CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – The newly installed Chief of AFP Command Center (AFPCC) BGen Ricardo A Nepomuceno AFP receives the office symbol in a Joint Change of Chiefs of Office Ceremony presided by the Deputy Chief of Staff VAdm Narciso Vingson Jr on Monday, 29 May 2017 at the GHQ Conference Room here. BGen Nepomuceno was appointed vice BGen Isidro Purisima who assumed as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, J3. (Photo by SN1 Viluan/PAOAFP)
CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City—Sixty one terrorists have been killed in joint military and police operations in Marawi City, Lanao Del Sur since May 25, Armed Forces of the Philippines Public Affairs Office Chief Marine Colonel Edgard Arevalo said.
“Last night’s (May 28) reports from our command cell on the ground indicate the 61 (42 body count, 19 eye-witness account) enemy killed, with 41 firearms recovered,” Col Arevalo said.
The security forces conducting clearing operations also rescued 390 civilians.
by: COL EDGARD A AREVALO PN(M)(GSC)
“The Maute-ISIS Group planned to set ablaze the entire City of Marawi within the time of the month of Ramadan,” declares AFP Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año.
“The terrorist Maute-ISIS Group was surprised by raiding security forces in that safehouse in Brgy. Basak Malutlut, Marawi occupied by Isnilon Hapilon – the taunted "Amir" of ISIS in the Philippines,” according to General Año.
These, and much other significant information, were obtained from a very reliable source in the continuing clearing operations in Marawi.
Auth: Public Affairs Office Chief Marine Colonel Edgard A. Arevalo
The situation in Marawi has stabilized.
Security forces are in full control of the situation.
The armed men we are dealing with are not ISIS but members of Local Terrorist Group.
The news being circulated by these terrorists and their sympathizers are spurious and are meant to spread lies and disinformation. It is propaganda to attract foreign terrorists’ support and recognition.
The reported "eyewitness account" is untrue that Amai Pakpak Hospital has been occupied and the people there were held hostage.
ASEAN Military Chiefs join hands to cap the 14th ASEAN Chiefs of Defence Forces Informal Meeting at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila on May 18, 2017. From L-R: GENERAL TAN SRI RAJA MOHAMED AFFANDI BIN RAJA MOHAMED NOOR, Chief of Defence Force of Malaysian Armed Forces; SENIOR GENERAL MIN AUNG HLAING, Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar Defence Services; GENERAL SURAPONG SUWANA-ADTH, Chief of Defence Forces, Royal Thai Armed Forces; LIEUTENANT GENERAL PHAN VAN GIANG, Chief of the General Staff of Vietnam People's Army; GENERAL EDUARDO M AÑO, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines; LIEUTENANT GENERAL PERRY LIM, Chief of Defence Force of Singapore Armed Forces; YANG DIMULIAKAN PEHIN DATU PEKERMA JAYA MAJOR GENERAL DATO PADUKA SERI MOHD TAWIH BIN ABDULLAH, Commander of Royal Brunei Armed Forces; GENERAL ETH SARATH, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Royal Cambodian Armed Forces; GENERAL GATOT NURMANTYO, Commander-in-Chief of Indonesian Armed Forces; and MAJOR GENERAL SOUVONE LEUANGBOUNMY, Deputy Defence Minister Vice Minister of National Defence of Lao People's Army.
CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City—Top military officials of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in a two-day meeting agreed to unite in the face of growing global and regional concern that is terrorism which threatens their respective countries.
Armed Forces of the Philippines Public Affairs Office Chief Marine Colonel Edgard Arevalo said that the military chiefs from the ASEAN member states signed the Joint Statement aimed at enhancing joint military exercises and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capacities and to reaffirm the move to formalize the ACDFIM which was first agreed upon by all Chiefs of Defence Forces during the 12th ACDFIM held in Malaysia in 2015, to become a mechanism to counter the spread of violent ideologies and create a coordinated response to non-traditional threats like disasters. General Año pushed for the formalization of the ACDFIM, which was echoed by military chiefs in attendance to ensure integrated and coordinated efforts.