PAF acquires six US-made drones

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said his department is grateful to the United States government for consistently helping the Philippines purchase weapons and defense equipment and acquire defense services and military training through the US Foreign Military Financing Program.

EYE IN THE SKY – Philippine Air Force (PAF) officials look at a ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) during the turnover rites at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City yesterday. Six ScanEagle AUVs were acquired by the PAF from the United States through military financing worth $13 million. They will be used for disaster response, internal security operations, limited maritime control, and counter-terrorism. (Czar Dancel)

EYE IN THE SKY – Philippine Air Force (PAF) officials look at a ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) during the turnover rites at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City yesterday. Six ScanEagle AUVs were acquired by the PAF from the United States through military financing worth $13 million. They will be used for disaster response, internal security operations, limited maritime control, and counter-terrorism. (Czar Dancel)

Lorenzana made the remark after the Philippine Air Force (PAF) acquired six US-made ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) which arrived over the weekend.

The acceptance, turn-over, and blessing ceremony for the drones was held at the 250th Presidential Airlift Wing Hangar of the Villamor Air Base Grandstand in Pasay City yesterday. The unmanned aircraft system worth close to $14 million were turned over to the 300th Air Intelligence and Security Wing.

“With a number of security issues confronting our country, there is a need to upgrade our nation’s armed forces and to establish a more credible defense. And this acquisition of ScanEagle UAV is one way to modernize the military to deter those who want to wage war against our country,” the DND chief said.

“This new asset has a state-of-the-art technology that makes it capable of conducting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance or ISR; special service operations; escort operations, sea-lane and convoy protection; protection of high-value and secure installations; as well as high-speed wireless voice, video and data communications relay,” Lorenzanaexplained.

“Given its superb technical specifications, this equipment will certainly be vital to the capability readiness of the Philippine Air Force, especially in the conduct of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in support of a variety of missions such as territorial defense, security and stability; humanitarian assistance and disaster response; and international defense and security engagement,” he added.

“This collaboration is also an indication of the Philippines’ and the United States’ deep friendship and genuine commitment to peace,” he noted.

Strength of partnership

The defense secretary said on behalf of the Philippines, they profoundly desire to maintain a strong connection and camaraderie with the United States, as well as to expand common interests and handle differences with understanding and respect.

“Now the Air Force is acquiring this long range with a loiter of about 12 hours or more. I think the Navy is also acquiring their own UAVs (and) later on the Army will also acquire tactical UAVs to support brigade or battalion size operations and these will all be integrated. Hopefully, these equipment will be able to communicate with each other and so we will have coverage of all areas,” he said.

US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, said the drones provided to the Philippines by the US represents the strength of the partnership between the two countries.

“We are really committed to enhancing the AFP’s capabilities and we know that ISR assets like the ScanEagle would significantly improve AFP’s ability to detect terrorist activities, piracy activities, territory encroachment,” Kim told reporters during a press briefing.

“So in all fronts, maritime domain security, counter-terrorism, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. I think assets like these would be very useful. So I am proud to join Secretary Lorenzana in the turn-over ceremony of the Scan-Eagles,” he added.

Also present during the turnover ceremony were PAF chief Lt. Gen. Galileo Gerard R. Kintanar Jr., Colonel Ernest C. Lee, Chief of the Joint US Military Assistance Group in the Philippines and other US Embassy representatives.

PAF acquires six US-made drones

Air Force acquires drones from US

The US government turned over to the Philippine Air Force six ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) that could detect terrorist activities, piracy and encroachment of Philippine territories.

The turnover ceremony was attended by US Ambassador Sung Kim, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Air Force chief Lt. Gen. Galileo Gerard Kintanar Jr. and other high-ranking air force officials.

SPANKING NEW US Ambassador Sung Kim (third from left) and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (fourth from left) inspect the unmanned aerial vehicles at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City. PHOTO BY
JOHN MICAH SEBASTIAN

Lorenzana said the UAV units would boost the capability readiness of the Philippine Air Force especially in the conduct of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) operations in support of missions such as territorial defense.

“With a number of security issues confronting our country, there is a need to upgrade our nation’s Armed Forces and to establish a more credible defense and this acquisition of ScanEagle UAV is one way to modernize the military to deter those who want to wage war against our country,” he said.

“This collaboration is also an indication of the Philippines’ and the United States’ goodwill, deep friendship and genuine commitment to peace. There are a variety of ways for our equipment to make its way to the Philippines.

My assurance to you is we are going to explore any possible avenue to provide types of equipment that the Philippine military needs,” Kim added.

The drones, worth $13.76 million, were acquired through the US’ Foreign Military Financing Program (FMF).
Kim said the turnover represents the “strength of partnership” between Manila and Washington.

