Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Army seizes motorboats, guns, IEDs in Maguindanao

From the Philippine News Agency (Oct 17): Army seizes motorboats, guns, IEDs in Maguindanao

Government forces, backed by allied Moro combatants, seized motorboats, assorted firearms and improvised explosive devices during clearing operations in Barangay Poblacion, Datu Piang and Barangay Katibpuan, Talayan, all in Maguindanao.

Capt. Arvin John Encinas, Army’s 6th Infantry Division (6ID) spokesman, said the explosives and other war materials were owned by the ISIS - inspired Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).

The Army and its ally, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), jointly carried out the clearing operations.

“Civilians provided us the information about the armed men in their villages so we launched clearing maneuvers,” Encinas said.

Among those recovered were one M-653 rifle, one M-203 grenade launcher and assorted ammunition as well as bomb making components.

Encinas said a still unidentified supporter of BIFF sub-leader Abunawas Damiog alias Bayawak, kept the firearms of the militants underneath Olandang Bridge in Datu Piang town.

Civilians from Katibpuan, Talayan, meanwhile, pointed to the Army 10 motorized boats used by the BIFF in cruising tributaries of the 220,000–hectare Liguasan Marsh in the area.

Maj. Gen. Arnel dela Vega, 6th ID chief, lauded the civilians for helping the military hinder the movement of the lawless elements sans their motorboats and firearms.

“The successful operation was a result of the focused and intensified military operations against local terror groups in Central Mindanao,” he said.

This developed as five members of the New People's Army (NPA) surrendered to elements of the Army’s 57th Infantry Battalion and Philippine Marines in Barangay Nililidan, Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat on Monday morning.

Encinas said the NPA rebels belonged to the Platoon Myphone of NPA Guerilla Front 73. The surrenderers turned over an M16 rifle, M14 rifle and an Ultimax caliber 5.62 rifle.

“This is one of the positive outcomes of an effective collaboration between the military and the civil authorities,” Dela Vega said.


Eastmincom raises alert level to avert retaliatory attacks

From the Philippine News Agency (Oct 17): Eastmincom raises alert level to avert retaliatory attacks

The Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has raised the alert level in its area with more focus on Davao Region’s porous borders to avert retaliatory or reprisal from terrorist groups following the death of Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute on Monday.

Eastmincom spokesperson, Maj. Ezra Balagtey, said the joint border mechanism agreed with Philippine government agencies in Davao Region and the Indonesian government is also implemented particularly along the Celebes Sea.

While the inter-agency border comprehensive plan is still a work in progress, Balagtey said the border crossing facilities on Balut Island in Sarangani town, Davao Occidental and in Cape San Agustin in Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental are in place.

He said the Indonesian Consulate has put own personnel at the facility on Balut Island while the Philippine government has its Philippine Navy, Philippine Coast Guard. There will also be the Bureau of Immigration and the Bureau of Customs.

“Gen. (Rey Leonardo) Guerrero has reviewed the 1975 border agreement with Indonesian to ensure that guidelines are attuned to security landscape in the region,” Balagtey said.

Balagtey said forces are keeping an eye on terrorists entering or exiting through the Celebes Sea especially targeting the foreigners fighting on the side of the Maute group in Marawi.

“Kailangan mabantayan kasi pwede naman na dito papasok (We need to monitor because it is possible they (terrorists) will come in),” Balagtey said in an interview Tuesday.

Balagtey, however, pointed out that the Eastmincom never put down its guards down since the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao.

So far, Balagtey said Eastmincom never received hard information on reprisal by Maute group sympathizers or allies since Omar and Abu Sayyaf leader Hapilon’s death. “But threat is always there,” he said.

Eastmincom is also monitoring Al Khalifa Philippines, Abu Sayyaf Group, and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) which are also operating parts of Eastmincom’s area. although these groups have never established their cell in the region.

“The commander of Eastern Mindanao Command issued directives to all units to raise the alert level their respective areas of responsibility to prevent any reprisal from the sympathetic groups,” he said.

Balagtey said the tightening of security will include the “intensification of security operations” especially in the areas of convergence, such as malls and places of worships.

He said there will be stricter conduct of checkpoints in some areas to ensure the safety of all citizens in the region Balagtey said the security measures will be also applied to other areas under Eastmincom.

He said the Eastmincom is also coordinating with other stakeholders so that the mechanism provided under Martial Law will be properly imposed without disregarding the respect on human rights.

“In the same manner, we will also continue our presence we made that is providing awareness on violent extremism and terrorism to raise their awareness,” he said.

Balagtey said the whole Eastmincom hopes that the support from the stakeholders on the fight against violent extremism will continue.

“We also ask the community to continue supporting us by reporting any dubious activities and personalities in their areas. So that we can prevent any atrocities to happen,” he said.

Meanwhile, the whole Eastmincom congratulated all operating soldiers of Western Mindanao Command in the Marawi siege for the job well done.

“We are happy for the accomplishment of the Western Mindanao Command in neutralizing Hapilon and Maute,” he said, adding that the accomplishment is a welcome development on the peace and order not just in Marawi City but also in the areas of Eastmincom.


Troops arrest Abu Sayyaf ‘spotter’

From the Philippine News Agency (Oct 17): Troops arrest Abu Sayyaf ‘spotter’

Joint police and military operatives have arrested an alleged “spotter” of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) involved in the Sipadan kidnapping 12 years ago, an official announced Tuesday.

Chief Insp. Helen Galvez, Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) information officer, identified the arrested suspect as Mansul Radalan alias Bentong, 37, of Barangay Baliwasan, this city.

Galvez said that Radalan was arrested in a law enforcement operation by way of serving search warrant at around 4:25 a.m. Monday in Mangal Drive, Baliwasan.

Galvez said that recovered from the suspect’s residence were bomb-making materials, such as ammonium nitrate, a commercial blasting cap, 900 grams of two-inch concrete nails, and a rifle grenade.

She said that Radalan was involved in the kidnapping of 21 people in April 2000 in Sipadan diving resort in Sabah. The victims consisted of 10 Europeans and 11 Asians--nine Malaysians and two Filipinos.

The ASG herded the victims in the hinterlands of Sulu, where they were released in batches following payment of huge ransom.

Galvez said that Radalan was also involved in the botched kidnapping of Dr. Armando Iturralde in October 2015 in Barangay Talon-Talon, this city.

Iturralde is the brother of Zamboanga City Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde.

Galvez said Radalan, the ASG spotter, was casing a Korean businessman who is a probable kidnapping target.

She said that Radalan as a spotter is the one scouting for possible kidnap victim.

She said that Radalan was detained while appropriate charges are set to be filed against him.


280 lumads take oath as candidate soldiers

From the Philippine News Agency (Oct 17): 280 lumads take oath as candidate soldiers

A total of 280 members of Indigenous People (IP) communities in Davao Region took their oath as candidate soldiers of 10th Infantry Division (ID) of the Philippine Army.

In a ceremony Tuesday at the 10th ID Headquarters in Mawab Compostela Valley, members of different tribes vowed to defend the Constitution and the country against the lawless elements.

10th ID assistant commander Brig. General Bienvenido Datuin said the IP soldiers would get the same salary, allowances and other benefits granted to regular soldiers.

"When they graduate, the same benefits and privileges will be given and they are also given the same serial number," Datuin said.

He said these IP soldiers were chosen by different Brigade commanders in the region.

Among the Brigades under 10th ID are 1001st Brigade in Compostela Valley, 1002nd in Davao Del Sur, 1003rd in Davao del Norte and 701st in Davao Oriental.

"We are making sure that all of the Brigades are well represented," Datuin said.

He said these soldiers would also be given the same training like the regular soldiers which would last for eight weeks.

"The training will be focusing on how to execute our campaign plan; community support program, respect for human rights and we will make sure that it will be people centered and developmental in nature, " Datuin said.

He emphasized that the 10th ID took a lot of IP to become soldiers of the country because it is important for them involved the tribes in the community in terms of nation building.

"My experience as 28th IB (Infantry Battalion) as well as 701st Brigade, I've been so long in these areas, it is important that we have to involve brothers and sisters in the tribe," he said.

Datuin added that according to the tribal leaders within the area of 10th ID, the move of the division might be the solution to everything end insurgency.

"You get the people involved, it’s a collective responsibility," he said.

Datuin hopes that there will be more batches to come that will help them in their campaign.


2 NPA members, soldier killed in Albay clash

From the Philippine News Agency (Oct 17): 2 NPA members, soldier killed in Albay clash

At least two suspected members of the New People's Army (NPA) and a government trooper were killed on Tuesday in a clash in Barangay (village) Joroan in the geothermal town of Tiwi in Albay.

Albay Provincial Police Office (APPO) spokesperson, Chief Inspector Arthur Gomez, quoting an initial report, said that around 8:30 a.m., a platoon of Army soldiers on combat patrol engaged a 30-man group of suspected NPA guerrillas in a 15-minute firefight.

Gomez said the identities of the slain rebels are yet to be determined as their bodies are still being transported to the town hall for identification and documentation purposes.

Recovered from the encounter scene were four M16 rifles and two M203 grenade launchers, two bandoliers with seven magazines with ammunition, 13 backpacks, two cellular phones, one hand-held radio, two landmines and subversive documents.

Army soldiers are now scouring the neighboring villages to capture some of the fleeing NPA rebels who might have sought refuge in the area .

Rehab to begin after Marawi liberation: AFP

From the Philippine News Agency (Oct 17): Rehab to begin after Marawi liberation: AFP

The rehabilitation and reconstruction of structures in Marawi City is set to begin as President Rodrigo Duterte declared the city's liberation from the clutches of the Maute terrorist group, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Tuesday.

“Marawi City has been declared liberated. The small number of the remaining enemy can now be considered a law enforcement matter and does not constitute serious threat to hinder the succeeding phases of national government programs,” AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo Año said.

“What remains now is mopping up operations against Maute ISIS stragglers in a small area. We can now begin the next phase which is damage assessment which is part already of rehabilitation and reconstruction,” he added.

Año, however, said government troops have yet to clear the city of landmines and other explosives first before proceeding with the rehabilitation works.

President Duterte made the declaration during his seventh visit to Marawi City on Tuesday.

The President’s statement was short, "Ladies and gentlemen, I hereby declare Marawi City liberated from the terrorist influence, that marks the beginning of rehabilitation."

For his part, AFP spokesman Maj. Gen. Restituto Padilla echoed Ano's statement, noting the “declaration was made by the President knowing the remaining enemy force is no longer a force to reckon with."

"Clearing operations are already underway to finish them off should they decide to continue the fight. Major operations have been concluded,” Padilla said.

“The declaration was made to pave the way for the start of a full blown recovery, rehabilitation and rebuilding effort. The President thank all our troops for their sacrifice, dedication and gallantry. He also committed government's assistance to all evacuees and families affected by the conflict. We call on every sector and our citizenry to help and support the bigger task of rebuilding," he added.

The national government estimates to spend PHP50 billion to rehabilitate the war-torn city.

Earlier, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the rehabilitation of the city is aimed at repairing and ensuring that all infrastructures, bridges, streets, and other facilities, are cleared and put in running order as quickly as possible, to expedite the rehabilitation of the city, including its business district.

Houses not damaged in the fighting, will be quickly returned to the evacuees as soon as possible.

"As soon as the last shot is fired, the rehabilitation phase will start immediately. All available engineering equipment are there, including (those of) the Department of Public Works and Highways," Lorenzana stressed.

Padilla noted that they are still waiting for the assessment of engineers from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) regarding the rebuilding procedure.

The President's pronouncement came a day after Lorenzana confirmed the death of top terrorist leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute.

The fighting between government troops and Maute terrorists, which lasted for almost five months, started last May 23 when the former attempted to arrest Hapilon, who was declared the emir of ISIS in Southeast Asia.


Pres. Duterte declares liberation of Marawi City

From the Philippine News Agency (Oct 18): Pres. Duterte declares liberation of Marawi City

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Tuesday, October 17, declared that Marawi City has been liberated from terrorists after more than four months of battle against the ISIS-inspired Maute group.

"Ladies and gentlemen, I hereby declare Marawi City liberated from the terrorist influence that marks the beginning of rehabilitation for the people," the Chief Executive said in his speech in Marawi City a day after Maute terrorist leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute were neutralized by government troops.

“‘Wag na natin itong ulitin kailanman. Sa panahon ko, hindi ako papayag. Government must have access dito sa loob," he added.

In his seventh visit to the Islamic City, the Commander-in-Chief also expressed gratitude to the government troops.

At the same time, he lauded the military and the police for their bravery.

“Maraming salamat at maligaya kaming mga Pilipino sa inyo. Mabuhay! Mabuhay! Mabuhay ang Armed Forces pati police! Matatapang, lalo na sa babae,” Duterte said.

The President also expressed concern for the government's security forces who were wounded.

“Mga minahal kong sundalo, pulis, ang problema ko ang nasugatan ngayon. Marami ‘yan. ‘Yung iba nabaldado,” he said.

“I can guarantee you. Sinasabi ko na sa inyo ngayon, walang iwanan. Ipupwesto ko silang lahat,” the President said.

Nearly 1,000 people have been killed in the conflict, including more than 800 enemies, 47 civilians and 163 government troops since the rebellion started in May.

Pres. Duterte: Old PUJs killing people

Meanwhile, President Duterte called on transport operators and drivers to modernize the public utility jeepneys (PUJs) as the old ones are already harmful to the public's health.

"Kayong mga Piston, you know that you are poisoning the people. 2030, one-third ng Pilipino puro mahirap ‘yan mamamatay ng lung cancer," the Chief Executive said.

"But change your machines, equipment because they are killing the people diyan sa carbon dioxide na ‘yan,” he added.

The President cited the program that would enable the operators to borrow from government and pay in tranches.

“Ang gobyerno may program, pinapahiram kayo ng pera. Ayan, bayaran ninyo dahan-dahan lang. Kung hindi niyo kaya ng monthly installment, ‘di piso kada araw,” Duterte said.

"You do it now. Implement now. Gawain ko kung ano ‘yung tama, ano ‘yung kailangan para sa tao,” he added.

China to help in Marawi’s post-war rehab

From the Philippine News Agency (Oct 18): China to help in Marawi’s post-war rehab

China is ready to provide more assistance for the Philippines’ post-war rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts in Marawi City.

“China stands ready to continue providing needed support and assistance in light of the needs of the government of the Philippines,” Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) spokesperson Lu Kang said in a press conference here.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday announced the liberation of the southern Philippine city from the clutches of the extremists following the killing of terrorist leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute.

“The Chinese side sincerely hopes that the people in Marawi and the Mindanao region can enjoy the peaceful and tranquil life again at an early date,” Lu said.

Last June, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua handed to Philippine health and social welfare officials a PHP15-million check donation for Marawi City’s relief operations and rehabilitation.

The presentation of the check was witnessed by President Duterte, whose foreign policy has led to the revival of Chinese-Philippine relations.

According to the reports, at least PHP50 billion will be needed to rehabilitate Marawi City ravaged by five months of battle between government forces and the terrorists led by Hapilon and Maute.

Also last June, China donated PHP370 million worth of about 3,000 rifles and six million pieces of ammunition to help the Philippine military in fighting the terrorists.

“Combating terrorism is the shared responsibility of all nations,” Lu said.

In a press statement, Philippine Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar announced on Tuesday that China had donated 47 sets of heavy equipment, which would be used for the reconstruction of Marawi City.

The equipment, which arrived in Iligan City last week, consisted of eight sets of excavators, eight sets of wheel loaders, five sets of compactors, five sets of track-type tractors, five sets of bulldozers, eight sets of dump trucks, eight sets of cement mixers, and one container van.

Villar, who was part of President Duterte’s economic team that recently visited China, said seven more equipment were expected to arrive through China’s Emergency Humanitarian Assistance.


Boom Kunana: The death story of Hapilon, Maute

From Update Philippines (Oct 17): Boom Kunana: The death story of Hapilon, Maute

8th Scout Ranger Company “Destruere Hostis Deus” Latin for “Destroy the enemy of God” of First Scout Ranger Regiment commonly known as Scout Rangers of Philippine Army Special Operations Command was among the units responsible for the death of Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute before dawn of October 16.

Destroyer, the commander of 8th Scout Ranger Company told the story on how they neutralized the two top terrorist leaders through Scout Ranger Books Facebook page.

According to Destroyer his company and other support units have already cordoned the area of a group of terrorists not knowing Hapilon and Maute are part of the group.

“Alas siyete ng gabi, nag deploy ng 1 team ng Scout Rangers sa dulo ng kalsada, sa may likod ng block. Kasama nila ang isang armored vehicle na may thermal capability,” said in the narration.

Another team with same composition was deployed on the other end of the road.

“Alam nila na mag attempt tatakas ang mga terorista kaya nag abang ng nag abang ang mga Rangers,” Destroyer said.

At 1:30, one terrorist crossed. “E alerto ang Ranger, boom kunana. Tumba ang isang terorista,” he added. Not yet knowing it was Maute.

“E may pasilip silip pa din, akmang tatawid. Boom kunana, galing naman sa secondary weapon ng armored vehicle,” he said. Not yet knowing it was Hapilon.

According to the narration, several terrorists tried to recover the bodies of their leaders.

“E nilamayan ng Rangers. Kada may lumapit, pitikan. Pagliwanag, mabilisan na plano, para kunin ang dalawang bangkay na naitumba nila,” Destroyer said. “Maya maya, naglalabasan na mga babaeng hostages. Tinakbo nila at sinabi: “sir, sina Isnilon Hapilon at Omar Maute ang mga napatay niyo.”

“Hiyawan, sigawan lahat ng tropa! Di nila akalain na natumba na pala nila ang dalawang leader ng mga terorista. Diyan natapos ang kasamaan ni Hapilon at Maute,” he added.


Is PH military getting AK-101?

From Update Philippines (Oct 17): Is PH military getting AK-101?

The Philippine military is set to receive 5,000 units of Kalashnikov rifles well known as AK (Avtomat Kalashnikova) next week, however, no official information was yet given on what variant will be donated.

 Kalashnikov rifle has different variants which differ from design to cartridge or ammunition they use.

 The famous AK-47 uses 7.62×39mm ammunition; the more latest AK-12 and AK-15 use 5.45×39mm and 7.62×39mm, respectively.

 Moreover, there are Kalashnikov rifle variants, AK-101 and AK-102, that use 5.56×45mm NATO ammunition which is the caliber of rifles in the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

 Though the Russian government is providing ample amount of ammunition, the Philippine military will be more capable of sustaining the use of Russian rifles if their ammunition will be same with what the Philippine military is already using and producing through Government Arsenal.

 With these, Russia will most probably donate the AK-101 or AK-102. AK-102 assault rifle is a shorter carbine version of AK-101 rifle.

On October 25 or maybe days earlier, the exact variant of Kalashnikov rifles that Russia will provide will be known. Russia is also providing 20 military trucks.


President Duterte declares liberation of Marawi

From Update Philippines (Oct 17): President Duterte declares liberation of Marawi

President Rodrigo Duterte on October 17 declared the liberation of Marawi City from terrorists composed of Maute terrorist group and Abu Sayyaf members.

“I hereby declare Marawi City liberated from the terrorists, we can now proceed to the rehabilitation,” said President Duterte before government forces in Marawi City.

The declaration came one day after government forces killed terrorist leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute in a before dawn operation on October 16.

The Marawi City conflict started on May 23 when government forces tried to arrest Isnilon Hapilon.

The ISIS-inspired terrorists were then planning to take over the whole city and were forced to already implement their plan.


China says it will never seek militarization of West Philippine Sea

From Update Philippines (Oct 17): China says it will never seek militarization of West Philippine Sea

China has assured it will not militarize the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) amid reports that it has been constructing military structures in the disputed territory.

Yao Wen, deputy director general for policy planning of Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Asian department, made this assurance on Monday in an interview with 25 Asian journalists covering the 19th Communist Party of China (CPC) National Congress.

China will never seek militarization of South China Sea,” Yao replied when asked if China could make categorically statement that it would not use military to assert claims in the South China Sea.

The Chinese foreign ministry official, however, admitted that China has been building structures in the reclaimed reefs and islands which are “within China’s sovereignty.”

“Yes indeed, we have some construction works. There are some projects that actually public structures especially the light house and hospitals in which we believe the neighboring countries will benefit from in the future,” he said.

Yao has reiterated China’s call to the countries not directly involved in the sovereignty issue to leave the resolution of the disputes among the claimant countries that also include the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.
He said that military vessels and aircrafts stationed near the disputed territory “is highly dangerous” as it would lead to misjudgment.

“We are worried about the so-called free navigation activities of non-relevant countries that come as far as near five to six nautical miles of the reefs where our staff are stationed,” Yao said.

Yao said territorial disputes particularly China’s nine-dash line and historical rights should be resolved peacefully through dialogues and negotiations among the involved countries.

He stressed that United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and other international laws on the sea, “China enjoys maritime interest on exclusive economic zone and continental shelf.”


8 Foreigners among terrorists still fighting in Marawi

From Update Philippines (Oct 17): 8 Foreigners among terrorists still fighting in Marawi

Some eight foreign terrorists are among the remaining band of Maute terrorists in Marawi City, the Armed of the Philippines (AFP) said Tuesday.

“Indications have been received that there indeed are six to eight foreign fighters are in the area but whose spirits are very much down and whose willingness to fight is not as high as it was previously,” AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said in a television interview.

Padilla also said government troops are keeping an eye on one of these foreign terrorists who was identified as Mahmud Ahmad, a Malaysian national who is fighting on the side of the Maute group in the city.

“Dr. Mahmud is an academic he is not a fighter and his experience in fighting is not as extensive as anyone like Hapilon or the Maute brothers Omar in particular and hence his ability to tactically lead the fight is not there essentially and so we don’t see this as a problem. That’s why even if we do say that he is still there this is not a hundred percent guaranteed because we still have to find clear evidence that will indicate their presence in the area,” the AFP spokesperson explained.

Padilla, however, said the military has yet to confirm whether Ahmad is still within the main battle area in Marawi.

On Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte visited Marawi City and declared it liberated from the hands of the Maute terrorist group almost five months after fighting in the city started on May 23. The declaration came a day after local terrorist leader Omar Maute and ISIS Southeast Asia emir Isnilon Hapilon were confirmed killed in Marawi.

Padilla said the “declaration was made by the President knowing the remaining enemy force is no longer a force to reckon with. Clearing operations are already underway to finish them off should they decide to continue the fight. Major operations have been concluded.”

“The declaration was made to pave the way for the start of a full blown recovery, rehabilitation and rebuilding effort. The President thanked all our troops for their sacrifice, dedication and gallantry. He also committed government’s assistance to all evacuees and families affected by the conflict. We call on every sector and our citizenry to help and support the bigger task of rebuilding,” Padilla noted.


Duterte: Chinese sniper rifles killed Omar, Isnilon (Graphic Photo)

From Update Philippines (Oct 17): Duterte: Chinese sniper rifles killed Omar, Isnilon (Graphic Photo)

President Rodrigo Duterte on October 17 said that Chinese sniper rifles killed terrorist leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute before dawn of October 16.

“China, dalawang beses na naglipad dito para sa [paghatid ng military aid]. ‘Yung sniper nila was of great help. ‘Yung mahaba nila na sniper [rifles]. ‘Yun ang nakakuha kay ano – ‘yung dalawa – madaling araw,” Duterte said during the Federalism Summit and oath-taking ceremony new members of PDP-Laban at the Capitol Convention Center in Pili, Camarines Sur.

“‘Yun ang nakakuha, it’s about a distance of about one kilometer. Isang kilometro ‘yun eh. Eh walang hangin pagka umaga. ‘Yun ang nagamit natin,” he noted.

“Malaking tulong ‘yung binigay ng [China],” he said.

China already delivered 2 batches of firearms to the Philippine government all for free. China first transferred 3,000 rifles with 5 million ammunition and 90 sniper rifles with 800,000 ammunition in June.

The second batch was this month which included 3,000 units of rifles; 3,000,000 rounds of assorted ammunition; and dozens of sniper scopes.