Armed Forces of the Philippines
Bilang tugon sa mga nagnanais magpaabot ng tulong sa mga kababayan nating lumikas dahil sa kaguluhan at sa mga pamilya ng mga sundalong namatay sa pakikipaglaban para sa kasarinlan ng Marawi, ang inyong donasyon ay maaaring ipadala sa sumusunod na accounts na binuksan sa Land Bank of the Philippines:
Para sa mga pamilyang naulila ng mga sundalong namatay sa pakikipaglaban sa Marawi:
Account Name: Marawi AFP Casualty
Account Number: 0000 0552 1071 28
Para sa mga lumikas nating kababayan mula sa Marawi:
Account Name: Marawi IDP
Account Number: 0000 0552 1071 36
Para sa ‘transparency’, ang AFP ay magpapahayag ng halaga ng nalikom na donasyon.
Maaari ninyong beripikahin ang inyong mga donasyon Kontakin lamang ang mga numerong ito: 0917-502-3012 (Globe) / 0928-264-3337 (Smart)
SALAMAT sa inyong habag at malasakit.
Marine Private Bernie John Lunas, 21, from Barangay Hindi, Bacacay town in Albay, one of the youngest of 13 Marines killed in action on June 9 in battle-scarred Marawi City has come home.
Bernie, who turned 21 last April 5, was the second son of Barangay Captain Juan and Jocelyn Lunas. The couple has three other children.
Cut down in his prime by a cruel war, Bernie was like any other young man from a family of modest means. An artist, he had dreamed of being an architect one day.
He took the entrance exams at Bicol University in Legazpi but did not make the cut because there was a quota for architecture. Instead, he enrolled in industrial design so he could shift to architecture later. Taking advantage of all opportunities available to him, Bernie also attended a Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) program in San Francisco, Malilipot town but was encouraged by a kababayan (townmate) to enlist in the military service.
Last Christmas Day, he went to Metro Manila to report to Fort Bonifacio and from there he was sent to Ternate, Cavite for military training.
His aunt, Evangeline Lunas-Baseloña, told The Manila Times that Bernie would have graduated in August from the rigid training at the Marine Corps.
She added that Bernie went home three times from the time he started military training. “His last visit to his family was last April during Holy Week break just before going through another schooling to be promoted.”
Private Bernie was first assigned to Marine Battalion Landing Team 7 in Sultan Kudarat but two weeks before completing his schooling he was pulled out on June 4 and sent to Marawi.
Six months before his death, Bernie posted a photo on his FB wall with signage 37th Marine Company, Marine Battalion Landing Team-7, Kalamansig Sultan Kudarat. Its caption – “die to be a hero.”
On Monday, Independence Day, Bernie’s father and his three younger siblings proceeded to Tactical Operations Group 5-Philippine Air Force headquarters along with other relatives and friends including Mayor Dinky Romano of Bacacay town to bring Bernie back home.
Like the other 12 Marines who fell in Marawi City, Bernie is home, a hero. But to his family and friends, it was not the homecoming they would have expected for this young man in uniform.
On Tuesday, Bernie’s father made the last journey home from Manila with his son as well as Bernie’s brother-in-arms Marine Cpl. Roland Sumagpang of Ocampo, Camarines Sur.
Their remains were flown home to Legazpi City on a C-295 flown by Philippine Air Force first woman pilot-in-command Maj. Geraldine Abigail Matienzo and co-pilot Maj. Floraine Reyes.
The fallen heroes were given arrival honors by members of the Southern Luzon Naval Forces led by Navforsol deputy commander Capt. Toribio Adaci Jr.
At home, Bernie’s mother Jocelyn and elder brother Aron John, 22, who recently passed the certified public accountancy board, silently waited for him.
Jocelyn could not come to terms with Bernie’s fate. She said the last time she talked to her son was on the night of June 8. “I was praying so hard for his safety and that the conflict in Mindanao will be resolved soon. That like the other young soldiers, he would be home soon,” she told The Manila Times.
On June 9, a Marine officer called her up saying that something happened to Bernie. Just like any mother, she held on, kept praying, hoping that her son was only wounded in the firefight. But the Marine officer gently broke the news – Bernie was one of 13 soldiers killed in action against the Maute group.
“My son was part of the clearing team in Marawi City when killed by the terrorists. I prayed hard that he will make it home to us,” she said in between sobs.
