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CAMP SANG-ANG, Labangan, ZDS – Six hundred forty-nine newly ranked Privates of the 1st and 11th Infantry Divisions, and 54th Engineering Brigade are now ready to serve the country after the Closing and Entrustment of Firearms ceremony held here today, October 23, 2019.

Candidate Soldier Course classes 592, 593 and 594 belongs to the 1ID; classes 595 and 596 to the 11ID, based in province of Sulu; while twenty-five soldiers incorporated into the five classes, belongs to the 54th EBde, based in Zamboanga City.

Among the invited guests were Hon. Abdusakur M Tan, Governor of Sulu and Hon. Victor J Yu, Governor of Zamboanga del Sur who co-led the Ceremonial Entrustment of Firearms.

The ceremony which was steered by a civilian stakeholders symbolized that the people bestow their trust and confidence to the new soldiers to carry firearms as tool to perform their mandate in serving the people and securing the land.

According to Tan, the ceremony is an acknowledgement that peace cannot be achieve by a single organization or branch of the government, the Army also needs the civilians and government agencies/units to accomplish the endeavour.

During his speech, Yu emphasized the importance of the newly entrusted firearms to the soldiers and how great is their responsibility to protect the constituents and the country.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Roberto T Ancan, Commander of 1ID, thanked the Division Training School personnel who exerted efforts and took part in influencing and shaping the trainees into a competent, capable and equipped soldiers.

Ancan also recognized the parents for being the inspiration to the soldiers and for their continued trust and support of the Philippine Army.

He also remind them that the Privates are now transformed with an ideals of honor, commitment and service before self.

“To the Privates, do well in your job, be passionate and dedicated in performing your duties and responsibilities. Apply what you have learned during your training and uphold the virtues of a true soldier”, said Ancan.

The Privates will still undergo a mandatory Infantry Operations Course prior deployment to the field to further equip them with knowledge and skills of an Infantryman and train them to adapt with the challenging operational environment in Mindanao.

MARAWI HEROES WIVES

Included in the graduates of the classes were the three widows of Marawi heroes, who fought during the Siege in May 2017.

The three were Private Grace P. Allaga, wife of late Corporal Ardnie R. Allaga, assigned with 10IB; Private Merzie G. Rogador, wife of late Private First Class Eldon C. Rogador, assigned with 51IB; and Private Christine Mary E. Montero, wife of late Corporal Marjone G. Montero, assigned with 51IB.

Rogadors husband was cousin of Late Private First Class Bayot, the one who called for artillery fires in his location. Both of them were at the same team and died during that incident. While Montero’s husband died during Father’s day.

Allaga’s husband died on August 2017, when the troops in Marawi were gaining grounds, and captured the strategic locations of the Maute Terrorist group.

By the virtue of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the three voluntarily joined the ranks thru special enlistment.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Pulacan, Labangan, ZDS – A Local Terrorist member surrendered and several assorted firearms were yielded to the operating battalions of the 103rd Infantry Brigade in Lanao del Sur this week.

On October 20, 2019, 5:00 p.m., one caliber .30 Garand Rifle was surrendered by Satar Emmandatu, who indiscriminately fired last October 16 in Brgy Ngingir, Calanogas to the 55th Infantry Battalion.

Around 7:00 p.m. same day, one M653 and one M16A1 rifles, magazines and ammunitions were surrendered to the 82nd Infantry Battalion in their headquarters in Brgy Pawak, Saguiaran.

Around 2:00 p.m., today, October 21, 2019, Aminudin Datu or known as alias @Abu Jannah/Abu Nasraula, surrendered to the 82nd Infantry Battalion. Datu yielded one Browning automatic rifle, one caliber 45 handgun, magazines and ammunitions.

According to Lt. Col. Rafman Altre, 82nd Infantry Battalion commander, Datu was involved in the series of armed encounters in Gacap, Piagapo, Marawi city, Mantapoli and Marantao prior the Marawi Siege.

“He also served as the guide of the local terrorist group for their atrocities in Paridi Piagapo”, added Altre.

Meanwhile, Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo II, 103rd Infantry Brigade Acting Commander, who has operational command of the battalions in Lanao del Sur said that, “Todays accomplishments were attributed to the peace-loving local chief executives, constituents and stakeholders of Lanao del Sur”.

