Month: February 2019

CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan Zamboanga del Sur – A Communist NPA Terrorist Team Leader surrendered to Army’s 42nd Infantry Battalion in Brgy Sas, Gutalac, Zamboanga del Norte 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

“Alias IAN is frustrated and disappointed with the terrorist group leadership because of the unfulfilled promises for a monthly salary worth 7,000 pesos and weekly support of 4,000 pesos for his family just to join their ranks”, said Lt. Col. Leon Onggao, the newly installed 42nd Infantry Battalion Commander.

“Takot na takot po ako dahil sinabihan po kami ng aming kumander na papatayin lang kami ng mga sundalo kapag mag-surrender,” sabi ni Ian.(“I am afraid because our commander told us that the soldiers will just kill us if we choose to surrender”, said Ian.)

Ian also yielded one caliber .45 handgun, magazines and ammunition.

“We expect more NPA terrorists to surrender and avail of the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) that would give former rebels the opportunity to start a new life and live peacefully as productive citizens of the country together with their families,” said Col. Bagnus Gaerlan, Jr., 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander who has operational jurisdiction of Zamboanga del Sur

Meanwhile, Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, commended the efforts of the troops that led to the surrender of the NPA leader.

“We call on the remaining NPA terrorists to return to the folds of the law and join us with all the stakeholders in addressing our issues peacefully,” Ancan added.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan Zamboanga del Sur –A Daesh-inspired Maute terrorist sub-leader surrendered to Army’s 49th Infantry Battalion in Lumba Bayabao, Lanao del Sur 10:00 a.m. Tuesday February 19, 2019.

“Aloyodan Bantak, also known as alias Ibrahim Bantak’s surrender was facilitated by local government unit of Lumba Bayabao”, said Lt. Col. Edgar Allan Villanueva, the 49th Infantry Battalion Commander.

“Our initial debriefing found out that he was involved in November 2016 Butig Siege and he is the recruiter of Owaida Marohombsar’s group, also known as alias Abu Dar”, Villanueva added.

Bantak also yielded one caliber 5.56mm sniper rifle, two grenade launchers magazines and ammunitions.

On Monday, three DI-Maute remnants under sub-leader Mubarak Manalo, also surrendered to 49IB in municipality of Sultan Dumalondong, Lanao del Sur.

“While we are supporting the recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation of Marawi, our efforts against DI-Maute terrorist will be continuous in order to achieve a peaceful and progressive community,” said Col. Romeo Brawner, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander.

Meanwhile, Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, commended the efforts of the troops of 49th IB and LGU of Lumba Bayabao.

“Our campaign against terrorists will be relentless and we will take advantage of their weakened leadership and capabilities in order to attain a just and lasting peace in our area of operation,” Ancan concluded.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The Philippine Army Marksmanship Assessment and Evaluation (PAMAE) 2019 and Marksmanship Instructor Trainers Forum (MITF) Mindanao Leg formally opened here on Monday, February 18, 2019.

The PAMAE, a shooting or marksmanship competition, and MITF aim to assess the skills of personnel assigned with the different combat units of the Philippine Army.

Marksmanship event includes one match for pistol, men’s category; one match for pistol, ladies category; one match for rifle/carbine and one match for machine gun.

The event, which will end on March 2, 2019, is being conducted simultaneously in the three major islands of the country where the best shooters will  be selected to augment the pool of quality marksmen to compete in international competitions such as the ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet (AARM).

Four Infantry Divisions are going to compete for the Mindanao leg. The 4th Infantry (DIAMOND) Division based in Cagayan de Oro city, the 6th Infantry (KAMPILAN) Division based in Awang D.O.S, Maguindanao, 10th Infantry (AGILA) Division based in Mawab, Compostela Valley, and the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division here in Labangan, Zamboanga del sur.

“This activity is not only about competition. As soldiers, we need to continuously enhance our war fighting skills for us to be able to perform best our mandate of protecting our people from any threat,” said Brigadier General Roberto T. Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division Commander and Keynote Speaker.

