Month: March 2018

KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur  – The Joint Law Enforcement Operations of Army troops with Zamboanga del Norte police resulted to the death of one  (1) drug personality in Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte, 4:30 in the morning March 25.

Elements of 42nd Infantry Battalion, an Army unit under the Joint Task Force ZAMPELAN, supported a Joint Law Enforcement Operations with the Philippine National Police of Zamboanga del Norte in Brgy Dona Cecila, Sirawai municipality, Zamboanga del Norte Province today.  The Joint Law Enforcement Operation resulted to the death of drug personality Julhadi A Amil.

A Search Warrant was implemented for violation of RA 10591 (An Act providing for a comprehensive law on firearms and ammunition and providing penalties for violations thereof) and RA 9165 (The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002).

Recovered from the scene of the operation were six (6) small sachet of white crystalline substance believed to be shabu, twenty (20) rolled foils, one (1) KG9 submachine gun, and one (1) Cal.45 pistol (COLT).

Earlier, on March 04, 2018, troops of 42IB encountered some lawless elements at Brgy Panabutan, Sirawai after responding on reports from the concerned civilians which resulted to a short firefight .

“Joint Law Enforcement Operations are manifestations of the government’s mandate to protect the people.  This operation was successful because of the help of the people and the community” Liuetenant Colonel Danilo G Ambe, Commander, 42nd Infantry Battalion, said.

Major General Roseller G Murillo, Commander of 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army, congratulated the troops for the successful law enforcement operations conducted jointly with the PNP.

We will continue to assist other government law enforcement agencies in their law enforcement operations in Zamboanga Peninsula as this is vital in our vision to attain peace and development in this country to further advance the welfare and uplift the living condition of the civilian community we are protecting and serving” Major General Murillo added.

Recovered drug materials and paraphernalias were brought to Sirawai Municipal Police Station for evidence marking and proper disposition.

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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur  – Army leads Joint Law Enforcement Operations with police and PDEA resulting to the arrest of four (4) drug dealers and killing of one (1) in Ganassi, Lanao del Sur Province, 9:00 in the morning today March 23.

Elements of 55th Infantry Battalion, an Army unit under the Joint Task Force RANAO, led a Joint Law Enforcement Operations with the Philippine National Police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Region 10 in Brgy Pindolonan, Ganassi municipality, Lanao del SurProvince today.  The Joint Law Enforcement Operation resulted to the arrest of drug dealers Ramon Diangka, Alinair Aminola, Emil Merda, and Jalalodin Diangka. One suspect, Max Diangka, resisted when arrested and fired at the raiding team, forcing them to return fire which resulted to the death of the suspect.

Recovered from the scene of the operation were 37 pieces of heat sealed transparent sachet containing white crystalline substance believed to be shabu, 3 Cal.45 pistols with live ammo, 1 M16 rifle, 3 Cal.38 pistols, assorted drug paraphernalias, identification cards and cellular phones.

“Joint Law Enforcement Operations are manifestations of the government’s mandate to protect the people.  This operation was successful because of the help of the people and the community” Liuetenant Colonel Manuel Valdez IV, Commander, 55th Infantry Battalion, said.

Major General Roseller G Murillo, Commader of Joint Task Force RANAO, congratulated the operators of Joint Task Force RANAO for the successful law enforcement operations conducted jointly with the PNP and PDEA.

We will continue to assist other government law enforcement agencies in their law enforcement operations in Lanao as this will hasten the recovery, rehabilitation, and reconstruction of Marawi and Lanao into a peaceful and sustainably developed province of the country” Major General Murillo added.

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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – After an armed encounter with Army troops Monday March 20, fleeing Communist NPA Terrorists kidnapped a family of three (3) farmers and used them as human shields in Misamis Occidental Province.

The Communist NPA Terrorists’ abduction of civilians for use their human shields was confirmed by Mayor Junie Roa and Roxas Barangay Chair Marieta Dologaog both of Aloran Municipality, Misamis Occidental.

The two (2) local chief executives reported that three (3) of their constituents were forcibly taken from their home and used as human shields by 10 Communist NPA Terrorists while retreating after their armed encounter with 10th Infantry Battalion troops at Barangay Sinampongan of the same municipality.

The 10th Infantry Battalion immediately conducted rescue operations for the kidnapped civilians. The kidnapped civilians were released after the Communist NPA Terrorists were able use them as human shields to scamper away from the Army’s rescue operations. Two (2) of the kidnapped civilians were husband and wife farmers Renie and Aireen Ando. The house of the victims were approximately 500 meters from armed encounter site.

Major General Roseller G Murillo, Commander of JOINT TASK FORCE ZAMPELAN, described this terroristic act of kidnapping innocent civilians for use as human shields as a crime against the International Humanitarian Law and the act of desperate criminal cowards who care nothing about the welfare and safety of the people.

