Month: June 2017

Naval Station Felix Apolinario, Panacan, Davao City – Aside from the enhanced maritime patrol being conducted by the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao and the joint maritime patrol with the Philippine Coast Guard in the territorial waters in South Eastern Mindanao, Eastern Mindanao Command (EMC) further intensified the border crossing security to prevent terrorists and other transnational crime syndicate from using the backdoor as entry point with the creation of an inter-agency border security council.

During the Inter-Agency meeting at Headquarters Eastern Mindanao Command at Naval Station Felix Apolinario, Panacan, Davao City on June 28, 2017 the Inter-Agency attendees discussed and provided input in enhancing the southern border security. Further it was agreed upon to organize a Border Security Council that will be composed of different agencies involved in maritime, immigration, foreign relations and other law enforcement agencies; and different Local Government Units.

The Inter-Agency Border Security Council will be a mechanism and venue for member agency in reporting and assessing border security and recommending measures to be undertaken. It also defines the role and task of each member agency in the effort of securing the border.

Meanwhile, border crossing stations in Cape San Agustin in Governor Generoso and Balut Island, Saranggani, Davao Occidental are being improved to strengthen the watch and monitoring system of the territorial border in Eastern Mindanao.

On the other hand, Joint Task Force Haribon is presently profiling the different bancas along the Davao Gulf as part of the effort of enhancing the “Bantay Dagat” a community based coastal security as additional measure of security. In coordination with Local Government Units this will be replicated in all coastal areas in EMC AOR.

Contact:
BGEN GILBERT I GAPAY AFP
Spokesperson for MLI in EM
Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP
Cellphone: +639178453186
E-mail: eastmincom.pio2014@gmail.com

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Camp Ranao, Marawi City, June 28, 2017 – Seventeen cadavers were recovered while government troops together with PNP, Bureau of Fire Protection and civilian volunteers were conducting retrieval operations in Barangay Gadungan, Marawi City at 11:40AM today.

“The recovered cadavers are believed to be among those helpless civilians who were murdered by the Maute/ASG terrorists. This is a manifestation of Maute/ASG’s brutality who killed these innocent civilians in cold blood,” said Brig. Gen. Rolando Bautista, Joint Task Force Marawi Commander.

PNP SOCO is undertaking procedures to identify the bodies for proper disposition.

Retrieval operations are being conducted in Barangay Gadungan and other areas which the terrorists previously held.

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While the nation continues to suffer from the havoc wrought by the ongoing rebellion in Marawi and atrocities in various parts of Mindanao, some factions obviously have a lot of free time on matters other than helping improve the situation.

I question the motives and credibility of certain leftist groups and individuals in coming up with a dubious report that Marawi women residents allegedly fear that they will be raped by soldiers in the ongoing military operations in Marawi City.

Our soldiers have undergone a series of gender sensitivity trainings under our Gender and Development (GAD) program. These trainings focus on participation, empowerment, equity, respect for human rights, freedom from violence, and actualization of fullest human potential not just of soldiers but the communities where these soldiers operate as well.

Linawin ko lang po: Ang ating kasundaluhan at kapulisan ay nasa Marawi upang labanan ang mga teroristang gustong gawing pugad ng kasamaan ang siyudad,at upang pigilan na lumawak pa ang kaguluhan. Ito ang kanilang sinumpaang tungkulin. To this day, close to 70 soldiers and policemen have already paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of Marawi City and our people, with many more wounded and in need of serious medical attention.

The groups who made the report have just exposed their obvious ulterior motives – for the government fail in the fight against evil in order to advance whatever selfish reasons they have. Hindi po ba ang mga grupong ito ang mga grupong patuloy na nagbubulag-bulagan sa mga krimeng ginagawa ng mga kabaro nila sa CPP-NPA? The same groups who conveniently forget that their communist-terrorists colleagues continue to loot, murder, rape, and destroy private and public properties in the countryside.

I challenge the organizations where the information originated to present their evidence and lodge a complaint before the proper authorities if they can, and not just throw away accusations like they are reading lines from their same old propaganda for almost five decades now which the Filipino people have grown tired of hearing.

Alam ng taumbayan na makapapagkatiwalaan nila ang ating Sandatahang Lakas, ang kaisa-isang Sandatahang Lakas ng Pilipinas, at nakikita naman ito sa mga survey.