“We will continuously collaborate with them to encourage other local terrorist to surrender and yield their loose firearms to attain a just and lasting peace to their communities”, added Cuerpo.

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 and the local chief executives for the successful surrender of local terrorist and yield of loose firearms.

“Your 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, in collaboration with the LGUs and other stakeholders, remains steadfast in our campaign against local terrorist and will continue to seize loose firearms in our area of operation,” said Ancan.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Pulacan, Labangan, ZDS – Locals of Poona Bayabao, Lanao del Sur surrendered three firearms to Army’s 49th Infantry Battalion 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

“The firearms consists of one M14 Winchester, one M16A1 rifles one caliber .38 revolver, magazines and ammunitions”, said Lt. Col. Edgar Allan Villanueva, 49th Infantry Battalion commander.

“The concerted effort and intensified collaboration among our troops, local communities, local chief executives and other stakeholders made the locals yield the firearms”, Villanueva added.

Meanwhile, Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo II, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander who has operational jurisdiction over Lanao del Sur said that “This is part of our campaign against proliferation of loose firearms so that the locals would feel more secured and safe in their daily activities.”

Cuerpo also urged the locals to continue to cooperate and report to proper authorities for 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 Poona Bayabao.

“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.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Pulacan, ZDS – Nineteen assorted loose firearms from warring clans in Tuburan, Lanao del Sur were  surrendered to the Army’s 55th Infantry Battalion last 10 a.m. Wednesday October 9, 2019.

“The local government unit of the municipality Tuburan, headed by Mayor Khaledyassin Papandayan, played a great role in the surrender of firearms”, said Lt. Col. Ian Noel Ignes who is the commander of the 55th Infantry Battalion which maintains operational responsibility in the said municipality.

“Mayor Papandayan painstakingly negotiated with the families with the assistance  of village elders, traditional leaders, imams, and ulamas to bring about a resolution to the conflict and to bring peace to their municipality”, added Ignes.

The assorted firearms surrndered consisted of one M14 and two M1 Garand rifles, one shotgun, eleven handguns, and five grenade launchers.

According to Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo II,  acting Commander of the 103rd Infantry Brigade, who has operational jurisdiction of Lanao del Sur, “Todays accomplishments were attributed to the peace-loving local chief executives, constituents and stakeholders of Lanao del Sur”.

“We will continuously collaborate with them to encourage other warring clans to settle their disputes and surrender their loose firearms to make their communities peaceful and secured”, added Cuerpo.

As of yesterday, four local terrorist group, including one minor, and five of their supporters surrendered and yielded firearms to two of the battalions of the 103rd Infantry Brigade.

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 and the local chief executives for the successful surrender of loose firearms.

“Your 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, in collaboration with the LGUs and other stakeholders, remains steadfast in its commitment to attain just and lasting peace in our area of operation thru our campaign against loose firearms,” said Ancan.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Pulacan, ZDS – Three Local Terrorist fighter, including a minor surrendered to Army’s 82nd Infantry Battalion at their headquarters in Saguiaran, Lanao del Sur, 4:30 p.m. Monday, October 7, 2019.

“The surrendered minor Juhari Mangotara, 16 years old, was with Jamil Dimasangkay, 24 years old, during the clash in Piagapo in the year 2017, while Mail Tinga, 36 years old, was involved in the Butig clash in the year 2016”, said Lt. Col. Rafman Altre, 82nd Infantry Battalion Commander.

The three yielded one M79 grenade launcher and two caliber .45 handguns.

At 9:30 a.m. same day, a Dawlah Islamiyah Maute terrorist fighter who was involved in the Marawi siege and five of its supporters surrendered to 49th Infantry Battalion in Lumba Bayabao, Lanao del Sur.

The group also surrendered one M16 rifle, one KG9 sub machine gun, magazines and ammunitions.

According to Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo II, 103rd Infantry Brigade Acting Commander, who has operational jurisdiction of Lanao del Sur, “We are confident that the people and the local government of Lanao del Sur are now accustomed to peace and  time for vibrant economic  opportunities in the province”.

