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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The 1st Infantry Division tendered arrival honors to the newly promoted General here, Tuesday, 9:00 a.m, June 11, 2019.

Brigadier General Romeo S. Brawner Jr., the 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander, based in Kampo Ranao, Marawi City, was accorded with a company-sized military honors as an accolade for his invaluable service as a Tabak Trooper.

“I thanked the 1ID for the honors tendered to me and I owe this promotion to our dear Lord and to many people who helped me in my career,” said Brawner in his speech.

Brawner is a member of PMA “Makatao” Class of 1989 where he graduated Nr 2 and the baron (Corps Commander) of his class.

He served and held various positions in different units and offices in the Armed Force of the Philippines, significant of which was being the Chief of Staff, 6th Infantry Division; Spokesperson and at the same time Deputy Commander of the Joint Task Force Ranao, that remarkably helped liberate Marawi from Maute terrorists.

Brawner excelled significantly in his military career, specialization courses and trainings such as Special Forces Operation Course, (where he ranked number one), Infantry Officer Basic Course (where he ranked 2nd), AFP Comptrollership Basic Course (ranked number one), and Intel Officer Course where he also ranked number one.

He also finished Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Emotional Intel at Work Forum, Unified CMO Coordinating Workshop, Jump Master Course, Advance Security Cooperation, Master of Strategic Studies, United Nation Peacekeeping Force, Support to Counter Terrorism, and Senior Service College & Joint Professional Education at the United States Army War College.

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The Army Sergeant Major CMS Roberto D Gimenez (CAV) PA together with the command Sergeant Major APMC CMS Feliciano I Lazo (Inf) PA, SMS Maria Theresa Parcasii (FS) PA and Command Sergeant Major of Army General Hospital SMS Armi C Masarap (SC) PA visited 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army on 08 – 10 June 2019.

The visit is jibe with the conduct of screening to the Philippine Army Sergeant Major Course Applicant’s wherein Msg Melchor P Bitara (MI) PA, Acting Command Sergeant Major of 1ID as member of the screening board. The group paid courstesy call to BGEN ROBERTO T ANCAN AFP, Commander, 1ID, PA on 08 June 2019 at VIP Lounge Situated at the Grandstand and on the following day, talk of the troops, dissiminated policies and guidances from HHQS as well as updated and current thrust of the PA that will boost the moral of our personnel and followed by fellowship dinner was held at EP Club House.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The Zamboanga City Peace and Order Council (ZCPOC) has passed and approved the Resolution No. BC- 3 series of 2019 declaring the CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNT) and all its front organizations as Persona-Non-Grata covering all thirty-one (31) Barangays under Zamboanga City.

During the peace and order council meeting, the Task Force Zamboanga led by its commander, Colonel Leonel Nicholas, presented the security situation and relayed to the ZCPOC the possible future threat posed by the CNT and all its front organizations that will propagate fear to the general public and disrupt the economic stability of the city.

Hon Maria Isabelle G Climaco, City Mayor of Zamboanga City and Chairperson of ZCPOC said “I encourage all other government officials to stand and fight against the CPP-NPA Terrorist. Let us keep our peaceful community stay united and work in convergence to foster development and economic growth for our next generations.”

Meanwhile, Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, commander of the Army’s 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division and Joint Task Force ZamPeLan, said “The government of Zamboanga City headed by Mayor Maria Isabelle G Climaco, together with other government agencies and stakeholders, have made the right and appropriate action against the communist terrorist group that will ease and hasten our campaign in sustaining peace and development.”

“We are calling the help of the local communities, especially the local chief executives in the areas of ZamPeLan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao provinces) to pass the same resolution to stop the CPP-NPA Terrorist destroying our peaceful communities,” BGen Ancan concluded.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army officially opened the three (3) batches of Candidate Soldier Course Classes 592,593 and 594-2019 at the hallowed grounds of Tabak Troopers at 9:00 in the morning Saturday, June 1, 2019.