QUEZON CITY, March 20 (PIA) — The Civil Relations Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (CRSAFP) has hailed the 12 million strong peace advocacy group Yes for Peace for effectively bringing its peace education campaign to the masses.
In a simple ceremony held at the CRSAFP Headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo over the weekend, AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations MGen Mequiades L. Feliciano presented the recognition to Yes for Peace lead organizer Ernesto Alcanzare, “for taking the initiative of gathering professionals, organizations, and government servicemen in a movement for the attainment of peace in our country through, giving voice to the peace loving sector through signature drives, peace caravans and information campaigns that spotlight the need to advance the cause of peace and development, an unsolicited initiative that is worth recognizing and emulating.”
“We must be able to mobilize the youth in nation-building. It may be cliché to say but the youth is the hope of our country,” Feliciano said in his speech.
For his part, BGen Ronnie S. Evangelista, the 36th Commander of CRSAFP, who signed and issued the certificate said, “Without doubt, all Filipinos — men, women and children, including the armed rebels–Love our Country. It is therefore the single unifying factor of all Filipinos.”
“Let us create collaborations and partnerships with the civilian sector of our society, both government and non-government institutions, in the attainment of our Mission,” he added.
After accepting the recognition, Alcanzare said, “Anchored on the Filipinos’ Love of Country, Yes for Peace–Bayanihan ng Bayan has deliberately been designed to transcend our differences in religion, political affiliation, socio-economic stature and even gender and thus provide equal footing on common ground for Filipinos killing Filipinos to fight for or protect the human rights of Filipinos to peace.”
For his part, Lawyer Domingo B. Alidon, President of Department of Education – National Employees Union (DepEd-NEU) said, “Frankly, I was surprised that the AFP is the first institution directly affected by recent events in the peace talks to publicly recognize our unsolicited initiative to bring the Filipino people into the center stage of the comprehensive peace process pursuant to the three underlying principles stated in the mandate of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process.”
Likewise, Johnny Balawag, Chairman of the National Board of Trustees of the DepEd-NEU commented, “Curiously, these principles stressing that the peace process cannot be left alone to the government nor to the armed insurgents alone but needs the involvement of all Filipinos were apparently ignored by professional OPAPP staff ever since their office was organized by former President Fidel V. Ramos.”
For his part, Mama S. Lalanto, al Haj, Adviser of Yes for Peace said, “In the past, most Filipinos were made to believe that the AFP will never agree to a permanent ceasefire because of widespread allegations that its officers earn from purchases war-materiel and would thus want the armed conflicts to last forever.”
EarIier, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Jesus C. Dureza wrote in a letter to Yes for Peace, “We note with appreciation the peace advocacy efforts of this citizen-led initiative that you are pursuing and congratulate your unwavering efforts to support the peace process.”
Also recognized for their invaluable contributions to the fulfillment of the AFP Mission to “Protect the people, secure the sovereignty of the State and the integrity of the national territory,” include: Ligtas Patrol; Keysquare, Incorporated; InfiniVAN, Incorporated; IPS Incorporated; Bantay Bayan, Incorporated; Department of Environment and Natural Resources – National Capital Region; HOPE Incorporated; Institute of Electronics and Communications Engineers of the Philippines; Regional Emergency Assistance Communications Team; Rotary Club of Camp Aguinaldo; Security Reform Initiative; and Teach Peace Build Peace Movement.
It can be recalled that Yes for Peace is also supported and implemented by the DepEd, the Philippine Postal Corporation, the Philippine Information Agency, the Philippine News Agency, the Philippine Broadcasting System, the Radio Television Malacanang, the Boy Scouts of the Philippines, the Girl Scouts of the Philippines and the Alpha Phi Omega. (RJB/JCP/PIA-NCR)
CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – Members of the communist terrorist New People’s Army (NPA) terrorized students of the Sta. Cruz Elementary School in Rosario Agusan del Sur after burning a prime mover near the vicinity, Tuesday, February 28.
Reports from the Army’s 401st Infantry Brigade disclosed that the NPAs flagged down and burned the truck at the national road, just 300 meters away from the school.
The prime mover was drawing a container van of bananas from Sumifru Corporation. It came from Tagbina town and was bound for Davao. Its batteries and tires were partially burned.
“Worried parents rushed to the school to fetch their children upon learning of the incident. They condemned the NPA upon seeing their kids trembling in fear. They vowed to report to us the presence of the NPA next time,” reports Colonel Cristobal N Zaragoza, Commander of 401Bde.
