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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Three young local terrorist group (LTG) members were arrested and yielded firearms to Army’s 49th and 82nd Infantry Battalion joint operation in Brgy Paridi, Piagapo, Lanao del Sur 5:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 18, 2019.

Apprehended were Janla Tangolo, male, 20 years old, Arapat Tangolo, male, 22 years old and Kamarudin Sultan, male, 20 years old.

Firearms recovered consists of two M14 and Bushmaster 5.56 assault rifles, one caliber 38 pistol, magazines, ammunitions and bandoliers.

According to Brig. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr., 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander, who has operational jurisdiction of Lanao del Sur, “The apprehension of the local terrorist groups were attributed to the report of a peace-loving and concerned civilian in our area of responsibility”.

“We are glad that after Marawi Siege and series of encounters with the local terrorist groups, we received more reports from the communities regarding enemies or armed group presence”, said Brawner.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, commended the efforts of the troops and the concerned civilian.

“The report from the civilians or constituents is an evidence for their desire for a peaceful and secured communities,” said Ancan.

“We encourage others to be courageous, continuously trust our troops and report any local terrorist presence in order to sustain the gains of peace and development in Western Mindanao,” Ancan concluded.

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CAMP SANG-ANG, Labangan, ZDS – Five members of Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) who surrendered to Army’s 97th Infantry Battalion this week received cash assistance in Punta Blanca Gym, Manukan Zamboanga del Norte 11:00 am. Saturday, September 14, 2019.

A total of 100 thousand pesos were given where each former rebels (FRs) received 20 thousand pesos cash.

The cash assistance is part of the local peace initiatives of the LGU of Zamboanga del Norte under the stewardship of Gov Roberto Y Uy.

According to Uy, “The assistance is a good start for them to fully reintegrate and live normally”.

Each FRs are also entitled to receive financial assistance from the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program fund.

“Aside from the 65 thousand pesos, they will also receive cash remunerations based on the firearms they’ve surrendered “, said Lt. Col. John Andrada, 97th Infantry Battalion commander.

For his part, Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, lauded Gov Uy and the local government unit (LGU) of Zamboanga del Norte for the FR’s cash assistance.

“The stern leadership of Gov Uy and the initiative of LGU of Zamboanga del Norte will entice more rebels in our area of responsibility to surrender,” Ancan added.

“We hoped that other provinces will replicate this kind of initiative to assist and encourage our FRs to return into the mainstream society”, Ancan added.

“We also lauded the Provincial Task Force ELCAC and the efforts of PILG and PSWD who continuously facilitate and assist our FRs to return to their normal lives and helped them become productive citizens,” Ancan concluded.

CHANGE OF COMMAND:

On the same day, Major Darel Dexter Uy (Res) PA, Mayor of Dipolog City, will now lead the 902nd Ready Reserve Battalion, 9RCDG after the change of command ceremony held also in the Gymnasium.

Major Uy succeeded Lt. Col. Reynaldo P Concha (Res) PA.

Their unit is capable of assisting the province in socio-economic development, environmental protection, disasters and rescue operations.

“We are glad that Major Uy will lead this unit. His experience as local chief executive will be able to accomplish the unit’s mission positively”, said Ancan, who presided the change of command ceremony.

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CAMP SANG-ANG, Labangan, ZDS – Five members of Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) surrendered to Army’s 97th Infantry Battalion at their headquarters in Manukan, Zamboanga del Norte Tuesday, September 10, 2019.

“The five surrenderees also yielded one Browning automatic rifle, one M1 Garand rifle and eight anti-tank improvised explosives”, said Lt. Col. John Andrada, Battalion Commander of 97 IB.

“The surrender of the five CNTs is a product of the fruitful information dissemination that encouraged them to return to folds of the law and we will help them enroll and benifit with the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) of the government”, he added.

Col. Leonel Nicolas, Commander of 102nd Infantry (IGSOON) Brigade who operationally controlled the 97th IB said that, “We are gaining grounds and our relentless military operation in our area pressured them to surrender”.

“With their surrender, we hoped that they can encouraged some of their comrades to follow their path for them to benefit the programs of the government”, Nicolas added.

Custodial debriefing is still ongoing as of this posting.

For his part, Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, lauded the troops and the local government for the successful surrender of the CNTs.

“The stern leadership of the RTF-ELCAC 9 and PTF-ELCAC of Zamboanga del Norte resulted into this successful surrender,” Ancan added.

“Your Army together with all the government instrumentalities and stakeholders will continue to work together in order to defeat the CNTs and to attain just and sustainable peace in Western Mindanao,” added Ancan.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The Assistant Division Commander of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division bids farewell to troops during the testimonial review and retirement ceremony held here on Monday, September 9, 2019.

After thirty-eight years and five months of service, Brig. Gen. Jacinto Ramos Bareng, compulsory retired, two days earlier from his retirement date.

Brig. Gen. Bareng’s tour of duty in Tabak Division includes his junior officer years when he was first assigned as platoon leader, executive/staff officer and company commander of the 32nd Infantry (DAREDEVIL) Battalion, stationed in Busbus, Jolo, Sulu.

