More benefits for men in uniform pushed

Written by Camille P. Balagtas

WITH the lives of uniformed and law enforcement personnel at risk in the performance of their duties especially in the Marawi conflict and anti-crime campaigns, Sen. Antonio “Sonny” F. Trillanes IV has sponsored Senate Bill No. 1462 or a bill granting special financial assistance and benefits to the beneficiaries of uniformed and law enforcement personnel.

Trillanes said that considering the risks they face, it is imperative that the government provides assistance to the family of the members of the PNP, AFP, BFP, BJMP, PCG, NBI, BuCor and PDEA, in case they get killed or are permanently incapacitated in line of duty.

In 1990, Republic Act No. 6963 was enacted to grant special financial assistance and benefits to the family or beneficiary of any police, military personnel, or fireman killed or permanently incapacitated while in the performance of duty.   However, the benefits under this law were limited to the members of Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and Bureau of Fire Protection.

The Senate Civil Service Committee, chaired by Trillanes, seeks to replace and expand coverage of this law. Under SBN 1462, the family or beneficiaries of the deceased or disabled members of the PNP, AFP, BFP, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Philippine Coast Guard, National Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Corrections and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency will receive, on top of the other benefits they are entitled to, a special financial assistance, which is equivalent to six months of their monthly average salary, including allowances, bonuses. In the event that they suffer any injury in the performance of his or her duties, the hospitalization expenses, including the costs of necessary medicines and medical equipment, should be shouldered by the office or agency to which they belong.

The financial assistance should be delivered by their respective office within three days from the receipt of their death certificate, or permanent disability notice. The funding for this will be sourced from the expected salaries, allowances and bonuses of the deceased or permanently incapacitated personnel.

“Through this measure, we hope to assure our uniformed and law enforcement personnel that the government will continue to look after the welfare of their families, even after their selfless service to this country,” the former navy officer turned senator said.

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3 nominated to AFP top post

By Francis Wakefield

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.

3 nominated to AFP top post

AFP to acquire P853.5M worth of ammo

 (The Philippine Star) 

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.”

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A Prayer for Soldiers

A Prayer for Soldiers

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.

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Año: AFP is proud of the wounded troops

GENERAL Eduardo Año, Armed Forces chief-of-staff told the wounded soldiers that the AFP is proud of them for the gallantry they demonstrated while in the tour of duty. “The Armed Forces of the Philippines is proud of you. Get well soon, brave soldiers,” Año told the wounded soldiers and militiamen he visited on Saturday at Camp Navarro General Hospital, Zamboanga city. Año awarded medals to five wounded soldiers and three militiamen during his visit to them. The recipients of the wounded personnel medal (WPM) were the following soldiers: Staff Sergeant Junifel Pangasian; Sergeant Al-Muktar Sali; Corporal Ayatulla Hamid; Private Arjone Bano; and, Sergeant Yusop Nahudan. The three militiamen who received WPM medal were Mole Icasama, Lito Lalag and Charlie Alejandro. They were wounded in separate firefights against the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Basilan province; the New People’ Army Rebels in Zamboanga del Norte; and, the Maute group in Marawi City. “We are seeing the end of the Marawi armed conflict with more than 560 terrorists slain in the battle area. We see this as an opportunity to end terrorism and bring the defeat of threat groups in Basilan, Sulu, Marawi, and Maguindanao,” Año told the troops during his visit. “These are times when we really feel the support of our countrymen, which is very rewarding for us, soldiers,” he added. He also commended Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez, Jr., Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) chief, for the successful offensives against the ASG and the local terrorists within the joint area of operations. “I further laud our medical personnel for giving their service to our battle casualties. We owe our success to the brave soldiers, to the commanders, and our stakeholders,” he said. Año arrived from Basilan, shortly after he visited the troops at the headquarters of the Army’s 104th Infantry Brigade in Camp Luis Biel, III in the village of Tabiawan, Isabela City. He was accompanied by Galvez; Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana, Commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu; Brigadier Custodio Parcon, Jr., Commander of the Joint Task Force Tawi-Tawi; and Colonel Leonel Nicolas, Commander of the Joint Task Force Zamboanga. Año was also given an update on the ongoing offensives against the threat groups within the area of operations of Wesmincom. (SunStar Philippines)

