Monday, September 24, 2018

DWDD: OPENING CEREMONY | 2ID Jungle Warfare and Mountain Operations Course (JWMOC) (VIDEO)

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Sep 25): OPENING CEREMONY  |  2ID Jungle Warfare and Mountain Operations Course (JWMOC) (VIDEO)

CAMP MATEO CAPINPIN, Tanay, Rizal (DWDD) – The 2nd Infantry (Jungle Fighter) Division under Major General Rhoderick M Parayno AFP, Commander, 2ID, conducted the opening ceremony of Jungle Warfare and Mountain Operations Course (JWMOC) Class 532-2018 at 2nd Division Training School (2DTS) view deck on September 18, 2018.

Colonel Marceliano V Teofilo, Chief of Staff, 2ID, and the Keynote Speaker, declared the opening of JWMOC of the 240 new privates. He urged them to do well in their training for them to surpass the hardships in the field and become good followers and servant leaders.

The 234 males and 6 females have successfully completed the four (4) months rigid Candidate Soldier Course and will now undergo another 45 days of JWMOC training to reinforce their skills in warfighting and jungle warfare prior to their deployment. 2DPAO / MCAG

DWDD: OPERATIONAL VISIT | PH Army Commander Visits 71st IB

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Sep 25): OPERATIONAL VISIT  |  PH Army Commander Visits 71st IB

MAWAB, Compostela Valley –As part of routine operational visits to troops deployed in Mindanao, the Commander 7th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, Major General Felimon T Santos Jr. AFP visited troops of 71st Infantry (Kaibigan) Battalion at Purok 8, Barangay Nueva Visayas, Mawab, Compostela Valley Province on September 21, 2018, 4:00pm.

Major General Santos was welcomed by troops of 71st IB through traditional military honor hosted by Lieutenant Colonel Esteveyn E Ducusin, Battalion Commander of 71st IB. He was accompanied by his staff, Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Daniel D Tiangco, Assistant Chief of Staff for Personnel and Lieutenant Colonel Ronnel B Dela Cruz, Assistant Chief of Staff for Logistics and Major Eugene P Esguerra, Assistant Chief of Staff for CEIS. They were later briefed by current threat situation and accomplishment of the unit.

Highlight of the visit is the pinning of ranks for newly promoted personnel of the unitand awarding of Eight (8) units Engine Machine from ABS-CBN LingkodKapamilya Foundation Incorporated to Farmers Association organized by 71st IB.

During his talk-to-men, Major General Santos is very happy with the performance of Kaibigan Troopers in its Area of Operation (AO). He commended the troops for their sacrifices and hard work in performing their duty. He also reminded the troops about family values, to check their children and supervise their needs even though they spend most of their time in work far away from their family.

The visit of Commander 7ID in Mindanao Based Units under his command provided a boost in the morale of men and women of 71st IB to continue their mission to protect and serve the communities of Compostela Valley and Davao Del Norte.

7th ID is the mother unit of 71st IB, based in Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City, NuevaEcija with operational jurisdiction over Central Luzon and send units in Mindanao to help solving insurgency problems and other threats thereat.

Commander 7th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, Major General Felimon T Santos Jr. AFP visited troops of 71st Infantry (Kaibigan) Battalion at Purok 8, Barangay Nueva Visayas, Mawab, Compostela Valley Province on September 21, 2018.



DWDD: ENCOUNTER | 85IB clash against the NPA in Quezon

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Sep 25): ENCOUNTER | 85IB clash against the NPA in Quezon

CAMP GENERAL MATEO CAPINPIN, Tanay, Rizal — The troops of the 85th Infantry “Sandiwa” Battalion (85IB) clashed against the New People’s Army (NPA) Communist terrorist group at Sitio Aak Malaki, Brgy Vista Hermosa, Macalelon, Quezon yesterday, September 21, 2018.


Lieutenant Colonel Ely R Tono, Commanding Officer of 85IB said that the troops were conducting combat operation in the area to secure the Community Support Program (CSP) of the soldiers and the Local Government Unit (LGU) in the barangay.

