US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to visit Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam

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According to the US embassy in Hanoi, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will visit Southeast Asia later this month. His itinerary includes stops in the Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam. “Secretary Austin’s visit will demonstrate the importance the Biden-Harris Administration places on Southeast Asia and on ASEAN as an essential part of the Indo-Pacific’s architecture,” Pentagon… Continue reading US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to visit Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam

Caught between China and the U.S., Asian countries stockpile powerful new missiles

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Asia is sliding into a dangerous arms race as smaller nations that once stayed on the sidelines build arsenals of advanced long-range missiles, following in the footsteps of powerhouses China and the United States, analysts say. China is mass producing its DF-26 – a multipurpose weapon with a range of up to 4,000 kilometres –… Continue reading Caught between China and the U.S., Asian countries stockpile powerful new missiles

Philippine Army, LGU turn over Masjid to Bangsamoro community

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In honor of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha, the Municipal Government of Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur, the Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB), and the 547th Engineer ‘Agila’ Battalion (547EBn) handed over a Masjid to the Bangsamoro Community of Barangay Mama of the same municipality in a simple but fitting Masjid Ribbon Cutting and… Continue reading Philippine Army, LGU turn over Masjid to Bangsamoro community

DND Secretary Lorenzana hails National Democratic Front’s designation as terror group

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Delfin Lorenzana, Secretary of the Department of National Defense (DND), praised the Anti-Terrorism Council’s (ATC) resolution branding the Philippines’ National Democratic Front (NDF) as a terrorist organization on Tuesday. The latest finding, according to Lorenzana, will “justify and enable the defense sector to move forward in its efforts to address internal security concerns.” Lorenzana claimed… Continue reading DND Secretary Lorenzana hails National Democratic Front’s designation as terror group

Over 200 loose firearms yielded to gov’t forces in Basilan

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The military acquired more than 200 loose firearms from Basilan’s local chief executives in support of the province’s Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Program implementation. “Through the combined efforts of the Joint Normalization Committee, Joint Task Force Basilan, and Provincial Government of Basilan, the SALW program was successfully implemented and subsequently earned overwhelming support… Continue reading Over 200 loose firearms yielded to gov’t forces in Basilan

France, South Pacific nations will join forces to tackle ‘predatory’ fishing as China’s reach expands

As China widens its marine reach, French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Monday that France and South Pacific nations will establish a South Pacific coastguard network to combat “predatory” behavior, which an aide claimed was aimed at illicit fishing. To offset China’s influence, the US and its allies, notably France, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand,… Continue reading France, South Pacific nations will join forces to tackle ‘predatory’ fishing as China’s reach expands

Abra police officers applauded for assisting a girl with cerebral palsy

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The Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, praised police officers from two Abra municipal stations for collaborating to care for an 11-year-old girl with cerebral palsy. Eleazar praised the Pearrubia and Bucay municipal police stations, particularly Bucay police Cpl. Rochelle Venus Palino, for providing “genuine care” to children. “I commend Cpl. Palino and… Continue reading Abra police officers applauded for assisting a girl with cerebral palsy

PCG forces Chinese Navy ship away from Marie Louise Bank in West Philippine Sea

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A Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) patrol ship chased a Chinese Navy destroyer away from the Marie Louise Bank, which is located 147 nautical miles off the coast of El Nido, Palawan. The PCG said in a Facebook post on Monday that on July 13 in Marie Louise Bank in the West Philippine Sea, BRP Cabra… Continue reading PCG forces Chinese Navy ship away from Marie Louise Bank in West Philippine Sea

Philippine Army’s 53IB, LGU perpetuate peace efforts in Dimataling

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At the recently convened Joint Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) held at Dimataling Gymnasium on July 16, 2021, the Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB) and the Municipal Government of Dimataling, Zamboanga del Sur continued to perpetuate peace efforts. 53IB Charlie Company Commander 1Lt. Alvin Ibarra the AFP Updates, techniques and tactics of… Continue reading Philippine Army’s 53IB, LGU perpetuate peace efforts in Dimataling

PTF-ELCAC sustains peace and security efforts in Zamboanga del Sur

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At the recently concluded 3rd Quarter Joint Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) – Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC) Meeting held at Balay Bisaya, Provincial Government Complex, Barangay Dao, Pagadian City on July 16, 202, the Provincial Government of Zamboanga del Sur and the Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB) continued to uphold peace… Continue reading PTF-ELCAC sustains peace and security efforts in Zamboanga del Sur