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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – A total of six armed NPA Militia members surrendered to the Army’s 44th Infantry Battalion in Brgy Balagon, Siay, Zamboanga Sibugay this week.

On, Wednesday July 10, 2019, four armed NPA Militia surrendered to Lt. Col. Don Templonuevo, 44th Infantry Battalion Commander.

The surrenderor also yielded one homemade shot gun and three pistols.

The following day, July 11, 2019, in the same barangay, another two armed Militia followed the path of their comrades to return to the folds of the law. The two also yielded two caliber .38 pistols.

“One of the surrenderor revealed that they were no longer satisfied with the promises and lies of the Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) in their community”, said Lt. Col. Don Templonuevo, 44th Infantry Battalion Commander.

“Ang ilahang saad sa amoha nga tagaan mi ug maayong pamoyo ug protektahan kami sa mga abusado nga sundalo, apan nabali ang tanan, sila man hinuoy mga abusado. Ang among kunsumo sa bukid, sila man hinuoy nakapahimulos”, ingon ni alias Carol. (“They’ve promise us a peaceful life and protect us from the abusive soldiers, however it was the other way around. They (the CNT’s) were the abusive. They consumed our foods in the mountain,” said alias Carol).

“The snowball of surrender can be attributed to the convergence of efforts of the local government units, government agencies and other stakeholders through the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) in Region 9,” said Brigadier General Bagnus Gaerlan, Jr., commander of 102nd Infantry Brigade.

It can be recalled that the RTF-ELCAC IX was activated last May 24, 2019 at the headquarters of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division in Camp Sang-an, Labangan, Zamboanga de Sur in line with the EO 70 signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte last December 4, 2018 creating the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) and institutionalizing the “Whole-of-Nation-Approach” in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace.

Under the EO 70, the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) is just one of the social development packages which provides benefits and opportunities to former CNT member who returned to the folds of the government and embrace a peaceful life.

Meanwhile, Major 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 six NPA Militia.

“Let us embrace our long lost brothers and sisters who have been victims of the lies and deceit of Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) as they return and chose to lead a life away from violence,” Ancan said.

“Your Army together with all the government instrumentalities and stakeholders will continue to work together through the operationalization of EO 70 in order to defeat the CTG and to attain just and sustainable peace in Western Mindanao,” added Ancan.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, ZDS –An estimated market value of P6.5 million crystalline substance suspected shabu were seized and a drug personality was arrested by the combined elements of 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion, PDEA Regional Office – X and BARMM and the PNP in Brgy West Poblacion, Balo-i, Lanao del Norte 3:30 p.m, Thursday, June 27, 2019.

Jalil Akil, alias Malik Linog, the alleged drug dealer, was arrested through a buy bust operation.

The government forces also seized two genuine one thousand peso bills, 13 bundles of cut out one thousand bill (boodle money) in Akil’s possession.

According to the 4th Mechanized Infantry battalion commander, Ltc Bernardo A Taqueban, “The success of this operation can be attributed to the close collaboration between and among the different law enforcement agencies in the campaign against illegal drugs. Our unit is always ready to assist in any joint law enforcement and security operations to ensure the security and protection of our communities.”

The evidences were already facilitated by PDEA Regional Laboratory Office for qualitative and quantitative examination; while the suspect was temporarily detained at PDEA RO-X Detention cell for booking and documentation of his violation.

Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Ezra James Enriquez, 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade Commander, who has operational jurisdiction over Lanao del Norte, said that “Proper coordination among law enforcement units and timely execution greatly helped our forces in the successful conduct of the operation”.

For his part, Major General Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, lauded the troops involved for the successful Joint Law Enforcement Support Operation.

“We thank the concerned residents of Balo-i for the timely information relayed to our troops which led to the success of our operations. Rest assured that we will work doubly hard in order to sustain our gains in peace and development efforts in this part of Western Mindanao,” said Ancan

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Two Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) members surrendered to the Army’s 51st Infantry Battalion and 5th Infantry Battalion in Brgy Rogongon, Iligan City 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 24, 2019.

“Our initial custodial debriefing found out that due to our relentless combat operation, most of them are starving and only eat one meal a day”, said Lt. Col. Jasper Edward Obar, 51st Infantry Battalion Commander.

“Lisod ang kinabuhi sa bukid. Mas lisod kaysa adtong pa sa panahon kaniadtong dili pa kami myembro sa NPA. Walay direksyon among pakigbisug”, ingon ni alias Braga. (“Our life in mountainous part is hard. Much harder when we were not yet members of the NPA group. There is no direction in what we are fighting for,” said alias Braga).

The two CNT yielded two M1 Garrand rifles and ammunitions. As of this year, a total of 29 Communist NPA Terrorists surrendered to 51IB.

“The influx of CNT surrenders in Iligan City is a testament of their desire to unite and live peacefully with their families. We expect that more CNTs will return to the folds of the law in the coming days as our troops on the ground received a lot of surrender feelers,” says Brig. Gen. Ezra James Enriquez, 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade Commander.

