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DESPITE its limited resources, the Department of National Defense (DND) is bent on purchasing two brand new frigates to beef up the Navy’s “arsenal” that includes the BRP Gregorio del Pilar, BRP Ramon Alcaraz and the World War II vintage BRJ Rajah Humabon. Fernando Manalo, Defense undersecretary for finance, munitions,…

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GOVERNMENT forces remain on alert as troops conduct clearing operations following a clash with militants of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in North Cotabato that left five rebels dead, two soldiers wounded and some 2,000 residents displaced. Maj. Gen. Romeo Gapuz, commander of the Sixth Infantry Division (6ID), said…

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THREE members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) were killed on Friday in an encounter with government troops in Doña Remedios Trinidad town in Bulacan.Col. Henry Sabarre, commander, 703rd brigade, said the victims were part of a band of about 12 rebels that were on a recruitment and attack…

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GOVERNMENT troops overran a New People’s Army (NPA) camp as they engaged the communist rebels in two separate encounters in Northern Samar over the weekend. Capt. Amado Gutierrez, spokesperson of the Eight Infantry Division, said on Sunday that encounters between troops of the 20th Infantry Battalion and an undetermined number…

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SEVEN communist rebels, including a woman, were killed in an encounter with combined elements of the military and the police in Tarlac province. Col. Henry Sabare, commander, 703rd Brigade, said the firefight at Barangay Bobon, Caarosipan in Camiling town started at around 10 p.m. on Tuesday and ended at 6…

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A high ranking official of the communist  New People’s Army (NPA) was arrested in Northern Samar, while four others voluntarily surrendered in the Western Visayas region. Capt. Amado Gutierrez, spokesman, Eight Infantry Division, on Thursday identified the rebel leader as Bernardo Subalisid Llave. He was arrested by virtue of a…

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FOR P2.8 billion, the Defense department could have bought attack helicopters that have night-flying capability and advanced weaponry but what was delivered were eight choppers that could hardly fit a machine gun on each side. Because of this, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said they would call for an investigation on…

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THE Philippine Navy has rescued 38 local tourists stranded by bad weather at Great Santa Cruz Island, Zamboanga City. Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM) commander Rear Admiral Isabelo Gador on Monday said that among those rescued were two infants and eight members of the Philippine Army. Gador said the Navy…

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Some 30 members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) in Negros Oriental reportedly defected to the side of the government over the weekend. According to the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the defection practically broke the backbone of the communist insurgency in the area. First Lt. Erick Wynmer Calulot,…

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