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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Fifty (50) Army soldiers of the 103rd Infantry “Haribon” Brigade exercised their right to vote during the Local Absentee Voting (LAV)  at Kampo Ranao in Marawi City Friday, April 29, 2019.

Absentee voting pursuant to R.A. 7166 and E.O. No. 157, is a system of voting by any person (a registered voter) who, by reason of public functions and duties, is not in his/her place of registration on election day may vote in the city/municipality where he/she is assigned.

Government officials and employees; members of the AFP; and PNP are entitled to avail the absentee voting.

“Now that they have voted, our troops will now focus on their mission of making the mid-term elections in Lanao Del Sur free, honest, credible, orderly and peaceful,” said Col. Romeo Brawner, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander.

Only the positions for Senator and Party-list shall be voted for under the absentee voting system.

Meanwhile, the Army’s 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division under the leadership of Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, vowed to make sure that the Army will be apolitical and non-partisan during the midterm national and local elections.

Ancan stressed that “We are carrying a big responsibility in this electoral process and that is our commitment, to ensure that our troops strictly observe the conduct of secure and fair elections and to remain apolitical and non-partisan at all times.”

“Aside from the implementation of election laws, the only political exercise that we are allowed to do during this coming election is to vote. Your Army is a professional organization that strictly adheres to the codes of conduct. Thus, we are fully committed and well prepared to address any armed threats and fully support the campaign for truthful, peaceful and free elections,” Ancan added.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur  – Candidates from the Province of Lanao del Sur, various stakeholders, the COMELEC, DILG, PNP and the AFP signed a pact for a free, honest, credible, orderly and peaceful 2019 national election last Friday, April 26, 2019, at Grandstand, Kampo Ranao, Marawi City.

A total of 128 candidates vying for provincial, city and municipal participated in the Peace Covenant organized by the AFP’s 103rd Infantry Brigade in Lanao del Sur.

Provincial COMELEC Officer Attorney Allan C Kadon welcomes the gesture in what he hopes will be a repeat of the highly peaceful Special Baranggay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections in the 96 Baranggays of Marawi City (BSKE) last year.

Dubbed as the “most peaceful election yet,” the Marawi Special BSKE concluded with no fatalities.

“The AFP is geared for a free, honest, credible, orderly and peaceful 2019 National Elections. I have committed my term to achieving a successful national election during my assumption as the brigade commander of 103rd Infantry Birgade” notes Col Romeo S Brawner Jr, Commander of the military unit covering the Province of Lanao del Sur.

While security forces have expressed optimism in the outcome of the elections, the military warns spoilers undermining the security of the election.

“We will take into restrictive custody any individual who will be caught buying votes or engaging in violence. This is to ensure integrity and security in our polling areas” Col Brawner adds.

Last year, security forces took into restrictive custody several personalities caught in the act of vote buying and engaging in fistfights at polling areas. All were released as soon as the elections came to a close.

Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, lauded the efforts of the candidates, COMELEC, DILG, PNP and the AFP troops.

“This momentous activity will embody the aspirations of our Meranao brothers and sisters towards a peaceful and prosperous Lanao del Sur.” Ancan added.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – A brother of an ISIS fighter who died during Marawi Siege, voluntarily surrendered to the Army’s 55th Infantry Battalion in Madalum, Lanao del Sur, 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 17,2019.

“Alias PACONG, also a Dawlah Islamiya supporter, was saddened by the death of his brother who was deceived and recruited by the Maute Brothers in Butig”, said Lt. Col. Ian Noel Ignes, 55th Infantry Battalion commander. 

Pacong also yielded one M653 rifle, magazines and ammunitions.

Custodial debriefing is still on-going as of this posting.

At 11:00 a.m. the same day, three high-powered firearms were also surrendered to the 49th Infantry Battalion thru the efforts of Mayor Nasser Pangandaman and other barangay officials of Masiu, Lanao del Sur.

“The honorable Mayor formally turned-over two RPG launchers, one Colt M203 and ammunitions”, said Lt. Col. Edgar Allan Villanueva, 49th Infantry Battalion Commander.

The firearms were brought to 49IB headquarters for proper safekeeping/disposition.

“With the confirmed death of Abu Dar, we expect more Dawlah Islamiya members and supporters to surrender”, said Col. Romeo Brawner, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander. 

“For them no to suffer the same fate with their comrades, we encourage them to surrender, or cooperate with the local government units if they are afraid or intimidated with our forces”, Brawner added.

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 and the local government for the successful surrender of Dawlah Islamiya supporter and hand over of the 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 DI-Lanao group and loose firearms,” said Ancan.

“Likewise, we thank them 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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The 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army confirms that Maute leader Owaydah Marohombsar alias Abu Dar is one of the four terrorists killed in an encounter with troops of the 49th Infantry Battalion last Mar. 14, 2019 in Tubaran, Lanao Del Sur.

