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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – A Logistics Officer of the New People’s Army surrendered to the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Joint Task Force ZAMPELAN at Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur, January 9, 2018.

Lt. Col. Virgilio C. Hamos, Commanding Officer of the 53rd Infantry “MATAPAT” Battalion, stationed at Camp Sabido, Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur accepted the surrender of Ka JAYPEE, a Logistics Officer of Squad 3, Team Baking, SECOM-KARA of Western Mindanano Regional Party Committee.

The surrenderer, 33 years old, married and a resident of Pagadian City brought along his firearm, AK-47 rifle and several ammunitions to Hamos.

According to JAYPEE, the physical hardships and limited supply of food were the reasons for his surrender. Being a family man, the love and responsibility to his wife and their children are more important than risking his life in the mountains for a terroristic cause, he further said.

Major General Roseller G. Murillo, concurrent JTF ZAMPELAN and 1st Infantry Division Commander lauded the efforts of the 53rd Infantry Battalion for its successes against the terrorist NPA. He called on the NPA fighters “to come back to their normal lives and contribute to building a peaceful and sustainable nation.”XXX

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KUTA SANG-AN, Pulacan, Zambo del Sur – Troops of 44th Infantry (Agile and Stable) Battalion, 1st Infantry “TABAK” Division showed their resiliency during the onslaught of Typhoon Vinta on December 23, 2017.

Troops successfully rescued thousands of families affected by flashfloods in municipalities of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay provinces.

Lt. Col Jonathan P. Obena, Battalion Commander of 44th IB, utilized the unit’s resources to save 1500 affected families in partnership with Disaster Response Teams and the Bureau of Fire of the concerned provinces.

The Battalion deployed their rescue teams and facilitated the transportation of affected civilians to evacuation centers utilizing the military trucks. As a form of preventive evacuation, the said civilians were also warned thru Loudspeakers, the same equipment that was notably used during Marawi Seige that likewise saved some of the captured hostages.

“The 1st Infantry “TABAK” Division in collaboration with the Local Government Units in our area of operation will continue to serve the local populace not only in peace and security matters but also in humanitarian assistance and disaster response actions”, said Brig. General Roseller Murillo, the 1st Infantry Division Commander.

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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur  – Rudy Libre Niadas, aka Marlon, a rebel returnee, receives an early Christmas gift from the Local Government Unit of Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay Province Wednesday.

The sixty five thousand pesos (Php 65,000.00) worth of paycheck that Rudy received is part of the benefits of the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) that the government offers to rebel returnees.

Rudy surrendered last July 1 this year to the troops of 44 Infantry “Agile and Stable” Battalion at boundaries of Brgys Dampalan and Lourdes all of Pagadian City.

Governor Wilter Y Palma of Zamboanga Sibugay Province, together with Vice Gov. Eldwin M. Alibutdan, Brig. General  Jacinto R. Bareng, 102nd Brigade Commander, and Lt. Col. Jonathan P. Obena, 44th IB Battalion Commander, handed the paycheck to Rudy at the Provincial Capitol.

“The 1st Infantry “Tabak” Division in partnership with the Local Governments Units in our area of operation is serious in implementing the CLIP for the rebel returnees who want to return to the folds of the law.” Said Brig. General Roseller G. Murillo, 1st Infantry Division Commander.

“We hope that more rebels will surrender this yuletide season so that they could spend the and celebrate  it with their love ones.” He added.

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KUTA MAJOR CESAR L SANG-AN, Pulacan, ZDS – One NPA member  voluntarily surrendered to the government troops of 44th Infantry (AGILE “N” STABLE) Battalion, 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division 3:00 p.m. Sunday.

Benson Niadas, alias Rey, a medic of MRGU, Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee, brought along his M16 rifle during his surrender.

Based on his revelations, aka REY was involved in the recent encounter of 53rd Infantry Battalion in Bgry Gasa Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur on 8 and 10 December 2017 respectively where one NPA was killed and six high powered firearms were recovered by government forces.

