Olympic medalists Hidilyn Diaz, Eumir Marcial receive awards from AFP

Robie de Guzman   •   August 26, 2021   •   326

MANILA, Philippines — Filipino Olympians Hidilyn Diaz and Eumir Marcial, who both serve as soldier-athletes, were conferred military awards on Wednesday, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said.

In a ceremony at the AFP General Headquarters, Staff Sergeant Diaz received the Outstanding Achievement Medal with Second Bronze Anahaw Leaf for her gold-medal performance in the women’s 55kg category in weightlifting at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Diaz also received a plaque of recognition, the Philippine Flag and a simple token from the military leadership.

“What SSgt. Diaz has done was to bring hope and inspiration to millions of our fellow Filipinos, who up until this day continue to battle against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic,” said Lieutenant General Erickson Gloria, the AFP vice chief of staff.

Meanwhile, Sergeant Marcial was awarded the Chief of Staff, AFP Commendation Medal and Ribbon for his bronze-medal performance in the men’s boxing middleweight division.

The AFP also acknowledged other Olympians who also brought great honor to the country; Nesty Petecio and Carlo Paalam who both delivered silver medals in boxing.

As of July 2021, there are a total of 128 military athletes and coaches who compete in various sport events, of which, 23 are from the Philippine Army, 64 from the Philippine Air Force and 41 from the Philippine Navy.

7 more communist rebels yield in Sultan Kudarat

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Seven more members of the communist terrorist group (CTG) surrendered to the Joint Task Force Central in Sultan Kudarat on Sunday (October 17).

Commander of Western Mindanao Command Maj. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr. said the CTG personalities were identified as Oyet, Maymay, Ben, Noel, Nacan, Osing, and Adog.

They belonged to the Platoon Myphone, East Daguma Front, Sub-regional Command-Daguma, Far South Mindanao Region. The said individuals also handed over their firearms, including two cal. 30 M1 Garand rifles, one cal. 30 M2 Carbine rifle, one 12-gauge Shotgun, and one M79 grenade launcher.

“The military is always willing to welcome former rebels/violent extremists who wish to lay down their arms, go back to the mainstream society, and live a peaceful life with their family,” Rosario said.

During the debriefing, alias Oyet expressed his condemnation of the communist group which he described as a ‘godless’ group.

Dako ang pagmahay namo ngano ning apil mi sa teroristang NPA, mayo na lang naa ang 7IB nga wala ngaduha-duha sa pagdawat namo (We regret our decision of joining the NPA terrorists. It’s a good thing that the 7IB is here to accept us without second thoughts),” alias Oyet said.

It can be recalled that on October 13, eight members of the same group surrendered to the 7IB in the municipality of Bagumbayan. AAC

P262 million worth of shabu seized, 4 drug suspects killed in Pampanga ops

Robie de Guzman   •   October 18, 2021

Four Chinese nationals were killed in a buy-bust operation that turned into a firefight with law enforcers, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said Monday.

In a statement, PDEA said its agents conducted the operation, together with the police and military forces, in Punta Verde Subdivision in Barangay Pulong Cacutud, Angeles City Pampanga at around 10 a.m.

The buy-bust operation turned into a firefight when the armed suspects engaged the combined forces, it added.

Authorities identified the suspects as Cai Ya Bing alias Cai, 29 years old from Yuncheng City, Shanxi; Erbo Ke alias Payat, 34 from Quanzhou City, Fujian; Huang Guidong, 43, and Wuyuan Shen also known as Jinpeng Zhang, 41, both from Zhang Zhou, Fujian.

All four men were allegedly armed with caliber .45 pistols.

PDEA said 38 kilograms of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu valued at P262,200,200 million  was seized from the suspects by combined forces.

Two mobile phones and a digital weighing scale were also recovered from the suspects, it added.

PNP-AFP ops seize bomb-making materials in Cavite

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 15, 2021

Police and military operatives seized a huge cache of bomb-making materials in Cavite on Thursday, October 14.

Two individuals were arrested in a joint the operation carried out by the Philippine National Police (PNP) units led by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and Cavite Police Provincial Office in coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and other PNP support units.

The suspects were identified as Charlito Tenorio, 52 years old, and Jay-ar Suson, 34 years old.

According to PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar , Tenorio was arrested in a buy-bust operation in Brgy. Bacao 2, General Trias City, Cavite at 12:30 PM; while Suson, the alleged mastermind, was arrested at 5:30 in the afternoon in Tayabas, Quezon.

Confiscated from the suspects were 750 kilograms of ammonium nitrate contained in thirty 25-kilogram sacks, and 1,000 pieces of improvised blasting caps, all loaded in a commuter van. The confiscated explosive components worth P200,000 were being negotiated for sale by the suspects.

PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar instructed local authorities in Cavite to identify all persons involved in their operations as well as their clients. He said that this type of explosive materials are “commonly used for industrial purposes, but can also be used as components for Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

“With this successful operation, we may have prevented the possibility of these materials being used for criminal activities,” Eleazar said.

The seized explosives reportedly have a blast radius of 1.5 kilometers. AAC

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