Philippines to Pull Out of Golan Heights, Liberia. MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government said Saturday that it would bring home its peacekeeping forces from the Golan Heights amid the deteriorating security in the region and withdraw its troops from Liberia because of the outbreak.
The 331 Filipino U.N. troops in the Golan Heights will be sent home after their tour of duty ends in October and the 115 peacekeepers in Liberia will be "repatriated as soon as possible," Department of National Defense spokesman Peter Paul Galvez said. 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.
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.” 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. At 115 metres in length, the Hamilton Class vessel, will be one of the biggest, if not the biggest and most modern combat vessels in the Philippine fleet. 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 ? Poll: Almost half of Pinoys think AFP is ‘most corrupt’ govt agency - Nation.
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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. Report-torture-and other cruel inhumane or degrading acts suffered by Morong 43.
Electrocution. Sleep deprivation. ‘Torture video’ puts military in a spot. Military to conduct probe involving soldiers in torture video. 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. Bangit retires today; David next AFP chief?