Kung labag sa ideyolohiya ng mga grupong ito ang sumuporta sa mga sundalo, sana ay makunsensiya naman sila para sa ating mga kapatid na Maranao – mga kababaihan, kabataan, katutubo at buong komunidad sa biktima sa sitwasyon. Mas mainam siguro na buksan nila ang kanilang isip at puso sa totoong nangyayari at
huwag magpakawala ng mga tsismis at fake news.

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After 34 days, government troops rescued 9 persons who were held hostage by the Maute terrorist group in Marawi City.

Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, Task Force Marawi spokesperson said there are still more or less 120 civilians hostages being held up by the Maute terrorist group.

The rescued civilians, who are all male, identified as: (1) Ariel Ansaw; (2) Ronie Albacete; (3) Lando Albacete; (4) Dilbert Macatulag; (5) Micheal Ongos; (6) Mario Manggubat; (7) Jimboy Guinsayao; (8) Bryan Catipay; and (9) Algin Generalao. They said Father Chito Suganob is among those who are still being held hostage.

Lt. Col. Herrera said the government is doing all necessary measures to safely rescue the remaining hostages.

“We have received reports from the ground that the Maute terrorist group is using their hostages as human shields to deter military offensives against them,” Lt. Col. Herrera said.

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The Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division will start the recruitment and processing of applications for the Candidate Soldier Course for the Calendar Year 2017.

Interested applicants who would like to serve the people and the country is advised to pre-register at Gate 2 of the Division Headquarters, Kuta Major Sang-an, Upper Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur; 101Bde Busbus, Jolo, Sulu; 102Bde, Sanito, Ipil, ZSP; 103Bde, Campo Ranao, Marawi City and 104Bde, Isabela City Basilan Province. Likewise, the applicants should attend the pre-screening activity for the basic requirements that will also be held at the Division Headquarters starting June 29, 2017 until August 1, 2017.

The basic requirements for the pre-screening include the following: (1) 18-26 years of age; (2) Height – 5 feet above; (3) Armed Forces of the Philippines Service Aptitude Test (AFPSAT) – score of 45 above; (4) Birth Certificate from National Statistics Office with Official Receipt; (5) Marriage Contract of Parents with Official Receipt; (6) Form 137, Transcript of Record, Diploma with dry seal (High School and College); and (7) one 2×2 picture with name tag; and (8) valid identification cards.

Those who will be qualified in the pre-screening will undergo another set of examinations such as Physical Fitness Exam which consists of (1) 47-repetition Push-up and 47-repetition Sit-up, which must be performed wihtin 2 minutes, and (2) 5-repetition Pull-ups and (3) 3.2-Kilometer Up and Down Hill Run, which must be accomlished within 17:09 minute.

For further clarifications and inquiries, interested applicants may contact OG1, 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army Hotline: 0975-860-7576 (Globe).

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Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief-of-Staff General Eduardo Año, with the recommendation of Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, Jr. of Western Mindanao Command, declared a “Humanitarian Pause” in military operations in Marawi City that will take effect on June 25, 2017, 6:00AM to 2:00PM.

The declaration seeks to allow the Islamic faithful in Marawi City to peacefully celebrate Eid al-Fitr.

“We declare a lull in our current operations in the city on that day as a manifestation of our high respect to the Islamic faith. A testimony to the AFP’s solid commitment to provide our brother Muslims, especially in the City of Marawi, an opportunity to observe this festive event that will mark the end of the month-long period of Ramadhan,” General Año said.

The “Humanitarian Pause” in the AFP’s offensive operations will only cover a halt in the employment of its capabilities during the inclusive period. It will be lifted immediately if any of the following conditions occur:

(1) the security of our troops is jeopardized;
(2) the safety of civilians is threatened; and
(3) if the enemy starts shooting.

“At that point, our personnel may exercise their right to self-defense,” General Año said.

From Assemblyman Zia Alonto Adiong

Congregational Prayer for Eid’l Fitr celebration will start at 6:30AM and will be followed by a sermon from an Imam. This is the saddest Eid’l Fitr celebration in recent memory. The local militant group robbed us the chance to observe Ramadhan peacefully. They stole from us the opportunity to celebrate this religious occasion with our loved ones.

