Soldiers send home remains of NPA rebels killed in Makilala clash

Troops, together with Makilala police in North Cotabato, initiated to send back home to their families and loved ones the bodies of the three fallen New People’s Army rebels.

The slain rebels were identified as Reymart Rusiana, 23, of Barangay Malabuan, Makilala; Arman Ogatis Mendoza, 39, of Barangay Nuling, Lebak, Sultan Kudarat; and Roger Labajo Jr., 29, of Datal Batong, Malungon, Sarangani Province.

They may have fought hard and killed each other on the field, but despite the sad experience, human consideration is still offered.

The three rebels, along with one CAFGU member, were killed when dawn on Monday more than 60 NPA rebels attacked a CAFGU detachment in Barangay Luayon in Makilala.

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Soldiers helping Mayon evacuees ambushed by NPA

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines — A soldier was wounded in an ambush staged by New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Guinobatan, Albay on Monday.

Personnel of the 83rd Infantry Batallion were on a military truck on their way to Barangay Doña Mercedes in Guinobatan, Albay to evacuate residents after the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raised Mayon Volcano’s alert level to 4 when they were waylaid.

Pfc. Gilno Canuel was wounded in the exchange of gunfire, which also left several NPA guerrillas wounded, Senior Inspector Malou Calubaquib, Bicol police spokesperson, said.

Guinobatan police officers set up a checkpoint along the provincial road in Barangay Tinago following the incident.

“I am appealing to the NPA to help us bring the evacuees to a safe area,” Cedric Daep of the Albay Provincial Security and Emergency Management Office told a press conference yesterday.

The Army’s 9th Infantry Division is helping evacuate residents affected by Mayon Volcano’s eruption.

2 NPA rebels held

In Agusan del Sur, two NPA rebels with pending warrants were arrested in La Paz town on Monday.

Crisanto, 63, and Blim, 25, both surnamed Mondejar, were arrested based on warrants issued by Agusan del Sur Regional Trial Court Branch 6 Judge Kimal Salacop on Nov. 23, 2017.

Chief Superintendent Noli Romana, Caraga police director, said they have intensified their campaign against persons with pending warrants under the Philippine National Police’s  Manhunt Charlie.


‘Pure hogwash’

As this developed, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) turned down President Duterte’s call for them to surrender.

“Duterte’s call for the NPA to surrender in exchange for cash, housing and jobs is pure hogwash,” the CPP said in a statement posted on its website.

The government is intensifying its efforts to entice more rebels to surrender  to make it appear that the NPA is weakening, the statement added. – With Ben Serrano, Artemio Dumlao, Jose Rodel Clapano (Source:

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.