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Senate, AFP aim for 3-0 at UNTV Cup 7

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, 12 October 2018 08:31 PM

Senate’s defense was so effective that they were able to limit GSIS’ main gunner James Patrick Abugan to just 16 points. (Myvn Fernandez / Photoville International)

 

Games on Sunday, October 14

2PM – Senate vs DOJ
3:30PM – Malacañang-PSC vs PhilHealth
5PM – AFP vs PITC

Venue: Pasig City Sports Center

 

UNTV Cup Season 6 champion Senate Defenders and the Armed Forces of the Philippines will try to keep their share in the Group-A lead when they clash against their respective rivals in the seventh edition of the UNTV Cup on Sunday at the Pasig City Sports Center.

The Senate will go up against the Department of Justice Boosters at two in the afternoon while the AFP will collide with the rookie PITC Global Traders at 5 p.m.

The Defenders and Cavaliers are looking to score their third straight wins in the ongoing elimination rounds.

Senate Coach Mike Fermin said his team spent the last two weeks conditioning their minds and bodies in preparation for the contest with the Boosters.

“Tuluy-tuloy lang ang training, conditioning… more on conditioning, polish pa rin sa depensa kasi may lapses pa rin… actually kung di kami maka-depensa di kami maka-iskor,” Coach Mike Fermin said.

(We continue to train, condition… more on conditioning, polishing our defense because we still have lapses. Actually if we don’t run defense we can’t score,” Coach Mike Fermin said.

AFP Coach CPL Cornelio ‘Sonny’ Manucat, meanwhile, motivates his players to hold on to their instincts as they prepare to go against the swift-footed and lithe Global Traders.

The PITC has been gunning for their first win after suffering consecutive defeats in their last two matches.

“May tendency kasi na mag-relax every time pagka nakikita nila na kaya nila kalaban, which is bad for the team kasi madadala mo yan, sabi ko killer instinct lang all the time and hopefully, we take it one game at a time. Hopefully, we win the game,” AFP Cavaliers Coach CPL Cornelio “Sonny” Manucat said.

(We tend to relax when we think the opponent’s easy. It’s actually bad for the team. I told them we need to maintain the killer instinct. We need to take it one game at a time. Hopefully, we’ll win the game.)

“Along the way, we’ll be better, this is a new team… it’s very promising marami pa… next time we’ll be bouncing back again and we will try to win it this time,” PITC Global Traders Head Coach Victor Ycasiano said.

(Along the way, we’ll be better, this is a new team… it’s very promising… we still have a lot to give… next time we’ll be bouncing back again and we will try to win it this time.)

Fresh from their morale-boosting win over the Ombudsman Graft Busters, the PhilHealth Plus is eyeing to claim a second win when they tangle with the robust Malacañang-PSC Kamao at three p.m.

Malacañang is also shooting for a third straight win to share the top spot in Group-B with the National Housing Authority.

“Malacañang is a very good team, malalaki sila kumpleto ang team nila. Siguro ang bentahe namin, yung puso ng players namin. We will be inspired to play our best for our beneficiaries and of course sa mga supporters namin sa PhilHealth Plus,” Coach Delio Aseron said.

(Malacañang is a very good team, their big and complete. Maybe our advantage is the heart of our players. We will be inspired to play our best for our beneficiaries and of course, our supporters in PhilHealth Plus.) — BERNARD DADIS / UNTV News & Rescue

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AFP Cavaliers donate P4-M cash prize for scholarships of fallen soldiers’ kin

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 09:15 PM

All smiles as the UNTV Cup Season 7 Champion was hailed. The AFP Cavaliers together with their chosen beneficiary: AFP Educational Benefit System Office (EBSO) are awarded with their prize after a season of hard-work and sacrifices paid off. With this cash donation won by the soldiers for their fellow soldiers children, new scholarship grants is expected to be made available. (Charlie Miñon / Photoville International)

During the flag ceremony of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Monday, the AFP Cavaliers officially gave their 4 million grand prize to their beneficiary, the AFP Educational Benefits System Office (AFP EBSO).

According to AFP Cavalier team captain Sgt. Alvin Zuñiga, they chose AFP EBSO to help in the education of children of fallen soldiers.

“It is our way of doing it the best that we could para mabigay namin iyong P4-M sa mga beneficiary kasi alam namin na mas maraming matatawid na estudyante na mag-aaral ng EBSO (It is our way of doing it the best we could for us to the P4 million to our beneficiary because we know EBSO can provide a lot of scholarships to students),” he said.

He is also grateful to UNTV for the opportunity it has given to help the scholars of AFP EBSO.

“Sa UNTV lalo na kay Kuya Daniel at kay Bro. Eli in behalf of AFP Cavaliers team at ng buong AFP lubos na nagpapasalamat sa malaking pagkakataon na ibinibigay sa amin. Patuloy niyo pa pong palakasin at pagandahin ang ating tournament alang alang po sa mga beneficiary na matatawid at matutulungan po ng ating programa, maraming maraming salamat po sa inyo(Thank you to UNTV, Kuya Daniel and Bro. Eli in behalf of AFP Cavaliers team and the whole AFP. Continue to strengthen our tournament for the beneficiaries that are helping our program. Thank you),” Zuñiga adds.