 

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Two gunmen were arrested in a joint Army/PNP pursuit operation in Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur 5:45 p.m. Sunday (February 17, 2019).

The arrested gunmen who managed to escape thru a single motorcycle were allegedly involved in a shooting incident in the municipality of Ramon Magsaysay.

The gunmen were identified as Junny Supiter y Sebag, male, 26 years old and Julie Benabaye y Perater, male 42 years old.

The two suspects were also caught in a possession of two caliber .45 handguns, magazines loaded with ammunitions by the 5th Infantry Battalion and PNP elements.

Suspects were temporarily detained at the detention facility of Labangan, Municipal Police Station for filing of appropriate charges.

Col. Bagnus Gaerlan Jr., the 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander said that, “Let us cooperate and be active in maintaining the peace and security in our communities by reporting suspicious individuals or unscrupulous groups for our swift action.”

Meanwhile, Brigadier General Roberto T Ancan, Commander of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division commended the joint efforts of 5IB and the PNP

“Your Tabak troopers together with the PNP and other stakeholders remain to be committed in our efforts to ensure the safety and security of our local communities particularly in addressing lawless violence,” Ancan added.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan Zamboanga del Sur – Three Maute Daesh-inspired remnants surrendered to Army’s 49th Infantry Battalion in Sultan Dumalondong, Lanao del Sur Monday February 18, 2019 at around 10:30 a.m.

“The three remnants are under sub-leader Mubarak Manalo, also known as alias MUBARAK,” said Lt. Col. Edgar Allan Villanueva, 49th Infantry Battalion Commander.

They’ve also yielded one M2 Carbine rifle, magazines and ammunitions which were formally witnessed by the municipal mayor of Sultan Dumalondong, Hon. Jamel Kurangking.

“The continuous surrender of Maute Daesh-inspired remnants is the result of our collaboration with the local government units (LGUs) in our area of responsibility, said Colonel Romeo Brawner, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander.

Meanwhile, Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, commended the efforts of the troops of 49th IB and LGU of Sultan Dumalondong.

“Peace and security is a shared responsibility. We acknowledge the efforts of the LGU and stakeholders of Sultan Dumalondong for the successful surrender of Daesh- inspired remnants,” Ancan added.

“We also call for other remnants to surrender, lay down their arms and return to the folds of the law and work with us in attaining a peaceful and progressive province of Lanao del Sur,” Ancan concluded.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur One Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) was killed in an encounter with the 10th Infantry Battalion (10IB) in Barangay San Pedro, Aloran, Misamis Occidental at around 9:40am, Monday February 18, 2019.

Prior to the encounter that lasted about 30 minutes, residents of the Barangay reported to 10IB personnel about the presence of CNTs who were trying to recruit the youth to join their movement and extorting from the populace.

Recovered firearm after the 30-minute firefight between 10IB and Communist NPA Terrorist in Aloran, MisOcc

“The encounter was the result of the information received by our troops from a concerned civilian who reported the presence of an armed group in their community while we are conducting community security operations,” Lieutenant Colonel John Andrada, 10IB Commander said.

The troops scoured the scene of encounter and recovered one AK 47 rifle, three magazines and subversive documents with high intelligence value. Blood stains were seen along the CNT’s withdrawal routes believed to be those of wounded members.

On the other hand, Colonel Bagnus Gaerlan, 102nd Brigade Commander said, “We already identified CNT’s lairs and they have no place to go. We call on those NPA Terrorists to lay down their arms peacefully, be given proper medication and we ensure them that their rights will be respected.”

Meanwhile, Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, Commander of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division said, “the Army together with the local government units, the civil society organizations, other stakeholders and the peace-loving people of Misamis Occidental continue to send upon the NPA Terrorists to listen to the call for peace of the people, lay down your arms, return to the folds of the law and avail of the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).”

However, he also expressed his sympathy to the family and relatives of the NPA terrorist who was killed.

“It is very tragic that he has taken arms against the people of Misamis Occidental when only through peace can lead to development and social justice be achieved”, Brigadier General Ancan added.