Major General Murillo. acknowledged the help of the local government chief executives particularly Aloran Mayor Junie Roa who was instrumental in helping the AFP locate Communist NPA Terrorist in his municipality.

He added that the Communist NPA Terrorists are no different from the Daesh-inspired terrorist who attacked and burned Marawi- they share the same terroristic tactics to attain their respective terrorist goals.

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BGEN JACINTO R BARENG AFP, Assistant Division Commander for Operations, 1ID, PA read the message of LTGEN ROLANDO JOSELITO D BAUTISTA AFP, Commanding General of Philippine Army, in connection with the celebration of the 121st Founding Anniversary of Philippine Army during the Flag Raising ceremony at the Tabak Grandstand, Kuta Major Cesar L Sang-an, Pulacan, Labangan, ZDS, March 22,  2018.

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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – JOINT TASK FORCE RANAO recovered eleven (11) firearms during simultaneous law enforcement operations at the Municipalities of Lanao del Sur Province.

Responding to several reports by concerned citizens of the presence of armed civilians in several Barangays in the municipalities of Pualas, Lumbatan and Marawi City, JOINT TASK FORCE RANAO directed its JOINT TASK GROUP HARIBON to conduct simultaneous law enforcement operations in the said Barangays. The 55th Infantry Battalion conducted law enforcement operations in Pualas and Lumbatan while the 63rd Infantry Battalion conducted same operations in Barangay Kilala, Marawi City from 16 to 17 March 2018.

The recovered firearms include one (1) M4 5.56mm rifle, two (2) M14 7.62mm rifles, two (2) M1 Caliber .30 Garand rifles, one (1) M16 5.56mm rifle, one (1) M653 5.56mm rifle, one (1) M203 grenade launcher, three (3) Caliber .45 pistols and one (1) M65 type hand grenade. Also recovered were assorted ammunition and magazines for the weapons and several unlicensed personal radio sets.

Major General Roseller G Murillo, the Commander of the JOINT TASK FORCE RANAO, congratulated officers and men of JOINT TASK GROUP HARIBON, the 55th Infantry Battalion, and the 63rd Infantry Battalion for the successful law enforcement operations that will contribute to the recovery and rehabilitation of Lanao del Sur after the Marawi Siege. Major General Murillo stated that the AFP will keep the peace and secure Ranao and that law enforcement operations will continue until all the loose firearms in Lanao del Sur are recovered or turned in.

Last Friday, the residents of the Municipality of Piagapo in Lanao del Sur Province turned over 43 high powered firearms to Major General Muriillo.

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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur  – Zamboanga del Sur Municipality surrenders 27 loose highpowered firearms and grenade to the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police yesterday March 15, 2018.

The Municiplaity of Malangas headed by Hon Tata Bacqiual, Municipal Mayor, facilitated the surrender of  27 loose firearms and grenade to Col Francisco Ariel A Felicidario, Commander of the 102nd Infantry Brigade from the Joint Task Force ZAMPELAN, in a turn-over ceremony held at Municipal Police Station. The unregistered and illegal firearms and grenade were surrendered by the residents and local officials in different barangays of the Municipality.

The surrendered firearms include 18 shotguns, two (2) M1 Garand rifle, one (1) Caliber .22 pistol, five (5) Caliber. 45 pistols, one (1) homemade gun (sumpak), one (1) Rifle grenade and one (1) hand grenade.

Malangas Mayor, Hon. Tata Bacquial expressed his commitment and support to the security sector in the attainment of a lasting peace in his municipality. While Col Felicidario said in his remarks that security, while the mandate of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, is the concern of all citizens and members of the community. He added that this turnover of loose firearms is a step towards attaining sustainable development in our communites.

Major General Roseller G Murillo, the Commander of the Joint Task Force ZAMPELAN, lauded the efforts of 102nd Brigade in collaboration with the local government and the local police in the campaign against loose firearms. Major General Murillo declared that the military will remain the steadfast protector of the people and always a professional Armed Forces as it carries out its mandate in securing the Filipino.

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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur  – Residents of Piagapo, Lanao del Sur surrendered a total of 43 high and low powered loose firearms in a turnover ceremony held at Piagapo Town Hall yesterday, March 16, 2:30pm. Of the 43 units surrendered, 41 are high-powered while 2 are low-powered firearms. The surrendered units include Barrett Cal .50, BAR, RPG 7, M79, Minimi 5.56 (SAW), Ultimax 5.56mm SAW, M-16 rifles, M-14 rifles, M653 rifles, M4 rifle, Magpul rifle, M2 Carbine, Tompson 9mm, Uzi 9mm, cal .45 pistol and KJ 9mm.

This is the second batch of firearms surrendered by the civilian residents of Piagapo. The first batch, mostly short arms, happened last year October 17, 2017.

This endeavor was made possible through the continuous collaboration of the 51st Infantry Battalion and the local chief executives and brgy officials of Piagapo in the implementation of martial law and the campaign against loose firearms.

