and PAF commander Lieutenant General Allen Paredes.

Chargé d’Affaires, ad interim (CDA) Heather Variava joined Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Admiral John Aquilino and representatives from the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG) in delivering the drones to the PAD.

The donated drones are expected to provide the Philippines additional capabilities in unmanned Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR), and strengthen counterterrorism, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts.

It will also increase the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) domain awareness and border security capabilities.

“We remain committed to our promises on helping modernize the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and we hope this will further strengthen our combined capabilities in working together towards a free and open Indo-Pacific,” Variava said.

The embassy said the United States provides the AFP with grant assistance and expedited sales of arms and munitions to support its modernization goals and urgent maritime security, counterterrorism and humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief requirements.

The Philippines is by far the largest recipient of U.S. military assistance in the Indo-Pacific region, according to the embassy.

Since 2015, the United States has delivered more than P50.6 billion ($1.06 billion) worth of planes, ships, armored vehicles, small arms, and other military equipment to the Philippines, while training side-by-side with our Filipino allies, it added.

PAF intercepts unknown aircraft

Maris Federez   •   September 6, 2021

(File photo courtesy of Philippine Air Force)

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Air Force (PAF), over the weekend, reported that it has intercepted an unknown aircraft attempting to enter the country.

A statement authorized by PAF Public Affairs Office chief, Lieutenant Colonel Maynard Mariano, said that two FA-50 Aircraft were ordered to intercept an unknown aircraft at 9:36 A.M on September 2, 2021.

The statement said that the Philippine Air Defense Control Center (PADCC), through its radars, detected an unidentified inbound aircraft in the Philippine Air Defense Identification Zone (PADIZ) approximately 120 nautical miles North West of Bolinao, Pangasinan.

“The unidentified aircraft was heading towards Philippine airspace. Coordination with the CAAP classified it to be an unknown track of interest,” the statement read.

The report added that the PADCC issued a “scramble” order to two FA-50 stationed at the Air Defense Alert Center and gave them the mission to intercept the unknown aircraft for visual identification.

The FA-50s flew at the maximum allowable speed towards the direction of the unknown aircraft that was at 21,000 feet flying at 265 knots heading North East, it said.

“At about 4 minutes into the intercept, the unknown aircraft changed direction towards the North and increased its speed to 400 knots and headed away from the Philippine airspace. The intercept was terminated at 9:45 A.M.,” the statement further read.

The Philippine Air Force assured that it will continue to protect the country and prevent unauthorized foreign aircraft from flying within the nation’s airspace.

“In the past decades, aircraft flying without clearance would willfully violate the Philippine airspace knowing that they will not be challenged; today our airspace is being closely monitored jointly by the Philippine Air Force and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines,” it guaranteed.

All 50 fatalities in Sulu C-130 crash identified — AFP

Robie de Guzman   •   August 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — All 50 cadavers of military personnel who perished in the fiery July 4 C-130 crash in Sulu have been identified, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Friday.

In a statement, the AFP said the recently identified remains were the following:

  • Corporal Dexter E Estrada (Philippine Army)
  • Corporal Reynel A Matundin (Philippine Army)
  • Corporal Gulam H Ismael (Philippine Army)
  • Private First Class Bengie S Malanog (Philippine Army)
  • Private Ian R Azuelo (Philippine Army)
  • Private Erwin M Canton (Philippine Army)
  • Private Mansueto B Lingatong III (Philippine Army)
  • Private Mar Jhun T Capagngan (Philippine Army)
  • Private Michael C Dalore (Philippine Army)
  • Airman Second Class Glen Mar G Biscocho (Philippine Air Force)

The AFP said the remains of the deceased personnel, which were identified with the help of the PNP-SOCO, have already been transported to their hometowns so they can be reunited with their families.

“The AFP condoles with the families of our deceased comrades in this time of grief,” the military said.

“Rest assured that they will be provided with the necessary support and assistance as well as the benefits due to the soldiers who died in the line of duty,” it added.

The C-130 plane was carrying 96 passengers when it crashed in Patikul, Sulu.

The incident took the lives of 53 individuals, including 50 soldiers and three civilians on the ground, and injured 46 servicemen and four civilians.

Most of the fatalities were burned beyond recognition.

“The memories of our brave comrades who paid the ultimate sacrifice will live on not only in their families but throughout the military organization who continues to risk everything to achieve just and lasting peace for our nation,” the AFP said.

Below is the complete list of 50 personnel in C-130 plane tragedy:

  1. Maj Emmanuel V Macalintal PAF
    2. Maj Michael Vincent Benolerao PAF
    3. Cpt Nigello Emeterio PAF
    4. 1lt Karl Joseph T Hintay PAF
    5. 2lt Sheena Alexandrea Tato NC – PAF
    6. TSg Mark Anthony Agana PAF
    7. TSg Donald P Badoy PAF
    8. TSg Nelson B Hadjiri (QMS) PA
    9. TSg Salahi J Abdurahman (Inf) PA
    10. SSg Jan Niel Y Macapaz PAF
    11. SSg Michael P Bulalaque PAF
    12. Sgt Butch D Maestro (Inf) PA
    13. Sgt Jack P Navarro PAF
    14. Sgt Jelson J Sadjail (Inf) PA
    15. A1C Fortunate L Regidor PAF
    16. A2C Glen Mar G Biscocho PAF
    17. Cpl Dexter E Estrada (Inf) PA
    18. Cpl Reynel A Matundin (Inf) PA
    19. Cpl Gulam H Ismael (Inf) PA
    20. Cpl Jay-Ar V Obenita (Inf) PA
    21. Cpl Alhamin U Salahuddin (Inf) PA
    22. Cpl Jerome M Balivado (Inf) PA
    23. Cpl Jemmar B Mondido (Inf) PA
    24. PFC Philip Dante T Camilosa (Inf) PA
    25. PFC Carlos D Dapanas Jr (Inf) PA
    26. PFC Felizalday M Provido (Inf) PA
    27. PFC Christopher A Rollon (Inf) PA
    28. PFC Marchi E Bonzales (Inf) PA
    29. PFC Keth Kane S Alegarme (Inf) PA
    30. PFC Alzid S Hawrani (Inf) PA
    31. PFC Nazer S Albaracin (Inf) PA
    32. PFC Lester Al T Lagrada (Inf) PA
    33. PFC Bensheen V Sabaduquia (Inf) PA
    34. PFC Bengie S Malanog (Inf) PA
    35. Pvt Ian R Azuelo (Inf) PA
    36. Pvt Erwin M Canton (Inf) PA
    37. Pvt Mansueto B Lingatong III (Inf) PA
    38. Pvt Mar Jhun T Capagngan (Inf) PA
    39. Pvt Michael C Dalore (Inf) PA
    40. Pvt Mark Nash P Lumanta (Inf) PA
    41. Pvt Vic A Monera (Inf) PA
    42. Pvt Jomar A Gabas (Inf) PA
    43. Pvt Marcelino H Alquisar (Inf) PA
    44. Pvt Mel Mark L Angana (Inf) PA
    45. Pvt Reymar C Carmona (Inf) PA
    46. Pvt Jesfel D Mequiabas (Inf) PA
    47. Pvt Archie S Barba (Inf) PA
    48. Pvt Carlos Jhun C Paragua Jr (Inf) PA
    49. Pvt Joey T Loterte (Inf) PA
    50. Pvt Kevin L Damole (Inf) PA

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