‘Songs for Heroes 3’ concert boosts morale of wounded Marawi soldiers and orphaned families

admin   •   November 2, 2017   •   6607

Ani Sandoval, the widow of Capt. Rommel Sandoval, in behalf of all the widows and orphaned families of the Marawi siege, expressed gratitude to all for the commemoration, adoration shown towards the gallantry of the survived and fallen heroes. (Lian Opol / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — “The pain we feel has been eased,” said Ani Sandoval, the widow of Capt. Rommel Sandoval.

The pain of losing her husband Capt. Rommel Sandoval remains fresh for Ani.

Sandoval was a member of the 11th Scout Ranger Company of the Philippine Army.

She said she couldn’t explain how she feels while facing the reality of the lives of soldiers and policemen.

“Let’s all stand and thank them,” said Kuya Daniel Razon as he requested the audience to pay tribute to the government forces who were present at the concert.

Public Service advocate Kuya Daniel Razon uplifting the spirits of the Marawi siege heroes-survivors and the families of the fallen. (Mark Oliver Santillan / Photoville International)

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Ani could not believe the full support that she witnessed that night, particularly from the Members of the Church of God International.

“Nakakatindig balahibo din na isang organisasyon na ganito ka grabe ang suporta. Not only isang organization but lahat sila may iisang mithiin talaga na may malasakit sa mga katulad naming at sa mga sundalo at pulis,” she said.

(Translation: It gives me goosebumps to think that an organization is giving this much support. Not only just an organization, but everyone is united in their concern for the likes of us and the soldiers and policemen.)

“At this moment, I really can feel that my husband is a hero,” said Mrs. Aissa Lape, a widow.

The wounded soldiers who fought in the Marawi City battle turned emotional while remembering their experiences in the strife-torn area.

They recalled, in particular, the pain of losing a comrade.

“What hit me is when the pictures of our comrades were shown. We remembered the time that they were just beside us, and then they died,” said a wounded soldier.

The soldiers and policemen said that Songs for Heroes 3 has given them courage to never stop fighting for the good of all.

Some of the injured Marawi siege heroes / soldiers present on the Songs for the Heroes: Bayani ng Marawi event. (Fred Alvior / Photoville International)

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“The stress we’ve been feel was somehow lifted because of the Songs for Heroes 3 concert,” said another wounded soldier.

“We feel so proud because the civilians appreciate our efforts in defending Marawi City,”added another soldier.

The soldiers and policemen said that they will never forget the message of Bro. Eli Soriano for them.

“Old soldiers never die. They just fade away,” said Bro. Eli.

“Personally I feel that we are not alone in this fight, we have the full backing of the Filipino people, we have the full backing of the different sectors of the society in our fight in pursuit of peace,” said AFP Civil Relations Service Commander MGen. Ronnie Evangelista. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

 

AFP official says not fair to red tag Liza Soberano but warns vs. ties with Gabriela

Robie de Guzman   •   October 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A military official has warned actress Liza Soberano against associating with Gabriela Women’s Party for its alleged links to the New People’s Army (NPA).

In a statement Wednesday night, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Southern Luzon Command (SolCom) chief Lieutenant General Antonio Parlade Jr. said it is not fair to red-tag Soberano as “she is merely supporting advocacy for women’s rights.”

Parlade said Soberano should be protected in the exercise of her rights and that she is “not yet” a member of the NPA.

However, Parlade pointed out that she and other celebrities should be educated on the “hidden violent agenda” of the Malayang Kilusan ng Bagong Kababaihan (MAKIBAKA).

MAKIBAKA is an underground mass organization hiding under Gabriela Women’s Party, according to the military official.

“Let us not red-tag Liza Soberano. It’s not fair to her. She is merely supporting advocacy for women’s rights. She has to be protected in the exercise of her rights,” he said in a statement posted on the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) Facebook account.

“Is she an NPA? No, of course not. Not yet. So let’s help educate her and the other celebrity targets of Malayang Kilusan ng Bagong Kababaihan (MAKIBAKA), the Underground Mass Organization hiding under Gabriela Women’s Party,” he added.

