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DND voids P12-B chopper deal with Canada

MANILA— The Department of National Defense (DND) on Tuesday issued a notice to Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) terminating the contract for the supply and delivery of 16 units of Bell 412 Combat Utility Helicopters for the Philippine Air Force. In a statement, DND public affairs office chief Arsenio Andolong said this was in compliance with President …

PH to scrap P12-B helicopter deal with Bell, CCC: Lorenzana

MANILA — The Department of National Defense (DND) is now preparing the letter for the cancellation of the purchase of 16 Bell EPI combat utility helicopters (CUHs) worth PHP12 billion from Canada. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Monday he will sign the letter anytime this week. “The formal letter cancelling the contract is being prepared and …

Nolcom, PDEA units destroy marijuana plantation in Kalinga

MANILA — Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) units in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) discovered and destroyed a 100-square meter marijuana plantation in Kalinga Sunday morning. Lt. Col. Isagani Nato, Nolcom spokesperson, said the operation took place 11:30 a.m. at the mountainous and isolated area of Mount Chumanchil in Barangay Loccong, Tinglayan, Kalinga. He …

Winners of ‘PNP Model Families 2017’ named

MANILA — The Philippine National Police announced the five winners of its “PNP Model Families 2017” during flag-raising ceremonies Monday at Camp Crame, Quezon City. The contest was organized by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) in cooperation with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and other stakeholders, In a statement, PNP spokesperson Chief Supt. …

AFP, Mercury Drug renew scholarship deal

MANILA — Dependents of military personnel completing degrees in pharmacy can now avail of a full scholarship after the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Mercury Drug Foundation, Inc. (MDFI) renewed its scholarship deal early this year. Lt. Col. Emmanuel Garcia, AFP public affairs office chief, said benefits include full tuition and miscellaneous fees in …

S-211 ejection seats up for maintenance

MANILA — The Philippine Air Force (PAF), through its Bids and Awards Committee, is allocating the sum of PHP5 million for the acquisition of services and spare parts needed for the maintenance of the ejection seats of one of its SIAI-Marchetti S-211 jet trainers. The S-211 is one of the PAF’s two jet-powered aircraft after the …

Rebel killed in Abra clash

MANILA — A New People’s Army (NPA) rebel was killed in an encounter with government troops in Abra early Sunday. In a statement, Lt. Col. Isagani G. Nato, Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) public information officer, said the clash took place at Sitio Mabungtot, Ud-Udiao, Sal-Lapadan, Abra at around 7:30 a.m. Sunday. The clash erupted between …

Bell, CCC ‘aware’ of plan to use helicopters in combat utility role

MANILA — An official of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Bell Helicopter and Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) are aware that the military will be using the 16 Bell 412 choppers under contract as a “combat utility helicopter”. “The AFP deal for the acquisition of the Canadian Bell 412 as a combat utility helicopter …

AFP vows to uphold human rights in wake of SC ruling

MANILA— The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) assured the public that it would perform its security duties in the war-torn region with respect to human rights and International Humanitarian Law. AFP made the statement in response to the Supreme Court’s (SC) decision upholding the constitutionality of the year-long martial law extension in Mindanao. “We would …

AFP unfazed by ‘Joma’ warning to kill one soldier a day

MANILA — Despite warnings coming from Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison, the military is more than willing to carry out its mandate of protecting the country against all forms of threat. This was emphasized by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Col. Edgard Arevalo when sought for a comment …

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