Philippine Air Force grieves loss of Reservist A2C Isabel Granada

UNTV News   •   November 9, 2017   •   5901

The Philippine Air Force gave military honor to actress Isabel Granada. Photo courtesy: Phil. Airforce

Officials and personnel of the Philippine Air Force have sent their condolences to the family and relatives of actress and Reservist Airwoman 2nd Class Isabel Granada.

According to Airforce Spokesperson Maj. Aristides Galang Jr., it was in 2001 when Granada entered the Air Force and became an active enlisted personnel.

She was also part of the volleyball team of the Philippine Air Force.

Granada’s remains arrived in the country earlier this morning from Doha Qatar where she died of aneurysm last November 4.

The Philippine Air Force gave military honor to the actress. – UNTV News & Rescue

Philippine Air Force considered a game changer in Marawi war

UNTV News   •   November 7, 2017

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Air Force has played a vital role in the Marawi siege.

The military unit is considered a game changer as it contributed a lot in killing terrorists through air strikes, among others.

“Without them, I believe we cannot really win Marawi City. It’s really a game changer. We saw that the Philippine Air Force played a very vital role in terms of turning tide and stealing the fear and the will to fight ng Maute ISIS ay na-destroy,” Western Mindanao Command Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, Jr. said.

“Kung wala ang game changers ng Philippine Air Force, this siege may take longer, probably another 6 months because it would just be pure ground fighting (Without the game changers of the Philippine Air Force, this siege would have taken longer, probably another 6 months because it would just be pure ground fighting),” AFP Former Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Ano said.

One of the pilots of UH-1H helicopters of the Philippine Airforce refused to face the camera because of security concerns.

He played a significant role in transporting wounded soldiers in the fight in Marawi City.

“Pagka naisakay sa chopper, nasa amin na ang buhay ng isang wounded. So ikaw bilang piloto, nandoon na ‘yung drive mo, hindi lang piloto, lahat ng air crew na nandoon sa chopper, kasama na ang medical team, paano niyo maisalba ang buhay noon na madagdagan pa buhay niya (When the wounded boards the chopper, his life is now in our hands. So as the pilot, the same goes for all the crew and medical team present, your drive should be there — save the wounded and extend his life),” said the UH-1H pilot.

The job of a forward air controller is another sensitive post. He is the direct contact of the pilot regarding the location of their enemies.

“As a controller on the ground, it is more dangerous because, before the delivery of the bomb, we are stationed at the minimum safe distance from the ammunition,” said, a forward controller who declined to be named.

A soldier who asked to be called “Blaster” also performed a crucial task in the fight as an explosive ordinance disposal personnel.

“Ginamit nila kami to reach the wall para sila maka-penetrate sa area. Kasi nagkaroon ng labanan na building to building ang pagitan. Ganoon ka-delikado(They used us to reach the wall to penetrate the area because a fight erupted that was building to building in distance. It was that dangerous),” Blaster said.

“Before papasok ang assault team ng army, kailangan ma-clear muna namin ang dadaanan nila(Before the army’s assault team enters, we should first clear their way),” he added.

The three soldiers were among the over 1,000 Philippine Air Force personnel who fought in Marawi.

Two hundred of the airmen who arrived earlier were given a Heroes’ Welcome in Villamor Air Base Pasay City.

The soldiers were given medals in recognition of their gallantry.

Not single personnel from the Air Force died in the five-month battle.

Meanwhile, the soldiers’ families are so thankful to finally reunite with them.

“Normal sa isang asawa mo sundalo, pangalawa lang kami. Kumbaga, iyon ang first priority niya (It’s normal for a wife of a soldier to take second place in his priorities.  His duty is his first priority),” said Blaster’s wife.

“Nakakalungkot lang ang mga nawalan ng sundalo din, iyong mga namatay (It’s sad that some soldiers have been killed).  Kaya sabi ko, salamat, hindi kasali ang asawa ko (That’s why I thought, ‘Thank God, my husband is not one of them’),” she added. – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

 

AFP mulls over deploying Marines to New Bilibid Prison

UNTV News   •   July 7, 2017

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MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police Chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa has informed President Rodrigo Duterte of his plan to pull out members of the PNP Special Action Force from the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP).

This, following their alleged involvement in the issue of illegal drug trade inside the national penitentiary.

He also mentioned the recommendation to replace them with members of the Philippine Marines.

“Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa has already talked to the President on the deployment of Marines to replace SAF personnel in the Bilibid which has put on hold and it was overtaken by events because of the Marawi rebellion,” Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said.

However, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said it will not be easy to deploy marines inside the NBP as there is still a crisis in Marawi City.

AFP Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said each government troop has its own role and they have big responsibilities in bringing the situation in Marawi back to normal.

“Stated in the law are the agencies and their duties. There are agencies tasked to man the said facility so they should be the ones to provide security there,” Padilla said.

General Padilla assured the military will study the said proposal should it be formally requested to them.

The AFP is confident that the Marines’ reputation will not be tarnished like what happened to the members of SAF.

“We are not worried that the discipline of our military, marines, army, air force or navy will be destroyed while performing their duty. They can perform it well,” Restituto added. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

Philippine Air Force gets new combat utility and attack helicopters

admin   •   August 18, 2015

MANILA, Philippines — Ten new helicopters were turned over today to the Philippine Airforce or PAF.
These are eight Bell 412 E-P or combat utility helicopters, and two Augusta Westland AW 109E or attack helicopters.

The delivery of the combat utility helicopters under the Combat Utility Aircraft Acquisition Project of the PAF worth 4.8 billion pesos was already completed after the turned over this morning

According to PAF spokesperson Col. Enrico Canaya these are four-bladed, upgraded version that can be used in activities like combat support and airlift operations.

The attack helicopters were bought from Italy. This is the first batch delivered and the remaining six are to be delivered before the year ends. This is under the Attack Helicopter Aircraft Acquisition Project worth 3.4 billion pesos.

It is expected that before the year ends the remaining six attack helicopters will be delivered, along with two C295 medium-lift transport aircraft from Spain; two CN212i lift aircraft from Indonesia; and two FA-50 lead-in fighter aircraft from South Korea.

PAF says the acquisition of new helicopters helps a lot in the modernization of the country’s air force.

But the PAF says despite the arrival of the new aircrafts, the country still has a long way to go before achieving what is called defense credibility.

Delgado says the aircraft will be used for internal security of the country, and there has no plans yet as to whether it will be used for the defense of the West Philippine Sea.

US Ambassador to the Philippines Philipp Goldberg meanwhile says, the US supports the country’s efforts when it comes to modernization of its military.

“We help support the Philippine modernization through access defense articles, and more C130’s on the pipeline. We also support it through our foreign military funding which last year was around 50 million dollars,” said Goldberg. (UNTV News)

PAF’s newly acquired combat utility and attack helicopters. (Philippine Air Force Photo)

 

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