AFP will not bomb Mosques in Marawi

AFP Statement on account of a News Report that says the Mosques in Marawi have become Target Opportunities: www.kawalpinoy.com

We categorically state that we have not bombed and will not bomb mosques in Marawi.

The AFP leadership is firm in its commitment to use other options that would flush out the Maute-ISIS Group from these places of worship that they have converted into machine gun and snipers’ nests, defensive positions, and arsenals of their war wherewithals.

The AFP assures our Muslim brothers and Islamic faithfuls that it will not go down to the level of these terrorists who desecrate places of worship to lure the government security forces into responding to their violent activities in a similar manner.

We are confident that, through other options available to the AFP, we will be able to retake the remaining portion of Marawi occupied by these terrorists, neutralize their remaining members, and begin the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the city.

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NPA pinaputukan ang trak ng militar na naghatid ng relief goods sa Surigao

Mga bandang alas otso ng gabi noong Pebrero 14, habang naghahakot ng relief goods para sa mga nasalanta ng 6.7 magnitude na lindol sa Surigao, pinaputukan nga mga NPA ang KM 450 na minamaneho ni Cpl Homer June Fajardo (Inf) PA at ng kanyang mga kasamahan. Nanggaling sila sa 30th Infantry Batallion dala ang limang KM 450 at isang sasakyan ng ABS-CBN – Sagip Kapamilya papuntang Brgy Carihatag, Municipality of Malimono.

“Na-neutralize namin yong putok kasi nakapag-return fire kami kaagad,” sabi ni Cpl Fajardo.

Hinaing ni Cpl Fajardo na sana ay makisama ang mga NPA sa pagtulong sa mga nangangailan lalo na sa mga apektado ng lindol.

“Sana makisama na sila. Kung mas maganda nga na tumulong na rin sa mga taong apektado na hindi na sana sila maghanap ng gulo pa. Kasi yong mga militar po natin, pumunta don para tumulong… para maihatid yong tulong dahil napakahirap po nong area doon [Brgy Carihatag],” dagdag pa niya.

Hinihikayat niya rin ang mga NPA na sa halip na magsimula ng gulo ay ibaba nila ang kanilang mga armas at tumulong sa pagbibigay ng ayuda sa mga kababayang apektado ng lindol.

“Sana matauhan sila na tumulong rin sila [at] makisama para matulungan natin yong mga taong nasa malayong lugar na maihatid natin ng maayos ang relief goods at hindi madamay yong mga citizen,” dagdag ni Cpl Fajardo.

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Tatlong Sundalong dinukot ng NPA

Sgt Solaiman Calocop, Pfc Samuel Garay ng 39th Infantry Batallion, si Pfc Erwin Salan ng 30th Infantry Batallion ay kasalukuyang hawak ng NPA simula noong sila ay dinukot noong Pebrero 2 at Enero 29.

Hinaing ng kanilang pamilya na sana sila ay palayain ng ligtas at matiwasay.

“Gusto ko pong manawagan sa kumuha po sa asawa ko na si Pfc Samuel C. Garay na sana po ibalik na nila sa amin at sana wag nila itong saktan. Kailangan ko po ang asawa ko. Sana po ibalik na nila sa amin,” sabi ni Jesame Garay, asawa ni Pfc Garay.

Nanawagan rin siya sa ating gobyerno lalong lalo na sa ating Presidente na tulungan sila na maibalik ang kanyang asawa ang ibang mga sundalo na dinukot rin ng NPA.

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Buhay para sa Bayan

“Sir Booooooy!”

Iyan ang huling sigaw ni Cpl Ricky Bill Fariñas matapos silang paulanan ng bala ng mga armadong NPA sa kasagsagan ng kanilang operasyon sa Tapaz, Capiz.

Hindi akalain ng kahit na sinuman sa kanilang kasamahan na iyon na ang huling pagkakataon na masisilayan nila ang kanilang kasama na si Cpl Fariñas.

“Mabait, mapagmahal sa pamilya niya. At kung saan man kami ma-assign ay mahal siya ng mga tao lalo na ang mga bata. Tapos, kapag makita niya mga mahihirap na mga tao sa bundok, basta may pera yan, di madamot sa mga tao.” sabi ni Cpl Leo Hornada, Squad Leader ni Cpl Fariñas sa 61st Infantry Batallion.

Si Cpl Fariñas ay isa lamang sa mga sundalong nanumpang i-alay ang buhay upang makamit ang inaasam-asam na kapayapaan sa bansang sinilangan.

