Songs for Heroes 3 concert celebrates gallantry of Marawi heroes

admin   •   November 2, 2017   •   8805

Members of PNP and AFP Chorale leading the singing of the national anthem. (Rommel Flores / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — Members of the audience recalled the bravery of the soldiers and policemen who fought for peace in Marawi City at the benefit concert, Songs for Heroes 3 held last October 31.

The program began with songs expressing love for country and calling for peace and unity.

After which, scenes showing the sacrifices that soldiers and cops had gone through in the name of duty touched many people’s hearts.

Every song reflected the stories of hardships and gallantry of the protectors of the country.

The benefit concert was conceptualized by Bro. Eli Soriano and Kuya Daniel Razon as a way of recognizing the important role of the nation’s peacekeepers who are ready to risk their lives.

OPM icon Jett Pangan performs Rivermaya’s Liwanag sa Dilim with Police officer Norman Wileman. (Rey Vercide / Photoville International)

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“Maaaring tayong nandito sa kalakhang Maynila o nasa ibang lugar na malayo sa Marawi, maaaring di natin nararamdaman, baka hindi natin naiisip na tayo’y kasamang nakikinabang sa ginagawang pagtatanggol ng ating mga pulis, ng ating mga sundalo subalit ‘yun po ang katotohanan,” said Razon.

(Translation: Those of us living in Manila and other places far from Marawi may not feel it, or are unaware that we are also enjoying the benefits of the sacrifices of our policemen and soldiers, but that is the truth.)

“We need you. And we are grateful to everyone of you from the generals to the last soldier. We are grateful to you all,” said Bro. Eli Soriano.

Through the benefit concert, UNTV 37 Foundation Incorporated gave financial assistance of 6 million pesos to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and two million pesos to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Public Service advocate Kuya Daniel Razon handed the P6-M proceeds to the Armed Forces of the Philippines. (Rodel Lumiares / Photoville International)

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“I don’t know how to thank [you]. In fact, I was telling Bro. Daniel Razon that we will show this to our troops in the field that the Filipino people in general, is actually supporting them so our soldiers can see that the people love them and they would be motivated even more,” said AFP Civil Relations Service Commander MGen. Ronnie Evangelista.

This has been the third benefit concert of UNTV from 2015 for the policemen and soldiers who can be considered true heroes.

Shacq Badon, whose parents are both soldiers, said he can totally relate to every scene he witnessed in the concert.

He admitted that there really are difficulties in having parents who are soldiers but through the event, he said that he is able to appreciate more the service of his father and mother.

“I am proud to be a son of a soldier. Through this event, I am able to realize more that I am so lucky. I am so fortunate that they are my parents,” said Badon. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News and Rescue

PNP begins probe on death of ex-mayor Sabal

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine National Police (PNP) has begun its investigation on the death of Montasser Sabal, former mayor of Talitay town in Maguindanao.

“This operation which resulted in a death of a suspect, the Internal Affairs Service through their motu propio investigation will be conducting an investigation so we provided directive or guidance to the IAS just like any other operation that resulted in the death of the suspect,” according to PNP Chief P.Gen. Guillermo Eleazar.

Sabal was killed on Thursday after allegedly grabbing the service firearm of a police escort during his transport to Camp Crame in Quezon City.

Authorities were escorting Sabal towards the National Capital Region Field Unit of the CIDG at Camp Crame when he grabbed his police escort’s firearm.

Police heavily wounded Sabal and he was rushed to San Juan Medical Center. He was declared dead Thursday morning.

To remove any suspicion, Eleazar directed the motu propio investigation. -AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Former Maguindanao mayor on ‘narcolist’ killed after grabbing police escort’s gun

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Former Talitay, Maguindanao mayor, Montasser Sabal, was killed during the operation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday after allegedly grabbing the service firearm of a police escort during his transport to Camp Crame in Quezon City.

PNP Chief P.Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said Sabal is one of the high-value targets.

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) arrested Sabal on Wednesday (June 16) at the Batangas Port in Batangas City.

The PNP said he was wanted for drug and illegal possession of firearms charges. Eleazar also said that Sabal is included in the ‘narcolist’.

“Isa siya sa kino-consider natin na high value target (We consider him a high-value target) considering he was a former police officer, recruited and trained by special action force on explosive ordnance disposal and sniper course,” he said.

During Sabal’s arrest, authorities recovered six high-caliber firearms, 400 grams of suspected illegal drugs, and P200,000 cash.

Authorities were escorting Sabal towards the National Capital Region Field Unit of the CIDG at Camp Crame when he grabbed his police escort’s firearm while onboard the vehicle which resulted in a scuffle.

Sabal was able to shoot the police officer beside him which prompted the accompanying police officer to use reasonable force.

“Sabal tried to escape by grabbing the firearm of his police escort the scuffle between the suspect and the police escort resulted in the latter to hit and fatally wounded Sabal, the suspect was rushed at San Juan Medical Center but declared dead at around 6:13 in the morning,” Eleazar said.

The PNP Chief also added that the confiscated firearms from Sabal might probably be used during the 2022 national elections.

“Another possible attempt by a partisan armed group to beef up armaments as they prepared for the coming 2022 election,” according to Eleazar.

Sabal was charged by the Office of the Ombudsman and eventually suspended for failure to disclose his properties and business interests in his SALN from 2011 to 2015.

Meanwhile, Sabal’s cohorts will undergo an investigation to determine appropriate cases to be filed against them.

DPWH, DND inaugurate hospital facility, barracks at Camp Aguinaldo

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) with the Department of National Defense (DND) on Thursday (June 17) inaugurated the new military facilities at Camp Aguinaldo.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar with DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana led the inauguration and handover ceremony of a four-storey male and female enlisted personnel barracks building and two-storey hospital facility at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo Station Hospital.

The P63.7 million barracks facility will provide enlisted military personnel a safe and secure accommodation or billeting place for troops essential to mission accomplishment. Meanwhile, the hospital facility has 25 beds for emergency services and inpatient care as well as pharmacy, in-house laboratory, and imaging.

The hospital will also be used as the primary health care facility of Camp Aguinaldo for officers, enlisted personnel, civilian human resource.

Secretary Villar said that being in the frontline in protecting the country, the two departments want nothing but the best for the armed forces. AAC

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