Accordingly, Rey was convinced by his relative, also a surenderee from 44IB, to return to the folds of law and to avail the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) of the government. The government forces’ sincerity in protecting the rebel returnees, helped in convincing him to surrender.

He also stressed that he is tired of hiding, experienced hunger and hardships and dissatisfied of the communist terrorist ideology and policies.

Rey also mentioned that some of his comrades are planning to surrender just to be with their families this yuletide season.

The 102nd Infantry Brigade, 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army under the leadership of Brig. General Jacinto R Bareng has intensified efforts against communist terrorist through combat operations and information disseminations with the support of all local chief executives and other stakeholders so that those who wanted to return and surrender can avail the Comprehensive Local Integration Program of the government.

“The surrender and revelation of Benson Niadas is a proof that there are more NPA members who are tired and wanted to live normal and peaceful lives.” Said Brig. General Roseller G Murillo, 1st Infantry Division Commander.

“The Tabak troopers will assist surrenderees so that they can avail the benefits of the CLIP.” He added.

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KUTA MAJOR CESAR L SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur  nce – The troops of 53rd Infantry (Matapat) Battalion and Communist Terrorists clashed again today, 4:00 p.m. at Sitio Baka, Brgy Gasa, Lakewood, Zamboanga del sur.

The troops were on pursuit operation due to the recent encounter that transpired on Friday where one communist terrorist was killed.

The troops recovered one M-60 Machine Gun, one M-16 assault rifle, IEDs and subversive documents in a one hour and five minutes firefight.

Pursuit operation is conducted against the escaping rebels.

Once again, Brig. General Roseller G. Murillo AFP, Commander 1st Infantry “TABAK” Division, 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.” He added.XXX


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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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Loksadatu, Marawi City – Another successful effort done by the people and the security forces in Marawi City when one foreign national was arrested due to the suspicion that he is a straggler and member of the ISIS around 06:30am this morning at Brgy. Moriatao Luksadato, Marawi City.  The foreign individual was determine to be an Indonesian national who tried to escape and hide from the security forces in an attempt to get away from the main battle area based on the investigation.  The said foreign national was turned over by the Barangay Peace Action Team (BPAT) of the said to the PNP and AFP for further investigation.

The suspected Indonesian terrorist namely Mohammad Ilyham Shayaputra was seen walking in Brgy Loksadato seemingly weak and whose clothes were wet. When the people asked him where he came from, he introduced himself as a military intelligence operative. That was when the people informed their BPAT’s in the barangay, who immediately arrested the suspicious looking individual and later surrendered the arrested person to the authority.

In Zia Alonto’s statement on the arrest of the said Foreign ISIS fighter says “The arrest of Indonesian National involved in the siege of Marawi in the morning of Nov. 1 by the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT) of Brgy. Loksadatu validates the LGUs position that civilian participation is essential in our collective effort to secure our communities from terrorist elements. Crucial in our security effort to fully restore normalcy in the controlled area is to maintain vigilance by our residents. We must develop and strengthen the civilian security plan as proposed by the Provincial Peace and Order Council of Lanao del Sur to inspire further people’s initiative in order to complement our state forces’ on-going clearing operation down to the barangay level.”

The Barangay Peace Action Team (BPAT) were trained and organized by the Joint Task Group RANAO, now Joint Task Force RANAO, to facilitate the security of each barangay in the controlled areas in Marawi city. This efforts were started during the crisis to help the security forces (PNP and AFP) in conducting security operations and the fast facilitation of needed services for the crisis. They underwent security training which was facilitated by the instructors from JTG RANAO under the JTF MARAWI.

Before the campaign against ISIS-Inspired Maute group, many videos and propaganda  came out in the social media inviting and recruiting ISIS members to go to Southeast Asia specifically to the Philippines to join the establishment of the Islamic Caliphate in the country. The existence of foreigners who joined the said campaign was proven when the Piagapo Clash happened last April this year where foreigners were believed to have died.

With this effort the people of Marawi are now vigilant and prepared to defend their community against terror groups like the Maute-Hapilon group, as they slowly recover from the crisis that they experienced.

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