“Plano niya mag-ipon sila ng girlfriend niya ng pera para sa pag-uwi niya galing sa ibang bansa ay magpapakasal sila. Tapos plano pa niya kapag may anak na sila bigyan niya ng magandang buhay at paaralin para maging maganda rin ang future ng magiging anak nila balang araw,” dagdag ni Cpl Hornada.

Nakitilan ng buhay si Cpl Fariñas matapos silang pasabugan at paulanan ng bala ng mga NPA noong Pebrero 7. Ang mga plano niya sa buhay ay magsisilbing plano na lamang na hindi niya kailanman matutupad.

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NPA is Suffering Tactical Defeat – AFP

CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – It has been nine days since the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) launched an “All-Out War” against the New People’s Army (NPA) as directed by the President and Commander-in-Chief, Rodrigo Roa Duterte. And since then, the communist rebels had suffered several tactical defeats and the support of some frightened citizens continues to erode. This is a result of the deliberate, surgical, focused, and well-planned combat, intelligence and civil-military operations conducted by the AFP in various areas around the country.

While the National Democratic Front (NDF) continues to push for the resumption of the peace negotiations, it is clear that they are losing hold of their men on the ground. They are either attacking innocent civilians and business establishments; or surrendering to the government fold.

Kidnappings

In Trento, Agusan Del Sur, NPA members abducted Rene Badoc Carlos, Brgy. Chairman of Pangyan, Trento, Agusan Del Sur, and his wife Mrs. Maribeth Carlos on February 5 at 8:00 PM. They were last seen in Mongkayo, Compostela Valley. Reports from the Philippine Army’s 25th Infantry Battalion stated that the victims were with a relative, barangay councillor, and barangay tanods when they were taken by the NPAs. The couple’s companions were released while Rene and Maribeth were held and hogtied by the perpetrators.

In Maco, Compostella Valley, two civilians were abducted by NPAs on February 8. The victims were identified as Jun Jun Custodio and his son, Marjun Custodio.

Harassment/Ambush

On February 11, at 5:00 AM, troops from the 29th Infantry Battalion while acting on reports of NPA presence in Santiago Town, Agusan Del Norte, were indiscriminately fired upon by more or less ten (10) fully-armed NPA rebels. As a result, two (2) civilians were killed while one (1) soldier was killed-in-action. Three (3) civilians were also seriously wounded.

On February 11 at 2:45 AM, troops from the 67IB while onboard three (3) KM450 military trucks were attacked with IED by NPA members in Caraga, Davao Oriental. No casualty was reported.

On February 12, about two (2) NPA members fired upon the Bonacao CAA Detachment in San Fernando, Bukidnon. No casualty was reported.

Encounters and Subsequent Surrender/Apprehension

On February 10 at 5:47 AM, troops from the 31IB while conducting security operations encountered fifteen (15) NPA members in Magallanes, Sorsogon. Firefight lasted for about fifteen (15) minutes. After which, the enemy withdrew in southwest direction.

On February 11 at 10:45 AM, members of the 60IB encountered a group of NPA rebels in Laak, Compostela Valley. Two amazons identified as Alias Joy and Alias Rose surrendered to 67IB after the troops had a talk with 150 displaced families. The 60IB also recovered three (3) IEDs.

On February 11, at 10:30 AM, troops from the 73IB engaged in a two-hour firefight with the NPA in Brgy. Little Datal Anggas, Sarangani. One soldier was hurt and brought to Davao City for medical attention.

On February 12, following the encounter in Sarangani, six (6) NPA members; five (5) of which carrying high-powered firearms were captured by 73IB:

  1. Simeon Salda
  2. Jun Moda (with M16 rifle)
  3. Claude Palbe (w/ garand rifle)
  4. Garzon Palbe (w/ garand rifle)
  5. Rene Ompao (w/ garand rifle)
  6. Sabelo Colano (w/ carbine rifle)

On February 12, a CPP-NPA leader was arrested at around 4:20 PM in Caloocan City by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group – National Capital Region (CIDG-NCR) and Intelligence Service Group-Philippine Army (ISG, PA). Arrested was CPP-NPA leader Ferdinand T. Castillo, Secretary of the Metro Manila Regional Party Committee at Brgy. Sta Quiteria, Caloocan City. The arrest was done by virtue of a warrant of arrest for the crime of Double-Murder and Multiple Attempted Murder issued by the Regional Trial Court Branch 63, Calauag, Quezon last 08 September 2016. CIDG-NCR and ISG, PA upon arrest recovered assorted IDs, a cal .45 pistol, and a chamber loaded with live ammunition from his possession.