The three (3) batches of CSC 592, 593 and 594 are composed of 608 males and 55 females. They were selected by the Division Candidate Soldier Selection Board based on their Physical, Medical, and Psychological fitness to undergo sixteen (16) weeks rigid military training to be conducted by the 1st Division Training School

The military training will transform them from a carefree civilian to brave and tough soldiers. The training will also mold them into competent, confident and well-disciplined soldiers guided by the Army Core Values of honor, patriotism, and duty adhering to the rule of law, human rights, and international humanitarian law.

After Oath Taking Rites and Opening Ceremony with Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, the 1DTS training directorate headed by LTC RENANTE D BESA GSC (INF) PA, Commandant of 1DTS received the candidate soldiers through a Reception rite that signaled the start of their military life.

“The best training program in the world is absolutely worthless without the will to execute it properly, consistently, and with intensity. This 4 to 5 months training will transform you from being “boys” into “gentlemen” and “girls” into “ladies” and instill in you the military doctrines and the Army tactics and procedures that will mold you into a reliable and responsive member of an Infantry squad committed to accomplishing the unit mission”, said Brigadier General Roberto Ancan AFP, 1ID Commander.

BGen Ancan also gave his words of encouragement to the candidate soldiers, “Your new journey has just begun. Finish the training and prove your worth to be part of the Philippine Army that uphold the virtues of the Armed forces of the Philippines and perform with pride and honor in serving the people and securing the land.”

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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division highlighted the commemoration of the “121st National Flag Day” through a flag raising ceremony at the TABAK Grandstand around 7:30 in the morning today, 28 May 2019 with Brigadier General Roberto T Ancan, 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force ZAMPELAN Commander and all the Tabak troopers and Civilian Employees.

 Let us stand proud with our flag and show respect to it in accordance with the existing laws ruler and regulators as a manifestation of our nationalism.

-COL Batara

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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The conduct of 2019 midterm national and local elections in the provinces of Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur were generally peaceful as the polling precincts closed Monday evening.

Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, commander of the Army’s 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division and Joint Task Force ZamPeLan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) congratulated the people in the provinces of Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao for their participation and cooperation during the conduct of elections.

Ancan also lauded the efforts of the troops under JTF ZamPeLan, counterparts from the PNP, the COMELEC and all concerned stakeholders involved in ensuring the successful conduct of elections with zero failure of elections recorded.

Despite some election related incidents monitored and reported, all were isolated and were immediately acted upon by the government security forces and are now under investigation of the PNP.

About an hour before the polling precincts close, an explosion occurred inside a Hi-ace van with plate nr A3L056 near Bacong Elementary School in Brgy Bacong, Marantao, Lanao del Sur.

Investigation disclosed that the suspect, a certain Bin Anshary Moh Noort Mala was about to throw an improvised explosive device outside the said vehicle when it exploded inside which resulted to the wounding of the suspect. Accordingly, the target of the suspect was the parked military vehicle utilized by the troops of 82nd Infantry Battalion securing the said polling center.

The troops quickly responded and were able to apprehend the suspect together with the driver of the vehicle a certain Salahudin Bin Hamza.

Recovered inside the van were 4 IEDs, 4 blasting caps, 4 digital watches, 2 cellphones, 1 commercial radio and detonation cord.

The apprehended personalities and recovered items were turned over to Marantao Municipal Police Station for proper disposition and filing of appropriate charges.

Meanwhile, incidents of malfunctioned VRVMs were reported in some areas but were well acted upon by the COMELEC and all election paraphernalia were transferred safely in the canvassing centers.

Ancan also stressed that the security efforts will be sustained until the canvassing is done and the winners of this electoral process are proclaimed.

“I urge everyone to cooperate and be more vigilant especially in protecting our votes and in reporting groups or individuals that would intend to disrupt the ongoing canvassing,” Ancan added.

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