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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur  – In coordination with the Joint Task Force “ZamPeLan”, members of the Philippine National Police in Metro Manila apprehended a certain Abdul Nasser Lomondot at Recto Avenue, Manila March 3, 2018 5:10 pm.

During the said law enforcement operation, recovered in the possession of Lomondot upon arrest were the calibre .45 pistol and hand grenade.

Lomondot is a Maute Group sub-leader who took part in the Marawi rebellion during which he participated in the killing of innocent Christian civilians and committed violence  against female and child hostages.  He was one of the key planners in the attack of Marantao, Lanao del Sur during the Marawi rebellion.  He underwent combat training in Butig, Lanao del Sur along with other Daesh members.

Since the death last year of Isnilon Hapilon, the established Amir of Maute-Deash in Southeast Asia region,  the remnants of the group were scattered into small groups and went into hiding at selected areas of Lanao del Sur.  They were also monitored recruiting and conducting trainings particularly in the boundaries of Lanao and Maguindanao areas where they enjoy a certain level of civilian support.

Earlier this year, an encounter happened in Masiu, Lanao del Sur between the government troops and some elements of the Maute group.  Their other members responsible in the killings of civilian vendors at Piagapo, Lanao del Sur were also apprehended.

Major General Roseller G Murillo AFP, 1ID Commander said, “our recent successes and apprehensions have been yielding valuable information that allows authorities to further hunt down the remnants of the group.  More so, these successes clearly indicate their dwindling organizational leadership and capabilities.”

“The government forces will continue to intensify its internal security operations in Joint Task Force “ZAMPELAN’s” area of operations to neutralize the remnants of terrorist groups in Lanao del Sur”, he added.

At present, Lomondot was brought to Philippine National Police-Manila Police District at UN Avenue, Manila for processing and filing of appropriate cases.

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Kin of Marawi Heroes attending the “Business Opportunity Roadshow” held at the EP Clubhouse, H1ID, PA, Brgy Upper Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur on 20 February 2018. The family or beneficiary of the soldiers killed-in-action (KIA) during the Marawi Rebellion will recieve P2Million pesos worth each of business packages from the San Miguel Corporation through the San Miguel Foundation Incorporated.

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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur  – Troops under Joint Task Force “ZAMPELAN” encountered members of the New People’s Army in Brgy San Isidro, Sergio Osmena, Zamboanga del Norte on 17 February 2018 at 8:34 pm.

The operating troops of 53rd Infantry Battalion led by 1LT ABNER C PILANDO (INF) PA were conducting strike operation at the vicinity of the said area when they clashed with the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs).

LTC MARLOWE E PATRIA INF (GSC) PA, Commanding Officer of the 53IB said that the enemy were reportedly sowing terror to the civilian community and are said to be out to conduct liquidation or harassment in the area.

The operating troops were able to intercept the NPAs and figured in a 15-minute firefight which compelled the enemy to scamper from the area, said Patria.

After the firefight, the troops recovered one (1) body of the NPA killed which they left behind along with a magazine for AK47 rifle.  The NPAs carried their other comrades who were wounded as evidenced by the blood stains along enemy tracks. One of our soldiers also died in the firefight.

“We denounce in strongest terms the continued atrocities of NPAs which killed one of our soldiers and their continuous atrocities against our hapless civilians. Our soldier died a hero while protecting our people and our communities. We will vigorously pursue these NPA terrorists until they will be left with no choice but surrender or get killed”, said Maj Gen Roseller G Murillo AFP, 1st ID Commader as he commended the operating troops for the successful encounter.

“The cooperation of the civilians who reported the armed group’s presence in their area is a strong manifestation that civilians have long been tired of these NPA’s terroristc activities in forms of extortion and harassment.” he added.

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