Reds tagged terrorists

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte said he will proclaim the New People’s Army a terrorist organization, and crack down on leftist groups such as the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan for conspiring with communist rebels.

“Beginning now, there will be no more talk about rebellion because rebellion is a [bailable] offense. We will file terrorism, murder and arson charges,” Duterte said in Filipino at a press conference in Davao City Saturday.

Calling the NPA “a bunch of criminals,” the President said he is no longer inclined to continue the peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, the political arm of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

“I’m sick and tired of their destroying property and equipment… and their killing of innocent people, including a four-month-old girl,” Duterte said, referring to a Nov. 10 communist ambush in Talakag town in Bukidnon in which a baby was killed.

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Joint Task Force – National Capital Region (NCR) Press Release on ASEAN Summit 2017


Joint Task Force, National Capital Region

Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City


The Armed Forces of the Philippines has put forward ample and best forces to work with the PNP and other agencies in securing the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Meetings 2017 hosted by the Philippines and to be attended by various ASEAN Heads of Government or States (HOG/S), the as well as HOG/S from different ASEAN Dialogue Partners. This year’s theme is “Partnering for Change Engaging the World” which reflects the host country’s support in promoting unity with and among ASEAN member states and its global partners. In linewith this, the Joint Task Force National Capital Region (JTF NCR) Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) headed by Brigadier General Jesus A. Manangquil Jr will act as the lead security unit of the AFP in working closely with concern agencies to ensure the safety of the participants and the peaceful conduct of the 31st ASEAN Leader’s Summit and Related Meetings. JTF NCR has devised Oplan ALS wherein five (5) Joint Task Groups will be deployed to perform security and emergency response operations in support to other government agencies during the conduct of the said summit from 10 to 14 November 2017. JTF NCR will also provide augmentation forces to the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), Presidential Security Group (PSG). Moreso, JTF NCR will provide Emergency Response Units such as Search, Rescue and Retrieval Units (SRR) and Ambu-Medic Units to provide rescue and health support to delegates and all deployed forces. In case of any natural and man- made disaster occuring during the summit, specialized land, air and sea forces are all set to support all tasked units and delegates of the 31st ASEAN Summit. The ASEAN as a platform for holistic dialogue among Southeast Asian nations, outward looking, living in peace, stability and prosperity, bonded together in partnership in dynamic development and in a community of caring societies; it aims to accelerate economic growth. It also advocates social progress and cultural development in the region through joint endeavors in the spirit of equality and partnership in order to strengthen the foundation for a prosperous and peaceful community of Southeast Asian Nations and many others. The JTF NCR as the Metro Sentinel of the National Seat of Government has long been planning and preparing for contingency measures to address any worse case threat scenario and BGen Manangquil Jr assures the public of security the land safety of the people and visitors.

Sovereignty and National Security

Mr ROILO GOLEZ National Security Adviser 2001-2004 and Former Congressman talks about Diskursong Teritoryo: The Philippines Faces A Security challenge in two fronts: Benham Rise in the East and Scarborough Shoal in the west.

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Lecture of SPO4 FERNANDO TECSON GALANG D.A.R.E. International Mentor Officer DRUG ENFORCEMENT GROUP, about the bad effects of drugs and how to avoid it.

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Reserve Officer Training Course

CAPTAIN PEDRO M SAMSON (GSC) PN, talks about the Reserve Officer Training Course (ROTC) at the 4th National Youth Leadership Summit held at Bakasyunan Resort and Conference Center Tanay, Rizal.

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China turns over 3,000 guns to PH

The Chinese government on Thursday turned over 3,000 units of assault rifles as part of its continuing “military assistance gratis” to the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the Chinese weapons were supposed to go to the military, but President Duterte felt the police needed them more.
“We are lucky that the Chinese government provided the firearms,” Lorenzana said at a news conference, where stacks of rifles were on display.
The M4 rifles will be turned over to the Philippine National Police for the use of its special units and not for policemen on foot patrol carrying out the government’s war against illegal drugs, according to AFP chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Año.


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AFP: Marawi crisis over in one week

ZAMBOANGA CITY  , Philippines  —   It will take only one more week for Army soldiers to finish the Marawi crisis as Marine troopers have cleared and defeated the Maute terrorists in their area of operation, a security official said yesterday.

Rear Adm. Rene Medina, chief of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao, said his men have completed their mission and started to pull out from their designated area of battle.

The Marines were responsible for retaking three bridges that connect the eastern and western parts of the city.

In the almost four months of fighting, several Marine soldiers were killed, particularly during the retaking of the Mapandi bridge.

Marine troopers are now helping the Army defeat dozens of Maute terrorists still holed up in mosques and buildings located within the nine-hectare battle zone, Medina said.

He said the Marines lent their equipment such as B300 tanks and 90RR or recoilless rockets to the Army.

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The Army’s operation area, Medina said, remained tough due to the presence of more than 20 civilian hostages, whom the terrorists used as shields. He said government troops were fighting 30 to 40 terrorists.

Medina said they are verifying reports that most of the Maute leaders including Isnilon Hapilon had been killed.

The Marine Battalion Landing Team (MBLT) 10 will be pulled out from Marawi to undergo re-training in preparation for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit next month.

The MBLT 5 and MBLT 7 will remain to help the Army finish off the terrorists.

P15 B in standby fund

Meanwhile, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto is proposing to provide Malacañang P15 billion in standby fund for the reconstruction of Marawi.

The amount is on top of the P10 billion that is included in the proposed 2018 national budget for the rehabilitation of the war-torn city.

The P15 billion, Recto said, could be included in the unprogrammed appropriations portion of the proposed P3.76-trillion national budget.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana earlier said that at least P50 billion would be needed to rebuild the city.


AFP: Marawi crisis over in October

ARMED Forces of the Philippines chief Gen. Eduardo Año said Sunday he is confident that government forces will be able to end the Marawi crisis this month.

“We will finish it because it is the time to finish it, and that is calculated based on our projection of being able to rescue the remaining hostages, neutralizing the last terrorist and minimizing casualties of our troops and civilians,” Año said in an interview with GMA News on Sunday.

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‘NPAs may drive away investors’

CAGAYAN Gov. Manuel Mamba expressed concern over the “unfriendly” activities of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) recently which may shoo away investors helping to boost the province’s economy.

Mamba’s apprehension stemmed from the burning of heavy equipment of Manila-based multinational DDT Konstract in Barangay Dungeg, Santa Teresita town last Saturday.

“It is saddening that these rebels are causing violence which may bring fear among patriotic investors who wanted so much to help uplift the standard of living among Cagayanos,” he said.

Mamba said DDT Konstract, owned by Danilo Tamayo, has invested billions of pesos in projects relating to food security, particularly in fisheries, and employing more than 300 residents from Santa Teresita, Buguey and Gonzaga towns.


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