On February 13, at 6:30 AM, elements of 2IB and 96 Military Intelligence Company while conducting security operations in Brgy. Pangle in Masbate, encountered more or less 20 NPAs. Firefight lasted for 20 minutes, after which, the enemy withdrew towards southeast direction. No casualty was reported from the government side while four (4) were killed on the NPA side. The troops also recovered two (2) M14 rifles, two (2) M16, one (1) m203, and subversive documents. The troops are still scouring the area as of the moment.

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Alejo: Sundalo, Anak at Kaibigan

16427607_10212117902692196_6898905623067831337_nAng pagsasakripisyo ng sariling buhay para sa bayan ay kaakibat na tungkulin ngunit isa sa pinakamabigat at pinakamahirap na desisyon ng isang sundalo. Ito ay parte ng kanilang sinumpaang tungkulin na pagsilbihan at protektahan ang lupang sinilangan, subalit ‘di pa rin natin maiaalis sa isip na sa kabila ng pagiging isang sundalo, sila rin ay anak, ama, asawa, kapatid na nangungulila sa kanilang mga mahal sa buhay.

Isa sa mga hindi na mabibigyan ng pagkakataon na ipagpatuloy ang panunumpang ito ay si 2LT Miguel Victor Alejo. Siya ay nagtapos sa Philippine Military Academy taong 2015 at nadestino sa 67th Infantry Battalion. Nitong Pebrero 1 sa Sitio Paliwason, Barangay Manay, Davao Oriental, kinitil ang kanyang buhay ng mga armadong miyembro ng New People’s Army.

Ayon kina 2LT Begex Manalo at 2LT Jei-Em Tagufa, mga kasamahan ni 2LT Alejo sa 67th IB, siya ay isang masayahing tao at masarap kasama. Siya ay may kabuluhang kausap at may paninindigan sa kanyang pananampalataya sa Diyos. Siya ay may malasakit sa kapakanan ng kanyang kaibigan at katropa.

“May plano siya na magtapos sa serbisyo ng matiwasay and have his own stable family, we also acknowledge his respect and love to his parents in all his plans,” dagdag nina 2LT Manalo at 2LT Tagufa.

Mabigat ang kalooban ng kanyang mga magulang sa trahedyang sinapit ng kanilang anak subalit naiintindihan ng kanyang ama na ito ay isang misyon na dapat tuparin at panindigan.

Hinaing ng kanyang ama na si Ginoong Norman Alejo, isang retiradong sundalo na “Anuman ang kinabibilingan nilang mga samahan. Sana… sana lang ay tigilan na ang ganyang away-away ng Pilipino sa kapwa Pilipino para maiwasan ang mga pangyayaring katulad nito. Tulad ng pangyayaring nangyari sa aking anak.”

Nais niya ring ipaabot ang mensahe bilang isang ama na tigilan na ang anumang nakakasagabal sa minimithing kapayapaan ng mga mamamayang Pilipino. “Alam kong marami ang nakikidalamhati sa nangyari sa aming pamilya at hangad rin nila… kaisa rin namin sila doon sa layunin sa kapayapaan. Kaya sana naman ay tigilan na itong mga walang pakumanggang pagsasakitan [at] labanan ng mga kapwa Pilipino. Itigil na sana para magkaroon na tayo ng kapayapaan,” dagdag pa niya sa isang panayam ng Kalinaw News.

Ang buhay ni 2LT Alejo ay magsisilbing inspirasyon at paalala na nararapat nating ipagpatuloy ang pag-abot ng ating minitmithing kapayapaan.

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SAF 44 remembered

Two years has passed since the infamous Mamasapano incident which has killed 44 Special Action Forces (SAF) in an ambush to capture the Malaysian terrorist, “Marwan”. This operation was dubbed as Oplan Exodus.

Based on the Philippine National Police – Board of Inquiry report, the former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III gave his permission to begin with Oplan Exodus after the plan was presented to him by SAF Director, Police Director Getulio Napenas. Yet, the suspended PNP Chief Alan Purisima interfered with its planning and execution which has brought misinformation and misunderstanding of the real scenario to the President. The operation killed the bomb-maker “Marwan” but also murdered the 44 brave SAF.

No specific office or person has yet to hold the responsibility over the incident. The case is on-going in pursuing justice for the bloody death of SAF 44.

Two years after the incident, elected President, Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte wants a faster investigation, recommendation, and resolution as the PNP already completed the report and even submitted it to the Office of the Ombudsman. The report has been undergoing a run-through process of the investigation.

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