Armed Forces of the Philippines
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.
Soldiers tasked to man and protect the 10 islands and features in the Kalayaan Island Group got an early Christmas present when the UP Vanguard Inc., the country’s oldest Reserve Officers Training Corps, formally donated assorted equipment and sports items to the military Monday morning.
The donation was formally handed over to Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) vice chief-of-staff Lt. Gen. Glorioso Miranda by UP Vanguard Vice National Commander, reservist Brig. Gen. Marcelo Bonifacio Javier.
Handover took place at the AFP Canopy Area in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
The donated items consists of one chest freezer, one solar panel, one generator set, two basketballs, a pair badminton racquets, two fishing rods, 10 helmets, 10 rubber gloves, 10 mask, 10 googles, 10 LED bulbs and four Motorola 2-way radios.
Javier said they were able to come up with this donation thanks to their successful fun-run last April 9.
Miranda lauded the efforts by the UP Vanguard community and said that it serves as a good reminder that a lot of Filipinos are well aware of the sacrifices being carried out by military personnel guarding Philippines possessions at the Kalayaan Island Group.
Out of the seven island and three reefs being controlled by the Philippines, Pagasa is the largest measuring 37.2 hectares.
Other Philippine possessions in the Spratlys include Likas Island which measures 18.6 hectares, Parolo Island, 12.7 hectares, Lawak Island 7.93 hectares, Kota Island, 6. 45 hectares, Patag Island, 0.57, Panata Island, 0.44, Rizal, Balagtas and Ayungin Reefs.
The items are scheduled to be delivered by air on December 8, he added