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Yordan now commander of Camp Aguinaldo

Sunday, 30 August 2015 00:00 Published in Metro

Camp Aguinaldo, the General Headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, has new commander following the retirement of Brig. Gen. Arthur Ang.
Replacing Ang is Brig. Gen. Vicente Yordan, who is a member of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Sandigan” Class of 1982.
Yordan formally assumed command from Ang during change of command ceremony the other day.
As Camp Aguinaldo commander, Yordan will also be the chief of the Headquarters Support Command.
Prior to his new post, Yordan was the chief of the Army’s 51st Engineering Brigade.
A member of the PMA “Dimalupig” Class of 1981, Ang reached the mandatory retirement age of 56 the other day, completing 34 years of military service.

10 troops hurt in hostage rescue mission in Sulu

Saturday, 29 August 2015 00:00 Published in Headlines

Ten soldiers were hurt while three Islamic militants were killed after the military yesterday launched a second attempt in two weeks to rescue hostages held by the Abu Sayyaf rebels, the Army said.

According to Brig. Gen. Alan Arrojado, commander of the military’s Joint Task Group Sulu (JTG-Sulu), around 300 Abu Sayyaf fighters retreated after the hour-long firefight in Barangay Latih, Patikul around 6:30 a.m.
Sighted during the clash were high-value ASG and Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) targets, namely, Malaysian Amin Baco, alias Jihad; ASG leader Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan; Muamar Askali; Almuktar Suddung, Namiel Ahajari, and Basaron Arok.
Baco was among the primary targets of Operation Plan “Exodus” launched last Jan. 25 in Mamasapano, Maguindanao province, that resulted in the killing of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos.

The clash resulted in the wounding of 10 Marine troops while the Abu Sayyaf band suffered three casualties.
Arrojado said the military immediately delivered mortar fires at the enemy position.
Aside from the mortar fires, Arrojado said reinforcements were sent to augment the engaged troops.
The wounded government troops were immediately airlifted to the headquarters of Western Mindanao Command, the military official said.
“They (wounded troops) are all in stable condition,” Arrojado added.
The JTG-Sulu has launched continuing focused military operations against the ASG in compliance to the directive of AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Hernando Iriberri to rescue the remaining hostages, numbering about 10 including foreigners.
But the military did not say if any of the hostages were freed or injured in the clashes, or how many hostage were believed to have been held at the rebel camp.
“The bandits positioned their hostages in the back (of the rebel camp), they don’t want another escape,” Capt. Antonio Bulao, a military spokesman in Jolo, told Agence France Presse.
Last week, two Philippine Coast Guard men escaped during fierce clashes which erupted after elite military forces launched a risky rescue operation, leaving 15 Abu Sayyaf men dead in Jolo.
The militants have since split into smaller groups, each holding some hostages, Bulao added. With AFP

‘Ineng’ damage balloons to P1B

Saturday, 29 August 2015 00:00 Published in Nation

The damage brought about by typhoon “Ineng” ballooned to more than P1 billion while the death toll rose to 26, latest reports from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

The NDRRMC reported that the cost of damages caused by “Ineng” totaled to P1,088,761,072.82 composed of P552,370,364.09 worth of infrastructure and P536,390,708.73 in agricultural crops in Regions I, II, III and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
The death toll also rose to 26 people while 14 others remained missing and 22 were injured.
Four new fatalities were added to the toll, namely, Francisco Castro, who was previously reported missing in Tuao, Cagayan; Nardo Mocnangan, who was among those buried by landslide in Taneg, Mankayan, Benguet; Ricardo Gadangan and Neil Kayangao, both of Bontoc, Mt. Province.
The NDRRMC said that a total of 67,510 families or 299,938 individuals have been affected by typhoon “Ineng” in Regions I, II, III, IV-A, IV-B and CAR.
As of 5 p.m. Thursday, a total of 2,966 families composed of 11,915 persons remained inside evacuation centers as their homes were either destroyed or remained flooded.
A total of 2,818 houses were either destroyed or damaged by “Ineng.”
The NDRRMC said that 37 roads — 35 national and nine local; six bridges and two spillways remained not passable in the affected regions due to landslides, flooding and damages.
Four cities and 81 municipalities from Regions I, II, III and CAR are still experiencing power interruption.

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