“We will continuously collaborate with local chief executives and other stakeholders to encourage other supporters or even the locals with loose firearms to surrender and submit themselves to the folds of the law in order to sustain the peace we have achieved thru our relentless military operation”, Cuerpo added.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, commended the efforts of the troops for the successful surrender of local terrorist member.

“Your 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, in collaboration with the LGUs and other stakeholders, remains steadfast in its commitment to attain just and lasting peace in our area of operation thru our campaign against local terrorist groups and other threats,” said Ancan.

“Likewise, we thank the local government and other stakeholders for their continued trust and support to our troops in contributing peace and development in the whole province of Lanao del Sur,” Ancan added.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Pulacan, ZDS – A Dawlah Islamiyah Maute Terrorist fighter who was involved in the Marawi siege and five of its supporters surrendered to Army’s 49th Infantry Battalion in Lumba Bayabao, Lanao del Sur, 9:30 a.m. Monday, October 7, 2019.

Pacalinog Bantogaranao, 32 years old, was under Madie Maute (killed), Sub-leader of the terrorist group, during the first week of the clash with the government forces.

Five of its supporters were identified as Monib Padati, Batalo Hajicaya, Tokiin Cuaro, Micky Hajicaya and Mobarak Hajicaya.

Thru the efforts of Local Government Unit of Lumba Bayabao headed by Mayor Mahar Dagalangit, the group also yielded one M16 rifle, one KG9 sub machine gun, magazines and ammunitions.

According to Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo II., 103rd Infantry Brigade Acting Commander, who has operational jurisdiction of Lanao del Sur, “The surrender of the DI-Maute fighter and supporters were attributes to the active support on mediation and peace negotiation of local govt unit heads and peace loving locals in our area of responsibility”.

“We are glad that they decided to live back to their normal lives, not hiding and running in the mountains and contribute by becoming productive citizen in their communities”, added Cuerpo.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, commended the efforts of the troops and the LGU for the successful surrender.

“We encourage other fighters and supporters to

surrender and lay down their arms so that their younger generations and communities will not suffer with their senseless demise,” Ancan concluded.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The Deputy Brigade Commander assumed as the acting commander of the 103rd Infantry (HARIBON) Brigade in Marawi City on Friday, September 27, 2019.

Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo II, succeeded Brig. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr. who was appointed by the Armed forces of the Philippines as the Commandant of the Philippine Military Academy on Friday.

Cuerpo is a proud member of Philippine Military Academy Class of 1990. An Airborne, Special Forces and well-rounded military officer with expertise in operations, intelligence and managerial acumen.

He is a graduate of Master in Development Management in Asian Institute Management in Makati City, Command and General Staff Course in AFP Command and General Staff College.

Cuerpo served as the Commanding Officer of the 8th Infantry Battalion, Assistant Chief of Staff for Personnel, Logistics and Chief of the Governance Strategy Management Office in the 4th Infantry Division, based in Cagayan de Oro city.

During his assumption speech, Cuerpo vowed to uphold the priorities and directions of the previous commanders, as the unit’s guide to maintain the cohesiveness efforts in the pursuit of peace and development in the province of Lanao del Sur.

He also pledged to vigorously continue render assistance to the Task Force Bangon Marawi, who’s in charge of the recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation of the most affected area of the city.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, who presided the assumption ceremony, thanked and congratulated Cuerpo for his designation.

“I am confident that with your leadership experience and dedication to work, you will steer this unit to greater heights”, Ancan said.

“To the Haribon troopers, let us always act with outmost professionalism, respect to human rights, rule of law and international humanitarian law. Continue to progress as a professional, capable and responsive officers and leaders of our armed forces”, added Ancan.

Ancan also commended the unit for its aggressive performance in sustaining peace and order in the area of responsibility.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, ZDS – Third highest ranking member of the Abu Sayyaf Kidnapper Group was arrested by the joint Army’s 44th Infantry Battalion and PNP operation in Brgy Canacan, Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay province 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

“Nasirin Balajadji, was apprehended by the virtue of warrant of arrest for the crime of kidnapping for ransom with no bail recommended”, said Lt. Col. Don Templonuevo, 44th Battalion commander.

“Balajadji was involved in the kidnapping of Baker Atyani, a Jordanian Journalist, in the year 2012”, added Templonuevo.