Additional troops are now in the area conducting pursuit operations to run after the fleeing CNTs while members of the Philippine National Police Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) conducted investigation in the encounter site.

Troops of 10IB are also in close communication with the Barangay Officials to ensure the safety and security of the residents in the area.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – A Testimonial Honor to four enlisted personnel of the command, who are set to compulsory retire, were tendered here on Friday (February 15, 2019).

The retirees were, Master Sergeants Florante T. Almacen, Mario S. Sungag, Ricardo R. Jimenez and Noel V. Realista.

The testimonial honor is initiated by the command, a privilege for the retirees for their valuable and  remarkable services rendered as a Tabak Trooper.

“For 32 years in the Army, I’ve experienced joy, happiness and sacrifices in serving the Filipino people and our country. And I am so grateful for the organization for everything it have done to me as a person,” said Master Sergeant Realista, one of the honorees.

Brig. Gen. Roberto T. Ancan, the newly installed 1st Infantry (TABAK) Commander, commended the four honorees for their significant accomplishments and contributions that they have shared to the nation and in the 1st Infantry Division.

“Non Commissioned Officers are the true backbone of our Army. They perform battle (Operation) and administrative tasks and functions,” said Brig. Gen. Ancan.

The commander also commended the wives of the four honorees for taking care of their children while their husband is on duty and away.

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Brigadier General Roberto T Ancan, AFP assumed office as the Commander of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army, on February 7, 2019, replacing Maj. Gen. Roseller G Murillo AFP, who compulsory retired from the service. Since its establishment on May 5, 1936, Brig. Gen. Ancan now becomes the 45th Commander among the lineage of noble Officers to lead the unit tasked to serve the communities and protect the land in its Area of Responsibility in Zamboanga Peninsula, Lanao Province and Misamis Oriental.

The new 1st Division Commander hails from the province of Victorias, Negros Occidental and is a member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Hinirang” Class of 1987.  An Airborne Ranger and well-rounded military officer with expertise in training, operations and managerial acumen. He is a graduate of Master in Management Major in Public Management.

Earlier in his military career, he was a platoon leader of the 11th and 66th Infantry Battalion, Company Commander of the 11th Scout Ranger Company, First Scout Ranger Regiment (FSRR), Special Operations Command (SOCOM). He also rendered service on training as Course Directors in Scout Ranger Training School in Mindanao and Combat Arms School, Training and Doctrine Command.

Brig. Gen. Ancan also served at management branch of Office of Assistant Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations G7, and Personnel G1 of the FSRR, SOCOM. He also became the Commanding Officer of the 66th and the 72nd Infantry Battalion of the 10th Infantry Division.

His previous assignments speak well of his leadership by example, excellent performance and remarkable influence, which put him in various sensitive key positions as Commander of the AFP Peace Keeping Operations. Chief of Staff of the FSRR, SOCOM, PA and the 3rd Infantry Division based in Jamindan Capiz.

Prior to his new post, he was the commander of the 1002nd Infantry Brigade based in Malungon, Sarangani.

A recipient of a long list of rightfully earned awards and commendations, the highest of which is the Distinguished Service Star that sets the bar high for all Tabak Troopers to emulate.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The 1st Infantry “TABAK” Division has a new commander in the person of Brig. Gen. Roberto T. Ancan who succeeded Maj. Gen. Roseller G. Murillo in a change of command ceremony presided by Lt. Gen. Macairog S. Alberto, the Commanding General, Philippine Army, held here Thursday (February 7, 2019).

Brig. Gen. Ancan is a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Hinirang” Class of 1987. An Airborne Ranger and well-rounded military officer with expertise in training, operations and managerial acumen. He is a graduate of Master in Management Major in Public Management.

Earlier in his military career, he was a platoon leader of the 11th and 66th Infantry Battalion, Company Commander of the 11th Scout Ranger Company, First Scout Ranger Regiment (FSRR), Special Operations Command (SOCOM). He also rendered service on training as Course Directors in Scout Ranger Training School in Mindanao and Combat Arms School, Training and Doctrine Command.

