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by: MAJ CELESTE FRANK SAYSON
Manila, April 24, 2017 — The Government of the Philippines has invited U.S. Armed Forces to train alongside the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at the 33rd iteration of Exercise Balikatan from May 8 to 19 at multiple locations in Luzon and in Visayas regions.
Philippine and U.S. forces will kick off Exercise Balikatan 33-2017 through community engagement activities in Panay, Leyte, and Samar. U.S. and Filipino service members will work together to renovate five school buildings and conduct community medical engagements with local residents in the opening days of the 12-day military training activity. Preliminary work on community infrastructure projects began in mid-April.
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CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City- The Armed Forces of the Philippines has formally renewed its partnership with the Makati Medical Center Foundation in delivering to the soldiers health care services at par with the first rate hospitals in the country.
Dignitaries coming from the MMC Foundation headed by its chairman Manuel Pangilinan and officials from the AFP duly headed by the Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año attended the MOA signing on 25 April at the General Headquarters of the AFP.
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CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año, and the top brass of the AFP joined Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and the Commander-in-Chief President Rodrigo Duterte during the latter's visit to Bohol, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 at the Philippine Ports Authority Office in Tagbilaran City.
The Chief Executive presided over a security briefing given by Commander, Central Command LTGen Oscar Lactao with members of the Cabinet, local government leaders of the Province of Bohol, military, and police commanders in the joint area of operations in attendance.
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by: COL EDGARD A AREVALO PN(M)(GSC)
CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City-- The unrelenting law enforcement operations by the combined forces of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) aided by critical information harnessed from their active collaboration with local government executives and civilian residents of the communities has paid off.
“Four (4) of the six (6) or seven (7) remnants of the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) once led by Muamar Askali @Abu Rami who attempted to establish foothold in Inabanga, Bohol suffered the same fate as their cohorts,” reports Marine Colonel Edgard Arevalo, Chief of AFP Public Affairs.
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The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) gave an Information and Security Briefing to Vice President Maria Leonor Gerona Robredo, Tuesday, 18 April 2017 at the AFP General Headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
This engagement has been prior arranged by the Department of National Defense (DND) and the Office of the Vice President (OVP) although no definite date had been established until last week.