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Martial law extension a must to curb terror sympathizers: DND

MANILA— The extension of martial law in Mindanao is essential to completely curb threats from sympathizers of the Maute-ISIS, the Department of National Defense (DND) said Sunday. “It will help us to continue our momentum in our campaign against the Daesh (Arabic word for ISIS) and their sympathizers and not to do so will allow them …

AFP receives P1-M aid for kin of slain troops in Marawi siege

MANILA— A local charity institution and a beverage company donated PHP1 million for the families of troops who were killed-in-action during the five-month Marawi siege, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Sunday. AFP Vice Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Melchor Mison Jr., received the PHP1-million cheque in a simple ceremony in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon …

AFP to greatly benefit from GADIE establishment: Lorenzana

MANILA— The establishment of the so-called Government Arsenal Defense Industry Estate (GADIE) in Limay, Bataan will greatly benefit the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) as it will help the military achieve massive modernization and transfer of technology. “With GADIE’s establishment, we will certainly have a massive modernization and transfer of technology. All of this will …

PAF chopper makes emergency landing in NegOcc

MANILA— A Philippine Air Force (PAF) Huey combat utility helicopter made an emergency landing after suffering some electrical problems while on a routine mission in Negros Occidental Thursday afternoon. Maj. Aristides Galang, PAF spokesperson, said the UH-1 helicopter, with tail number 516, was conducting its assigned mission when it encountered electrical problems, prompting pilots to land …

2nd ID okay with CHR probe on Nasugbu clash

MANILA— The Tanay-based 2nd Infantry Division (ID) has no problem with the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) investigating the Nasugbu, Batangas encounter where 15 New People’s Army (NPA) rebels were killed last November 28. “We welcome CHR’s move to investigate said encounter. With all killed wearing their bandoleers and holding their M-16s, we are confident that …

DND: Term extension gives Guerrero more time to complete AFP programs

MANILA — The extension of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero’s term by four months gives the former more time to implement his programs for the military. This was disclosed by Department of National Defense (DND) public affairs office chief Arsenio Andolong in a message to the Philippine News Agency Thursday …

Guerrero extension sign of PRRD’s trust, confidence: AFP

MANILA — Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief-of-Staff Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero’s extension is a sign of President Rodrigo Duterte’s continued trust and confidence of the former’s leadership. This was emphasized by AFP public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo in statement Thursday. “General Guerrero is profoundly grateful to the President for the latter’s continued …

AFP talks with youth vs NPA recruitment

MANILA — The military is now launching dialogues and talks with the youth to prevent them from being lured into recruitment efforts of the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels. This was emphasized by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo, adding that they are coordinating with school and local government …

9 hostages still in ASG hands in Sulu

MANILA — Nine hostages, including six foreigners, are still being held by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Sulu. This was confirmed by Joint Task Force Sulu commander Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana during the sidelines of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Yearend Meeting held at the AFP Commissioned Officers’ Club in Camp Aguinaldo, …

PH soldiers undergoing urban warfare training in Singapore

MANILA — Around 40 Filipino troops, some of them veterans of the five-month fighting in Marawi City, are now undergoing urban warfare training with their Singaporean military counterparts. Lt. Col. Ray Tiongson, Army spokesperson, said the training started Monday and would end on December 15. He added the training would concentrate on these topics: -Train the …

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