Parlade also advised the actress to stop supporting Gabriela.

“Liza Soberano, there’ s still a chance to abdicate that group. If you don’t, you will suffer the same fate as Josephine Anne Lapira @ELLA, former Deputy Secretary General of Gabriela Youth of UP, Manila and defender of women’s rights, even against sexual predators amongst her comrades in the NPA unit she joined which is clearly stated in her handwritten letter addressed to a certain @EMIL,” he said.

The AFP official also issued the same warning to Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and told them not the follow the path of a certain Ka Ella Colmenares.

“The choice is yours Liza. And so with you Catriona,” he said.

“I am sure Angel Locsin and Neri Colmenares will not tell you this,” he added.

In the same statement, Parlade also slammed the Gabriella party for not informing their recruits about their group’s agenda.

“So, Rep. Arlene Brosas and Gabriela, shame on you if you haven’t informed your recruits about your hidden violent agenda,” he said.

In response to the statement, Gabriela party-list Rep. Brosas criticized Parlade for red tagging and “mansplaining” Soberana.

“Lieutenant General Antonio Parlade’s appeal to stop red-tagging Liza Soberano is starkly ironic because he actually red tagged Soberano in his statement. By saying that Soberano is ‘not yet an NPA,’ he is maliciously associating the actress with the armed movement when what she did in the youth forum was to only speak up for all the victims of gender-based violence and abused,” she said in a statement.

“It is clear that Parlade, the NTF-ELCAC and the paid trolls are the ones who are rabidly red-tagging Liza Soberano and other female celebrities and influencers who are taking a stand and speaking out against the macho-facism under the Duterte regime. How come these macho-fascists have the audacity to mansplain strong women and lecture them on what to do? And why do they seem so afraid of women using their platform to defend other women?” she added.

The issue came after Soberano joined a Gabriela Youth online forum to discuss issues being faced by girls and women amid the pandemic.

“These rabid NTF-ELCAC executives are using their rehashed script to discredit Gabriela Women’s Party despite our long track record of advocating women’s rights. Our 20 years of advancing women and children’s rights inside and outside of Congress cannot be smeared by their repeated lies,” Brosas said.

11 Abu Sayyaf members surrender in Sulu

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 19, 2020

Eleven members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) surrendered to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Sulu on Saturday (October 17).

The 1101st Infantry Brigade of the AFP identified the surrenderers in their aliases as: Alji, Gaspar, Amz, Ardin, Bebs, Madz, Uyong, Bahad, Navin, Allon, and Asir.

According to Western Mindanao Command Spokesperson Lt. Colonel Alaric delos Santos, the holistic approach of the Joint Task Force in Sulu paved the way for the former ASG members’ surrender.

The 11 members also surrendered five M16 rifle and one M1 grenade launcher. After surrendering, they will undergo rehabilitation program for them to be able to receive the benefits from the government under the Localized Social Integration Program.

Last October, over 100 ex-ASG members in Sulu were given P15,000 cash assistance. AAC (with reports from Val Villaflor)

Philippine Army opens own COVID-19 molecular laboratory

Robie de Guzman   •   October 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Army on Thursday started the operations of its own molecular laboratory which aims to provide to its personnel health care services related to emerging infectious illnesses such as coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The molecular laboratory started its operations after receiving accreditation from the Department of Health (DOH).

On its Facebook post, the Philippine Army said its personnel and their dependents, civilian human resource, and other authorized civilians can avail of the laboratory’s services by sending their swab samples collected and delivered by the requesting individual or institution.

It added that the facility will use the Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) COVID-19 testing process. It can accommodate about 90 samples a day.

Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana thanked the DOH and the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, as well as the Army offices and units that made new health care capability possible.

“The Philippine Army rises to the challenges to be resilient even in the face of this pandemic. And, today’s launching of the PA Molecular Laboratory illustrates this resolve to battle the coronavirus disease and build the Army’s health care service,” Sobejana said.

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