He was also assigned in different units of the AFP such as, Civil Relations Service Armed Forces of the Philippines; AFP General Headquarters; Presidential Security Group; 17th Infantry Battalion and 501st Infantry Brigade of the 5th Infantry Division and Central Command AFP.

He continued his service in Tabak Division in the year 2014 as the first Chief of the Governance and Strategy Management Office. He later became the Chief of Staff and was promoted as the Commander of the 102nd Infantry (IGSOON) Brigade, based in Sanito, Ipil Zamboanga Sibugay.

Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, 1st Infantry Division Commander and the presiding officer thanked Brig. Gen. Bareng for his loyalty and selfless service in the AFP including 1ID.

“Your wholehearted service to this country is an inspiration for all of us. We salute your dedication and honesty and it will be an honor working with you” said Maj. Gen. Ancan.

Brig. Gen. Bareng during his speech thanked the troops, officers and non-commissioned officers, for their trust and support during his service in Tabak Division.
“Stay on course and never fall out in line. You will face more challenges in the future but the best assurance that you can weather them all is the cohesiveness of our organization”, said Brig. Gen. Bareng’s.

“We are the soldier of the Filipino people and it is with great honor to have served with our country and fellowmen”, Brig. Bareng concluded.

Brig. Gen. Bareng is succeeded by Brig. Gen. Bagnus Gaerlan Jr., the former 102nd Infantry Brigade commander.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Nineteen high-powered firearms, magazines and ammunitions were turned-over by the local government unit of Munai, Lanao del Norte to Army’s 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion in the municipal hall 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 6, 2019.

“The successful surrender was the result of concerted effort and intensified collaboration among local government units, stakeholders and our forces”, said Lt. Col. Bernardo Taqueban, 4th Mech Inf Battalion Commander.

The loose firearms consists of one caliber 50, one M14, eleven M16A1, two carbine, and four Garand rifles.

The ceremonial turned-over was also attended by Col. Facundo Palafox, the newly installed commander of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade who has operational jurisdiction of the province of Lanao del Norte.

“The support of the local government units in our area of operation to our campaign against loose firearms manifest their desire for a lasting peace and prosperity in the province,” said Palafox.

“We encourage not only the local government units, but also other stakeholders especially the local populace  of Lanao del Norte, to trust and support our campaign against loose firearms for us to be able to attain a peaceful and secured province towards its faster development,” Palafox added.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, commended the efforts of the troops and the local government unit of Munai for the convergence of efforts which led to the successful hand over of the loose firearms.

“Your 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, in collaboration with the LGUs and other stakeholders, remains steadfast in its commitment to attain just and lasting peace in our area of operation thru our campaign against loose firearms,” Ancan added.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – One local terrorist member voluntarily  surrendered to Army’s 82nd Infantry Battalion in Brgy Bubong Madanding, Marantao, Lanao del Sur 3:00 p.m. Thursday, September 5, 2019.

“Based on our initial custodial debriefing, the surrenderor revealed that he was recruited by a certain Alias ABU ANAS, a Dawlah Islamiyah/ Maute Group member”, said Lt. Col. Rafman Altre, 82nd Infantry Battalion commander.

The local terrorist member also yielded one caliber .45 and one shotgun.

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

Around 11:00 a.m. today, five drug dealers surrendered to 49th Infantry Battalion in Masiu, Lanao del Sur.

The surrendered personalities also yielded loose firearms such as three handguns, one improvised rifle grenade, magazines and ammunitions.

According to Brig. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr., 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander, who has operational jurisdiction of Lanao del Sur “We encourage local terrorist groups and their supporters to surrender and submit themselves to the folds of the law in order to make their community peaceful”.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, the 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 drug dealers and local terrorist member.

“Your 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, remains steadfast in its commitment to attain just and lasting peace in our area of operation thru our campaign against local terrorist groups, lawless armed groups and loose firearms,” said Ancan.

“Likewise, we thank the local government and other stakeholders for their continued trust and support to our troops in contributing peace and development in the whole province of Lanao del Sur,” Ancan added.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Five drug dealers surrendered to Army’s 49th Infantry Battalion in Masiu, Lanao del Sur, 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 5,2019.

“The five personalities were involved in illegal drug trade in the municipality of Masiu and thru the effort of the Mayor Nasser Pangandaman and PNP, they’ve surrendered”, said Lt. Col. Edgar Allan Villanueva 49th Infantry Battalion commander.

The surrendered personalities also yielded loose firearms such as three handguns, one improvised rifle grenade, magazines and ammunitions.

Surrenderors were immediately brought to Municipal Police Station of Masiu for proper documentation and custodial debriefing.

According to Brig. Gen. Romeo Brawner, Jr., 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander, who has operational jurisdiction of Lanao del Sur, “This is the result of our continued partnership with the local government units and collaboration with the law enforcement agencies”.

“We will continuously support the PNP in its effort on law enforcement operation in order to sustain the peace and security in Lanao del Sur”, added Brawner.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, commended the efforts of the troops, PNP and the local government unit of Masiu for the surrender of the drug personalities.

“Let us continue to work together to end illegal activities and other criminalities in Lanao del Sur in order to push for the sustainable developmental efforts of the province,” Ancan concluded.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Pulacan, ZDS – Communist NPA Terrorist’s (CNTs) food supplies were seized by the operating troops of 82nd Infantry Battalion in the hinterlands Tagoloan II, Lanao del Sur, Wednesday, September 4, 2019.

“Reported by a concerned civilian, eight 24-Liter black containers buried and filled with one hundred sixty (160) kilograms of rice were discovered and sized by our troops”, said Ltc Rafman Altre, 82nd Infantry Battalion commander.

It was on April 2019 when the troops of 82IB also discovered twenty one (21) black containers also filled with rice in Brgy Sigayan of the same municipality.

According to Brig. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr., 103rd Infantry Brigade commander “Our focused military operation in Lanao del Sur is relentless, and we will not allow these CNTs to sow terror in the hinterland communities”.

“We urged them to surrender and return into the mainstream society. The discovery of the food reserves will made them hungry in the hinterlands”, added Brawner.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, commended the efforts of the troops and the brave resident who reported the CNT’s food caches.

“We recognized the courageous action of the resident. We are just one text away, your Army is ready to respond and quell all threat groups in our area of responsibility”, Ancan said.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan Zamboanga del Sur – After the two separate encounters between the Joint Army/PNP and Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) in Ozamis city on Sunday, the Army’s 10th Infantry (STEADY…ON) Battalion, 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, discovered a CNT’s arms cache with four (4) high powered firearms in Brgy Pelukuban, Tambulig, Zamboanga del Sur 8:00 a.m. today, August 27, 2019.

“The valuable information from the residents in the area on the whereabouts of the CNT arms cache led to the successful discovery of these four high powered firearms,” said Lt. Col. Ray Tiongson, 10th Infantry Battalion commander.

The arms cache were consists of two (2) M16 and two (2) M14 assault rifles together with eight (8) empty magazines of M14.

On Sunday, a Guerilla Front Committee secretary of the Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) was killed and seven ranking members were apprehended during the joint law enforcement operation of the 10IB and the PNP of Misamis Occidental.

Recovered during the encounter were one M16 assault rifle, four caliber .45 pistols, seven hand grenades, three motorcycles improvised explosive components, extortion money worth 50 thousand pesos and foodstuffs.

“This is another big blow to the CNTs of the Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee. The residents of the communities, whom they’ve terrorized are now against them and now supportive to our troops”, said Col. Leonel Nicolas, commander of 102nd Infantry (IGSOON) Brigade which has operational jurisdiction over Zamboanga del Sur.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, commended the efforts of the troops and the brave residents who reported the location of CNT’s arms cache.

“Peace and security is a shared responsibility. We recognized the bold move of the residents who choose to seek serenity in their community despite their dark experience with the CNTs”, Ancan said.

“We encourage our fellowmen, stakeholders, local government units and government agencies in our area of responsibility to report any threat groups who continue to intimidate or terrorize the communities. Rest assured that your Tabak troopers will be more motivated in fulfilling our mandate of ensuring the peace, security and development in Zamboanga Peninsula, Misamis Occidental and Lanao Provinces,” Ancan concluded.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – An Armor-trained officer will now lead the Task Force Zamboanga after a change of command ceremony held in Headquarters, TFZ, Upper Calarian, Zamboanga City Monday, August 26, 2019.

Col. Antonio John Divinagracia succeeded Col. Leonel Nicolas who took post as the commander of 102nd Infantry (IGSOON) Brigade based in Sanito, Ipil Zamboanga Sibugay last week.

Divinagracia is a proud member of Philippine Military Academy Class of 1991. An Airborne, Armor and well-rounded military officer with expertise in operations, intelligence and managerial acumen.

He is a graduate of Master in Public Administration in Western Mindanao State University and Masters in National Security Administration in Development Security in Development Academy of the Philippines.

He also served as the Executive Officer of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigadeand Deputy Brigade Commander of the 101st Infantry Brigade which makes him best-fitted to stir the helms of the Task Force for being accustomed to the peace and security situation of 1ID’s area of operation.

Divinagracia also commanded the 1st Armor Battalion, Mechanized Infantry Division during the height of Zamboanga Siege in the year 2013.

During his assumption speech, Divinagracia reminisced his early military career, tour of duty as a Tabak trooper and the Zamboanga Siege experience.

He also expressed his commitment in keeping the city secured physically and psychologically. He also vowed to help promote the city as one of the country’s tourist destination by partnering with and assisting the local government units, agencies and law enforcement of friendly forces.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, who presided the change of command ceremony, congratulated Col. Nicolas for his accomplishments and relentless effort in sustaining peace and security in the Task Force area of responsibility.

“I am confident that the new Task Force commander is capable of handling the unit and can deal with the demanding challenges in the pursuit of just and lasting peace of Zamboanga City”, Ancan said.

“I urged every TFZ troopers to intensify their passion in serving the people of Zamboanga city and fight any threat groups who continue to pester communities”, added Ancan.

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