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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur  – Through the collaboration of Joint Task Force “Ranao” and municipal officias of Bacolod, Lanao del Norte, another fifty six (56) assorted loose firearms and other war items were turned-over by the local folks in a simple ceremony held at Sidlak Hall, Brgy Poblacion, Bacolod, Lanao del Norte on April 30, 2018.

Attending the activity were officials of the municipality and barangay, and officers of the 2nd Mechanized Brigade under Joint Task Force Ranao headed by the Commanding Officer, Col Robert C Dauz.

After the inventory, turned-over war items include seven (7) assorted high-powered firearms; forty nine (49) assorted low-powered firearms; one hundred forty nine (149) assorted ammunitions; and three (3) rifle grenades.

Mayor Joselito E Miquiabas of Bacolod in his speech said: “We fully support the national campaign of the military and the government against loose firearms. We want our town to be peaceful and progressive and we will strive to get even more by convincing other residents to also turn-over their unregistered firearms.”

Col Robert C Dauz, Commanding Officer of 2nd Mechanize Brigade, proudly acknowledged the collaborative efforts of the troops under the 5th Mechanize Battalion for the successful and diplomatic approach leading to the voluntary turn-over of firearms and other war items by the civilian residents of Bacolod municipality.

The continuous turn-over of firearms in our area of responsibility further validates the “Very Good” net trust rating of the local populace to the security sector based on the latest SWS Survey, said Major General Roseller G Murillo, Commander, 1ST Infantry Division and concurrent Commander of JTF “Ranao”.

As the Brgy and SK election is fast approaching, this will surely lessen any terroristic acts and election-related violent incidents that may hamper the peaceful exercise of the people’s right to suffrage, he added.

Turned-over firearms and war items are now at Headquarters, 5th Mechanize Battalion for safekeeping and proper disposition.

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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The first ever Youth Leadership Summit (YLS) held at Headquarters, 1st Infantry “TABAK” Division was culminated on Thursday.

Almost 1,200 youth leaders  from the different municipalities of Zamboanga del Sur participated in the culminating ceremony at the Tabak Gymnasium.

The event was graced with Hon. Delfin N Lorenzana, Secretary of National Defense, Hon. Divina Grace C. Yu, Congresswoman 1st District of Zamboanga del Sur, Lt. Gen. Carlito G. Galvez Jr., Chief of Staff AFP, and Maj. Gen. Roseller G. Murillo, 1st Infantry Division Commander.

According to Sec. Lorenzana, “youth are the hope of the future, dont give up, and stand by your mission .”

Likewise Hon. Yu also stated that “as youth leaders, be honest, courteous, obedient and most importantly, love your country.”

The six batches YLS was facilitated by the 53rd  Infantry Battalion in the 1st Infantry  Division Training School.

Other than lectures and team building activities, the participants also experienced firing rifle, rappelling and familiarity of the obstacle courses of the trainees.

“Our objectives were to educate and empower young people on current issues hindering peace and progress, to accept individual responsibility, practice leadership, and instill patriotism and love of country.”, said Maj. Gen. Murillo.

The summit was made possible with the support and partnership among the House of Representative, 1st District Zamboanga del Sur, DILG, OCD, PNP, DOH, DEPED, NYC and AFP.

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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur  – Troops under 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division encountered members of the Abu Sayaff Group in Brgy Taung, Patikul, Sulu, 7:15am, March 31, 2018.

The operating troops of 32nd Infantry Battalion led by 1LT PRIMO A PASSION (OS) PA were conducting clearing operation at the vicinity of the said area when they clashed with the five (5) ASG under Walton Juljirin.

LTC RONALDO C MATEO INF (GSC) PA, Commanding Officer of the 32IB said that the enemy were reportedly at the house of the sick/wounded ASG Walton when the troops encountered the enemy. The firefight lasted for five (5) minutes.

Four (4) ASG were able to escape from the said firefight while Walton was left behind due to his ill health condition brought about by infected wound incurred during the previous encounter with the government forces which he participated.  Said ASG attempted to escape but the troops immediately ran after him.

After the firefight, the troops recovered from  the house of ASG member Walton one (1) cal 7.62 FN-G1 rifle, one (1) magazine with ammunitions, a suspected IED and two (2) hand grenades.  No casualties from the government side.

“The cooperation of the civilians who reported the armed group’s presence in their area is a strong manifestation that civilians have long been tired of these ASG’s terroristc activities and now actively helping the military locate them to contribute for the total elimination of all terrorists in the Province of Sulu.” LTC MATEO added.

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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur  – The Joint Law Enforcement Operations of Army troops with Zamboanga del Norte police resulted to the death of one  (1) drug personality in Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte, 4:30 in the morning March 25.

Elements of 42nd Infantry Battalion, an Army unit under the Joint Task Force ZAMPELAN, supported a Joint Law Enforcement Operations with the Philippine National Police of Zamboanga del Norte in Brgy Dona Cecila, Sirawai municipality, Zamboanga del Norte Province today.  The Joint Law Enforcement Operation resulted to the death of drug personality Julhadi A Amil.

A Search Warrant was implemented for violation of RA 10591 (An Act providing for a comprehensive law on firearms and ammunition and providing penalties for violations thereof) and RA 9165 (The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002).

Recovered from the scene of the operation were six (6) small sachet of white crystalline substance believed to be shabu, twenty (20) rolled foils, one (1) KG9 submachine gun, and one (1) Cal.45 pistol (COLT).

Earlier, on March 04, 2018, troops of 42IB encountered some lawless elements at Brgy Panabutan, Sirawai after responding on reports from the concerned civilians which resulted to a short firefight .

“Joint Law Enforcement Operations are manifestations of the government’s mandate to protect the people.  This operation was successful because of the help of the people and the community” Liuetenant Colonel Danilo G Ambe, Commander, 42nd Infantry Battalion, said.

Major General Roseller G Murillo, Commander of 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army, congratulated the troops for the successful law enforcement operations conducted jointly with the PNP.

We will continue to assist other government law enforcement agencies in their law enforcement operations in Zamboanga Peninsula as this is vital in our vision to attain peace and development in this country to further advance the welfare and uplift the living condition of the civilian community we are protecting and serving” Major General Murillo added.

Recovered drug materials and paraphernalias were brought to Sirawai Municipal Police Station for evidence marking and proper disposition.

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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur  – Army leads Joint Law Enforcement Operations with police and PDEA resulting to the arrest of four (4) drug dealers and killing of one (1) in Ganassi, Lanao del Sur Province, 9:00 in the morning today March 23.

Elements of 55th Infantry Battalion, an Army unit under the Joint Task Force RANAO, led a Joint Law Enforcement Operations with the Philippine National Police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Region 10 in Brgy Pindolonan, Ganassi municipality, Lanao del SurProvince today.  The Joint Law Enforcement Operation resulted to the arrest of drug dealers Ramon Diangka, Alinair Aminola, Emil Merda, and Jalalodin Diangka. One suspect, Max Diangka, resisted when arrested and fired at the raiding team, forcing them to return fire which resulted to the death of the suspect.

Recovered from the scene of the operation were 37 pieces of heat sealed transparent sachet containing white crystalline substance believed to be shabu, 3 Cal.45 pistols with live ammo, 1 M16 rifle, 3 Cal.38 pistols, assorted drug paraphernalias, identification cards and cellular phones.

“Joint Law Enforcement Operations are manifestations of the government’s mandate to protect the people.  This operation was successful because of the help of the people and the community” Liuetenant Colonel Manuel Valdez IV, Commander, 55th Infantry Battalion, said.

Major General Roseller G Murillo, Commader of Joint Task Force RANAO, congratulated the operators of Joint Task Force RANAO for the successful law enforcement operations conducted jointly with the PNP and PDEA.

