Biyernes, Setyembre 26, 2014


PNoy awards soldiers for service during calamities, Zambo crisis

December 20, 2013 10:47am

(Updated 5:20 p.m.) President Benigno Aquino III on Friday personally awarded soldiers for their role in peacekeeping and disaster relief efforts during the Bohol earthquake and Typhoon Yolanda.
Attending the 78th founding anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Camp Aguinaldo, Aquino led the conferment of awards to 53 individuals, including 49 soldiers, two civilian employees, and two ROTC cadets in the  "conduct of internal peace and security operations" and "humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations during super typhoon Yolanda and the Central Visayas earthquake and in various socio-economic and other non-combat operations."

Among them are:
Pfc Ian Paquit (Medal of Valor -posthumous)
Col. Danilo Pamonag (Award of the Distinguished Conduct Star)
Col. Teodoro Llamas (Award of the Distinguished Conduct Star)
Ltc. Johnson Jemar Aseron (Award of the Distinguished Conduct Star)
Ltc. Antonio Divinagracia (Award of the Distinguished Conduct Star)
Ltc. Rey Barroquillo Jr. (Award of the Distinguished Conduct Star)
Ltc. Elpidio Factor (Award of the Distinguished Conduct Star)
Capt. Al Victor Burkley (Award of the Distinguished Conduct Star)
Capt. Edwin Duclan (Award of the Distinguished Conduct Star)
Capt. Omar Abdullah Al Assaf
1Lt. James Whirlwind Salazar (Award of the Distinguished Conduct Star)
Lt. Jg. Ryan Magallano (Award of the Distinguished Conduct Star)
SSgt. Rehum Magno (Award of the Distinguished Conduct Star)
Sgt. Gabriel Pascua (Award of the Distinguished Conduct Star)
Cpl. Michael Binauhan (Award of the Distinguished Conduct Star)
Radm. Isabelo Gador (Award of the Distinguished Service Star)
MGen. Nicanor Vivar (Award of the Distinguished Service Star)
Col. Ignacio Obligacion (Award of the Distinguished Service Star)
Col. Andrelino Colina (Award of the Distinguished Service Star)
Ltc. Delfin Arguelles (Award of the Distinguished Service Star)
Capt. Arvin Llenaresas (Award of the Gold Cross)
Capt. Henry Bual II (Award of the Gold Cross)
Lt. Jg. Aldrin Bulaga (Award of the Gold Cross)
CS2 Felix Guavez (Award of the Gold Cross)
EN3 Jose Audrey Banares (Award of the Gold Cross - posthumous)
Sgt. Delio Surio (Award of the Gold Cross)
Sgt. Niftaly Porras (Award of the Gold Cross)
Pfc. Julmuin Abdulahid (Award of the Gold Cross - posthumous)
BGen. Felicito Virgilio Trinidad (Award of the Philippine Legion of Honor, Degree of Officer)
Capt. Albert Mogol (Award of the Distinguished Navy Cross)
Capt. Ruben Fajardo (Award of the Distinguished Navy Cross)
Maj. Ian Earth Lamson (Award of the Dsitunguished Aviation Cross)
Col. Amador Tabuga (Award of the Bronze Cross)
Maj. Rajis Halipa (Award of the Bronze Cross)
1Lt. Chris Revale (Award of the Bronze Cross)
1Lt. Evar Louie Magamay (Award of the Gold Cross)
1Lt. Marvin Liel Gammad (Award of the Bronze Cross)
Lt. Gen. Roy Deveraturda (Award of the Gawad sa Kaunlaran)
MGen. Aurelio Baladad (Award of the Gawad sa Kaunlaran)
MGen. Jet Velarmino (Award of the Gawad sa Kaunlaran)
BGen. Romeo Labador (Award of the Gawad sa Kaunlaran)
Col. Rodolfo Santiago (Award of the Gawad sa Kaunlaran)
Col. Rafael Valencia (Award of the Gawad sa Kaunlaran)
Capt. Roy Vincent Trinidad (Award of the Gawad sa Kaunlaran)
Ltc. Emmanuel Canilla (Award of the Gawad sa Kaunlaran)
Cpl. Emerson Mendoza (Award of the Gawad sa Kaunlaran)
Ltc. Fermin Carangan (Award of the Bronze Cross)
Lt. Sg. Lady Chatterly Alvaro (Award of the Outstanding Achievement Medal)
TSg. Dante Berganio (Enlisted Personnel of the Year)
Engr. Giovanni Pangilinan (Model Civilian Supervisor of the Year)
Rowena Decena (Model Civilian Employee of the Year)
Cadet Col. Gabriel Paulo Orosco (Male ROTC Cadet of the Year)
Cadet Ltc. Justine Margareth Mayor (Female ROTC Cadet of the Year)

The AFP itself was also awarded the "Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation Badge" for "exceptional and extraordinary accomplishment in support of the national government agencies, local government units and law enforcement bureaus and the conduct of law enforcement and security operations, humanitarian, and disaster relief operations and socioeconomic advancements during the defense of Zamboanga City, the earthquake of Central Visayas and the super typhoon Yolanda."