The new commander also served at management branch of Office of Assistant Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations G7, and Personnel G1 of the FSRR, SOCOM. He also became the Commanding Officer of the 66th and the 72nd Infantry Battalion of the 10th Infantry Division and Commander of the AFP Peace Keeping Operations.

Brig, Gen. Ancan worked as Chief of Staff of the FSRR, SOCOM, PA and the 3rd Infantry Division based in Jamindan Capiz.

Prior to his new post, he was the commander of the 1002nd Infantry Brigade based in Malungon, Sarangani.

In his assumption speech, Brig. Gen. Ancan expressed his gratitude to the Commander-in-Chief; Secretary of National Defense; to the members of the Board of Generals; Chief of Staff, AFP; and the members of Philippine Army Board of Senior Officers headed by CGPA for believing in his capacity to command and lead the 1st Infantry “TABAK” Division.

He also pledged to continue on with what the outgoing commander (Maj. Gen. Murillo) had started and had been doing and take off based on the demands of the prevailing situation and operational circumstances.

“I enjoin every member of 1ID and our dear stakeholders to extend to me the usual support you had accorded to Maj. Gen. Murillo, and move on with me in unison, towards the accomplishment of our given mission and ensuring the welfare of our troops,” he said.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Murillo during his valedictory address extended his deepest appreciation to the stakeholders and friends in the 1ID area of operation for the strong partnership and invaluable service. He also thanked the Tabak troopers who never fall out of line during his stint.

Lt. Gen. Alberto as Guest of Honor and Speaker encouraged all the Tabak troopers to accord Brig. Gen. Ancan same support like the previous commander in order to sustain the momentum in fighting insurgency and terrorism. XXX

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Elements of the 103rd “Haribon” Infantry Brigade arrested three Maute-IS fighters late Friday, January 25, as the military continues its offensive on the Maute-IS remnants in Lanao del Sur.

Apprehended personalities were identified as Abdillah Bationg, Kalid Hadjinur and Casanur Hadjinur.

The arrest was made after locals tipped soldiers from the 55TH Infantry Battalion, 8Th Light Armored Cavalry and 10th Scout Ranger Company of the terrorist’s presence.

The apprehension came after assaulting elements seized a Maute-IS camp in the hinterlands of Sultan Dumalondong, forcing the terrorists to retreat for survival.

“Nahiwa-hiwalay nalang kami ng mga kasama namin. Kanya kanya nalang muna kami at hindi nadin namin makayanan ang putok at bomba ng sundalo” (We parted ways with our comrades. We cannot withstand the intense firefight and bombings from the soldiers), the remnant said during a military debriefing.

“Malapit na nila kami maikutan kaya unti unti nang tumakas mga kasama namin. Wala narin yung mga lider namin kaya naisipan nalang naming umalis” (We were about to be encircled so our members have to withdraw. Our leaders are no where to be found so we made a run for it) he adds.

A Maute-IS returnee confirms all three as remnants of the Maute-IS group government forces have encountered a day earlier.

Earlier, Colonel Romeo S Brawner Jr, Commander of the 103rd Infantry Brigade, stated that there will be no let up in military operation to liberate Lanao del Sur from the Maute-IS remnants.

“We will take them out of their comfort zones until they have no other option but to die or return to the folds of the law” He expresses.

Brawner said that the local populace and local chief executives were key players in gathering intelligence information necessary to sustain combat operations.

“It is now the Meranaos and soldiers against the Maute-IS remnants. We are a formidable force to be reckoned with.” Col Brawner notes.

Accordingly, local chief executives are feeding “almost real-time” information on the whereabouts of the enemy.

“With the amount of support we are receiving from the populace, we are well on our way liberate Lanao del Sur from these terror groups.” – Col Brawner.

Major General Roseller G Murillo, commander of the 1st Infantry Division, commends the success of the recent operation.

“We are looking forward to have a peaceful Lanao. With the string of victories we are attaining in our campaign against these terrorists, we project that the threat posed by the Maute-IS remnants will be no more than that of a petty criminal.” He ends.

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