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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur One Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) was killed in an encounter with the 10th Infantry Battalion (10IB) in Barangay San Pedro, Aloran, Misamis Occidental at around 9:40am, Monday February 18, 2019.

Prior to the encounter that lasted about 30 minutes, residents of the Barangay reported to 10IB personnel about the presence of CNTs who were trying to recruit the youth to join their movement and extorting from the populace.

Recovered firearm after the 30-minute firefight between 10IB and Communist NPA Terrorist in Aloran, MisOcc

“The encounter was the result of the information received by our troops from a concerned civilian who reported the presence of an armed group in their community while we are conducting community security operations,” Lieutenant Colonel John Andrada, 10IB Commander said.

The troops scoured the scene of encounter and recovered one AK 47 rifle, three magazines and subversive documents with high intelligence value. Blood stains were seen along the CNT’s withdrawal routes believed to be those of wounded members.

On the other hand, Colonel Bagnus Gaerlan, 102nd Brigade Commander said, “We already identified CNT’s lairs and they have no place to go. We call on those NPA Terrorists to lay down their arms peacefully, be given proper medication and we ensure them that their rights will be respected.”

Meanwhile, Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, Commander of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division said, “the Army together with the local government units, the civil society organizations, other stakeholders and the peace-loving people of Misamis Occidental continue to send upon the NPA Terrorists to listen to the call for peace of the people, lay down your arms, return to the folds of the law and avail of the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).”

However, he also expressed his sympathy to the family and relatives of the NPA terrorist who was killed.

“It is very tragic that he has taken arms against the people of Misamis Occidental when only through peace can lead to development and social justice be achieved”, Brigadier General Ancan added.

Additional troops are now in the area conducting pursuit operations to run after the fleeing CNTs while members of the Philippine National Police Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) conducted investigation in the encounter site.

Troops of 10IB are also in close communication with the Barangay Officials to ensure the safety and security of the residents in the area.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – A Testimonial Honor to four enlisted personnel of the command, who are set to compulsory retire, were tendered here on Friday (February 15, 2019).

The retirees were, Master Sergeants Florante T. Almacen, Mario S. Sungag, Ricardo R. Jimenez and Noel V. Realista.

The testimonial honor is initiated by the command, a privilege for the retirees for their valuable and  remarkable services rendered as a Tabak Trooper.

“For 32 years in the Army, I’ve experienced joy, happiness and sacrifices in serving the Filipino people and our country. And I am so grateful for the organization for everything it have done to me as a person,” said Master Sergeant Realista, one of the honorees.

Brig. Gen. Roberto T. Ancan, the newly installed 1st Infantry (TABAK) Commander, commended the four honorees for their significant accomplishments and contributions that they have shared to the nation and in the 1st Infantry Division.

“Non Commissioned Officers are the true backbone of our Army. They perform battle (Operation) and administrative tasks and functions,” said Brig. Gen. Ancan.

The commander also commended the wives of the four honorees for taking care of their children while their husband is on duty and away.

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Brigadier General Roberto T Ancan, AFP assumed office as the Commander of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army, on February 7, 2019, replacing Maj. Gen. Roseller G Murillo AFP, who compulsory retired from the service. Since its establishment on May 5, 1936, Brig. Gen. Ancan now becomes the 45th Commander among the lineage of noble Officers to lead the unit tasked to serve the communities and protect the land in its Area of Responsibility in Zamboanga Peninsula, Lanao Province and Misamis Oriental.

The new 1st Division Commander hails from the province of Victorias, Negros Occidental and is a member of 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 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.

Brig. Gen. 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 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.

Prior to his new post, he was the commander of 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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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The 1st Infantry “TABAK” Division has a new commander in the person of Brig. Gen. Roberto T. Ancan who succeeded Maj. Gen. Roseller G. Murillo in a change of command ceremony presided by Lt. Gen. Macairog S. Alberto, the Commanding General, Philippine Army, held here Thursday (February 7, 2019).

Brig. Gen. Ancan is a member of the Philippine Military Academy “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 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.

The new commander 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 66th and the 72nd Infantry Battalion of the 10th Infantry Division and Commander of the AFP Peace Keeping Operations.

Brig, Gen. Ancan worked as Chief of Staff of the FSRR, SOCOM, PA and the 3rd Infantry Division based in Jamindan Capiz.

Prior to his new post, he was the commander of the 1002nd Infantry Brigade based in Malungon, Sarangani.

In his assumption speech, Brig. Gen. Ancan expressed his gratitude to the Commander-in-Chief; Secretary of National Defense; to the members of the Board of Generals; Chief of Staff, AFP; and the members of Philippine Army Board of Senior Officers headed by CGPA for believing in his capacity to command and lead the 1st Infantry “TABAK” Division.