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Go Negosyo give aid to families of slain Marawi troopers, cops

The families of the 101 soldiers and policemen have received a P250,000 check each from the businessmen through the Go Negosyo Kapatid for Marawi network.
The Go Negosyo Kapatids who donated to the fund for the soldiers include Tessie Sy-Coson of the BDO and SM group, Jaime Zobel de Ayala of Ayala Corp., Josephine Gotianum Yap of Filinvest, Manny Pangilinan of the PLDT Smart foundation, Alfred Ty of Metrobank Foundation, Michael Tan of Asia Brewery and Philippine Airlines, and Tony Tan Caktiong of Jollibee Food Corp.
Also among the donors are Jean Henri Lhuilier of Cebuana Lhullier, Mildren Vitangcol of St. Peter’s Chapel, Alice Eduardo of Sta. Elena Corp., Injap Sia of Double Dragon Properties, Jojo Concepcion of Concepcion Industries, William Belo of Wilcon Depot, Dennis Uy of Chelsea Logistics, Santi Araneta of LBC, Sabin Aboitiz of Aboitiz Corp., and the Duterte Cabinet Spouses Association.
“Through this occasion, we want to honor these courageous souls by showing that their fellow countrymen — from the government to the business sector — have not forgotten their ultimate sacrifice and their loved ones who miss them dearly,” -Joey Concepcion, presidential adviser for entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder

7th Regional Youth Leadership Summit NCR 2017

This day marks the opening of the 7th Regional Youth Leadership Summit of the National Capital Region. This summit aimed to raise awareness, deepens nationalism and become agents of positive change.

Participants are composed of 70 Muslim-Chirstian Youth Leaders from NCR who will be great partners of peace, positive change to lead.

This summit is facilitated by 7th Civil Relations Group, CRSAFP led by Colonel Jose Victor Vargas Jr PAF (GSC) under the operational control of Joint Task Force NCR AFP held at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

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Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) – SupportOurTroops

Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) was a civilian initiated event to pay tribute to honor our Fallen and Wounded Soldiers who fought for us, Filipinos. This event was supported and witnessed by Major General Melquiades L Feliciano AFP, Deputy Chief of Staff for CMO, J7 with the officers and personnel of Philippine National Police. Our dear soldiers, police officers and their dependents were invited to watch this live to show the Civilian’s appreciation and support for our troops. This was held at Smart Araneta Coliseum on August 12, 2017. It was a fund raising activity led by JCI Manila. Some of its proceeds will be donated to AFP Health Service Command.

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Eastern Mindanao Command strengthens border security

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City – Aside from the enhanced maritime patrol being conducted by the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao and the joint maritime patrol with the Philippine Coast Guard in the territorial waters in South Eastern Mindanao, Eastern Mindanao Command (EMC) further intensified the border crossing security to prevent terrorist and other transnational crime syndicate from using the backdoor as entry point with the creation of an inter-agency border security council.

During the Inter-Agency meeting at Headquarters Eastern Mindanao Command at Naval Station Felix Apolinario, Panacan, Davao City on June 28, 2017 the Inter-Agency attendees discussed and provided input in enhancing the southern border security. Further it was agreed upon to organize a Border Security Council that will be composed of different agencies involved in maritime, immigration, foreign relations and other law enforcement agencies; and different Local Government Units.

The Inter-Agency Border Security Council will be a mechanism and venue for member agency in reporting and assessing border security and recommending measures to be undertaken. It also defines the role and task of each member agency in the effort of securing the border.

Meanwhile, border crossing stations in Cape San Agustin in Governor Generoso and Balut Island, Saranggani, Davao Occidental are being improved to strengthen the watch and monitoring system of the territorial border in Eastern Mindanao.

On the other hand Joint Task Force Haribon is presently profiling the different bancas along the Davao Gulf as part of the effort of enhancing the “Bantay Dagat” a community based coastal security as additional measure of security. In coordination with Local Government Units this will be replicated in all coastal areas in EMC AOR.

Contact:

BGEN GILBERT I GAPAY AFP

Spokesperson for MLI in EM

Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

Cellphone: +639178453186

E-mail: eastmincom.pio2014@gmail.com