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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AFP and PNP strengthen ties in face of threat groups

The police and the military agreed on Monday to further strengthen their collaborative efforts in the investigation and prosecution of leaders of threat groups, as the country grapples with the problem of terrorism.

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald M. dela Rosa and Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo M. Año signed the resolution creating the Inter-Agency Committee on Legal Action (Iacla) during the 20th Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)-PNP National Joint Peace and Security Council (JPSC) Meeting at Camp Crame.


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4 NPA rebels surrender in Sultan Kudarat

FOUR New People’s Army (NPA) rebels have surrendered to the military, authorities reported on Sunday, October 8. The Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) identified them as Beboy Flang Mek, Arjohn Dang Blagan, Osing Samandal Kuyan, and Robert Panday Balabagan, all members of the Myphone Platoon, Guerrilla Front (GF) 73. They also turned over two M-16 Armalite and Ak-47 rifles when they surrendered last Friday, October 5, to the troops in the village of Titulok, Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat. The GF 73 led by a certain Ka Mommy, Ka Decay or Ka Wada operates mainly in the joint area of operations of the Eastern Mindanao Command, particularly in the towns of Banga, Surallah, Norala, Tantangan, T’boli, Sto. Nino, and Lake Sebu, all in South Cotabato, and in Maitum, Kiamba, Maasim, all in Sarangani province.


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