“Likewise, we urge the NPA leadership in our area of operation to engage us thru localized peace talks to address their issues and problems peacefully”, Enriquez added.

Meanwhile, Major 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 two CNTs.

“We encourage other CNT members to surrender with their firearms, return to the folds of the law and benefit the Enhanced Local Integration Program of the government”, said Ancan.

“Based on Executive Order Nr 70, creating a Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC), the Joint Task Force ZAMPELAN is doing its best to contribute to the mission of the created task force,” added Ancan.

“Convergence and synchronization of plans, programs and projects among the government agencies is vital and key to end the long decades of insurgency that only brought misery to our country”, Ancan concluded.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Pulacan, Labangan, ZDS – A total of 28 loose firearms, magazines and ammunitions were turned over by the locals of Maigo, Lanao del Norte and its neighboring municipalites to the 5th Mechanized Battalion in Mindanao State University, Maigo, Lanao del Norte 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2019.

“The concerted effort and intensified collaboration among our troops, local communities, local chief executives and other stakeholders resulted into this momentous activity”, said Lt. Col. Rolando Orengo, 55th Mech Battalion Commander.

The turned-over loose firearms were consist of one AK47, one Bushmaster, one Cal. 30 M1 Garrand, two Cal. 30 Carbine, one M4, one M16 A1, two Cal. 22 rifles; three 40MM grenade launchers; nine 12 gauge shotguns and seven handguns.

Outgoing Mayor of Maigo Hon. Rafael Rizalda who facilitated the turn-over of majority of the loose firearms thanked the Army for their effort in sustaining peace and development in the municipality during his stint.

Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Ezra James Enriquez, 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade Commander who has operational jurisdiction over Lanao del Norte said that “this is part of our campaign against proliferation of loose firearms so that our people would feel more secured and safe in their daily activities.”

Enriquez also urged the people to cooperate and report to proper authorities the proliferation of firearms in their communities.

For his part, Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, lauded the troops, the local government unit and stakeholders of Maigo, Lanao del Norte.

“I urge everyone to continue our efforts in pursuing lasting peace not just for Mindanao but for the whole country. Let us conquer the challenges ahead of us and step up the momentum in sustaining our gains for our common aspiration”, said Ancan.

Ancan also asked for the trust and support of the constituents, local government units and stakeholders to the Armed Forces of the Philippines who continuously strive to attain just and lasting peace in the country.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The peace-loving people of Calamba, Misamis Occidental has declared the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), New People’s Army (NPA) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) as persona non grata through a resolution passed by the Municipal Peace and Order Council effective June 18, 2019. During Municipal Peace and Order Council Meeting, the Resolution No. 1 Series of 2019 states that;

“The peace-loving people of Calamba, Misamis Occidentalstill aspire to bring their municipality closer to the peace that they always dreamt of.”

“The people of Calamba, Misamis Occidental must take a stand against the presence of the Communist Terrorist Groups (CTG) in their respective localities in order to show their sincerity and support to the call of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to once and for all end the communist insurgency in the country.”

“The people of Calamba, Misamis Occidental are already fed-up with the 50 years of lies and atrocities of these bandits against our people for their criminal acts and violations of the International Humanitarian Law.”

“The local chief executives (LCEs) and Municipal Vice-Mayor in Calamba, Misamis Occidental have stressed that their constituents want to live in a peaceful, prosperous and happy community.”

Lt. Col. John Andrada, 10th Infantry Battalion Commander, said that “This bold move is a great help in our effort to protect the communities from the atrocities of the communist terrorist group.”

“Likewise, this will ease our burden on neutralizing the CTGs because we expect more information from the constituents regarding their presence in the localities.” Andrada added.

Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Bagnus Gaerlan, Jr., commander of 102nd Infantry (IGSOON) Brigade which has operational jurisdiction of Misamis Occidental, states that “With the declaration, the CTG will have a small chance of recruiting our people especially the farmers, the youth, women and the indigenous people to join this terrorist movement.”

For his part, Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, lauded the local government unit of Calamba, Misamis Occidental on the declaration of the CTG as Persona Non Grata.

“This audacious action by the local government unit of Calamba, Misamis Occidental will ease and hasten our campaign against the terrorist group,” Ancan added.

“With the help of the local communities, local chief executives and other stakeholders, we can end the insurgency, attain a just and lasting peace and continue on with the progress and development of the province”, Ancan concluded.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Pulacan, Labangan, ZDS – Soldiers together with the stakeholders celebrated the Army’s 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division’s 83rd Founding Anniversary here, 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2019.

 “Serving the Nation with Zeal and Devotion” was this year’s theme with no less than Lt. Gen. Macairog S. Alberto, Commanding General, Philippine Army, graced the occasion as the guest of honor and speaker.

“The many milestones you have contributed to winning the peace and pushing the development agenda in recent years are well known and noted”, said Alberto.

