Guerrero to lead Marina after retirement

Outgoing Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero will soon lead the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) as its administrator.

Commander in Chief President Duterte made the announcement yesterday in a speech before state security elements in Mawab, Compostella Valley.
Guerrero, who was supposed to retire on December 17, was compelled by Mr. Duterte to extend his stint as AFP chief for another six months. He is set to step down on April 24, 2018.
The AFP chief assumed his post last October 26 after successfully leading government troops in the battle against Islamic State (IS)-inspired Maute bandits in Marawi City.
Republic Act 8186 allows the Commander in Chief to maximize the AFP Chief’s term under circumstances such as martial law and if the country is under the state of national emergency.
Section 3 of the said law prescribes that the AFP Chief of Staff “may be allowed by the President of the Philippines to finish tenure in position as provided for in the Constitution.”
Guerrero will be replacing sacked Marina Administrator Marcial Amaro III.
Amaro was the first official fired by Mr. Duterte this 2018 over allegations that he had had excessive foreign junkets.

Gun parts, ammo seized in Zamboanga del Norte

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — Government troops have recovered gun parts and several types of ammunition from an armed group following an encounter in Zamboanga del Norte.

Soldiers of the 42nd Infantry Battalion and members of the Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit were patrolling Sitio Balas, Barangay Poblacion, Kalawit on Friday when they encountered members of the Suminggal group.

The suspects fled toward Barangay Palalian after a 30-minute gunfight.

“There was no reported casualty, but several war materials…were…abandoned by the retreating armed group,” Maj. Ronald Suscano, spokesman for the Army’s First Division, said yesterday.

Suscano said parts of a grenade launcher and M16 rifle, a hammock, ammunition for an M16 rifle and an M14 rifle, a pair of combat boots and an Arabic booklet were recovered from the suspects.

The Suminggal group, which is reportedly involved in extortion and land grabbing in Zamboanga del Norte, is headed by a certain Monib Aquila.

Senate salutes heroic Marawi troops

By Mario B. Casayuran

Senate officials and employees yesterday commended and expressed their gratitude to the government forces who took part in the liberation of Marawi City from local and foreign terrorists who laid siege on the city for five months.

Senate Secretary Lutgardo Barbo led Senate employees in thanking the 15 soldiers, mostly from the elite 3rd Scout Ranger Battalion, who were invited as guests-of-honor during the Senate’s flag-raising rites yesterday.

The commandos, led by Captain Aris Gerero and Captain Jommel Ray Parreño, were welcomed with loud cheers and applause by the Senate employees.

Barbo said the Senate is thankful for the heroic actions of the commandos, who were among those responsible for eliminating two high-profile terrorists – Isnilon Hapilon and Omarkhayam Maute on October 16, 2017.

Hapilon was considered as the Islamic State “emir” in Southeast Asia, while Maute, along with his brother Abdullah, spearheaded the five-month long attack in Marawi City.

“In behalf of Senate President Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel III, and the rest of the senators and the employees of the Philippine Senate, we express our thanks, our eternal gratitude to you in taking back from the Maute group the beautiful city of Marawi,” Barbo said.


Senate salutes heroic Marawi troops

AFP Gift Giving in Tarlac

CAMP SERVILLANO AQUINO,  Tarlac City – A Joint Gift-giving Program was conducted by the Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) and Philippine Army (PA) in cooperation with the Tarlac National Heritage Foundation and 3RD Mechanized Infantry Battalion (MIB), PA at Brgy Balloc, Elementary School and Brgy Papaac Elementary School both of Camiling, Tarlac on 19 January 2018.

The said activity was spearheaded by Dra Isabel Cojuangco Suntay, Founder of Tarlac National Heritage Foundation; together with Lieutenant General Emmanuel B Salamat AFP, Commander Northern Luzon Command; Lieutenant General Rolando Joselito D Bautista AFP, Commanding General, Philippine Army; Major General Felimon T Santos AFP, Commander 7th Infantry Division, Philippine Army; and Major General Gilbert I Gapay AFP, Commander Mechanized Infantry Division, PA.

 The Gift giving program highlights the Bayanihan efforts of this Command and other stakeholders to further reach out to the populace within the NOLCOM area of responsibility (AOR).

 NOLCOM will pursue its non-traditional role of providing support to national development, together with all stakeholders, in order to uplift the lives of the Filipino people. It will also continue to do its mandate of protecting the people and securing the national territory within its area of operation.

A Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) has ordered the rearrest of Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) leaders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon.

The Tiamzons are facing murder charges over the killing of 15 civilians in Leyte province. They were granted bail in 2016 to allow them to participate in peace negotiations between the government and the communist movement.

Judge Thelma Bunyi-Medina of Manila RTC Branch 32 said the court found “no reason to further allow their temporary liberty” following President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation No. 360, which terminated the peace negotiations between the government and the National Democratic Front (NDF).

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