6.18.2017

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Pres. Duterte assures AFP, families of sustainable livelihood

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 17 (PIA) – To address the needs and concerns of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), President Rodrigo Duterte said that he will allocate P50-billion trust fund to be utilized until the end of his term for livelihood and educational assistance.

The president assured this to the AFP as he delivered his speech during his visit at the 4th Infantry Division Advance Command Post, this city.

Pres. Duterte reiterated the sacrifices of the army troopers as they fulfill their responsibilities to the Filipino people and the country.  He also encouraged them to continue their fight against illegal drugs and terrorism. “I know you are doing your job. You take the risks when you are in the field, that’s how determined and committed you are in fighting against crime and terror that is brought by the terrorist group,” stressed Pres. Duterte.

Pres. Duterte, further highlighted that the said allocation intended for the AFP will not be used for any other attributions, but will only be spent for the welfare of the AFP that will also support the livelihood and education of their children.

The president has also awarded the military merit medals to the 11 soldiers and led the donning of rank to Col. Cristobal N. Zaragoza, 401st Brigade commander. Zaragoza was promoted to brigadier general. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Pres. Duterte clarifies health condition

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, June 17 (PIA) – During his interaction with the media on Saturday, in time with his visit at the 4th Infantry Division Advance Command Post of the Philippine Army here, President Rodrigo Duterte has cleared up the rumors and clarified that he was not in a coma.

“Hindi ako na-coma, but I stayed in my kama. Wrong spelling – coma, kama (I was not in coma, but I stayed in my kama. Wrong spelling, from coma, it’s kama (bed),” the president explained.

Duterte said that he does not need to divulged any information to anybody if he needs to go "incognito."

It can be recalled that after skipping the 119th Independence Day Rites on Monday, the president has never been seen in public.

Pres. Duterte added that he was not suffering from sickness and that people should not worry much about his health.

“My state of health is immaterial. I called on the public not to worry much about my health condition, it has nothing to do with my absence in some of my scheduled engagements,” he added. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


PRRD to give merit awards to best performing soldiers

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, June 17 (PIA) - President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is set to give awards to the four Philippine Army personnel during his visit at the 4th Infantry Division Advance Command Post (4IDACP) in Brgy. Bancasi at 3:00 p.m. today.

In recogition to the meritorious perfomances of valiant military men in service, the President, to be assisted by MGen. Benjamin R. Madrigal, Jr. and Col. Cristobal N. Zaragoza, shall lead the awarding of Military Merit Medals to the following soldiers: 1Lt. Melvin Allan T. Medrano and 1Lt. Chenly Pasanting (3rd Special Forces Battalion); 1Lt. Gerald F. Gaston (29th IB); SSgt. Narding N. Pascual (26IB); and 1Lt. Aldim T. Viernes (26IB).

Also, PRRD will administer the donning of rank to Col. Cristobal N. Zaragoza as he will be promoted one rank higher from colonel to brigadier general.

The traditional "Talk to Troops" will then follow. Right after his message, he is expected to join a long table boodle fight, a military manner of eating, with soldiers and other guests.  (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to visit 4ID Advance Command Post in Butuan City

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, June 17 (PIA) – In his third official visit in Caraga region, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will meet the uniformed men and women of the Armed Forces of the Philippines during a traditional “Talk to Troops” to be held at the 4th Infantry Division Advance Command Post (4IDACP) in Brgy. Bancasi at 3:00 p.m. today.

Upon his arrival, he will be ushered to the 4IDACP's Kalayaan Pastoral House for and shall pass the static display of recovered firearms from the New Peoples Army (NPA). The President will then personally accord the Military Merit Medals with Bronze Spearhead Device to the soldiers with notable accomplishments on the aggressive fight against the local rebels. He will be assisted by 4ID commander MGen. Benjamin Madrigal, Jr. and Col. Cristobal N. Zaragoza.

Also, PRRD will administer the donning of rank to Col. Zaragoza as he will be promoted from colonel to brigadier general. Afterwhich, PRRD will also join the troops in a boodle fight dinner. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


PRRD congratulates Agusanons on its 50th anniv

By Nora C. Lanuza Molde

CABADBARAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, June 17 (PIA) – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Saturday congratulated the provincial government and the Agusanons on their golden anniversary celebration.

In his visit during the annual People’s Day celebration at the Caraga State University campus here, he acknowledged the contribution of governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba to his administration and the values of the Agusanons that contributed to the economic growth of the area.

“This festivity is an affirmation of a collective triumph of unity and cooperation, its people’s enduring values of persistence and hard work pave the way for Agusan del Norte’s continuing journey towards greater social economic growth,” he said.

Duterte then asked his fellow Mindanaoans for continued vigilance as the government is implementing stringent measures for the safety of the Filipino people and for restoration of public order in communities affected by terrorism.

PRRD also encouraged Agusanons to fight and solve not only terrorism but also the spread of illegal drugs in the area. He also expressed his full support to the anti-illegal drug campaign of governor Matba in the province.

The People’s Day is part of the province’s weeklong celebration of its 50th foundation anniversary with the theme “Bulawanong Kasaulogan sa Masidlakong Agusan.” (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)