Intensified operations compel 6 more NPA members to yield in South Cotabato

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On the evening of January 13, 2021, six additional members of the Communist Terrorist Group surrendered to military forces in Lebak, Sultan Kudarat. According to Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., Commander of the Western Mindanao Command, the six NPA members, who are all residents of Barangay Ned, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, and members of the… Continue reading Intensified operations compel 6 more NPA members to yield in South Cotabato

Civilian turns over loose firearm, ammo in Tawi-Tawi

A resident of Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi, surrendered his unlicensed pistol to marine soldiers. on Wednesday afternoon, January 13. According to Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., Commander of the Western Mindanao Command, Sariul Jul Anggay, 55, married, and a resident of Sitio Basa, Barangay Sipangkot of the said municipality, turned over one Springfield M1 Garand rifle with… Continue reading Civilian turns over loose firearm, ammo in Tawi-Tawi

3 soldiers, 1 civilian dead in Lanao shooting incident

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On the morning of January 14, 2021, three soldiers and one civilian were shot and killed by unknown perpetrators. The shooting occurred around 8:45 AM, according to Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., Commander of the Western Mindanao Command. “Based on the report, our troops from the 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion received an information from a… Continue reading 3 soldiers, 1 civilian dead in Lanao shooting incident

Indonesian Consul General visits WesMinCom

Philippines and Indonesia flags together relations textile cloth, fabric texture

Indonesian Consul General Dicky Fabrian purposefully paid a courtesy call on Western Mindanao Command Chief Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr. to cement collaboration. Lt. Gen. Vinluan, Jr. and the command staff greeted Consul General Fabrian in the Bautista Lounge of the command in Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City, around 10 AM on January 12. During… Continue reading Indonesian Consul General visits WesMinCom

Navy rescues passengers and crew of a distressed boat in Basilan

The Naval Forces Western Mindanao aided in the quick rescue of people from a stricken boat in the waters off Basilan on January 13, 2021. Mr. Reymar Wee, of Tubig Putih, Luuk, Sulu, called the Naval Task Group Sulu to report an incident involving his motor launch in the waters off Lampinigan Island, Isabela City,… Continue reading Navy rescues passengers and crew of a distressed boat in Basilan

PCG plans to construct stations on the Island of Calayan

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) intends to construct facilities on Calayan Island, Cagayan, to boost maritime law enforcement, defense, search and rescue, and environmental protection not only in northern Luzon, but also in the West Philippine Sea. In a Facebook post on Friday, the PCG stated that PCG stations and/or sub-stations will be built on… Continue reading PCG plans to construct stations on the Island of Calayan

Indonesia frees radical cleric linked to Bali bombings, which killed 202

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Abu Bakar Bashir, the accused mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, was released from prison on Friday, January 8, after serving a ten-year sentence for establishing a militant training camp. Authorities announced that Bashir, 82, who was never convicted for a direct role in the Bali bombings, will attend a deradicalization… Continue reading Indonesia frees radical cleric linked to Bali bombings, which killed 202

European powers to boost military presence in Asia to counter China

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron. Photo: Getty Images

Germany, the United Kingdom, and France will increase their military presence in Asia in 2021 in order to oppose China and strengthen support for the United States (US), Japan, and other regional allies. Germany will send a frigate to patrol Indo-Pacific waterways, while the United Kingdom will send a carrier strike group (CSG) led by… Continue reading European powers to boost military presence in Asia to counter China

Loose firearms in Maguindanao turned over to WesMinCom

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More civilians were persuaded to voluntarily hand over their loose firearms as a result of the ongoing campaign against the proliferation of loose firearms by troops under the command and authority of the Western Mindanao Command. Local government authorities led by Mayor Montasir Sabal handed over one crew-served weapon and eight firearms to the 2nd… Continue reading Loose firearms in Maguindanao turned over to WesMinCom

21-year-old NPA squad leader surrenders in Negros Occidental

Photo courtesy of the 302nd Infantry “Achiever” Brigade

Another disgruntled member of the terrorist New People’s Army (NPA) voluntarily surrendered his weaponry to troops from the 16th Scout Ranger Company (16SRC) of the 302nd Infantry (Achiever) Brigade in Barangay Carabalan, Himalayan City, Negros Occidental on Friday, January 08, 2021. Col Leonardo I. Peña (MNSA) PA, Commander, 302nd Brigade identified the returnee as Jerryd… Continue reading 21-year-old NPA squad leader surrenders in Negros Occidental