While clearing the area, they chanced upon undetermined number of NPA, triggering the firefight that lasted for about five minutes.

Two soldiers were wounded and were now on stable condition after given medical treatment, while there was undetermined number of casualties from the enemies based on the traces of blood stains in the encounter site. The enemies brought along their wounded comrades when they scampered away according to the troops.

The encountered enemies were believed to be members of Platoon 2, Guerilla Unit 2, Sub- Regional Military Area (SRMA) of the Southern Tagalog Regional Party Committee operating in Quezon.

Brigadier General Elias H Escarcha, Commander of the 201st (KABALIKAT) Brigade who has operational jurisdiction over Quezon province said that the troops were on tracked against the NPA terrorists in the province. “The NPA now doesn’t enjoy the support of the masses. The people already spoke and denounced their atrocities. There’s no other way for them but to surrender”, he added.

Major General Rhoderick Parayno, Commander of the 2nd Infantry (JUNGLE FIGHTER) Division said that the troops will continue to pursue the retreating enemies.

The government troops are continuing their massive pursuit operations against the NPA terrorists. Check points are also being expanded in the area in coordination withthe local police. 2DPAO / MCAG

DWDD: VOLUNTARY SURRENDER | 2 ASG gives-up to 501st Brigade

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Sep 25): VOLUNTARY SURRENDER  |  2 ASG gives-up to 501st Brigade

CAMP NAVARRO, Calarian, Zamboanga City (DWDD) – Two (2) members of the Abu Sayaff Group in Sulu province were presented around 9am on September 21, 2018, by Lieutenant Colonel Jesus C. Pagala, Commander of the 21st Infantry “Invincible” Battalion (21IB), to Colonel Peter Angelo L. Ramos, Commander of the 501st Infantry Brigade.


The two (2) ASG members were identified as AlbiAmirolAlih @ALBI and ObinUmod Mano @SAIP, both under the group of ASG sub-leader IdangSusukan, voluntarily surrendered on 20 September 2018 at the Headquarters of 21IB based at BgyDanag, Patikul, Sulu.

Albi also surrendered one (1) M1 Garand rifle while Saip surrendered one (1) cal .45 pistol.

The surrenderors were brought to KHTBSH, BgyBusbus, Jolo, Sulu for medical examination and debriefing.

“This is another welcome development as more ASG (Abu Sayaff Group) members are finaly realizing that it is better for them to abandoned the illegal activities they are doing, para namanmabigyan pa silangpagkakataonmakapagbagong-buhay”,

Brigadier General Devino Rey Pabayo, JTF Sulu Commander, said after the report was sent to Western Mindanao Command early today.

The 501st Infantry Brigade is a unit of the 5th Infantry Division, Philippine Army based in Camp Bud Datu, BgyTagbak, Indanan, Sulu under the operational control of the Joint Task Force Sulu of the Western Mindanao Command. WESMINCOM / MCAG

DWDD: AIR ANGELS | PH Air Force Relief Operations

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Sep 25): AIR ANGELS  |  PH Air Force Relief Operations

CORDILLERA (DWDD) – The Philippine Air Force through its Tactical Operations Group 1 under Lt.Col. Ronnie Cabingas has been conducting aerial relief operation in isolated areas in Benguet while assisting members of the inter-agency Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis in conducting survey of landslide-hit areas and interviews with residents affected by Typhoon Ompong in the Cordillera. TOG1 / MCAG / ©2018|Harley Palangchao

DWDD: COUNTER TERRORISM | US donates P117-M worth of ammunition to AFP

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Sep 25): COUNTER TERRORISM  |  US donates P117-M worth of ammunition to AFP

CAMP GEN EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City (DWDD) – The Armed Forces opf the Philippines (AFP formally received P117 million worth of ammunition from the United Statesto be used for training in Counter-Terrorism.


According to the US Embassy in Manila, the donation was funded under a $2.2 million grant through the US Counterterrorism Train and Equip Program.

The donation will benefit the Philippine Army Light Reaction Regiment and AFP Joint Special Operations Group, the primary unit of the AFP tasked to conduct anti-terrorism efforts.

