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[*] posted on 26-5-2017 at 04:34 PM
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Philippine Army bags several medals in Australian shooting competition

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 26 2017 12:09 AM



Headed by Colonel Royland M. Orquia, a shooting team representing the Philippine Army picked up 24 medals and a perpetual trophy in the Australian Army Skill-Arms Meeting in Victoria.

A shooting team representing the Philippine Army picked up several medals in the Australian Army Skill-Arms Meeting in Victoria, Australia.

Headed by contingent commander Colonel Royland M. Orquia, the squad bagged 10 gold medals, 13 silver and 1 bronze, and a perpetual trophy during the preliminary awarding presentation at the Puckapunyal Military Area.

Final matches will be held on Friday, including the Rifle Falling Plate, Light Support Weapon (LSW) Falling Plate, and the Top Shot Championship. The winner of each category will earn a perpetual trophy during the closing ceremony to be held later in the day.

The Australian Army Skill-Arms Meeting, which started on May 12, is a shooting competition involving government-issued firearms (pistol, rifle and LSW). 

Besides the Philippines, other countries invited were: Cambodia, Canada, East Timor, France, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Tonga, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States. 

Medal winners on the Philippine Army team are:

Team Pilipinas, 1 perpetual trophy (Pistol Falling Plates Championship);
Sgt. Ariel Taganait, 2 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze;
SSgt Benito Sumalag, 1 gold and 2 silver;
SSgt Angelo Bonagua, 1 gold and 2 silver;
Cpl. Jayson Paden, 1 gold and 2 silver;
MSgt Armand Mejia, 1 gold and 1 silver;
TSgt Rodney Rizano, 1 gold and 1 silver;
TSgt Rudy Edas, 1 gold and 1 silver;
SSgt Kenny Lloyd Guillermo, 1 gold and 1 silver and;
Capt. Rodolfo Pulido, 1 gold.
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[*] posted on 26-5-2017 at 04:37 PM


31 Maute members killed in Marawi City

— militaryPublished May 26, 2017 1:05am

BY ANNA FELICIA BAJO, GMA News

Thirty-one supposed members of the Maute group were killed since the start of the siege in Marawi City on Tuesday afternoon, a military official said on Thursday. "As of this report, 31 were already neutralized and 6 HPFAs (high-powered firearms) were recovered by the troops," said Brig. Gen. Rolly Bautista, commander of 1st Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, in a press release. "Our troops are doing deliberate operations in areas we believe are still occupied or infested with terrorist's presence. I specifically ordered our soldiers to locate and destroy these terrorists as soon as possible," he added.

Thirteen of the Maute Group members died around 9 a.m. as government troops cleared two bridges, said Capt. Jo-ann Petinglay, spokesperspn of the Western Mindanao Command.

She added that the soldiers engaged around 30 heavily-armed members of the group in a gunfight that lasted about two hours. "Thirteen more terrorist were killed after two hours armed confrontation with the same troops. Three high powered firearms were also recovered from the encounter site," she said.

Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, commander of the Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom), said six soldiers were killed while seven were wounded. The fresh government casualties is in addition to the seven soldiers and two policemen killed and 31 soldiers and two policemen wounded earlier reported by authorities.

"They made the ultimate sacrifice that the city will be cleared from terror threat and immediately restore normalcy in this part of Mindanao," Galvez said. "We will exhaust all efforts to crush the remaining Maute members so that the people of Marawi City can go back to their homes the soonest," Galvez added. The military also reported the rescue of 16 civilians in Kilala village during clearing operations. They were trapped in the area where they hid at the height of the firefight between the military and the Maute Group.

— BAP, GMA News - See more at: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/regions/612179/31-maute-...
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[*] posted on 26-5-2017 at 04:43 PM


CPP orders NPA to launch more attacks; Bello asks CPP to recall order

By Antonio L. Colina IV - May 25, 2017

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 May) – The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) urged the New Peoples’ Army (NPA) to carry out more tactical offensives across the Philippines three days before the start of the fifth round of talks between the government (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) on May 27 in the Netherlands, following President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s declaration of Martial Law effective May 23.

But GRP panel chief negotiator Silvestre Bello said in a statement Thursday they were disturbed by the CPP’s pronouncement that was based on “a false reading of the intents of President Duterte in placing Mindanao under Martial Law.”

The labor official asked the CPP to recall its order.

In a statement published on philippinerevolution.info Wednesday, the CPP said the “necessity of waging a revolutionary armed struggle becomes ever clearer” after Duterte’s declaration of martial law, based on what they described as “narrow pretext of armed clashes in Marawi” between government forces and the Maute Group.

The communists claimed the Maute Group has links to military officials.

“In the face of the Duterte regime’s martial law declaration in Mindanao, the necessity of waging revolutionary armed struggle becomes ever clearer. Thus, the New People’s Army (NPA) must be ready to accelerate the recruitment of new Red fighters as Duterte’s martial law convinces more and more people to take up arms against the rotten system,” the statement read.

Bello called the CPP’s action an insult to the genuineness of the President and GRP panel in talking for peace and hit the CPP for the absence of sincerity in the negotiation, as he urged the communists to recall “its senseless order”.

“At the very least, it was an insult to the candor and genuineness displayed by the President and the GRP Panel in talking peace. At worse, it betrays the absence of sincerity of the CPP in the negotiating table. Lest it be construed as abetting the criminal and terror acts of the Maute Group and a gang of Moro bandits, we put the CPP to task to correct its error and recall its senseless order,” he said.

The CPP also urged the Filipino people to oppose placing Mindanao under military rule and demand for its immediate lifting on account of human rights abuses committed against the civilians during the nine-year military rule, from 1972 to 1981, under the term of late strongman President Ferdinand Marcos.