Alberto also congratulated the officers, enlisted personnel, civilian workforces and stakeholders that were given a fitting recognition for demonstrating dedicated and meritorious service during the previous year.

He also urged the Tabak troopers to recommit themselves to excellence and professionalism and contribute to the attainment of the vision of being a world-class Army that is a source of national pride.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Roberto T. Ancan, 1st Infantry Division Commander, congratulated every Tabak trooper, past and present, for the heroism and sacrifices they offered to the unit.

“We are very much delightful that this unit has reached its 83 years of existence providing outstanding service to the Filipino nation”, said Ancan.

“Let us continue to work hard, strengthen our capabilities and uphold our commitment to service,” Ancan added.

Ancan also extended his sincerest thanks to all the stakeholders, for their continued commitment and collaboration, and for sharing ownership with the 1ID in sustaining peace and development in Basilan, Misamis Occidental, Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces.

The founding anniversary was celebrated with a month-long series of activities such as wreath laying ceremony for the fallen soldiers, fun and ball games, color run, Tabak Got Talent, squad and disaster response operation challenge, barrio fiesta, and the 1st Tabak commander’s cup shoot fest.

The 83rd Founding Anniversary was culminated with a K-pop themed Tabak night or socials held at the camp’s gymnasium.

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IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay – Joint elements of the Philippine Army’s 44th Infantry Battalion and Philippine National Police Provincial Office of Zamboanga Sibugay, are intensifying the Community Support Program (CSP) in order to bring peace and development in the hinterland barangays of Zamboanga Sibugay.

Through a send off ceremony here Monday June 17, 2019, the CSP teams will be deployed in the conflict-affected barangays in the municipalities of Kabasalan, Siay & Diplahan, all under the operational jurisdiction of 44IB.

Ltc Don Templonuevo, commanding officer of 44IB, said “We encourage various local government units (LGUs) of Zamboanga Sibugay to maintain and preserve their communities from being exploited by the communist terrorist group (CTG), and civilian stakeholders to support the government programs especially in the far flung communities.”

Hon Wilter Y Palma, Governor of Zamboanga Sibugay who led the send-off ceremony, said that “I assure the support of the province to the CSP teams that will be deployed in our province and we will work hand in hand to end this local communist armed conflict.”

The CSP deployment is in line with the Development Support and Security Plan “KAPAYAPAAN” of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to conduct Development Support Operations, to sustain the peace, ensure security and help maintain public order to foster the foundation for economic and human development.

Meanwhile, Brig. General Bagnus Gaerlan, Jr., commander of 102nd Infantry Brigade, thanked the local government unit, non-government organizations and other stakeholders of Zamboanga Sibugay for their trust and support to the CSP teams.

“The deployment of CSP team is one way of making the government closer to the people particularly in those areas where government services seldom reach or even cannot be felt by our people,” said Gaerlan.

For his part, Major General Roberto Ancan, commander of the 1st Infantry Division, directed the troops to strictly adhere to the provisions of International Humanitarian Law, respect Human Rights and follow the Rule of Law as they bring peace and development in the communities.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, ZDS –The newly promoted Commander of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division was tendered with a company-size arrival honors here 9:00 a.m. Thursday, June 13, 2019.

Maj. Gen. Ancan was received by Brig. Gen. Bagnus Gaerlan, Jr., the 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander, together with the officers, men and civilian employees of 1ID.

“I owe this promotion to our Lord, my family, mentors, men, women and civilian employees that I’ve worked with in my military career”, Ancan said.

“Let us continue to steer this division to the greater heights so we could accomplish our mission in the quest for lasting peace and development in our area of responsibility”, Ancan added.

The promotion of Ancan to MGen was signed by the President of the Republic of the Philippines and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Rodrigo Roa Duterte last May 15, 2019.

No less than the President donned the said rank to MGen Ancan on June 12, 2019 during the commemoration of the 121st Philippine Independence Day in Brgy Matling, Malabang, Lanao del Sur.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The 1st Infantry Division commander was promoted to the next higher star rank by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte at the Headquarters of 6th Infantry Battalion, 6th Infantry Division, Brgy Matling, Malabang, Lanao del Sur, Wednesday, June 12, 2019.

The President donned the rank to Major General Roberto T. Ancan, after the commemoration of the 121st Declaration of Philippine Independence activity inside the camp.

“I am very much privileged and honored because no less than our Commander-in-Chief donned the 2nd star rank that I’ve earned in my military career”, said Ancan.

“Rest assured that I will continue to serve the constituents in our area of responsibility and lead our troops in the accomplishment of our mission,” Ancan added.

About MGEN ANCAN:

Major General Roberto T. Ancan is the 45th among the lineage of noble Officers to lead the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division.

He hails from Victorias, Negros Occidental and is a member of the 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 3rd and 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.

MGEN 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 25th, 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.

Before he was posted as the commander of 1ID, he led 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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