Aquino is commander-in-chief of the military.

In his speech, AFP chief of staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista said all challenges were met by the soldiers with "courage, strength, and spirit."

He also thanked the soldiers for their "silent sacrifices" and for "always performing above and beyond the call of duty."

"You all deserve recognition and this day is for you. Let me say with convictions that I am proud of every soldier, sailor, and airman of our Armed Forces. It is indeed an honor to serve with all of you," he said.

In a separate speech, Aquino also specifically thanked the soldiers for their role in ensuring peaceful elections and in Yolanda rescue and relief efforts.

"Ang makabuluhan ninyong ambag lalo na ng mga pinarangalan natin ngayong araw ay habangbuhay nang babantayog sa kasaysayan ng sandatahang lakas ng Pilipinas.  Maraming salamat po sa inyong serbisyo," he said.
Last month, Aquino also led the awarding of at least 18 soldiers who fought during the Zamboanga crisis.
Earlier, the AFP said the 2,473 soldiers who participated in the Zamboanga crisis either in administrative or combat capacity are all set to receive an award "commensurate to their bravery in combat and valuable service rendered in operations."  Kimberly Jane Tan/RSJ/LBG, GMA News

Recommended byThe 2014 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (from L-R): From the Philippine Army: Colonel Teodoro A. Llamas PA, Master Sergeant Aladin S. Dacayanan PA, and Staff Sergeant Rehum P. Magno PA; from the Philippine Navy: Captain Alberto B. Carlos PN, Sergeant Eugene J. Padilla PN (M), Commissary Steward 2nd Class Felix B. Guaves II PN; from the Philippine Air Force: Colonel Adriano SJ. Duadico PAF, Staff Sergeant Sheryl P. Toribio PAF, and Technical Sergeant Benny G. Dofitas PAF; from the Medical Administrative Corps Major Florencio Ritchie I. Capulong III MAC. PHOTO FROM METROBANK FOUNDATION
MANILA, Philippines — After standing their ground in the Zamboanga siege last September, soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines were given recognition Monday for their fortitude and sacrifice.
Colonel Teodoro Llamas led the Zamboanga heroes and the other 2014 inductees of The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers in a ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo.
Llamas said that he is lost for words upon the conferment of the award.
“Personally, my heart is beating so fast right now…it’s a very prestigious honor to be given to us,” Llamas said. “It’s a recognition, not just for us, but for the AFP in general.”
Llamas commanded the Light Reaction Battalion, the primary anti-terror group of the AFP, against the rogue members of the Moro National Liberation Front, under fugitive leader Nur Misuari, that laid siege in Zamboanga in Septembet of 2013.
Humbled with the recognition, Llamas said that the award was for the whole military and that he was a mere “representative” to take it.
“We just so happened to be the representatives, this is a huge recognition not just for us, but for the Armed Forces and our families,” Llamas said.
Joining Llamas in the three Zamboanga heroes are Scout Ranger Staff Sargeant Rehu Magno, who also received the “Best Enlisted Personnel” award from the 1st Scout Ranger Regiment, and Technical Sargeant Benny Dofitas of the Philippine Air Force, who conducted aerial reconnaissance during the seige.
Magno was instrumental in the capture of the 42 MNLF rebels during the Zamboanga siege.
“It feels like that it’s an accomolishment for my years of service,” Magno said.
Dofitas’ aerial missions provided the ground troops with the intel on the rebels’ location which became a vital advantage for the military.
“Filipino soldiers carry on their shoulders the distinct title and paramount responsibility of being the protectors of the people and the state,” Aniceto SobrepeƱa, Metrobank Foundation President, said in a statement.
Metrobank Foundation is the primary stakeholder of the Tops awards.
“Theirs is the task of securing the sovereignty and democracy of the country and the integrity of the national territory.”
Other Tops awardees were Master Sargeant Aladin Dacayanan, Group Sergeant Major in the Intelligence Service AFP, for his role in organizing the first ever Association of Asean Administrative Assistants; Navy Captain Alberto Carlos, for his role in addressing the Navy’s fuel deficit as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff for Logistics; Marines Sargeant Eugene Padilla innovative invention of a Jungle Antenna that helped clear lines of communication during operations; Commissary Steward 2 Felix Guaves II for exposing ASG positions, strengths, and equipment after his escape from captivity; Lieutenant Colonel Adriano Duadico for his role as Presidential Pilot during the defense of Zamboanga City and aftermath of typhoon Yolanda; Staff Sargeant Sheryl P Toribio, first female specialist in the 410 th Maintenance Wing, for her role in the refurbishing of PAF C-130 planes; and Major Florencio Ritchie Capulong III, for helping over 3000 patients by establishing the Primary Health Care Program in Sta Lucia, Capas, Tarlac.

