Sunday, November 23, 2008

Another Marijuana plantation seized in ASG known areas

The Anti narco-terrorism efforts in Sulu Province for almost five (5) months of the Command is once again proven successful with the raid of about 2-hectare marijuana plantation located at Sitio Bulas, Patao, Maimbung, Sulu by the Marine Battalion Landing Team 4 (MBLT4).

On or about 2:18 PM of November 10, 2008, joint operating team of MBLT-4 and other Marine operatives led by Major Jonathan Gabor, with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) raided said plantation.

On orders from Joint Task Force Comet Major General Juancho Sabban, the team tactically entered into a marijuana nursery farmland. The team uprooted more or less 500 marijuana hemps and burned an estimated 2,000 marijuana seedlings supposedly intended for the said vast plantation.

This is part of the series of raids by the unit in Maimbung and Talipao, Sulu. The first one was on 22 may 2008, where special operations were conducted by the Special Operations Platoon 4 of MBLT4 also led by Major Gabor together with operatives from 3 rd Marine Brigade in a reported marijuana plantation at Brgy. Patao, Maimbung, Sulu and discovered the site with approximately two (2) hectares of marijuana plantation. Approximately fifty thousand (50,000) marijuana plants with an estimated value of Thirty Million Pesos (P30,000,000.00) were confiscated and apprehended a certain Akaradja Sali, thirty (30) yrs old, resident of Laum, Maimbung, Sulu, a suspected marijuana producer/dealer who was subsequently turned-over to PNP Sulu. The troops immediately burned an estimated four (4) truck load of marijuana plants at the plantation site while two (2) truck load (m35 and isuzu elf) of marijuana plant where brought at MBLT4 for proper disposition as evidence.

The second successful raid made by the same unit was on 26 June 2008 and uprooted marijuana plants in about 1.5 hectares farmland at Brgy. Binuang, Talipao, Sulu. The uprooted marijuana plants of about two (2) truck loads were estimated to be worth Two (2) Million Pesos.

ASG Hostage Milet Mendoza Released

Humanitarian volunteer hostaged by the Abu Sayyaf Group in Basilan was released on November 14, 2008 at about 10:30pm to Vice Governor Al-Rasheed Sakalahul, Chair of the Crisis Committee. She was brought the following day to Headquarters 1st Marine Brigade in Tabiawan, Isabela City at around 0900H. Later, BGEN. Rustico Guerrero, Commanding General of the 1st Brigade, led Ms. Mendoza and her group composed of Esperancita Hupida, Father Calvo and others to the Headquarters, Naval Forces Western Mindanao in Zamboanga City before 1200H. The party was met by the Philippine Marine Corps Commandant MGEN Ben Dolorfino.

Along with five other people, including her colleague Esperancita Hupida, Mendoza was abducted on Sept. 15 near Isabela City in Basilan by suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Navy divers to the rescue...

Members of the Philippine Navy's Special Operations Group (NAVSOG) prepares their gear before entering the mine tunnel which trapped miners after portion of the shaft collapsed due to heavy rain pour brought by typhoon Nina that hit Northern Luzon.

Additional personnel of the Philippine Navy arrived at the site to help the exhausted navy divers who first arrived at the calamity scene.

De La Salle Manila invasion!


Assorted guns are on display as a Navy Officer awaits inquisitive enthusiasts and students of De La Salle University Taft (DLSU-Taft) to learn about the special equipment of the Naval Special Operations Group. A photo-static display was organized by the Philippine Navy through the Naval Reserve Command in DLSU-Taft for students, faculty members, and guests to better appreciate equipment our Navy-SEAL Teams use in their bid to perform its role to keep the peace and to pave the way to its other role as partner in nation building during disaster response, community building, informal literacy campaign and other socio-economic activities.


Soldiers of the Philippine Marine Corps observe as a photo enthusiast takes a picture shot of the .50 caliber Barret rifle through the sniper scope at DLSU-Taft during the photo-static display of the Philippine Navy on September 25, 2008.


A military wannabe looks on as a member of the Naval Special Operations Group performs finishing touches in gearing her up as a “SEALS” during the Photo-static Display of the Philippine Navy at DLSU-Taft on September 25, 2008.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Philippine Navy Chief Of Staff Turn-Over

After serving as Chief of Naval Staff for about four months under two Flag-Officer-in-Commands, Commodore Vicente M Agdamag AFP leaves his post today September 24, 2008 to assume a crucial command of major responsibility. He will be replaced by the current Deputy Commander of the Philippine Fleet, Commo. Feliciano Angue.

The turn-over was made in a simple ceremony at the Headquarters of the Philippine Navy presided by Rear Admiral Ferdinand S. Golez, AFP, the Flag-Officer-in-Command of the Philippine Navy. Commo. Agdamag will take the post as Commander of the Naval Education and Training Command which was the last assignment of the current Radm Golez prior taking the helm of the entire Philippine Navy. Located in the heart of Naval Station San Miguel, San Antonio, Zambales, NETC is the Philippine Navy's prime institution of learning whose mission is to prov
ide education and training to naval personnel so that they may be able to pursue progressive naval careers.

Commo. Agdamag served the navy as the CNS for a very brief period of time but have made a lasting legacy among those whom he have worked in the headquarters of the navy. In his statement he said "most great leaders in history are megalomaniac. A megalomaniac is a person who has an obsession for grandeur." Referring to popular military and political leaders of the world with high desire for great fame and popularity, social influence and tremendous political power. "What lasting legacy could I possibly contribute to the office given the very short period of time that I served? Have I made my distinct mark?", he added. But in the end, he claimed "... I realized I need not worry on these thoughts, because I have made my distinct mark in the history of the office of the CNS."

Philippine Navy Flag-Officer-in-Command RADM Golez AFP, hands over the Symbol of Authority of the Chief of Naval Staff from Commo. Agdamag to Commo. Angue, the new CNS.