Skip to main content

Troops recover high-powered firearms

AT LEAST five high-powered firearms and an unidentified cadaver of the New People's Army (NPA) member were recovered following an encounter between government troops and the rebels at Pasian in Monkayo, Compostela Valley on Saturday.
Lieutenant Colonel Cesar Molina, commander of the Philippine Army's 25th Infantry Battalion, said their troops recovered one M16 rifle, one M14 long firearm, one Garand rifle and an improvised landmine.
"We are yet to identify the cadaver left by the communist rebels after the encounter. As of now, la pang pamilya’ng nagpunta dito to claim him," Molina said in a text message.
He said the dead rebel is now at the barangay hall for a decent burial.
The firearms and the cadaver of a rebel were recovered after their clash around 1 p.m., he added.
He said their troops, along with the Division Reconnaissance Company (DRC), conducted a security patrol on the area after receiving reports from concerned citizens about the presence of armed men when they were fired upon. The encounter lasted around 15 to 30 minutes.
"According to the reports, these armed men were forcing them to join a group conducting a massive action like rallies and demonstrations against the government. After learning the reports, we send a team to conduct a security patrol when they encountered those armed men," Molina said.
"Fortunately, wala namang natamaan sa mga kasamahan namin o nadamay an ibang tao sa ginawa nila. But still we are conducting hot pursuit operation against them," he added.
Colonel Angelito de Leon, commander of the Army's 1001st Brigade, described the incident as a manifestation that the NPAs are taking advantage of the civilian populace that was badly stricken by the Typhoon Pablo.
De Leon said the rebels are now using their force in intimidating people for them to join in the massive action against the government.
He said what the NPAs did know is that their tactics would never prosper as there are still many people who are into the government, like those who reported the pressure made by the armed group. 
Sun Star Davao | March 4, 2013 | Article Link


More Philippine Defense News

AFP Modernization 2017: Highlights and Review

The modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines was on a roll this year, as we've seen a few big ticket items having completely delivered this year. Game changers as they say, these new assets have proven their capabilities both in combat and humanitarian missions.

Here's a brief on everything what we know about the AFP modernization this 2017.

Philippine Air Force  FA-50PH

The final batch of the FA-50PH Lead-In Fighter Trainers have been successfully delivered by the Korean Aerospace Industries last May. The last batch of 2 arrived on May 31st at Clark Air Base. The contract consist of 12 FA-50's at the price of Php 18.9 billion. AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla mentioned on a March 23 article in Inquirer that there are plans to purchase 6 more additional FA-50's if the funding allows it and if the performance is good.

FA-50PH Weapons - AIM-9 Air-to-air Missiles
Aside from the aircraft itself the Department of National Defense also ordered AIM-9

DND wants frigate with 'surface-to-air' missile power

MANILA, Philippines - Defense spokesperson Peter Paul Galvez announced on Friday that one of the frigates to be acquired by the Philippines will have "surface-to-air" capabilities. That is, the ship will have the capability to fire missiles, guided by radar or heat sensors, at airborne targets.
"Aside from this, our latest frigate will have heavier gun armament and other equipment that will make it very effective in patrolling and securing the country's waters," Galvez said in Filipino.
He declined to state the particular country the Philippines will acquire this ship but stressed that acquisition will be done through a government-to-government transaction.
The Philippines has taken on a new sense of urgency to upgrade its naval capabilities as tensions continue to rise around the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). US President Barack Obama's announced "pivot" for America towards the Pacific has stirred greater naval activity on the p…

2 deliveries in 2018 to beef up Philippine Navy's capability

Two more platforms which will help boost the Philippine Navy (PN)'s capabilities to defend the country's vast maritime domains are expected to be delivered this 2018. This was bared by Defense spokesperson Arsenio Andolong when sought for an update on other deliverable items for the PN this year.
3 MPAC mk3's with Spike ER System This has been discussed already in the AFP Modernization 2017 Highlights article.  

First among the deliverables is the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd's Spike ER (extended range) missile systems which will be fitted on three of the Navy's brand-new multi-purpose assault craft (MPAC) which was activated last May 22.

The weapons are on anti-ship mode meaning it can engage surface vessel targets and is capable of penetrating 1,000 mm (39 inches) of rolled homogeneous armor and has a maximum range of five miles. And while not giving the exact dates for the delivery of the missiles and its platforms for security purpose, Andolong said the…