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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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THE Maoist New People’s Army (NPA) continues to operate in super typhoon Yolanda-devastated areas in violation of its earlier declaration of a unilateral ceasefire as it engaged government forces anew in two separate encounters that left one rebel dead. Capt. Amado Gutierrez, spokesman, Eight Infantry Division (8ID) based in Catbalogan,…

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EIGHT boxes of assorted ammunition marked as relief goods for victims of typhoon Yolanda victims were seized by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) inside a passenger vessel in Coron, Palawan. PCG spokesman Cmdr. Armand Balilo said that the boxes contained 4,000 bullets for .44, .45, .38 and 9 mm caliber…

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THE 10 Filipino seamen who were stranded at the Recto Bank, also known as Reed Bank, off the coast of Palawan in the West Philippine Sea, are now safe. Western Command spokesman Lt. Cherry Tindog on Tuesday said the fishermen were rescued by a Navy patrol ship after a 17-hour…

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SAYING that it does not want to compromise the safety of soldiers in the battlefield, the Department of National Defense (DND) has delivered the fatal blow that virtually pierced through the vaunted armor of the lowest bidder in the P1.76-billion contract for the supply of 44,080 pieces of bullet proof…

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DISCUSSIONS between the Philippines and the United States on the proposed framework agreement on enhanced defense cooperation and increased rotational presence of American troops in the country hit an impasse over disagreements on some provisions. “There were issues that they wanted which we don’t like. There were also issues that…

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THE Department of Finance (DOF) has ordered the recall of 20 ranking Bureau of Customs (BoC) officials and asked them to report to the Customs Personnel Research Office (CPRO) as part of the continuing effort to cleanse the graft-ridden bureau. DOF Assistant Secretary Ephyro Luis Amatong wrote a letter to…

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THE National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Tuesday placed its operation on “blue alert” status in preparation for a coming storm that may intensify into a super typhoon before it enters the country’s area of responsibility late this week. NDRRMC spokesman Maj. Reynaldo Balido said the alert…

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GOVERNMENT security forces engaged Maoist rebels in a series of encounters in Iloilo province that resulted in an undetermined number of casualties on the enemy side and recovery of several high-powered firearms and ammunitions. Maj. Ray Tiongson, chief, Public Affairs Office, Third Infantry Division, on Friday said that the latest…

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A House of Representatives-initiated proposed bills seeking for the return of the mandatory Reserve Officers Training Course (ROTC) in universities and colleges got the support of the military organization, including retired officers and reserved forces. The UP Vanguard Inc., the alumni organization of ROTC Advanced Course graduates of the University…

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