He gave assurances that the US government is committed in enhancing the capabilities of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

“We know that ISR assets like the ScanEagle would significantly improve AFP’s ability to detect terrorist activities, piracy activities, territory encroachment. So in all fronts, maritime domain security, counter-terrorism, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief,” Kim told reporters at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City.

Maj. Aristides Galang Jr., Air Force spokesman, said the six UAVs will also provide support to other government activities such as stopping illegal logging and dynamite fishing.

Air Force acquires drones from US

PAF boosts intel gathering with drones acquisition

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has upped the ante on its aerial intelligence gathering with the acquisition of six unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from the US worth $13.36 million.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said with six Scan Eagle UAVs acquired from the US under a Foreign Military Financing (FMF) scheme, the PAF air intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations got a big boost.

“This new asset has a state-ofthe-art technology that makes it highly capable of conducting intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR),” Lorenzana said.

The UAVs have the capability to conduct various functions including special services operations, escorts operations, sea-lane and convoy protection, protection of key installations as well as high speed wireless voice video and data communications.

Given the “super technical specifications” of the Scan Eagle, the Air Force, he said, will be able to use these UAVs to support a variety of missions also aimed at addressing internal and external threats.

Lorenzana issued the statement following the official turnover of these UAVs by US Ambassador Sung Kim to the Air Force in a ceremony held at the 250th President Airlift Wing Hangar, Villamor Air Base in Pasay City yesterday.

Lt. Gen. Galileo Gerard Kintanar Jr., Air Force chief, said that the six Scan Eagle UAVs are the first unmanned aerial vehicles which the PAF has acquired.

He added that these UAVs will be placed under operational control of the 300th Air Intelligence and Security Wing.

Aside from the US ambassador, the turnover rites were also witnessed by US military officials led by Joint US Military Assistance Group (JUSMAG) chief Col. Ernest Lee.

https://www.pressreader.com/philippines/the-philippine-star/20180314/281668255496519

PAF to get US ScanEagle UAVs Tuesday

MANILA — The Philippine Air Force (PAF) will formally accept ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) acquired from the US through foreign military financing on Tuesday.

Major Aristides M. Galang, PAF spokesperson, said the UAVs will be formally accepted, blessed, and turned over to the PAF in simple ceremonies at the 250th Presidential Airlight Wing Hangar in Villamor Air Base, Pasay City as the primary venue and the 505th Search-and-Rescue Group Hangar as alternate venue.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana will be the guest of honor at the event.

Other US government officials who will attend the turnover include Sung Y. Kim, US Ambassador to the Philippines, and US Army Col. Ernest C. Lee, Chief of JUSMAG-Philippines.

The Boeing Insitu ScanEagle is a small, long-endurance, low-altitude unmanned UAV built by Insitu, a subsidiary of Boeing, and is used for reconnaissance.

https://www.ptvnews.ph/paf-get-us-scaneagle-uavs-tuesday/

An appeal to the NPA

Republic Act 8371 is an Act to recognize, protect and promote the rights of Indigenous Cultural Communities (ICCs)/ Indigenous Peoples or IPs. Section 1 of said Act notes, “the State shall take measures, with the participation of the ICCs/IPs concerned, to protect their rights and guarantee respect for their cultural integrity and ensure that members of said groups benefit on an equal footing from the rights and opportunities which national laws and regulations grant to other members of the population.”

Further Section 3 of the said Act stipulates that ICCs/IPs have rights to their ancestral domain or “areas generally belonging to ICCs/IPs comprising lands, inland waters, coastal areas, natural resources, therein, held under a claim, ownership, occupied or possessed by ICCs/IPs, by themselves or through their ancestors, communally or individuals since time immemorial, continuously to the present except when interrupted by war, force majeure or displacement by force, deceit, stealth or a consequence of government projects or any other voluntary dealings entered into by government and private individuals/corporations, and which are necessary to ensure their economic, social and cultural welfare.”

Based on the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) (with April 2016 as reference period), there are about 48,743 registered Indigenous People (IP) in the Bicol Region of the 213,311 estimated population nationwide. Among the six provinces in the region, Camarines Sur has the biggest number of tribal communities with 4,799 families or 26,199 persons.

I belong to the Agta tribe or one of the IPs, descendant of Negrito enthicity. Most of us reside at Mount Iriga in Buhi, Camarines Sur. IPs including the Agtas have been noted to be challenges to the government attributed to their poor health. Most of them do not have money and could not access hospital service easily. Inadequate social services specially water, lack of livelihood; little education/poor literacy rate; and discrimination.