Authorities requested U.S. counterparts to subject the then-unidentified body to DNA testing when informants initially identified it as that of Abu Dar, believed to be the only terrorist leader who escaped when government forces took back Marawi in 2017.

He is regarded as the successor of Isnilon Hapilon, the emir of ISIS in Southeast Asia who was also killed in Marawi along with the Maute brothers.

Also seized from the encounter site were an M16 rifle, an M653 rifle, a cal .45 pistol, two grenades, several magazines and ammunition, and cellphones. On the other hand, four soldiers were killed and two were wounded in the clash.

Abu Dar is said to be responsible for bombing the Limketkai Commercial Area in Cagayan de Oro in 2013 where several doctors were killed. He was also responsible for killing several soldiers, policemen, and Christians in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur.

“We thank our US counterparts and the citizens of Lanao Del Sur for helping us neutralize the last remaining leader of the Maute-ISIS Group in the person of Abu Dar. We will not rest until we neutralize all the other remnants of this terrorist group”, said Col. Romeo Brawner Jr., Commander of the 103rd Infantry “Haribon” Brigade.

“With his neutralization, we are hoping that this would also finally put an end to the Maute-ISIS in Lanao,” he added.

“The neutralization of Abu Dar is a significant accomplishment of the government and the people of Lanao del Sur who worked together to rid their beloved province of terrorists. Meanwhile, we will continue our operations so that the sacrifices of our fallen comrades in pursuit of peace will not go to waste”, said Brig. Gen. Roberto Ancan, Commander of the 1st Infantry “Tabak” Division.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The peace-loving people of 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 Provincial Peace and Order Council effective April 4, 2019.

During its 1st Quarter Provincial Peace and Order Council Meeting, the province which is composed of the three cities, fourteen municipalities and four hundred ninety barangays, passed Resolution No. 1 Series of 2019 which states that;

“The people of the Misamis Occidental must make a stand against the presence of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) in their respective localities in order to show its sincerity and support on the call of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to end the insurgency in our country.”

“The people of 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) in Misamis Occidental have stressed that their constituents want to live in a peaceful, prosperous and happy community that is insulated from the brutal war that the communist terrorists have waged for decades.”

According to Brig. Gen. Bagnus Gaerlan, Jr., commander of 102nd Infantry (IGSOON) Brigade which has operational jurisdiction over the said province, “This bold move is a great help in our effort to protect the communities from the atrocities of the communist terrorist group.

“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. Likewise, we are expecting an enhanced cooperation between and among the people in giving information on the whereabouts of these terrorist group”, Gaerlan added.

Meanwhile, Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, lauded the local government unit of Misamis Occidental on the declaration of the CTG as Persona Non Grata.

“This audacious action by the local government unit of Misamis Occidental headed by Governor Herminia Ramiro, 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, Labangan Zamboanga del Sur – One Dawlah Islamiyah (DI) Lanao group supporter surrendered with firearm to the 49th Infantry Battalion in Brgy Cadayunan, Lumbayanague, Lanao del Sur, Monday 10:00 in the morning, April  8, 2019.

“During Butig encounter in 2016, the surrendered supporter provided food stuff and transportations for the DI-Lanao group”, said Lt. Col. Edgar Allan Villanueva, 49 Infantry Battalion commander.

According to Col. Romeo Brawner, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander “DI-Lanao group suffered numerous casualties during their clashes with the government forces in the municipalities of Butig and Piagapo, Lanao del Sur in year 2016 and 2017 respectively prior to Marawi siege.”

The DI supporter also yielded one caliber .30 US carbine rifle, magazines and ammunitions.

Meanwhile in the municipality of Tamparan, one caliber 45, magazines and ammunitions were handed over by Mayor Sittie Amina Disumimba to the 49IB troopers.

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 and the local government units of Tamparan and Lumbayanague for the convergence of efforts which led to the successful surrender of Dawlah Islamiya supporter and hand over of the 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 DI-Lanao group and loose firearms,” said Ancan.

“We will continuously work together with stakeholders in order to encourage more DI members, supporters and loose firearms to surrender,” he added.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan Zamboanga del Sur – The 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division together with the local government unit of Pagadi-an city and other stakeholders commemorated the 77th Araw ng Kagitingan in Veterans Memorial Shrine, Pagadi-an city, 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

The occasion is a yearly activity that aims to reflect how the Filipino soldiers fought with the Americans against the Japanese invaders in 1942 during World War 2 that also left mark in our history on how courageous the Filipino Fighters were during those era.

The 77th Araw ng Kagitingan is themed “Pamanang Kalayaan ng mga Beterano; Isabuhay at Pagyamanin ng lahing Pilipino”.

Mr. Claudio F. Porio, District President of the 1st Zamboanga del Sur Veterans, said in his speech that “Indeed, Araw ng Kagitingan should be a very important event for every Filipino, because, it reminds us of our duty to fight the liberty of our country against invaders.”

