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First, last soldiers in Zamboanga siege not among Aquino ‘awardees’

President Benigno S. Aquino III, assisted by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, confers the Distinguished Conduct Star, Distinguished Service Star and Gold Cross Medal to the awardees during the Flag Raising and Awarding Ceremony at the GHQ Canopy, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on Monday (November 04, 2013). The Commander-in-Chief honors the men in uniform who gallantly fought to rescue civilian hostages from the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) – Misuari faction during the three-week Zambonga City siege last September. Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau

President Aquino may have awarded 18 out of the 2,000 troops who successfully accomplished their mission in Zamboanga City, but none of the awardees came from Zamboanga City or Basilan.

Posted: November 4th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Army to shift to territorial defense


The military’s Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) is shifting its operations from internal security to territorial defense in 2014, focusing on the Luzon coastlines amid disputes over marine boundaries in Southeast Asia, the new Nolcom chief said on Wednesday.

Posted: July 17th, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

3 NPA rebels killed, 3 soldiers injured in Zamboanga del Sur clash

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Three communist rebels were killed while three soldiers were injured in a clash in Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, a report reaching the military’s Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) based here, said.

Posted: January 24th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

1 soldier killed, 2 hurt in Basilan roadside bombing

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A soldier was killed and two were hurt in a roadside bombing incident in Basilan Monday morning, the military said. Soldiers from the Army’s 3rd Scout Ranger Company were on security patrol when an improvised bomb exploded along the circumferential road in Cabangalan village in Ungkaya Pukan, Basilan, Captain Alberto Caber told reporters Tuesday.

Posted: December 4th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

8 Scout Rangers hurt in Basilan blast—military


Eight Scout Ranger soldiers were injured during an explosion that hit their convoy while traversing Barangay (village) Manggal in Sumisip, Basilan late Tuesday evening, a belated military report said Wednesday.

Posted: July 11th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »