Notorious ASG kidnappers fall, intensified operations continue in Sulu

Notorious ASG kidnappers fall, intensified operations continue in Sulu Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City- September 27, 2016 (5am)- Early dawn this 27th of September 2016, elements of Joint Task Force Sulu together with concerned citizens of Panglima Estino, Sulu conducted strike operations against ASG/KFRG mebers which resulted to the death of Nixon Muktadil and Brown Muktadil commonly known as ‘Muktadil brothers’ in the vic of Tambulian Island, Daungdung, Pata, Sulu. Muktadil brothers were involved in a series of kidnappings of twenty six (26) Indonesians and Malaysians at the high seas of the boundaries of Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.

The KVs were crewmen of five (5) different tugboats who were victims of these KFRG at different instances in the period of six (6) months. These boats ply the said shipping routes to deliver coal and other commercial items. The death of the Muktadil brothers is a major blow to the group of ASGSL Alhabsy Misaya because they serve as the sea guides and navigators during conduct of kidnapping at the high seas.

Cadavers are being transported to Sulu PPO, Camp Asturias, Jolo, Sulu .

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Brgy E. Rodriguez supports R12MS

The Race to One Million Seedlings is an advocacy which aims to plant one million trees in National Capital Region (NCR) and create a nation advocating for environmental protection and preservation. The Armed Forces of the Philippines through the Civil Relations Service launched this advocacy last March 2016. Since then, it has been conducting seed potting and tree planting activities to different schools and various communities all over National Capital Region.

Among the partner communities which pledged their support to the advocacy is Barangay E. Rodriguez in Quezon City. Troops from 7CRG CRSAFP together with CMOG, PA students organized both seed potting and tree planting activities participated by residents and barangay officials of E. Rodriguez.

Hon. Marciano Buena Agua, the Brgy. Chairman appreciated the activity as it is, according to him, helps alleviate the adverse effect of climate change. He also added how trees can be of help in times of flood in disasters.

“Tayo ay magtatanim ng puno para sa ganon, hindi tayo bahain,” said Hon. Buena Agua during the program of the activity. (We will plant trees so that we will not get flooded.)

Additionally, Korina Misalucha, SK Chairman said that the Race to One Million Seedlings is beneficial for the community.

“Ang maitutulong nito sa Barangay namin ay madagdagan pa ang mga puno, makakatulong rin ito na solusyon ang epekto ng Climate Change na nararanasan ng bansa ngayon,” Misalucha added. (What it [Race to One Million Seedlings] can help to our barangay is the additional trees that can be a solution to the effect of Climate Change that our country is experiencing right now.)

Meanwhile, Dayday Espino, Brgy Sweeper was hopeful that the next generation will continue the legacy of saving the environment.

“[At tsaka] yong mga apo namin, apo ko, pwedeng-pwedeng sila naman ang [magtanim] kung wala na kami,” said Dayday Espino, Brgy. Sweeper of E. Rodriguez. (And also, our grandchildren will be able to continue planting trees when we are gone)

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“Connecting the World through Peace”

In this world full of violence, wars, conflicts, disagreements… where else can we find peace?

Promoting peace and unity is the raison d’être of Peace Road Philippines. They want to “advance the ideals of building a world of peace and mutual cooperation grounded on the values of living for the sake of others”. For this reason, they have organized an event that will achieve their primary aim.

With a theme, “Connecting the World through Peace”, bikers or cyclists will be hitting the road as they participate in the Peace Road 2016 that will be co-hosted by the Universal Peace Federation – Philippines together with the World Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles – Philippines and Youth Federation for World Peace – Philippines on Sunday, August 7, 2016. The registration will be at Quezon City Memorial Circle Liwasang Aurora at 6 o’clock in the morning. There will also be a peace march for non-bikers who wish to attend the event.

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                                           Poster grabbed from: Peace Road Philippines’ facebook page

 

The Armed Forces of the Philippines which is a pro-peace organization will also be participating in this event as part of their efforts to call for unity in establishing peace nationwide, even worldwide.

Joining this activity will not only allow people to express their support for peace but will also give them health benefits as cycling and walking can improve both physical and mental health at the same time reduce the chances of experiencing many health problems.

This is a free registration, so join the Peace Road 2016! Be a catalyst of peace!

To pre-register, visit this site: www.peaceroadph.net.

You may also contact the event coordinator, Rene Lansangan at 0922-8932671 for more inquiries.

 

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Preparing for the Big One

It was an ordinary day in the city – people rushing to their appointments in the midst of traffic when suddenly the ground began to shake terribly. The tall buildings have collapsed and brought massive casualties and mass hysteria around Metro Manila.

This might happen when the West Valley Fault starts to make a movement. This fault line runs through six cities in Metro Manila namely Quezon City, Marikina, Makati, Pasig, Taguig, Muntinlupa, and partly in nearby provinces in Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, and Cavite.

