Duterte gives green light to GPH, MILF’s ‘Peace Corridor’

DAVAO CITY–President Rodrigo Duterte approved the setting up of a “peace corridor” spearheaded by the implementing panels of the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to hasten the rescue and humanitarian operations for civilians still trapped in the conflict zone in Marawi. “President Duterte approved the idea of creating a ‘peace corridor’ to …

DND to acquire PGMs for FA-50PHs in Russia

MANILA, Philippines— The Department of National Defense (DND) is looking at the possibility of acquiring precision-guided munitions (PGMs) from Russia to further develop the FA-50PHs’ ground-attack capability which can be used against a variety of threat groups. DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said PGMs are quite useful as they can be delivered with “pinpoint accuracy” against …

Crucial updates

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte views the presentation being showed by Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Gen. Eduardo Año related to the current developments on the terror crisis in Marawi City during a meeting in Davao City on May 29, 2017. With them is Special Assistant to the President, Christopher Bong Go. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Marksmanship course

Special Civilian Armed Auxiliary trainees under Task Force Davao undergo marksmanship course as part of their basic military training at an Army camp in Malagos District, Davao City Monday. The Task Force Davao is the Army’s counter-terrorism unit in the city. Newsline photo

AFP pays tribute to soldiers killed, wounded in Marawi City fighting

MANILA, Philippines–The Armed Forces of the Philippine (AFP) on Monday paid tribute to the 15 soldiers killed and 61 others wounded in the ongoing clearing operations against remaining Maute Group terrorists still hiding in Marawi City, Lanao Del Sur. AFP public affairs office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo said “The AFP pays tribute to the 15 …

Navy deploys BRP Tarlac to transport supplies in Marawi City

MANILA, Philippines— Full speed ahead. This was the apparent message of the Philippine Navy (PN) as it dispatched Monday the BRP Tarlac (LD-601), its first strategic sealift vessel, to transport military vehicles and other supplies which is essential to dislodging the Maute Group terrorists in Marawi City, Lanao Del Sur. PN spokesperson Capt. Lued Lincuna …

Duterte might cancel Japan trip due to Marawi crisis

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—President Rodrigo R. Duterte might cancel his Japan trip due to the on going crisis in Marawi City. Duterte is scheduled to visit Japan on June 6 but Malacanang insiders say “it might be cancelled” depending on the development in Marawi. The same source said the Japan schedule is still being studied. Armed …

SPMC sending medical team to augment Marawi doctors.

DAVAO CITY, Philippines–The government’s biggest hospital here Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) is sending medical team in Marawi City, Lanao del Norte. Dr. Ricardo Audan, SPMC chief of clinics revealed preparation in underway to augment the need for surgical, medical and psychosocial in Marawi. The team will include an ortho-surgeon, emergency medical doctors, two anesthesiologists, …

Soldier called his father, “pa, Pray for me” before he was hit

Davao City, Philippines—A young soldier called his father to pray for him while fighting against Maute terrorist in Marawi last May 25. Army corporal Angelo Estores Jr, 25, father of two young kids, a member of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) 5th mechanized battalion was killed May 25 while trying to get the caliber …