Infographic: Philippines' arms imports since 2001. Philippine military dismisses coup talk. MANILA - The Philippine military insisted Monday it remained loyal to President Benigno Aquino, responding to coup rumours that have swirled since a bungled security operation left 44 police commandos dead.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino has faced public outrage over the January 25 assault against Islamic militant Zulkifli bin Hir on the southern island of Mindanao Aquino is facing the biggest crisis of his nearly five years in office over last month's assault in which the special forces killed a top Islamic militant but also unexpectedly came under heavy fire from Muslim rebels. "If there are officials who are trying to persuade us into joining coup attempts, we will not follow them. They are not part of our chain of command," military public affairs chief Lieutenant Colonel Harold Cabunoc told reporters. PH Navy to receive 2 landing crafts from Australia. MANILA - The Philippine Navy is set to receive two landing craft heavy vessels from Australia in 2015.
The Australian Royal Navy earlier said it will donate decommissioned vessels HMAS Tarakan and HMAS Brunei as soon it gets new safety and navigation equipment. Australian Defense Minister Kevin Andrews said they expect the vessels to be ready for handover this coming May. The two heavy sealift vessels, which were decommissioned in 2014, are capable of carrying large vehicles and it can dock in any shore. Philippines to Pull Out of Golan Heights, Liberia. Philippine Ex-General in Kidnapping Case Captured. MANILA, Philippines — Philippine security forces on Tuesday captured a fugitive former army general wanted in the kidnapping of two students, fulfilling a promise by President Benigno Aquino III to bring high-profile criminal suspects to justice, official said.
Military spokesman Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said military intelligence and National Bureau of Investigation agents arrested Jovito Palparan in a hideout in a district of Manila. Coast Guard needs 30 more ships. ByPhilip C.
TubezaPhilippine Daily Inquirer Photo from Coast Guard Public Affairs Office MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Coast Guard needs at least 30 more ships and patrol craft to help secure the country’s maritime boundaries, a PCG official said Saturday. Rear Adm. Philippines mulls over trilateral exercises. The Philippines is exploring the possibility of holding military exercises involving the Philippines, the United States and Australia, a defense official said here Monday.
Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) spokesman Peter Paul Galvez said it's possible to hold the trilateral exercises as the Senate ratified in July the Status of Visiting Forces Agreement, which paves the way for the conduct of exercises between Australian and Filipino forces. "It's currently being studied how that can be done,"Galvez said. But the spokesman could not immediately say the status of the study and said the involvement of the Australian troops in their exercises should seek the approval of the United States. Galvez said the troops of the three countries stand to learn from each other during such trilateral exercises, including in response to the threat of terrorism, piracy and calamities, among others. By leaving a comment, you agree to abide by all terms and conditions (See the Comment section).
Peace in Mindanao ? Three die in Philippine military helicopter crash. Purposeful remembrance. The Wikipedia entry on Proclamation No. 1081 issued by the late president Ferdinand Marcos 39 years ago does not quite capture the terror that held sway over the Philippines throughout the martial law and Marcos era.
Martial law was declared “under the pretext of a staged assassination of Marcos’ former defense minister Juan Ponce Enrile (now Senate President) and an ensuing communist insurgency,” says the online encyclopedia. It says Marcos—ruled by military power—altered the Constitution, made himself president and prime minister, manipulated elections and the political arena and had his political party, the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan, control the Batasang Pambansa so he could stay in power and plunder.
May we add: Marcos shackled the Philippine press. Filipinos with a sense of history cannot simply say, “The rest is history.” When Marcos was toppled more than 25 years ago during the Edsa People Power Revolution of 1986, Filipinos said, “Never again,” to tyranny. Philippines to boost naval firepower. Manila: The Philippines is expected to boost its sea presence and firepower with an escort vessel in July.
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Spokesman Brig Gen Jose Mabanta confirmed earlier reports that the Philippine Navy was expected to receive a Hamilton Class vessel to patrol the country's western water frontier, notably the South China Sea. Navy studying if PH needs to buy submarine. By: Chichi Conde, InterAksyon.com August 23, 2011 1:41 PM President Aquino, accompanied by Navy chief Vice Admiral Alexander Pama (right), tours the BRP Gregorio del Pilar on Tuesday.