According to Police Col. Jerry Protacio, PNP Provincial Director, “He was also involved in the abduction of Roland Del Torchio, an Italian retired Catholic priest and the kidnapping of Rexon Romoc, an eight-year old boy who was held captive by the group for seven months in the year 2016”.

The arrested kidnapper is in the custody of PNP for proper disposition and filling of case.

Meanwhile, Col. Leonel Nicolas., 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander, who has operational jurisdiction of Zamboanga Sibugay said that, “The arrest was attributed to the report of a peace-loving and concerned civilian in our area of responsibility”.

For his part, Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, commended the efforts of the troops, the concerned civilian.

“The arrest of the top kidnapper is a significant accomplishment for the peace-loving constituents of our area of responsibility,” said Ancan.

“With our relentless collaboration with PNP, rest assured that we will continuously neutralize, defeat or destroy threat groups to sustain the gains of peace in Western Mindanao”, Ancan concluded.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Three young local terrorist group (LTG) members were arrested and yielded firearms to Army’s 49th and 82nd Infantry Battalion joint operation in Brgy Paridi, Piagapo, Lanao del Sur 5:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 18, 2019.

Apprehended were Janla Tangolo, male, 20 years old, Arapat Tangolo, male, 22 years old and Kamarudin Sultan, male, 20 years old.

Firearms recovered consists of two M14 and Bushmaster 5.56 assault rifles, one caliber 38 pistol, magazines, ammunitions and bandoliers.

According to Brig. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr., 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander, who has operational jurisdiction of Lanao del Sur, “The apprehension of the local terrorist groups were attributed to the report of a peace-loving and concerned civilian in our area of responsibility”.

“We are glad that after Marawi Siege and series of encounters with the local terrorist groups, we received more reports from the communities regarding enemies or armed group presence”, said Brawner.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, commended the efforts of the troops and the concerned civilian.

“The report from the civilians or constituents is an evidence for their desire for a peaceful and secured communities,” said Ancan.

“We encourage others to be courageous, continuously trust our troops and report any local terrorist presence in order to sustain the gains of peace and development in Western Mindanao,” Ancan concluded.

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CAMP SANG-ANG, Labangan, ZDS – Five members of Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) who surrendered to Army’s 97th Infantry Battalion this week received cash assistance in Punta Blanca Gym, Manukan Zamboanga del Norte 11:00 am. Saturday, September 14, 2019.

A total of 100 thousand pesos were given where each former rebels (FRs) received 20 thousand pesos cash.

The cash assistance is part of the local peace initiatives of the LGU of Zamboanga del Norte under the stewardship of Gov Roberto Y Uy.

According to Uy, “The assistance is a good start for them to fully reintegrate and live normally”.

Each FRs are also entitled to receive financial assistance from the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program fund.

“Aside from the 65 thousand pesos, they will also receive cash remunerations based on the firearms they’ve surrendered “, said Lt. Col. John Andrada, 97th Infantry Battalion commander.

For his part, Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, lauded Gov Uy and the local government unit (LGU) of Zamboanga del Norte for the FR’s cash assistance.

“The stern leadership of Gov Uy and the initiative of LGU of Zamboanga del Norte will entice more rebels in our area of responsibility to surrender,” Ancan added.

“We hoped that other provinces will replicate this kind of initiative to assist and encourage our FRs to return into the mainstream society”, Ancan added.

“We also lauded the Provincial Task Force ELCAC and the efforts of PILG and PSWD who continuously facilitate and assist our FRs to return to their normal lives and helped them become productive citizens,” Ancan concluded.

CHANGE OF COMMAND:

On the same day, Major Darel Dexter Uy (Res) PA, Mayor of Dipolog City, will now lead the 902nd Ready Reserve Battalion, 9RCDG after the change of command ceremony held also in the Gymnasium.

Major Uy succeeded Lt. Col. Reynaldo P Concha (Res) PA.

Their unit is capable of assisting the province in socio-economic development, environmental protection, disasters and rescue operations.

“We are glad that Major Uy will lead this unit. His experience as local chief executive will be able to accomplish the unit’s mission positively”, said Ancan, who presided the change of command ceremony.

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