According to Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, this fault only moves every 400 years; the last happened in 1658. A movement of this fault could generate 7.2 magnitude earthquake, would damage approximately 2.7 trillion of properties, bring 37,000 casualties and 140,000 injured people in the affected areas.

In preparation for the Big One, the Armed Forces of the Philippines hosted by its Reserve Command or AFPRESCOM and local government of Taguig City conducted a Joint Capability Demonstration to support the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council last July 29 at Taguig City West Sector.

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This activity showcased different situations that could happen during and after the earthquake in the same way demonstrated efficient techniques for rescue operations. Aside from testing each and everyone’s preparedness for disaster, it was also a way to increase knowledge on disaster response and encourage interoperability among different agencies to work as one when the Big One strikes.

As a quote by, Petra Nemcova says, “We cannot stop natural disasters but we can arm ourselves with knowledge: so many lives wouldn’t have to be lost if there was enough disaster preparedness.”

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Planting trees is planting life

“In the past, we spoiled and polluted parts of the nature, inflicted environmental damage” (End of Nature, 1989)

The above quote was taken in the book of Bill McKibbens, an environmentalist. In his book, he expressed melancholy on how nature has changed because of man’s abusive selfish interests.

However, not all people are abusive. There are some who try, with all they might to revive the fleeting state of the environment. Several environmental advocacies from different sectors have shown initiative using various methods to protect and preserve the environment. The 7th Civil Relations Group (CRG) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ for example, is also taking its part through their advocacy – Race to One Million Seedlings. This advocacy aims to plant one million seedlings in the National Capital Region with hopes to be replicated all over the Philippines. Thus, creating  a nation advocating for a better environment.

Last July 16, the 7th CRG together with the children in Manila Boy’s Town in Marikina City facilitated the Seed Potting Activity of 1,800 guyabano seeds. Moreover, these same children have committed themselves to plant another set of seedlings in August this year.

Meanwhile, last July 17, the Bantay Bayan Foundation Inc. with their founding chairman, Dr. Ben Caralde also potted guyabano seeds at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. This was attended by 7th CRG Group Commander LTC Marlowe E Patria, PA.

Indeed, Richard Rogers was right when he said, The only way forward, if we are going to improve the quality of the environment, is to get everybody involved.

Start planting trees and start building life!

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Farewell, Warrior Secretary

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Former Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin bids farewell to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) last June 28 at AFP Granstand, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. Photo by: Public Affairs Office

To be heroic is sacrificing for his countrymen. A warrior’s journey has now come to an end.

Last June 28, former Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin gave his farewell speech thanking the industrious leaders and members of the AFP in front of AFP Grandstand Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

Gazmin started his journey as Defense Secretary last June 2010 under the Aquino administration. During his six-year term, he played a huge part in the accomplishment of the defense department’s mission with the full support of President Aquino. They have made a significant progress in the implementation of the AFP capability upgrade and modernization program including various types of air, sea, and land assets; armaments and equipment to boost its operational readiness and defense capabilities.

He commended the AFP for their passion and dedication to their commitments in serving the countrymen.

Moreover, he said that he is confident that the military institution will always be revered and honored by the patriotism and professionalism of the officers, men and women, who are always ready and willing to offer the ultimate sacrifice in the performance of their constitutional duty as the protector of the people and the state.

Lastly, he thanked the leaders of the AFP for showing their professional indulgence in their service – Lieutenant General Joby Miranda, Lieutenant General Ed Año, Lieutenant General Ed Fallorina, and Vice Ceasar Taccad.

 

by: Sigrid Joyce Balladares and Bryan De Guzman, Broadcasting Interns

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A glimpse on your AFP

Military personnel are always associated with peace and order concerns, counter-insurgency and terrorism operations and the likes. But during Miss Earth Philippines 2016 Sports Fest held at AFP Wellness Gym on June 03, 2016, the public got a glimpse of the of the lighter side of our strong Armed Forces.

Together with the candidates of Miss Earth 2016, the AFPEBSO scholars and Teach Peace Build Peace Movers, the soldiers gamely played fun games that resulted in more vibrant friendship and camaraderie among all stakeholders. It also let the people see that the strong military personnel keep themselves healthy and fit, capable of protecting our sovereign and people.

Three games were prepared, with each team consisting of Miss Earth candidates, AFPEBSO Scholars, Teach Peace Build Peace Movers and soldiers. The games were AFPTR Relay, Modified Obstacle Course and Extreme Volleyball. The games were modified in consideration with the nearing coronation night of the ladies and the capability of the youth scholars and movers.

The Sports Fest was facilitated by 7th Civil Relations Group, Civil Relations Service, Armed Forces of the Philippines under the theme “…..enhancing camaraderie amongst peace and environmental preservation advocates”.

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