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President honors soldiers for service during Zambo siegeE-mail
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 13:51
President Benigno Aquino III yesterday personally awarded 18 out of the more than 2,400 soldiers who fought during the Zamboanga crisis last September.
During a ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo on Monday morning, Aquino led the conferment of awards to 12 officers and six enlisted personnel who served during the siege in Zamboanga City that lasted for 18 days.
Defense Sec. Voltaire Gazmin and AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista assisted Aquino during the awarding.
Among them are:
Col. Teodoro Llamas (Distinguished Conduct Star)
Lt. Col. Oriel Pangcog (Distinguished Conduct Star)
Capt. Reynir Nirza (Distinguished Conduct Star)
Lt. Gen. Rey Ardo (Distinguished Service Star)
Brig. Gen. Rodelik Santos (Distinguished Service Star)
Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala (Distinguished Service Star)
1st Lt. Francis Damian (Gold Cross Medal - posthumous)
1st Lt. Jerson Jurilla (Gold Cross Medal)
1st Lt. Ian Dexter Carin (Gold Cross Medal)
Lt. Jg. Grade Joey Cayao (Gold Cross Medal)
Sgt. Larry Lopez (Gold Cross Medal)
F1Mr. Abelardo Angelo (Gold Cross Medal)
Sgt. Salvador Codon Jr.  (Gold Cross Medal)
Sgt. Allan Adap (Gold Cross Medal)
Capt. Eduardo Saquing Sr.  (Gold Cross Medal - posthumous)
Maj. Caezar Almer Candelaria (Bronze Cross Medal)
Maj. Rene Aureo (Military Merit Medal)
Pfc. Edgardo Jose (Wounded Personnel Medal)

Martes, Setyembre 16, 2014


By: Deo Antonio D. Llamas

Share a Coke its no joke
Brings happiness to folks

It adds life to your wife
Coca cola body to strive

For the kids it will lead

Bubbling spirit will give

See smiles in their faces

How simple joy amazes

Celebrate life's milestone
You will enjoy life at home

It is the reason for all seasons
Togetherness is true happiness

Having fun with friends & family
A sure way to create many memories

Holidays birthdays parties and every day
Are made special with shared Coke and foodies

Huwebes, Setyembre 11, 2014


Published on Sep 9, 2014
A soldier led in rescuing almost 100 hostages and caught 100 members of the MNLF Misuari faction last year amidst the siege on Zamboanga City.

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      • Battalion Commander at LRB, SOCOM, PA
      • Operations Officer at Presidential Security Group
      • Battalion Commander at 2nd Scout Ranger Battalion, FSRR, SOCOM, PA
      • Ateneo Graduate School of Business
      • Philippine Military Academy
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      Ted Llamas' Experience

      Battalion Commander

      LRB, SOCOM, PA

      December 2011Present (2 years 10 months) Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija, Philippines
      Training,development and employment of forces for security operations

      Operations Officer

      Presidential Security Group

      August 2010December 2011 (1 year 5 months) Mania, Philippines
      VVIP Security and Protection

      Battalion Commander

      2nd Scout Ranger Battalion, FSRR, SOCOM, PA

      March 2008July 2010 (2 years 5 months) Mindanao Provinces, Philippines
      Employment and training of Scout Ranger forces for security operations in the Mindanao provinces, Philippines

      Ted Llamas' Skills & Expertise

      1. Force Protection
      2. Weapons
      3. Military Operations
      4. Military
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      6. Counterterrorism
      7. Special Operations
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      11. Reconnaissance
      12. Military Leadership
      13. Operational Planning
      14. Physical Security
      15. Close Protection
      16. Surveillance
      17. Security Operations
      18. Intelligence Analysis
      19. Personal Protection
      20. Counterinsurgency

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      Ateneo Graduate School of Business

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  • Profiles of 2014 TOPS Awardees

    I. Philippine Army
    Designation: Acting Regiment Commander
    Unit of Assignment: Light Reaction Regiment, Special Operations Command, Philippine Army, Fort Ramon Magsaysay, Palayan City, Nueva Ecija
    Years in Service: 30 years

    As a young man, Colonel Teodoro A. Llamas PA entered the military primarily because he wanted to live a life full of adventure and experience to live beyond the ordinary. Prior to his assignment as the Acting Regiment Commander of the Light Reaction Regiment of the Special Operations Command of the Philippine Army, Col. Llamas honed his leadership skills leading various combat and non-combat missions across the country. More recently, Col. Llamas was at the forefront of the mission to neutralize the MNLF forces who wanted to declare independence from the Philippine government during the Zamboanga siege. Through his strategic direction and experience in hostage rescue and urban combat, the AFP was able to rescue 113 hostages and capture over a hundred MNLF fighters, on top of the seizure of high powered firearms. He also took the lead in organizing the first ever Counter-Terrorist Unit, the Light Reaction Company, the group that continuously protect the country from the threats of terrorism. Faced with limited resources, Col. Llamas, more importantly designed the low-cost semi-collapsible barracks that is still being used in the AFP today and saved hundreds of thousands in construction costs for the institution. On top of spearheading various community tree planting activities and rescue and retrieval operations, the Musang Band is also the brainchild of Col. Llamas, a group composed of the members of the 2nd Scout Ranger Battalion who possess talent in music. The band plays in different community occasions portraying a different image of the AFP and delivering a message of lasting peace to the people of Compostela Valley. In his 30 years in the military, Col. Llamas feels that soldiery goes beyond the feeling of adventure but should hold a much deeper meaning that is to serve, defend and protect Filipinos who could not fight for themselves.

Miyerkules, Setyembre 10, 2014

Cranky Old Man Story Going For Another Round!!!!!

To celebrate Old Age and the Elderly  here is the very popular Cranky Old Man Story going for another round!!!!!

When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value.
Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, They found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.

One nurse took her copy to Melbourne. The old man's sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas editions of magazines around the country and appearing in mags for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem.

And this old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this 'anonymous' poem winging across the Internet.

Cranky Old Man

What do you see nurses? . . .. . .What do you see?
What are you thinking .. . when you're looking at me?
A cranky old man, . . . . . .not very wise,
Uncertain of habit .. . . . . . . .. with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles his food .. . ... . . and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice . .'I do wish you'd try!'
Who seems not to notice . . .the things that you do.
And forever is losing . . . . . .. . . A sock or shoe?
Who, resisting or not . . . ... lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding . . . .The long day to fill?
Is that what you're thinking?. .Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse .you're not looking at me.
I'll tell you who I am . . . . .. As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, .. . . . as I eat at your will.
I'm a small child of Ten . .with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters .. . . .. . who love one another
A young boy of Sixteen . . . .. with wings on his feet
Dreaming that soon now . . .. . . a lover he'll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty . . . heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows .. .. .that I promised to keep.
At Twenty-Five, now . . . . .I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide . . . And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty . .. . . . . My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other . . .. With ties that should last.
At Forty, my young sons .. .have grown and are gone,
But my woman is beside me . . to see I don't mourn.
At Fifty, once more, .. ...Babies play 'round my knee,
Again, we know children . . . . My loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me . . . . My wife is now dead.
I look at the future ... . . . . I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing .. . . young of their own.
And I think of the years . . . And the love that I've known.
I'm now an old man . . . . . . .. and nature is cruel.
It's jest to make old age . . . . . . . look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles .. .. . grace and vigor, depart.
There is now a stone . . . where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass . A young man still dwells,
And now and again . . . . . my battered heart swells
I remember the joys . . . . .. . I remember the pain.
And I'm loving and living . . . . . . . life over again.
I think of the years, all too few . . .. gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact . . . that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people .. . . . .. . . open and see.
Not a cranky old man .
Look closer . . . . see .. .. . .. .... . ME!!

Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within. We will all, one day, be there, too!

PLEASE SHARE THIS POEM (originally by Phyllis McCormack; adapted by Dave Griffith)

The best and most beautiful things of this world can't be seen or touched. They must be felt by the heart!

Martes, Setyembre 9, 2014

A TRIBUTE TO A GREAT MAN (On Sec. Raul Gonzalez Sr.)

(On Sec. Raul Gonzalez Sr.)
BY: Deo Antonio D. Llamas

A man of courage and with sensibility
Honorable, loyal friend, a man of nobility

This is what his presence commands
He fights for right principles he stands

But remembers the masses plight
Medical services he made it right

Public service was in his blood
In histories pages he grandly stood

As Justice Secretary he understood
No man is above the Law as it should

To this man of courage and iron will
Sir we Salute you and bid our last farewell

Sabado, Agosto 30, 2014


Painting by Jun Aquino 
By: Deo Antonio D. Llamas

                                       A man with a Mission
Definitely seen a Vision
Yields in full submission
To higher power and law

Great life one can live
If One gives all he can give
We get a living by what we get
We get life by what we give

He'll never get everything
But He can give hIs everything
A man who came from nothing
Generously gives with sympathy

Channel of Blessing to many
Manny yields to his Maker
Proven himself as a Boxer
Now he is a Law Maker