Piagapo Mayor Ali L Sumandar during the ceremony expressed his commitment and support to the security sector in the attainment of a lasting peace in his municipilty much known on rebellion and syndicates. In his speech, he underscores 3 words: Unity, Peace, and Progress.  “Peace is possible if there is unity, and development follows if there is peace.”

“I want this town a role model of peace in Lanao del Sur. I’m sure we can do this with the help of the people of Piagapo. I’m calling other government institutions and agencies to help us in this campaign for peace primarily by providing livelihood opportunities to my constituents”, Mayor Sumandar said.

It can be recalled that the Daesh-inspired group occupied Piagapo before the Marawi rebellion erupted.

On April 21, 2017, clashes between the military and the local terrorist Maute group transpired at Sitio Pagalungan, Brgy Gacap of Piagapo. The said encounter lasted for 3 days which resulted to the death of thirty six (36) members of the Maute group, seizure and occupation  of enemy’s main camp with fortified bunkers, fighting positions, and running trenches.  The government forces sustained 3 wounded in action (WIA) caused by shrapnel and bullet wound.

A month after, the Marawi rebellion started which resulted to thousands of casualties, displacements of civilians, and the total destruction of the City’s main business district area. The battle which lasted for five months also prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in Mindanao for 60 days, and was later extended until the end of the year and the whole of 2018.

On Dec 2017, 3 civilian vendors from Misamis Oriental selling furniture were killed in Piagapo. Their dead body were found on Dec 6, 2017 at the border of Piagapo and Balindong towns of Lanao del Sur.

To help change the image of the town, the municipal peace and order council was convened and the different stakeholders involved agreed to end the bloody history of Piagapo and start building peace and development by bringing the government services closer to the people.

LTC GREMEL B BRUAL INF (GSC) PA, Commanding Officer of the 51st Infantry Battalion covering the town of Piagapo in his area of responsibility, also promised to do their share in attaining Mayor Sumandar’s vision to change the rebellious image of Piagapo as exemplified in the ceremony’s theme: “Surrendering Loose Firearms: A Key Step Towards Meaningful and Lasting Peace”.

The 1st ID Commander, Maj Gen Roseller G Murillo AFP, in his speech said: “I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the people of Piagapo for their genuine gesture in giving up their firearms. This would be a continuous campaign and our soldiers will never stop convincing the civilians to surrender their loose firearms.”

“As we continue with our campaign in getting rid of the loose firearms, we are expecting several other armaments to be surrendered not only here in Piagapo but also in other towns of Lanao Provinces. Rest assured that the military will remain as the “steadfast protector” of the people.  Likewise, the AFP will remain professional as it carries out its mandate in the implementation of martial law”, Murillo added.

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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur  – Troops under Joint Task Force “ZAMPELAN” provided area security assistance to the personnel of the Law Enforcement Service of Land Transportation Office (LTO)-Central Office, who were able to confiscate Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs) without franchise in a joint law enforcement operations conducted in Pagadian City, morning of March 10, 2018.

After a thorough coordination between the troops of 53rd Infantry Battalion led by 1LT MICHAEL B BUMIDANG (INF) PA and Land Transportation Office-Central Office for their vehicular inspection operation, thirty five (35) Vans and two (2) Multi-cabs without franchise were confiscated.  The said operation was conducted at vicinity of Integrated Bus Terminal (IBT), Brgy Bulatok, Pagadian City.

“This is a nationwide campaign of LTO and we started here in Pagadian City for the Mindanao area. The primary objective of this nationwide operation is road safety”, said Col Rolando V Abelardo, Deputy Director, Law Enforcement Service, LTO-Central Office based in Metro Manila.

Earlier, on March 04, 2018, troops of 42IB in a joint operation with the Provincial police of Zamboanga del Norte, encountered the lawless elements in Sirawai who abducted the alleged five (5) illegal loggers at Sitio Upper Lukungan, Brgy Panabutan, Sirawai.  The firefight which lasted for about ten (10) minutes resulted to one (1) enemy killed and recovery of (1) M1 Garand rifle, other several war items and personal belongings.

In previous months, 42IB, also in a joint operation with the police counterpart, had a series of clashes  with another lawless elements known as “Sumiggal group” in the municipality of Kalawit, Zamboanga del Norte which resulted to the recovery of several war materials. There was no casualty on the government troops.

These joint operations involving the different units under JTF “ZAMPELAN” is in line with the military’s support role to Law Enforcement Operations.

As of today, the vehicular inspection operations of the Law Enforcement Service of LTO-Central Office is still on-going not only in Pagadian City but in the whole Province of Zamboanga del Sur.  This will be done as well in other areas in Mindanao in the coming days.

“The military is continuously assisting other government institutions/agencies in the implementation of the law”, said Maj Gen Roseller G Murillo AFP, 1st ID Commader as he commended the troops for the successful operations.

“The military under Team Tabak will remain professional as it carries out its mandate in the implementation of Martial Law”, he added.

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