MALACANANG PHOTO InterAksyon.comThe online news portal of TV5 MANILA, Philippines -- President Benigno Aquino III said the Philippine Navy is now conducting a study on whether or not it would be practical for the country to acquire its first submarine. “That is being studied by our Navy – whether or not it is practical and whether or not it meets our needs,” Aquino said in an interview after touring the Navy’s latest and fastest surface combat-ready vessel, BRP Gregorio del Pilar. AFP lists Marcos in Hall of Heroes. MANILA, Philippines?
The nation? S modern-day heroes are not limited to boxing idol Manny Pacquiao and overseas foreign workers, the military would like to remind Filipinos. The Armed Forces called attention to its heroes by inaugurating a museum gallery to immortalize the deeds of about three dozen soldiers who represent the ideals of ? Personal bravery at the risk of their life above and beyond the call of duty.? An entire wall of the AFP Museum in Camp Aguinaldo is devoted to the photos and the heroic deeds of the 39 awardees of the Medal for Valor, the highest award to be bestowed by the military, called the ? Dubious medal. Poll: Almost half of Pinoys think AFP is ‘most corrupt’ govt agency - Nation. (Updated 1:08 p.m.)
Almost half of Filipinos think that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is the “most corrupt" government agency at present due to various anomalies linked to some of its past officials, a survey by pollster Pulse Asia revealed Monday. About one in every two Filipinos (48.9 percent) perceived the AFP as the government institution where corruption is most prevalent, followed by the Philippine National Police, which a fourth of the survey’s 1,200 respondents labeled as most corrupt. The number of respondents who think the military is the most corrupt government agency rose from only 8.1 percent in February 2009 to 48.9 percent in March this year—an increase of more than 40 percentage points, according to Pulse Asia.
GMA News Online contacted AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. The poll was conducted in Metro Manila, parts of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao through face-to-face interviews. ‘High’ awareness on AFP corruption DSWD perceived as ‘least corrupt’ Report-torture-and other cruel inhumane or degrading acts suffered by Morong 43. Testicles crushed. Electrocution. Sleep deprivation. ‘Torture video’ puts military in a spot. Military to conduct probe involving soldiers in torture video. MANILA, Philippines - Dinungisan ng Pharex ang mataas na respeto sa NLEX Road Warriors matapos iuwi ang 79-74 panalo sa PBA D-League Foundation Cup kahapon sa The Arena sa San Juan . Hindi nawala ang tiwala ng Bidang Generix nang nakaabante sa 60-59 ang Road Warriors sa pagtatapos ng ikatlong yugto nang gamitan nila ng matibay na depensa ang kalaban kasabay ng pag-iinit uli ng opensa sa pangunguna ni Jeff Morial. Isang jumper ang ginawa ni Morial na nagbigay ng kalamangan sa koponan bago inilayo pa niaa Edwin Asoro at Leomer Losentes ang Bidang Generix sa isang tip-in at dalawang free throws para sa 77-72 bentahe.
“Maganda ang rebounding namin at kapag ganito ang naipapakita naming, kadalasan ay nananalo kami,” wika ni Pharex coach Carlo Gian Tan. May 16 puntos, 9 rebounds at 2 assists si Morial para ibigay sa Pharex ang ikalawang sunod na panalo at ipatikim naman sa Road Warriors ang unang kabiguan sa dalawang laro sa Group A. Bangit to Aquino: AFP failed to end rebellion - INQUIRER.net, Ph. FORT DEL PILAR, BAGUIO CITY? Outgoing Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Gen. Delfin Bangit is leaving a transition report for incoming President Benigno Aquino III that admits the military? S failure to meet the deadline for wiping out communist insurgency in the country.
President Macapagal-Arroyo had imposed a June 2010 deadline, which coincides with the end of her term, for the end of the 40-year guerilla war. But AFP spokesperson Lt. Bangit retires today; David next AFP chief?