He also pledged to continue on with what the outgoing commander (Maj. Gen. Murillo) had started and had been doing and take off based on the demands of the prevailing situation and operational circumstances.

“I enjoin every member of 1ID and our dear stakeholders to extend to me the usual support you had accorded to Maj. Gen. Murillo, and move on with me in unison, towards the accomplishment of our given mission and ensuring the welfare of our troops,” he said.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Murillo during his valedictory address extended his deepest appreciation to the stakeholders and friends in the 1ID area of operation for the strong partnership and invaluable service. He also thanked the Tabak troopers who never fall out of line during his stint.

Lt. Gen. Alberto as Guest of Honor and Speaker encouraged all the Tabak troopers to accord Brig. Gen. Ancan same support like the previous commander in order to sustain the momentum in fighting insurgency and terrorism. XXX

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Elements of the 103rd “Haribon” Infantry Brigade arrested three Maute-IS fighters late Friday, January 25, as the military continues its offensive on the Maute-IS remnants in Lanao del Sur.

Apprehended personalities were identified as Abdillah Bationg, Kalid Hadjinur and Casanur Hadjinur.

The arrest was made after locals tipped soldiers from the 55TH Infantry Battalion, 8Th Light Armored Cavalry and 10th Scout Ranger Company of the terrorist’s presence.

The apprehension came after assaulting elements seized a Maute-IS camp in the hinterlands of Sultan Dumalondong, forcing the terrorists to retreat for survival.

“Nahiwa-hiwalay nalang kami ng mga kasama namin. Kanya kanya nalang muna kami at hindi nadin namin makayanan ang putok at bomba ng sundalo” (We parted ways with our comrades. We cannot withstand the intense firefight and bombings from the soldiers), the remnant said during a military debriefing.

“Malapit na nila kami maikutan kaya unti unti nang tumakas mga kasama namin. Wala narin yung mga lider namin kaya naisipan nalang naming umalis” (We were about to be encircled so our members have to withdraw. Our leaders are no where to be found so we made a run for it) he adds.

A Maute-IS returnee confirms all three as remnants of the Maute-IS group government forces have encountered a day earlier.

Earlier, Colonel Romeo S Brawner Jr, Commander of the 103rd Infantry Brigade, stated that there will be no let up in military operation to liberate Lanao del Sur from the Maute-IS remnants.

“We will take them out of their comfort zones until they have no other option but to die or return to the folds of the law” He expresses.

Brawner said that the local populace and local chief executives were key players in gathering intelligence information necessary to sustain combat operations.

“It is now the Meranaos and soldiers against the Maute-IS remnants. We are a formidable force to be reckoned with.” Col Brawner notes.

Accordingly, local chief executives are feeding “almost real-time” information on the whereabouts of the enemy.

“With the amount of support we are receiving from the populace, we are well on our way liberate Lanao del Sur from these terror groups.” – Col Brawner.

Major General Roseller G Murillo, commander of the 1st Infantry Division, commends the success of the recent operation.

“We are looking forward to have a peaceful Lanao. With the string of victories we are attaining in our campaign against these terrorists, we project that the threat posed by the Maute-IS remnants will be no more than that of a petty criminal.” He ends.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – After a 10-hour firefight 8:00 a.m. Thursday, government forces seized Maute-IS remnants camp in Sultan Dumalondong, Lanao del Sur.

Three remnants were also killed according to local sources while troops incurred three wounded.

The 55th “Vigilant” Infantry Battalion figured with more or less 24 Dawlah Islamiyah – Lanao remnants (formerly called Maute-IS) in an intense gunfight as they approached the remnant’s lair.

The group is believed to be led by Abu Dhar, the appointed leader of the DI-Lanao Group.

“We acted on the information as reported by the residents and the local chief executives.” Notes Lt. Col Ian Ignes, Commanding Officer of the 55IB.

“The enemy was completely taken by surprise as evident from the direction of their initial gunfires. We met fierce resistance as soon as we hit their final defensive lines.” He adds.

The group has been hiding in the hinterlands of Lanao del Sur where they are well versed of the terrain.

“Despite the enemy’s advantage over the terrain, our troops were able to gain ground and managed to penetrate their defensive lines through timely and accurate supporting fires.” Notes Col Romeo S Brawner Jr, Commander of the 103rd Infantry Brigade leading the assault since Wednesday night.

Immediate fire support was provided through artillery and helicopters, sending the DI-Lanao remnants into their bunkers.