Col Zaragoza also suspects that the NPAs deliberately planned to perpetrate the crime near the school to slow down responding government forces.
“This incident only underscores the NPA’s clear disregard for human life. They endanger the lives of innocent civilians, even children just to attain their ends of bleeding money from private companies,” AFP Public Affairs Chief Marine Colonel Edgard Arevalo said. “Rest assured that our operations to frustrate the ends of the NPA will continue. And they will be deliberate, focused, surgical, and intelligence driven to ensure the safety of our people, especially children,” Colonel Arevalo concludes.
Two platoons under the 33rd Infantry Battalion, together with anti-drug enforcers, exchanged fire with unidentified gunmen Saturday morning in an anti-narcotics operation in Maguindanao, resulting in the seizure of about P500,000 worth of illegal drugs, the Armed Forces (AFP) said.
The soldiers and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) officers stationed in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) encountered about 15 armed men at Barangay Lipao, Datu Paglas, the AFP said in a statement.
After a firefight that lasted an hour, the AFP and PDEA captured 2 men and confiscated one M16A1 rifle and about 70 to 80 grams of what is believed to be methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) with an estimated street value of half a million pesos, plus various drug paraphernalia.
The firefight also resulted in 2 injuries on the government side due to shrapnel wounds. They were taken to the nearest hospital.
According to Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, commander of the 33rd Infantry Battalion, the AFP was in pursuit of the rest of the group. The Armed Forces fully supports the government’s anti illegal-drug operations, Cabunoc said.
The PDEA was put in charge of the government’s war on illegal drugs, after the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG) was disbanded on account of the death of Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo at the hands of rogue officers.
Earlier this year, Duterte tasked the military to assist the PDEA during their anti-drug operations.
While the AFP is waiting for an executive order from President Rodrigo Duterte to formalize its role in the country’s anti-drug war, AFP chief Gen. Eduardo Año said his men were ready to join PDEA operations.
The move to include the AFP in the administration’s war on drugs drew flak from Duterte critics including Senator Leila de Lima, who said the president’s order as commander-in-chief could only be used under certain conditions.
NSFA, Panacan, Davao City – Task Force Haribon of the Eastern Mindanao Command held a send off ceremony in the morning of January 13, 2017 at Naval Station Felix Apolinario, Panacan, Davao City.
The forces will support the Philippine National Police in securing the launching and other related activities of ASEAN ‘17 in Davao City.
The forces deployed comprises of troops and equipment coming from air force, navy and army. It includes Explosive Ordnance Demolition Teams, K-9, Medical Teams and Quick Reaction Forces.
Other AFP assets deployed were armored vehicles, helicopters, ambulances and military trucks necessary in case of emergency.
BGen Gilbert I. Gapay Commander Joint Task Force Haribon led the send off and encourage the troops to give their best in this critical mission.
“Sa mission na to ibigay natin ang dedikasyon natin na syang tunay na marka ng isang kawal, mandirigma at manlalayag”.
The Task Force Haribon is expected to employ about 2000 personnel during the ASEAN.
Lieutenant General Eduardo M Año was named Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines during ceremonies held on December 7, 2016, in Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City. Lieutenant General Año succeeded General Ricardo R Visaya, who is set to relinquish his post as he reaches the mandatory age of retirement.
Lieutenant General Año was commissioned on March 11, 1983, after having graduated from the Philippine Military Academy that year.
Año, one of the youngest in his batch, is the 3rd among the classmates to become AFP chief. The first was General Hernando Iriberri.
As part of his continued education, he took the Israel Counter Terrorism Center (2002) and the International Officer Intelligence Course at the U.S. Army Intelligence Center in Fort Huachuca, Arizona with a perfect rating of 100% (1993). He is also a graduate of the Scout Ranger Course.
Año was credited for scoring some of the biggest arrests of communist leaders including the once elusive Communist Party of the Philippines chairman Benito Tiamzon; The neutralization of President Duterte’s known friend, the Davao-based New People’s Army (NPA) commander Leonardo Pitao alias Kumander Parago, who was killed in a military encounter in June 2015. He also led the hunt for retired Major General Jovito Palparan, who is accused of kidnapping and serious illegal detention.
Prior to his appointment as Commanding General of the Philippine Army in July 2015, he commanded the Army’s 10th Infantry Division, and, before that, was Brigade Commander of the 201st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.
The Lieutenant General also served as Chief of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and, before that Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence.