Thursday, June 28, 2018

DWDD: THWARTED | 2 NPA killed in an attempt to terrorized a cleared Barangay

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Jun 29): THWARTED  |  2 NPA killed in an attempt to terrorized a cleared Barangay 

CAMP GEN MANUEL T YAN SR., Mawab, Compostela Valley (DWDD) – An encounter transpired on June 27, 2018 between 3rd Infantry Battalion against more or less 30 Communist Terrorists believed to be members of PBC 2 and PBC 3 all of Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC) under an alias Bobby at Barangay Carmen, Baguio Dist, Davao City.

At about 5:34 pm of the same day, while said troops scouring the encounter site, another encounter ensued against the said CNTs. Sporadic firefight lasted for about five minutes while the first encounter lasted for about two (2) hours.

It resulted to one (1) wounded in action on the government side while two (2) were killed on the enemy side and the recovery of one (1) Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

Meanwhile, helicopters departed from Tactical Operations Group – 11 (TOG11) and proceeded to the encounter area to provide close-air support (CAS) to the engaged troops of 3IB.

The wounded soldier was evacuated for medical treatment at Camp Panacan Hospital

Major General Noel S Clement, Commander 10ID commended troops’ accomplishment and said “NPA terrorists are not welcome in a ‘cleared’ barangay. With this, their resurgence was immediately reported to us. We are grateful to the people of Barangay Carmen for their continued support and cooperation in maintaining peace and order.” 10DPAO / MCAG

DWDD: REWARD | Bounty for Maute leader Abu Dar raised to P6-M

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Jun 29): REWARD  |  Bounty for Maute leader Abu Dar raised to P6-M

LANAO DEL SUR (DWDD) – The reward for the capture of IS-inspired Maute Terror group leader Abu Dar has been raised from P3 Million to P6 Million.

According to Joint Task Force Ranao Deputy Commander Colonel Romeo Brawner, the local officials of Lanao del Sur have pooled their resources to raise the bounty for ther remaining Maute leadership. JTF Ranao / MCAG

DWDD: SHARING EXPERTISE | Naval Public Affairs Officers Summit 2018

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Jun 29): SHARING EXPERTISE  |  Naval Public Affairs Officers Summit 2018

NAVAL STATION JOSE ANDRADA, Manila (DWDD) – Naval Public Affairs Officers’ Summit 2018 with Rear Admiral Erick A Kagaoan AFP, Chief of Naval Staff as the Keynote Speaker.

Public Affairs Officers of different Naval Operating Forces attend this whole day activity spearheaded by the Naval Public Affairs Office.


Subject Matter Experts from different offices are present to discuss and share their expertise and best practices. NPAO / MCAG

DWDD: RIMPAC 2018 | PN Contingent arrives in Hawaii for World’s Largest Maritime Exercise

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Jun 29): RIMPAC 2018  |  PN Contingent arrives in Hawaii for World’s Largest Maritime Exercise


PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (DWDD) – The two Philippine Navy (PN) vessels, BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) and BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602) arrived in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, USA for the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2018, with one Augusta Westland Helicopter to complete the contingent led by the Commander, Naval Task Force 86, Captain Ernesto O Baldovino PN (GSC). NPAO / MCAG

DWDD: CSAFP visits casualties in Samar misencounter

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Jun 29): CSAFP visits casualties in Samar misencounter


TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte (DWDD) Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Carlito Galvez Jr. consoles one of the nine wounded policemen he visited at the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center in Tacloban City, Leyte on Wednesday, 27 June 2018.


In his visit, Gen. Galvez personally apologized to the survivors of the misencounter between soldiers and policemen in the morning of June 25, in Sitio Lonoy, Barangay San Roque, Sta Rita, Samar that resulted to the death of six police personnel.

The AFP Chief, together with Philippine National Police Chief Police Director General Oscar Albayalde, also attended the wake to pay respects and condole with the families of the killed police personnel. Photos by SSg Randulf Obinque PAOAFP / MCAG

EMERGING ISSUES | WESCOM conducts Inter-Agency Public Affairs Forum

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Jun 29): EMERGING ISSUES  |  WESCOM conducts Inter-Agency Public Affairs Forum

PUERTO PRINSESA, Palawan (DWDD) – The AFP Western Command through the Public Affairs Office, hosted the Inter-Agency Public Affairs Forum for the month of June 2018, at Lawak Conference Room, Headquarters WESCOM in Puerto Prinsesa, Palawan.

The Inter-agency Public Affairs Forum is regularly facilitated by AFP WESCOM and is attended by partner government and law enforcement agencies once every month.

It serves as a venue to discuss current and emerging issues affecting their Areas of Responsibility (AOR) and to strengthen the network of information practitioners in Palawan. WESCOM / MCAG

DWDD: RECEIVED AND BLESSED | AFP acquires two brand-new light lift fixed-wing aircrafts

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Jun 29): RECEIVED AND BLESSED  |  AFP acquires two brand-new light lift fixed-wing aircrafts


CLARK AIRBASE, Pampanga (DWDD)General Carlito Galvez Jr., Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), sits in the cockpit of one of the two NC212i light lift fixed-wing aircrafts turned-over to the Philippine Government on Tuesday, 26 June 2018 in Clark Air Base, Pampanga.

Defense and military officials, led by National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, accepted the two brand-new NC212i planes from Indonesia’s state-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia, which won the bidding for the project in 2014.


The arrival of the two light lift fixed-wing aircrafts, acquired through the AFP modernization program, boosted the Philippine Air Force’s inventory of medium and light-lift aircraft.
The NC212i aircraft can be used for maritime patrol, passenger and troop transport, cargo/logistic transport, search and rescue, paratroop dropping, and medical evacuation. Photos by SN1 Donald H. Viluan PAO AFP / MCAG

DWDD: REBELS IN CRISIS | 3 NPA Leaders Surrender in Surigao Del Sur

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Jun 28): REBELS IN CRISIS  |  3 NPA Leaders Surrender in Surigao Del Sur

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur (DWDD) Three (3) leaders of New People’s Army (NPA) surrender to joint forces of 36th Infantry “Valor” Battalion (36IB), Surigao del Sur Provincial Police Office (SDSPPO) and Tandag City Police Station (TCPS), 12:45 PM, Sunday, June 24, 2018 at Purok Mercury, Brgy Telaje, Tandag City, Surigao del Sur.

Surrenderees are identified as Hermano Quezada Also Known As (AKA) Rado, 48 years old, Commander of Sentro de Grabidad (SDG) Platoon, Guerilla Front Committee 30 (GF30); Donita Martinez AKA Clara or Laura, 31 years old, Medical Team Leader of SDG Platoon, GF30; and Romanito Molino AKA Tata, 42 years old, Team Leader of Team Baking, Uno Squad, SDG Platoon, GF30 all under the North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC).

“Nagkrisis mi karon sa taas. Gamay nalang masa na nagasuporta sa amo ug nagkagamay napud among pwersa. Wala na’y SDG sa Platun ug 2 nalang ka platun ang nahabilin sa GF30. Daghan pa gusto musurrender. (The armed group is on crisis right now. Mass base supporters are dwindling and we already have fewer strength. SDG Platoon was already dissolved leaving GF30 with only 2 Platoons. Many who are left wanted to surrender also.)”

Quezada admitted. SDG of GF30 is the main force that is primarily responsible for conducting tactical offensives in areas of Surigao del Sur.

“The deployment of Community Support Teams in our priority areas resulted to the populace’s shift of support from the NPA terrorists to the government forces. Your Valor Battalion will continue its mandate of protecting the communities from NPA terrorist’s threat and exploitation.” Lieutenant Colonel Xerxes Trinidad, Commanding Officer of 36IB said.

Brigadier General Franco Nemesio Gacal, 402 nd Infantry Brigade Commander stated some of Quezada’s revelations.

“NPA terrorists are disintegrating. Their commanders are returning to the mainstream society and realizing that armed struggle is not the solution to the nation’s problem. The revelations of Alias Rado in his surrender prove that NPA terrorists are losing their mass base supporters that should normally be protecting the armed group in the community or mass base. Moreover, NPA terrorists are just waiting for the right time to surrender because of the hardship they are experiencing in the armed group.” Gacal said.

Since the start of 4ID-PRO13 Joint ISO Campaign Plan, 24 have already surrendered from GF30 including Quezada and company from January 2018 up to date.

“The AFP and PNP in Region 13 have good working relationship and have common understanding on our Joint Internal Security Operations Campaign Plan. I commend both the efforts of PNP and 36IB that led to the surrender of Alias Rado and his 2 other companions. Our government has Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP) for regular NPA surrenderees and Militiang Bayan, where he/she can receive cash and livelihood assistance. Further, I am glad that Mayor Alexander Pimentel of Tandag City understands the needs of former rebels in its reintegration to the mainstream society.” Major General Ronald Villanueva, Commander of 4th Infantry Division said.

Mayor Alexander Pimentel handed ₱20,000.00 to each of the former rebels as immediate cash assistance of Tandag City during the press conference on June 27, 2018 at Tandag City Police Station. 36IB Valor / 4DPAO / MCAG