It said waging a revolutionary armed resistance is the most effective way of resisting martial law in order to defend the people’s democratic rights and inspire them to wage ever greater struggles.

“They must unite all forces to oppose military rule in Mindanao and resist plans to impose all-out authoritarian rule in the country. They must carry out and intensify protest mass actions nationwide, banner the demand to end martial law, assert civilian rule and respect for civil and political rights as well highlight the basic demands of the workers and peasants and other democratic sectors,” he said.

The CPP said it is wary the martial law will turn Marawi City into a wasteland “in the same way that parts of Zamboanga City was razed to the ground in 2013 by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) with aerial bombardments and heavy gunfire.”

It said the imposition of martial law and the worsening human rights abuses will be taken up in the fifth round of talks between GRP and NDFP on May 27 as violations of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).

Bello will leave Friday for The Netherlands for the fifth round of talks.

“The circumstances that precipitated, and the condition that warranted such declaration, were matters of public knowledge.

There was a need to restore law and order, protect the lives of the citizens and preserve private and state properties,” he said.

Bello explained Duterte is not after the communist rebels and maintained he is keen on pursuing peace.

“We therefore find the CPP directive to the NPA to intensify attacks as totally misplaced borne out of a grossly distorted appreciation of the President’s intention,” he said.

Bello said the GRP panel nonetheless reaffirmed its commitment and remain confident in winning the quest for lasting peace.

The CPP said they are wary of the possible curtailment of the civil-democratic rights of the people across Mindanao when they are subjected to checkpoints, warrantless arrests, and curfew.
It said “Duterte’s martial law declaration in Mindanao has gone beyond Marawi. It has a much wider target and purpose.”

The Party also hit Duterte for saying that he will be as harsh as Marcos in dealing with terrorism.

In his arrival message from Russia Wednesday, Duterte said: “I am appealing to the humanity of everybody, especially those who saw terror, do not allow the ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) to come in. I warn you again, do not do it because, as I have said, my response would be harsh. I will not hesitate to do anything and everything to protect and preserve the Filipino nation.”

The Party said that martial law can worsen “extrajudicial killings, abductions, torture, indiscriminate firing, military occupation of communities, forcible evacuation and hamletting of communities, aerial bombings and a myriad forms of military abuses.”

The CPP added that Duterte “aims to employ his dominant majority control of congress to get support for his martial law declaration and give him the authority to extend it to a full 60 days or more. With Marcos-like authoritarian powers, he can push for the implementation of large infrastructure projects beyond public scrutiny.”

“If Duterte succeeds in securing congressional support for martial law in Mindanao, he will surely be emboldened to impose martial law on the entire country. He can easily come up with more pretexts such as ‘fighting criminality’ and so on,” it said.

Under Martial law, Duterte said the writ of habeas corpus has also been suspended, allowing for a warrantless arrest of individuals accused of instigating rebellion and terrorism and implement a curfew in some provinces in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

But the President assured he will not tolerate human rights abuses.

“For law abiding citizens, we are the least of your worry,” he said.

“Human rights is different. It is an institutional theory which we will preserve and observe. As I said, I will not allow abuses, the courts are open, but anyone now, holding a gun, confronting government with violence, my orders are spare no one. Let us solve the problem of Mindanao once and for all,” he added.

(Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews)
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[*] posted on 26-5-2017 at 04:47 PM


Lots of pics in this article here:

http://www.interaksyon.com/look-freeing-marawi-house-by-hous...
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[*] posted on 26-5-2017 at 04:52 PM


Foreign terrorists among killed in Marawi

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 26 2017 11:56 AM | Updated as of May 26 2017 12:36 PM


Government troops are seen during an assault on insurgents from the so-called Maute group, who have taken over large parts of Marawi City, Thursday. Romeo Ranoco, Reuters

MANILA - (UPDATED) Foreign terrorists were among those killed in the ongoing siege in Marawi City, an official said.

Padilla said at least 31 from the terrorist group have been killed so far, and some of those slain were Malaysians, Singaporeans, and Indonesians, Armed Forces spokesperson Restituto Padilla said.

“There are certain foreign elements aiding these terrorists in skills related to terrorism, primarily bomb-making,” Padilla said in a press briefing.

The government deployed attack helicopters and special forces to drive gunmen out of the besieged southern city.

“Up to this moment operations are ongoing. There are still firefights between our forces and those of the terrorists and the objective of armed forces is to clear the city,” Padilla added.

Padilla said efforts to rescue stranded residents remain, as he assured locals that military was only conducting “surgical air strikes” to avoid civilian deaths and damage to property.

MINDANAO AS 'CALIPHATE'

Indonesians and Malaysians were among foreign Jihadists fighting the Philippine army in Mindanao island, the solicitor-general claimed, in a rare admission that outsiders were collaborating with domestic Islamist groups.

"Before it was just a local terrorist group. But now they have subscribed to the ideology of ISIS (Islamic State)," Solicitor General Jose Calida told a news conference.

"They want to make Mindanao part of the caliphate," he claimed.

Calida said the Maute group and Islamic State wanted to create an "ISIS province" in Mindanao and the government was not the only target of their aggression.

"People they consider as infidels, whether Christians or Muslims, are also targets of opportunity," he said.

"What it worrisome is that the ISIS has radicalized a number of Filipino Muslim youth."

On Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte placed all of Mindanao under martial law after government troops clashed with terrorist group Maute.

Troops were pursuing bandits from Maute group while on a mission to arrest Isnilon Hapilon, the suspected leader of the Islamic State in Southeast Asia, when the terror group took hostages.

US offers $5 million for any information that will lead to Hapilon’s arrest.
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