Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana expressed that he is open to the possibility of having Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray as a military reservist in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
According to Lorenzana, he’ll try to talk to Gray and ask her if she’s interested in becoming a reservist.
“I’ll talk to her kung gusto niyang mag-reservist. Dapat Army siya ah, haha!”
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He added that a visit from Gray to the military camps would also be welcomed.
“It would be honor to have her visit our camps.”
According to the AFP Reservist Act of 1991, reservists are assigned to provide the base for the expansion of the AFP in the event of war, invasion, or rebellion; to assist in relief and rescue during disaster or calamities; to assist in socioeconomic development; and to assist in the operation and maintenance of essential government or private utilities in the furtherance of the overall mission.
The preparation for the much awaited ABS-CBN series, ‘The General’s Daughter’ has been nonstop as the filming progresses.
Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Kapamilya network just recently signed a memorandum of understanding as a part of the teleserye‘s preparations before it starts.
At the signing, actress Angel Locsin has expressed her thankfulness for the flattering remarks of the ABS-CBN executives and AFP who got the chance to watch a few scenes from the show. She stated that she was happy as they gave their best for the series.
“Siyempre masaya na nagustuhan ng mga bosses natin ‘yung pinaghirapan natin. Lahat naman tayo pag trabaho, binibigay naman natin ‘yung best natin. Pero hindi lang naman din ako ‘yun, kundi ‘yung buong ‘The General’s Daughter’ team talaga.”
She also said that their preparations are not yet over as there still are a lot of things to be done.
“Kasi inaayos pa ang mga permit, pero gumagawa talaga ako ng paraan like kung paano sa firing… kailangan ko rin aralin ‘yung military side, pati ‘yung disiplina din talaga.”
The actress also mentioned about the AFP’s continuous help as they learn about the lives of the Filipino soldiers.
“They’re very helpful, talagang napaka-patient nila sa ‘tin, ang mga nurse corps natin dito sa AFP binigyan talaga nila tayo ng oras kung paano ba nila inaalagaan ang mga sundalo natin na nagsakripisyo. Mayroon kami na parang pinakitaan kami ng totoo, ‘yung realidad para maipakita din namin sa mga audience natin.”
Aside from Angel Locsin, the cast also includes Ryza Cenon, Janice De Belen, Maricel Soriano, and Eula Valdes.
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President Rodrigo Duterte has always been strong-willed and direct when it comes to speaking his opinions. Though tough on other things, he showed vulnerability when he said that he is afraid to die.
In his speech in front of the troops of the Philippine Army’s (PA) 5th Infantry Division to confer the Medal of Valor award to wounded soldiers in Isabela last Tuesday, September 18, the President and Commander-in-Chief commended the soldiers for their bravery.
“I admire the Valor awardees because I am a coward. I am afraid to die.
“I idolize all the brave men. Congratulations, I salute you!”
He went on and praised the army members’ courage and determination to fight for the country. He also mentioned the military’s continuous efforts to fight armed groups like the New People’s Army (NPA) and predicted that the rebels will lose the fight by mid-2019.
“Because of your valiant efforts, we have convinced almost a hundred NPA members to surrender and decided to return to the fold of the law. We also successfully recovered 45 firearms. I think that if God is merciful, this would be over by about the second quarter of next year. Many are surrendering.
“You are not alone in this fight. The path that we have chosen is one that is difficult and one that requires selfless dedication. Know that the government will provide you the tools and the resources necessary to effectively perform your mandate as protectors of the nation.”
In a situation where killing is as normal as breathing, you should be ready to attack all the time–at all costs. A veteran military sniper deployed in Marawi City did just that.
For securtiy purposes, he never wanted to reveal his identity. He hides in the shadows of his code name Black Eagle. Despite his anonymity, he shared his news-worthy story about his comrade who had killed by Maute sniper.
During one of the conflicts of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Maute terrorist group, Black Eagle lost one of his closest comrades. Marine TSgt. Aldrin Dinglasan was shot by a Maute sniper in Barangay Mapandi during the early days of the siege.
“‘Pag namatay ako sa Marawi, sundan mo ako. Ibawi mo ako,” he recalls the conversation he had with Dinglasan before he got deployed in the city.
Black Eagle is a sniper instructor, and according to him, “Sanay na akong pumatay.” He can still recall the time when he was positioned at one of the towering buildings in Marawi’s business district to pick out targets among the Mautes. He was scouting when he noticed some suspicious movement. A fighter in black carrying a sniper rifle rushed out of a building and swiftly crossing the street.
With one eye shut, he followed the man, giving focus on every detail. All he had to do is breathe deep and squeeze that trigger. His bullet released and shoots its mark, killing a Maute 400 meters away from him.
“Ang sabi ng tropa, yung nadale ko – yun yung (Maute sniper) na nakapatay sa kumpare ko,” he shared.
He never saw his friend’s tormentor, but fulfilling his promise to Dinglasan is more than enough. In silence, he told himself:
“Nakaisa na ako para sa iyo, pare.”
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