He also recognized and valued those who have done heroic acts but are never renowned.

Different stakeholders such as, Knights of Columbus, Senior Citizens, Veterans Federation of the Philippines, Mason, Illana Bay Lodge, Order of DeMolay, Recon Lakandula Rotary Club, Order of Amaranth, Fraternal Order of Eagles, BFP, PNP, DEPED and DILG also graced the event.

“Past battles and hostilities are not intended to become plain pages of the past, but rather, unforgettable lessons for all of us and for all the Filipino nation to learn from”, said Hon. Marlyn Revelo, the Board Member 1st District, Zamboanga del Sur.

Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Roberto T. Ancan, 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division Commander, represented by Brig. Gen. Jacinto Bareng, the Assistant Division Commander for Operation during his speech, reminded everyone that all Filipinos are capable of tremendous feats of heroism.

“Let this celebration be a beacon for all to have courage in the midst of challenges and uncertainties”, he added.

“It is our responsibility to maintain the peace not for the victims in the past, but for the present and future and for the rest of our brothers and sisters across the globe”, he concluded.

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“We Make Change Work for Women”, this year’s theme in celebration of the National Women’s Month 2019.

According to www.time.com, “The impetus for establishing an International Women’s Day can be traced back to New York City in February 1908, when thousands of women who were garment workers went on strike and marched through the city to protest against their working conditions”. Then the rest is history.

Here in Tabak Division, women, which comprise the officer’s corps and enlisted personnel, play a significant role in the accomplishment of the mission. These female soldiers don’t just used guns as their arms, but their talents and abilities as well are often used as their weapons in winning the hearts and minds of the local populace.

During the Marawi Siege, the Hijab Troopers became famous. A company of female soldiers comprised of diverse culture, religion and beliefs deployed in the outskirts of war-torn area and conducted psycho-social activities in evacuation centers. They live, eat, sleep and deal with the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) for almost five months.

As the Martial Law extends in Mindanao, the 55th Infantry (VIGILANT) Battalion, under Lt. Col. Ian Noel P Ignes, initiated a bold move to close the gap of cultural differences in Lanao del Sur. Instead of brave male soldiers, the unit deployed female soldiers to man the checkpoints along Sen. Narciso Ramos Highway.

The audacious action received positive feedbacks from motorists passing through the highway. Sameha D Macaagir, an OFW from the Municipality of Binidayan stated, “We feel more comfortable with them. Male soldiers are okay but seeing female soldiers is really something. It simply shows the deep respect of the Philippine Army towards Maranao women”.

We often hear people saying that behind every successful man is a strong woman who supports him in everything he does. It may be true for most of the time, but as the world continuously change, women have learned to achieve success on their own.

Being assigned in the frontlines is not an easy job. But the female officers and enlisted personnel of Tabak Division showed their ingenuity in accomplishing their assigned task.

Truly, we don’t only Make Change Work for Women, Tabak Women also Work for a Change. That is the spirit of Tabak Girl Power!

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The Philippine Army has opened 5,387 slots for aspiring soldiers, the Army spokesperson said Monday.

Of the total slots, 4,777 will be allotted for enlisted personnel, while 610 will be officer corps, said Army spokesman Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala.

Read full article and watch the interview of the Lt. Col Zagala at…

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan Zamboanga del Sur – One was killed while three were arrested in a joint law enforcement operation by the Army’s 5th Mechanized Infantry Battalion and the PNP in Brgy Abaga, Nunungan, Lanao del Norte 4:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

The killed personality was identified as Samolabao Tumog, known as alias SB, a former Barangay Chairman of Rebucon of the same municipality.

“Samolabao Tumog was neutralized in a follow-up operation after the apprehension of the three drug suspects”, said Lt. Col. Rolando Orengo, Commanding Officer of the 5th Mechanized Infantry Battalion.  

Government troops were about to serve the search warrant when Samolabao Tumog warned them not to enter his house and immediately fired his M-16 rifle that resulted into the wounding of one Army personnel.

Wounded trooper was immediately evacuated and brought to the nearest hospital for medical treatment.

The three arrested were identified as, Jalal Diambarang Tumog, Pano Tumog and Hami Tumog and are now under the PNP custody for filing of appropriate charges.

Troops also recovered one M16 rifle, two rifle grenades, one hand grenade, magazines and ammunitions.

“The neutralization of these drug personalities will significantly reduce the criminalities in our area of operation,” said Brig. Gen. Ezra James Enriquez, 2nd Mechanized Brigade Commander who has operational jurisdiction over Lanao del Norte Province.

Meanwhile, Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, commander of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division lauded the efforts of 5th Mechanized Infantry Battalion, 2nd Mechanized Brigade and the PNP for the successful neutralization of drug personalities.

“Our joint law enforcement operation with other government forces is relentless in order to protect our people from lawless elements and sustain the peace and development in our area of responsibility, “added Ancan.XXX

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