We will continue to assist other government law enforcement agencies in their law enforcement operations in Lanao as this will hasten the recovery, rehabilitation, and reconstruction of Marawi and Lanao into a peaceful and sustainably developed province of the country” Major General Murillo added.

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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – After an armed encounter with Army troops Monday March 20, fleeing Communist NPA Terrorists kidnapped a family of three (3) farmers and used them as human shields in Misamis Occidental Province.

The Communist NPA Terrorists’ abduction of civilians for use their human shields was confirmed by Mayor Junie Roa and Roxas Barangay Chair Marieta Dologaog both of Aloran Municipality, Misamis Occidental.

The two (2) local chief executives reported that three (3) of their constituents were forcibly taken from their home and used as human shields by 10 Communist NPA Terrorists while retreating after their armed encounter with 10th Infantry Battalion troops at Barangay Sinampongan of the same municipality.

The 10th Infantry Battalion immediately conducted rescue operations for the kidnapped civilians. The kidnapped civilians were released after the Communist NPA Terrorists were able use them as human shields to scamper away from the Army’s rescue operations. Two (2) of the kidnapped civilians were husband and wife farmers Renie and Aireen Ando. The house of the victims were approximately 500 meters from armed encounter site.

Major General Roseller G Murillo, Commander of JOINT TASK FORCE ZAMPELAN, described this terroristic act of kidnapping innocent civilians for use as human shields as a crime against the International Humanitarian Law and the act of desperate criminal cowards who care nothing about the welfare and safety of the people.

Major General Murillo. acknowledged the help of the local government chief executives particularly Aloran Mayor Junie Roa who was instrumental in helping the AFP locate Communist NPA Terrorist in his municipality.

He added that the Communist NPA Terrorists are no different from the Daesh-inspired terrorist who attacked and burned Marawi- they share the same terroristic tactics to attain their respective terrorist goals.

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BGEN JACINTO R BARENG AFP, Assistant Division Commander for Operations, 1ID, PA read the message of LTGEN ROLANDO JOSELITO D BAUTISTA AFP, Commanding General of Philippine Army, in connection with the celebration of the 121st Founding Anniversary of Philippine Army during the Flag Raising ceremony at the Tabak Grandstand, Kuta Major Cesar L Sang-an, Pulacan, Labangan, ZDS, March 22,  2018.

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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – JOINT TASK FORCE RANAO recovered eleven (11) firearms during simultaneous law enforcement operations at the Municipalities of Lanao del Sur Province.

Responding to several reports by concerned citizens of the presence of armed civilians in several Barangays in the municipalities of Pualas, Lumbatan and Marawi City, JOINT TASK FORCE RANAO directed its JOINT TASK GROUP HARIBON to conduct simultaneous law enforcement operations in the said Barangays. The 55th Infantry Battalion conducted law enforcement operations in Pualas and Lumbatan while the 63rd Infantry Battalion conducted same operations in Barangay Kilala, Marawi City from 16 to 17 March 2018.

The recovered firearms include one (1) M4 5.56mm rifle, two (2) M14 7.62mm rifles, two (2) M1 Caliber .30 Garand rifles, one (1) M16 5.56mm rifle, one (1) M653 5.56mm rifle, one (1) M203 grenade launcher, three (3) Caliber .45 pistols and one (1) M65 type hand grenade. Also recovered were assorted ammunition and magazines for the weapons and several unlicensed personal radio sets.

Major General Roseller G Murillo, the Commander of the JOINT TASK FORCE RANAO, congratulated officers and men of JOINT TASK GROUP HARIBON, the 55th Infantry Battalion, and the 63rd Infantry Battalion for the successful law enforcement operations that will contribute to the recovery and rehabilitation of Lanao del Sur after the Marawi Siege. Major General Murillo stated that the AFP will keep the peace and secure Ranao and that law enforcement operations will continue until all the loose firearms in Lanao del Sur are recovered or turned in.

Last Friday, the residents of the Municipality of Piagapo in Lanao del Sur Province turned over 43 high powered firearms to Major General Muriillo.

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