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Two Muslim rebels were killed and 12 civilians were wounded in a gunfight between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and a paramilitary group in North Cotabato. Civil Military Office, 602nd Brigade chief Capt. Antonio Bulao said on Thursday the encounter took place in Barangay Lumupog, Midsayap, North Cotabato and was…

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THE newly acquired Agusta Westland-109 “power” helicopters would be put to actual duty in tandem with the Navy’s two modern-frigates by the end of the first quarter of the year, according to the Philippine Navy (PN). Navy spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Fabic said on Wednesday that preparations were ongoing, including…

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THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) needs additional soldiers to augment its 120,000-strong force. AFP would be recruiting an additional 20,000 soldiers in the next three years or until 2016 to strike a balance on the population to security ratio because of the fast increasing Filipino population. Army chief…

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THE search is on for a new commanding general of the Philippine Army, according to military chief of staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista. Bautista on Monday disclosed that the senior leadership of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is now on the process of evaluating the most qualified candidates for…

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THE leadership of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) claimed that the communist New People’s Army (NPA) has failed in its plan to regain back its Marcos-era strength of 25,000 fighters through massive recruitment process, particularly among the youth. AFP chief of staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista on Monday said…

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MEMBERS of the rebel Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) attacked two military detachments in Cotabato to make their presence felt as the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace panels resume their negotiations in Malaysia, a military spokesman said on Thursday. Col. Dickson Hermoso, spokesman, Sixth Infantry Division, said the…

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AS the nation took a rest after celebrating the New Year, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) also took a respite from counting the dead bodies in typhoon-devastated Tacloban City, Leyte province and nearby places. Figures released by the NDRRMC on Wednesday showed no changes from its…

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THE leadership of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) warned its 125,000-strong force against indiscriminate firing of their guns in welcoming the New. AFP chief Gen. Emmanuel Bautista said that any violation of its no-firing policy will be dealt with accordingly in accordance with existing laws and military rules.…

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THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is stretching its forces to the limit that it has become incapable of launching sustained simultaneous attacks against the New People’s Army (NPA), according to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). The CPP Central Committee on Thursday also belied claims by the…

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THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is on alert against possible attacks by members of the New People’s Army (NPA) as the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) celebrates its 45th founding anniversary today. AFP spokesman Maj. Gen. Domingo Tutaan said on Wednesday that the military will continue to…

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