The ammunition was sent via two (2) shipments that arrived at Clark Airbase in Pampanga last September 7 ang September 21. The shipments included 5.56 mm and 7.62 mm rounds, 12-gauge shotgun shells, .50-caliber rounds, and stun grenades.

Also included in the shipments are 1 million bullets purchased by the Philippine Air Force (PAF) through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program.

According to a message from the US Embassy, the United States government promised to continue supporting the AFP’s modernization program, as a long time partner and ally in the region AES/ PAO AFP / MCAG

DWDD: HIGHER LEVEL | 355AEW holds Tile Setting Workmanship Seminar

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Sep 25): HIGHER LEVEL  |  355AEW holds Tile Setting Workmanship Seminar

BASA AIRBASE, Floridablanca, Pampanga (DWDD) – The Philippine Air Force 355th Aviation Engineer Wing held the Closing Ceremony of the Tile Setting Training Seminar conducted by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) on September 20, 2018 with the 355h AEW Wing Commander, Brigadier General Joselito F Maclan AFP as the presiding officer.


The aforementioned seminar was an eleven (11) days training workshop which consist of lectures, classroom discussions, actual work demonstrations culminated by both oral and practical examinations wherein a total of seventy-seven (77) Enlisted Personnel attended and were active during the said workshop.

The TESDA formally present upon them the National Certificate II Qualification Rating which aims to enhance the degree of workmanship of these personnel in performing By-Admin and in supervising By-Contract Projects. Thus, living to that high standard of saying “Hindi Pwede Yung Pwede Na; Dapat Pwedeng-Pwede Na Talaga”. By this effort, all the attendees are now expected to really maximize their meager repair budget without sacrificing the desired quality of work.

Moreover, an awarding ceremony was also conducted during the event to recognize outstanding attendees who have shown excellent work all throughout the rest of the workshop. The top 3 students were; TSg Paterno B Sazon Jr PAF; SSg Chito M Aguinaldo PAF; and, Sgt Mark Anthony D Lagajeno PAF all from 355th AEW.


DWDD: FILIPINA | Female officer from Quirino, topped new batch of Army 2nd Lieutenants

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Sep 25): FILIPINA  |  Female officer from Quirino, topped new batch of Army 2nd Lieutenants

FORT ANDRES BONIFACIO, Taguig City (DWDD) – 2nd Lieutenant Karen Joy A. Marquez graduated with top honors, in the Officer Preparatory Course (OPC) “Centurion Virtus” Class 68 -2018, Friday, September 21, 2018 held at the Officer Candidate School (OCS), TRADOC, Camp O’ Donnell, Capas,Tarlac.


The 86 new lieutenants anchored their solidarity in their class motto from the Latin word “Centurion” meaning professional officer while “Victus” denotes valor, excellence and worth. The six-month continuing education of these young officers is the gateway to improve their character, competence, and intellect prior to active field duty deployment.

The top of the class, 2nd Lieutenant Karen Joy A. Marquez is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts Major in English from Province of Quirino. She received the Secretary of National Defense Saber award and plaque for recognition including a 45 cal. pistol from the Army Chief as a token for her admirable achievement for dominating the 86 strong members of “Centurion Virtus” that is composed of 10 female and 76 male officers.

“Joining the Army has always been my dream. This is my way to help my parents and improve our living conditions. But more than that, I am proud and honored that I could now perform one of the dignified ways to lead and serve our country,” Marquez said.


Lt. Gen. Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, Chief of the Army, the Guest of Honor and Speaker, felt an air of melancholy during his speech since this would be the last graduation ceremony he could attend in view of the fact that he is scheduled to bow-out from the active military service.

In his remarks, he encouraged the new lieutenants and reminded them of the cutting edge value of the sacrifices of fallen soldiers and those wounded that pave-way to liberate Marawi City from terrorists.

Lt. Gen. Bautista also urged the graduates to be firm in their commitment and decision to serve the nation with finest service, always follow the chain of command, and remain loyal to the flag and constitution.

The new young leaders were also given the book The Complete 101 Collection author John C. Maxwell to serve as their inspiration and reference.OACPA / MCAG