While there are Agtas who are educated and currently employed, there are still many others who live a hand-to-mouth existence relying on fishing, hunting and farming.

It is disheartening however that the poor economic condition of these Agtas is being aggravated by the New People’s Army’s intervention. A portion of Agtas’ ancestral lands was forcibly taken by the NPAs. In many cases, the NPAs are asking from five to 10 percent from Agtas agricultural yields (coconuts, palay, among others).

Only a few stood pat not to give in to the NPA’s demands while others abandoned their lands for fear of reprisal. Due to abject poverty some of them are compelled to engage in illegal timber poaching converted to charcoal which is prohibited by the government. I am very lucky though to have a stable job.

Extortion imposed by the NPAs is just one phase affecting the Agtas in Iriga. The NPAs are sowing fear among Agtas, that has psychological and traumatic effect specially among children. There is no peace.

I highly believe in the government’s efforts to protect and promote the welfare of ICCs/IPs like the Agtas. Attesting to these efforts are: making education accessible for us where I was one of the beneficiaries; farm-to-market roads; being part of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps); provision of basic social services to include free hospitalization through zero balance bill policy, housing units; and priority lane for them to avoid discrimination.

While the government is pushing Agtas and other IPs to be in the mainstream of society, such efforts may become futile if there are people like the NPAs who are adding loads to their burden. I cannot blame President Duterte for his expletives against the NPAs and tagging them as terrorists attributed to their horrendous acts.

I am appealing to the NPAs to stop their interventions against the Agtas because these too deserve a decent and good life. — NIMFA SANTOSA, Volunteer for IPs in Camarines Sur

https://www.afpcrs.com/single-post/2018/03/09/An-appeal-to-the-NPA

Army Commander to Frank Fernandez: We didn’t force the NPAs to tell the truth, you forgot to instruct them to lie

Army Commander to Frank Fernandez: We didn’t force the NPAs to tell the truth, you forgot to instruct them to lie

[2018-03-09] CAMP PERALTA, Jamindan Capiz – Brigadier General DINOH A DOLINA, Commander of the Army’s 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division slammed the NDF-Negros spokesman Frank Fernandez for accusing the Army of planting evidence and forcing the arrested CPP-NPA terrorists to admit being a member of the said organization.

“The Army did not force the six (6) arrested terrorists to confess being part of the terrorist organization, maybe you forgot to instruct them to jeopardize the truth and tell the series of lies you have injected into their innocent minds in case of situations just like what happened in Mabinay Negros Oriental. Your organization is known for fabricating information and telling lies in order to deceive people. I challenge you to prove your allegations in court”, BGEN Dolina fired back to Fernandez’ previously released statement.

It can be recalled that during the inventory of the confiscated firearms and explosives, each of the arrested terrorists including the two (2) minors were asked, in the presence of the media, wherein they pointed to the firearms that belong to them.

BGEN Dolina also lambasted the CPP-NPA Terrorist as well as the NDF-Negros for brain-washing the young minds of the children and exposing them to the culture of violence and terrorism. “This terrorist organization is the true child abuse perpetrator who even forced the children to carry firearms and take part on the bloody armed struggle which is a clear violation of the Republic Act 7610 or the Special Protection of Children against Abuse, Exploitation, and Discrimination Act”, he added.

On the other hand, he encouraged the youth to stay in school and prioritize their studies instead of allowing this terrorist organization to exploit their minds and misuse their abilities in criminal activities. “Don’t waste your gift of wisdom, prioritize your studies and use your competency and capabilities in good deeds that could truly help your family and community”, he emphasized.

Source: 3rd Infantry Division (Spearhead)

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Army Commander to Frank Fernandez: We didn’t force the NPAs to tell the truth, you forgot to instruct them to lie

IN PHOTOS | DSWD awards DWDD with ‘Gawad Ulat’

Col Antonio Francisco Jr. Deputy Commander of Civil Relations Service Armed Forces of the Philippines, Major Alwin M Maneja, Station Manager of DWDD and Mr Alvin E. Santiago, representative from the news department receives the award “Gawad Ulat, “Most Supportive Radio Station” from Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Officer-In-Charge Emmanuel Leyco, DSWD Undersecretary and Pagkilala sa Natatanging Kontribusyon sa Bayan (PANaTa Ko sa Bayan) Awards Chairperson Luzviminda Ilagan and Assistant Secretary Aleli Bawagan at the DSWD Auditorium in Quezon City yesterday, March 8, 2018.

The ‘Gawad Ulat’ is awarded to media organizations and practitioners who have given solid support to the DSWD through publication in print media and airing in broadcast media of positive and balanced stories on top of their commitment to advance the promotion, publicity and advocacy efforts of the Department.

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