For centuries, this Islamic tradition has been observed uninterrupted in Marawi City. But now, it pains us to see families who can’t even share meals together, pray together and continue observing this Muslim tradition simply because our current state doesn’t permit such family gathering to take place.

Our prayers and thoughts are with the 264,000 Maranao evacuees scattered in various evacuation centers and places of temporary shelter.

Even in this hard times, I still want to greet all Maranaos a Happy Eid’l Fitr wherever they may be.

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Government troops found 2 kilograms of suspected Methamphetamine Hydrochloride (shabu) illegal drug in a house owned by former Marawi City mayor Omar Solitario Ali while conducting house to house clearing operations on June 24, 2017.

The 10 million pesos worth of shabu was discovered at house no. 73 Lakeside, Barangay Bangon, Marawi City by Philippine National Police Drug Enforcement Group Mindanao Area together with PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group ARMM, PNP Regional Public Saftey Battalion ARMM, PNP Regional Intelligence Division ARMM, Joint Task Force Marawi, and Task Group Bakal.

The recovered shabu was brought to the Advanced Command Post in Saber, Marawi City for documentation and proper disposition.

The provincial PNP Crime Laboratory Office (Lanao del Sur) field test on the recovered shabu yielded positive results.

Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, Joint Task Force Marawi spokesperson, said the field test conducted by the PNP Crime Laboratory Office was witnessed by the media.

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While the conflict in Marawi City is ongoing where government troops engage the Maute terrorist group in fierce firefights, soldiers are also fighting another battle over the Internet.

When the crisis in Marawi broke out on May 23, 2017, the Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division was incidentally conducting a series of trainings on Digital Media Capability Enhancement. The participating personnel in the said training from various units all over the Division eventually became the core of Task Force Marawi’s social media monitoring team.

“This is part of the Division’s digital media initiatives to equip our personnel not only for actual combat operations but also enhance our digital capability in facing another kind of battle using Internet technologies for disseminating information online and bring the Division closer to the community it serves,” said Brig. Gen. Rolly Bautista, Commander of the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division and Task Force Marawi.

According to Marlon Magtira, digital media training facilitator, positive sentiments on the military are overwhelming while there are negative and fake information posted on social media networks.

“The enemy and their supporters are actively utilizing online digital media to spread false information about the situation in Marawi City. But our team is on the lookout to engage and provide counter measures and prevent the enemy of sowing fear and terror,” Brig. Gen. Bautista said.

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Habang nangyayari ang mga aktuwal na bakbakan sa Marawi, ang mga sundalo ay nakikipagbakbakan din sa online world.

Nagkataon na ang 1st Infantry Division ng Philippine Army ay nagdaraos ng Digital Media Training Series nang sumiklab ang kaguluhan sa lungsod ng Marawi noong May 23.

Ang training ay bahagi ng inisyatibo ng division upang mapalawak ang kaalaman at kakayahan ng mga sundalo hindi lang sa harapang pakikipaglaban kundi pakikidigma rin sa larangan ng Internet.

Ayon kay Brig. Gen. Rolly Buatista, Commander 1st Infantry Division at ng Task Force Marawi, “dapat lang na palawakin ang kaalaman ng kasundaluhan sa mga makabagong teknolohiya ng Digital Media upang magamit ito sa pagpapalaganap ng impormasyon at mas mapalapit ang sundalo sa mga pamayanang aming pinaglilingkuran.”

Ang mga participants sa nasabing Digital Media Training ay bahagi na ngayon ng isang Social Media Monitoring Team ng 1st Division upang pagtuunan ang mga impormasyong kumakalat ukol sa kaguluhan sa Marawi.

Sinabi ni Gen. Bautista, na ginagamit din ng mga terorista ang Internet upang maipalaganap ang mga negatibo at mga maling impormasyon upang magdulot ng takot sa lipunan at pahinain ang tiwala sa pamahalaan.

Ayon naman kay Marlon Magtira, facilitator ng Digital Media Training, mas marami ang mga positibong sentimyento ukol sa mga military operations sa Marawi kumpara sa mga ilang negatibo at maling impormasyon na naipost sa mga Social Media networks tulad ng Facebook, Twitter at Instagram.

Layunin ng Social Media Team ng 1st Division na magpalaganap ng katotohanang nangyayari upang maiwasan ang iba pang mga kaguluhang maaaring idulot ng mga kalaban.

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