The splintered group then scattered for survival, abandoning their stronghold due to the intense ground and air support.

Exploitation of the site reveals several defensive positions to include running trenches and fortified bunkers. A training camp was also found some hundred meters from the terrorists’ defensive lines.

“We are giving them a chance to live a peaceful and meaningful life. We are calling on the remaining Maute-IS fighters to surrender peacefully to the nearest military installation before the next combat operations falls into your doorsteps. Take this offer now before it’s too late.” said Col Romeo Brawner, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander.

“The armed encounter is the result of our relentless campaign against Maute ISIS remnants and Abu Dar group,” Said Maj. Gen. Roseller Murillo,1st Infantry Division and JTF Zampelan Commander.

“We also ask the local populace for their trust, support and prayers for our troops who are still in the area to neutralize the remaining Maute ISIS remnants who continously threaten the safety and well being of Meranaos,” He added.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – One of the members of lawless armed group was killed in an encounter with government forces in Brgy Sipakit, Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte at around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (January 22, 2019).

“The killed member was identified as Jul Hassan under Jamilon Tukalan Group who were involved in kidnapping and extortion in Zamboanga del Norte,” said Lt. Col Danilo Ambe, 42nd Infantry Battalion Commander.
The troops of 42nd Infantry Battalion together with PNP patrolled in the community when the firefight against five lawless armed group transpired.

Both Army and PNP troopers recorded no casualty and recovered one caliber .45 and one caliber .38 handguns; one grenade; and a cellphone.

“We will continuously operate together with PNP to quell lawless armed groups in our area of responsibility,” said Col. Bagnus Gaerlan, 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Roseller Murillo, 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) Commander, commended the efforts of the troops for the successful encounter.

“Our campaign against armed groups together with PNP will be relentless in order to minimize the atrocities and attain a just and lasting peace in our area of operation.” Maj. General Murillo added.

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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur -Troops of JTF Ranao encountered 24 Maute ISIS remnants under Abu Dar in Sultan Dumalondong, Lanao del Sur today 8:10 a.m., January 24, 2019.

Firefight is still on going as of this posting.

The encounter incurred three wounded troops, two from 55IB and one from 82IB while undetermined casualties from Maute ISIS remnants.

“Casualties were immediately extricated from encounter site for medical treatment,” said Col Romeo Brawner, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander.

“We are calling on the public not to panic and not to evacuate because we have everything under control”, Col. Brawner added.

“The armed encounter is the result of our relentless campaign against Maute ISIS remnants and Abu Dar group,” Said Maj. Gen. Roseller Murillo,1st Infantry Division and JTF Zampelan Commander.

“Rest assured that best medical facilities and treatment will be provided to our wounded troops,”He added.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – An eighteen year-old Communist NPA Terrorist surrendered to 10th Infantry Battalion in Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental Monday (January 21, 2019).

“Alias Jessie (not his true name) was tired and desperate of the regulations and the illegal activities of the group that led him to escape and surrender,” said Lt. Col. John Andrada, the 10th Infantry Battalion Commander,”
On Sunday, an NPA medic also surrendered to 53rd Infantry Battalion in Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur due to exhaustion and hunger.

Seventy-one Communists NPA Terrorist yielded to 10th IB as of year 2018.

“We will expect and attract more NPAs to surrender with the advent of Enhance Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) of the government that gives benefits not only for themselves but also for their families,” said Col. Bagnus Gaerlan, 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander who operationally controlled 10th IB.

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

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Roseller Murillo, 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 the NPA teenager.

“The youth is the hope of our future. The local populace, stakeholders and concerned agencies should be wary of the NPA’s propaganda and recruitment of our youth.” Maj. General Murillo added.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – A 27 year-old Communist NPA Terrorist Medic surrendered to 53rd Infantry Battalion in Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur Sunday. (January 20, 2019)

“Alias Botyok (not his true name) was tired and hungry when he yielded and said that they suffered leadership and fighters breakdown due to numerous surrenderees were facilitated by our unit,” said Lt. Col. Marlowe Patria, 53rd Infantry Battalion Commander. 

“Last year we’ve recorded 40 Communist NPA Terrorist who surrendered to our unit,” Lt. Col. Patria added

“We will ensure for his enrollment to Enhance Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP) of the government for him to return into the mainstream society,” said Col. Bagnus Gaerlan, 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander who operationally controlled 53rd IB.

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

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Roseller Murillo, 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 NPA medic.

“We encourage other NPAs to return to the folds of law and take advantage of the E-CLIP and spend a normal and peaceful life with their families.” Maj. Gen. Murillo added.

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