Author: AC of S for CMO OG7

CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The first ever Regional Youth Leadership Summit (RYLS) was formally opened here today.

The three-day summit aims to empower youth as advocates of peace and development, capacitate them in leadership and peace building, and to organized a contingent for National YLS.

The activity was graced by Col. Benjamin G. Batara Jr., Chief of Staff of 1st Infantry Division, as guest of honor and speaker, Lt. Col. Vladimir Villanueva, Civil Military Operations Battalion Commander, and Lt. Col. Virgilio C. Hamos, Assistant Chief of Staff for CMO, G7.

“I hope that you will internalize that leadership always involve service. As a leader there is always accountability in your part.” Said Col. Batara.

Kia Rose Realis, one of the participant and contingent from Iligan city said that, “We hope that we will be mold more by this summit, to become a great leader and role model in our communities and to the nation.”

RYLS were participated by selected youth from provinces of Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Norte.

Twenty, out of sixty participants were muslims and contingent from Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte.

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A composite team of 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion, PNP Tagoloan and NBI clashed against Daulah Islamiyah /Maute remnants Sunday (September 30, 2018) at Brgy Malimbato and Upper Dimayon, Tagoloan, Lanao del Norte.

The firefight lasted for about ten minutes and resulted to the neutralization of Hadji Rasol Mambuay @ Mercury and recovery of one Elisco M16 A1 rifle, one hand grenade, one short magazine, two handheld radios and several IED materials.

The operation aimed to apprehend Dianalan Dimanatang Imam @ Papayungan and Hadji Rasol Mambuay @ Mercury and their men identified to be remnants of DI/ Maute terrorist who were involved in the Marawi Siege but were able to escapded.

One government soldier was also killed during the encounter.

“Our deepest condolences to the love ones of our soldier and killed Maute remnant.” said Maj Gen Roseller Murillo, JTF ZAMPELAN Commander. “Rest assured that the heroism and sacrifices of our soldier will not be in vain. We will continue to pursue the remanants of DI/Maute terrorist.” he added.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Sixteen more former members of New People’s Army (NPA), four of whom are females (locally called Amazona) and two are child warriors, surrendered to the 53rd Infantry Battalion (53IB), Philippine Army, in  Camp Major David Sabido, Poblacion, Zamboanga del Sur (ZDS) on September 26, 2018.

“Most of these surrenderees said they can no longer withstand the hardship they suffer on a daily basis while on continued stay in the jungles, got tired of their useless cause and they now want to live in peace and live normal lives with their families,” Lieutenant Colonel Marlowe E. Patria, Commanding Officer of 53IB, said.

” AKA Cel, one of the female surrenderees, was a first year college student taking up Education but had long stopped going to school when recruited last year.

“I regretted much that I became a member of the NPAs and became part of the group’s revolutionary undertaking. To be honest, I found no sense staying with the group in the jungles for a cause. I saw no meaning, no direction and no hope. I should have pursued my studies in college,” she said.

Lt. Col. Patria also added that they can still see elements of “force and intimidation” as the usual ploy used by the NPAs in recruiting their members. This is the reason why members only last in the jungles for few months or almost a year, at most. Only very few hardcore members are considered as “main-stays” but they are the ones who are receiving biggest chunks from their extortion collection.

Majority of these surrenderees belong to the CNT group Secom Kara of the Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee of the CPP/NPA/NDF, including those thirteen who also surrendered to the authorities last July and are now undergoing different procedures for the E-CLIP. These Former Rebels (FRs) are the ones who used to operate and wreak havoc in the municipalities of Midsalip, Pagadian, Tigbao, Lakewood, Lapuyan and San Miguel.

These surrenderees will be thoroughly processed which include making them undergo series of re-orientation seminars, psycho-social debriefing sessions, and livelihood trainings by the different partner government agencies such as Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

The two who were minor-aged when recruited will be especially handled by the DSWD. Most of them can also be enrolled with the Enhanced – Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) to receive livelihood assistance in preparation for their return to the mainstream society.

Col. Bagnus Gaerlan, Commanding Officer of the 102nd Infantry Brigade based in Ipil, ZDS said, “more surrenderees are coming in droves after feeling the pressure of our relentless and focused military operations in the entire Zamboanga Peninsula. Also, the convergence of our efforts with other government agencies, including the media in bringing our government’s re-integration program to the ranks of NPAs is continuously enticing more of their members to yield and eventually tread back to the mainstream society.”

Maj. Gen. Roseller G. Murillo, the Commander of the JTF ZAMPELAN also said, “We are also postured in pursuing the localized negotiation with the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs), as what the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) leadership has mandated us to do. But this is only good for those who will choose to engage us through peaceful means. Our troops are ever ready to engage them and neutralize them when needed.”

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Cash and livelihood assistance to P325,000.00 were turned – over by Mr. Arnel F. Gudio, the Acting Provincial Director of DILG, Zamboanga del Sur to five former member of New People’s Army (NPAs) who previously surrendered to the 53IB, 1ID, PA in Camp David Sabido, Brgy Poblacion, Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur. The benefits received by the former rebels were part of the Enhanced – Comprehensive Local Integration Program of the government.

Source: Fiftythird Infantry Matapat Battalion


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Two hundred eighty seven new Candidate Soldiers and four Privates took oath as military recruits composing the Candidate Soldier Course Classes 567-2018 and 568 – 2018 at the Headquarters of 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army on 20 August 2018.

The Opening Ceremony of the Candidate Soldiers was formally graced by BGEN JACINTO R BARENG AFP, Assistant Division Commander for Operations as the Guest Speaker.

The 291 Army aspirants is composed of 264 males and 27 females which comprised the second batch of this year’s candidate soldiers program of the Army. One of them is a female Maranao from Butig, Lanao del Sur. They will undergo rigid training in the next 14 weeks at the Division Training School (DTS).


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