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KUTA MAJOR CESAR L SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur  – The troops of 53rd Infantry (Matapat) Battalion clashed with the Communist Terrorists at Vicinity Mount Ganaan, Brgy Gasa, Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur on December 8, 2017 at 11:10 in the morning

The encounter happened when the troops patrolled in the said barangay due to an information tipped by a concerned resident that the NPAs were extorting money and foodstuff from the locals.

The two-hours firefight resulted into one (1) terrorist killed and numerous wounded due to bloodstains in their withdrawal route. While three (3) were wounded from government side.

The troops recovered: three (3) high powered firearms (1-M16, 1-M14, M203 grenade launcher), four (4) rifle grenades; two (2) Motorola radio, assorted magazines, medical and dental kits; one (1) NPA flag and subversive documents.

“The government troops under 102nd Brigade will continue its collaboration and dialogues with the local government units in order to maintain peace and order situation within the area of operation”, said Brigadier General Jacinto R Bareng AFP, Brigade Commander of 102nd Infantry Brigade, 1ID, PA.

Meanwhile, Brig. General Roseller G. Murillo AFP lauded the accomplishment of the troops.

“Continue the focused military operations against the NPA to stop them from their extortion activities to the populace and to bring back peace and stability in the area.” Said BGen Murillo.XXX

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KUTA SANG-AN, LABANGAN, Zamboanga del Sur– Two (2) NPA rebels surrendered  to Headquarters 53rd Infantry Battalion, Camp Sabido, Guipos, Zamboanga Del Sur on December 6, 2017, 8:00 a.m.

The rebels bring along with them their firearms and ammunitions to  Lt Col. Virgilio C Hamos JR the Battalion Commander of 53IB.

The two high-powered firearms were the following: one M14 and one AK47 rifle.

Based on the interview conducted, the two rebels relented due to physical hardships, dissatisfaction on their organization’s policy and realized the futility of fighting with the government forces.

They are currently under the custody of 53rd IB for proper documentation and disposition prior turn-over to the concerned government agencies for the facilitation of the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP), a program for the former rebels which include social welfare, livelihood, and health.

According to Brig. General Roseller G. Murrillo, 1st Infantry Division Commander, “This is a manifestation that the NPA organization is losing their ground.”

“Rest assured that the benefits will be facilitated by the CLIP committe for them to start and live a normal life they desire.” He added

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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur  – The 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army reaffirms its commitment to respect, protect and promote human rights as it joined the nation in commemorating the National Human Rights Consciousness Week and the 69th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with the theme: “STAND UP FOR SOMEONE’S RIGHTS TODAY”  on Monday, December 4, 2017.

The National Human Rights Consciousness Week is celebrated pursuant to Republic Act 9201 of 2003 that declares December 04-10 as National Human Rights Consciousness Week to bring awareness to the people of their basic needs and fundamental human rights.

During the flag raising ceremony, Colonel Benjamin G Batara Jr GSC (INF) PA, Chief of Staff, led the officers, enlisted personnel and civilian employees of the Command in reading the “Panunumpa sa Karapatang Pantao”.

Brig.General Roseller G Murillo AFP, Commander, 1ID, PA read the remarks of General Rey Leonardo B Guerrero AFP, Chief of Staff AFP in commemoration  of the 2017 National Human Rights Consciousness Week emphasizing that, being a soldier and government employees, it is our duty to protect and promote human rights of every Filipino people no matter what their religion, tribe, gender or status in the community.

“That is why your Armed Forces of the Philippines is continuously reminding the importance of implementing and promoting Human Rights. We ensure that all our operations are made without breaking any law that within its scope ”, he added.

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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur  – The 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army officially opened the Candidate Soldier Course Classes 506, 507, 518, 519, and 520-2017 today, December 4, 2017 at the Division Grandstand.

The 754 Candidate Soldier qualified applicants where 70 females included  will undergo sixteen (16) weeks of training at the 1st Division Training School (1DTS) and 6th Division Training School respectively.

CSC Class 506-2017 will be trained by Major Rodolfo L Lamban Jr (INF) PA, with eleven (11) training models; CSC Class 507-2017 will be trained by Captain Frances S Belarmino (INF) PA with eleven (11) training models; CSC Class 518-2017 with three (3) training models; CSC Class 519-2017 will be trained by Captain June Mark P Matugas (INF) PA with fifteen (15) training models and CSC Class 520-2017 will be trained by First Lieutenant Leve Jolly S Bulawan (INF) PA with fifteen (15) training models.

In his message as the keynote speaker, Brigadier General Roseller G Murillo AFP, Commander, 1ID, said, “I hope that all of the 754-strong candidate soldiers will be able to finish their training course.  The objective of this training is for you to have the strength and discipline befitting a soldier, and transform you into fighters that can defend the country” he added.

He ended on the reminder that as future soldiers, from thereon, they must always bear in mind that everything they do is for God, the Filipino people, and our country.


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