AFP EBSO chief Col. Antonio Dulnuan said the money they received from the AFP Cavaliers will help 233 students.

“Iyong ating programa covers elementary to college, tuloy tuloy po iyan, basta pumasa and we will support them giving them free tuition fee, allowance at miscellaneous na binibigay sa kanila kahit saang eskwelahan, [Our program covers elementary to college and it will continue as long as they pass the entrance examination, we will support them by giving them free tuition fee]” he said.

Meanwhile, AFP Chief of Staff, Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr is proud of the achievement of the AFP Cavaliers and its contribution to the armed forces.

“What you have achieved is no small feat yet you have consistently manifested utmost excellence, compassion and patriotism that will serve as an inspiration to do more, to gave more and be more,” he said.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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60% of AFP forces deployed in Mindanao—AFP

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 04:23 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said 60% of their forces are in Mindanao, assuring there is no need to add more troops for the midterm elections.

This was after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) declared the entire Mindanao Island Group and as election hotspots due to suspected armed threat by rebel groups.

Read: Comelec declares entire Mindanao, other areas as 2019 poll hotspots

According to PAO-AFP chief Col. Noel Detoyato, the AFP is prepared to provide security in the region for the upcoming elections.

“To address the terrorist group, you can never prepare enough but I can dare say, that our troops are prepared and capable, particularly in Mindanao. We have full cooperation of the local government units,” he said.

Detoyato added that they will conduct re-alignment of troops depending on how much would each provinces in Mindanao need.

They will also have additional checkpoints and mobile patrols to stop the movements of armed groups in Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Butuan, General Santos, Marbel and Tacurong.

Combat operations in Jolo, Basilan, Central Mindanao, parts of Davao, and Surigao will also continue.

“Kahit anong changes we truly have enough troops in Mindanao. We will relocate some groups to address kung ano prevailing security needs na makikita ng Comelec, (No matter what changes, we truly have enough troops in Mindanao. We will relocate some groups to address what are their prevailing security needs seen by Comelec)” Detoyato said.

He added that martial law in Mindanao contributes to the deterrence of dastardly acts by armed rebels and terrorists.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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AFP shows evidence linking rights groups to CPP-NPA

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, 18 March 2019 11:57 PM

File photo: Members of the New People’s Army

After Karapatan said there is no evidence that supports the accusations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the AFP presented documents linking Karapatan and other rights group to the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP- NPA).

Boxes of evidence were presented by the Deputy Chief of Staff for Military Operations J7 Bgen. Antonio Parlade.

Several of these documents, which is about the 5th International Assembly in Hong Kong, were signed by CPP founding chairman Jose Maria Sison. It was also reported that the group Karapatan attended the said assembly.

“Ang ating gobyerno ay hindi nagpa-fabricate ng report, sila ang nagpa-fabricate. By the way hindi si AFP, hindi ako, hindi ang gobyerno ang nag-red tag sa kanila, tingnan niyo ang websites ng Philippine Revolution web central, ILPS, website ng NDF International, makikita niyo doon ang Karapatan, IBON. Andiyan ang ACT, Gabriela, Makabayan bloc andiyan lahat …pirmado ni Joma,(Our government does not fabricate reports, they [rights groups] fabricate reports. By the way, it is not the AFP, me or the government that red-tagged them. Check the websites of the Philippine Revolution web central, ILPS, website of NDF International, you can see that Karapatan, IBON are there. ACT, Gabriela, and Makabayan bloc are also there. It’s signed by Joma)” Parlade said.

Meanwhile, Karapatan is urging Parlade to stop linking their group with the NPA because there is no sufficient evidence to prove it.

IBON Foundation also released a statement denying the said claims and calling it baseless.

“The Duterte administration’s accusations are malicious, baseless, and absurd. It is so insistent on a self-serving fake narrative about the country that is attacking IBON just for speaking the truth” they said.

The AFP has also released several videos and photos of armed students from Salugpongan Schools which is run by non-government organizations.

Parlade also presented books printed by IBON Foundation for Salugpongan Community Learning Centers. He said that one of the members of the editorial board is the wife of the secretary of NPA’s Southern Mindanao Regional Committee.

The books, according to Parlade contained radical information that teaches the youth to oppose the government.

“Pambansang bayani ay si Father Paps. Si Father Te Torio iyong Italyano yung napatay. Bakit nga ba napatay iyon? Kasi kasama niya NPA, mga komunistang bayolente. So ito ang national hero nila, ito itinuturo sa grade 1, ang nakalagay dito ang puppet na Republika ng Pilipinas, [Their national hero is father Paps. Father Te Torio, the Italian who was killed. Why was he killed? Because he was with the NPA, the violent communists. So this is their national hero and it is taught in grade 1. It also says the puppet Republic of the Philippines]” according to Parlade.

He also challenged Karapatan to a debate on national TV to show who is telling the truth. —Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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