Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año said he will submit to Malacañang the names of three possible successors upon his retirement from the military service next month.
Ano said all three officials have a rank of lieutenant general and are all fit and qualified to lead the 125,000-strong military.
Ano is set to retire from the military at the age of 56 on October 26, 2017.
“Well I will recommend at the minimum three names and then isusubmit ko yan kay Presidente. So nasa discretion ng ating Presidente kung sino pipiliin niya doon sa tatlong names na isusubmit ko (I will recommend a minimum three and submit their names to the President, who has the discretion to pick any of the nominees),” Ano said.
MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is spending P853.5 million for ammunition of 105 mm howitzer.
The Philippine Army bids and awards committee set the pre-bid conference for 28,450 artillery rounds today.
Lt. Col. Ray Tiongson, chief of the Army’s public affairs office, said the procurement of ammunition is not because of the conflict in Marawi. He said the military is not running low on ammunition due to the ongoing fighting with Maute militants.
Tiongson said the procurement of ammunition is a regular operational requirement of troops in the field.
”We are advancing our procurement based on projected requirements,” Tiongson said. “We have to maintain the basic loads of our artillery units as well as our reserve ammunition.”
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said it will soon turn over the cash donation it was able to collect for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in war-torn Marawi City to the local government units (LGUs), according to AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla.
In yesterday’s Mindanao Hour press briefing in Malacañang, Padilla disclosed that cash donations have already reached P943,945.21 as of Thursday afternoon.
Padilla said AFP Chief Gen. Eduardo Año has already instructed them to facilitate the speedy turnover of the cash donation to the LGUs so it can be used on whatever the IDPs need.
“Ang kanyang kabilin-bilinan po sa atin ay i-turnover na po ito sa ating mga local government units. Ina-ascertain lang at gagawin natin ito through Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) (He told us to turn it over already to the LGUs. We are just ascertaining and we will turn it over through the WestMinCom),” Padilla said.
According to Padilla, the AFP chose to turn the cash donation over to the LGUs instead of distributing this directly to the families so the needs of the IDPs can be addressed more effectively.
“Sila na po ang bahala kung paano nila gagamitin ito para makatulong sa nakararami nating mga kababayan na nasa evacuation center (It’s up to the LGUs how they will use the money to help those in the evacuation centers),” Padilla said.
“Ibabahagi natin ito sa mga namamahala ng evacuation centers at kung ano man ang priority nila na kailangan maaari nilang gastusin doon (The amount will be distributed to those managing the evacuation centers and they can use the money on what they need the most),” he added.
“Kasi kung ibabahagi natin ito o idi-distribute natin ito sa bawat pamilya, baka P10 na lang bawat tao. So magiging useless (If we distribute it to each families, we might just end up with P10 per person. It would be useless then),” he continued.
Last June, the AFP announced that it opened two special bank accounts to those who would want to extend assistance to the families of the soldiers who died in Marawi City and for the Marawi citizens displaced by the ongoing armed conflict.
Brave warriors, should fate find us in battle,
May our cause be just.
May our leaders have clear vision.
May our courage not falter.
May we be triumphant an earn victory
as we show mercy to our enemies.
May our efforts bring lasting peace.
May our sacrifice be always appreciated by those we serve.
May we return to our loved ones unharmed.
Should we be harmed, may our wounds heal.
Should we perish in the struggle,
may God embrace us and find for us a place in His Kingdom.
Your Armed Forces of the Philippines thru Joint Task Force NCR AFP participated in a Bike and March parade during the Peace Road 2017 World Tour – Philippines with theme “Padyak para sa kapayapaan at Totoong pagbabago” at Marikina Freedom Park, Marikina City at 5 o’clock in the morning today, August 20, 2017.
This activity is open to all Filipinos as we showcase our sincere efforts to call for unity and peace building support for our nation and the whole world.
It is a project initiated by the Universal Peace Federation Philippines and also be held in other 120 nations worldwide aiming to advance the ideals of building a world of peace.
Doria said, in an interview with SunStar Cebu, that he was thankful to receive the award. He added that the cash prize will be used for his children’s education, advocacy, and his brainchild program, the Oplan Pokemon. “It will go to the education of my two children and the 36 foster students of the Cebu City Police Office,” Doria said. Oplan Pokémon was named after a popular augmented reality game, Pokémon Go, in which players try to catch virtual “pocket monsters”.