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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – A peace rally condemning the Communist NPA Terrorist was conducted in Market Site, Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur Friday.

The surrendered 14 Militia ng Bayan and 105 NPA supporters were among the protesters, together with LGUs and non-government and civic society organizations.

The activity was then followed by an oath of allegiance to the government by the surrenderees and supporters.

The group also yielded 127 assorted loose firearms to Lt. Col. Jonathan Obena, 44 Infantry Battalion Commander, and were subsequently turned over to PNP Bayog for proper disposistion.

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

“The peace rally by the surrenderees is an evidence of mistrust and frustration to the NPA that hinders peace and progress in their community,” said Col. Bagnus Gaerlan, 102 Infantry Brigade Commander.

“We will continuously collaborate with stakeholders for their enrollment to Enhance Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP) of the government,” Col. Gaerlan added.

Major General Roseller Murillo, 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) Commander, commended the efforts of 44IB, 102Bde, PNP and the stakeholders who facilitated the activity.

“Let us give peace a chance. We should work together for a just and lasting peace without the use of arms and violence.” Maj. General Murillo added. 

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DONATIONS | The ceremonial turn-over of various items amounting to Php 534, 755.30 from the Armed Forces of the Philippines Savings and Loans Association Incorporated Pagadian branch to 1st Infantry “TABAK” Division was held today.

The activity was graced with Anabelle A Marcaban, Branch Manager, Brigadier General Nixon Fortes, Assistant Division Commander for Admin and Logistics, officers and men of 1st ID.

Various items includes dining set, sala set, aircons, bed foams, television, refrigerators, ceiling fans and gas ranges that will be installed in the newly renovated Enlisted Personnel Transient.

“This is how we repay the generosity and trust of AFP troops. We are always here to support you,” said Marcaban.

Brigadier General Fortes likewise thanked the AFPSLAI for their continued support to Team Tabak.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – One soldier was wounded after the two armed encounter between government forces and communist NPA terrorists in two separate towns of Misamis Occidental.

On Monday at around 4:00 p. m., the 10th Infantry Battalion encountered 15 NPAs in Panaon.

No government forces was hurt while undetermined casualties from NPAs due to bloodstains after the encounter.

Yesterday at around 7:50 a. m., the pursuit troops of 14 Division Reconnaissance Company encountered the fleeing NPAs in Jimenez, Misamis Occidental that resulted to one soldier wounded.

The troops recovered two AK47 rifles, one M16 with M203 grenade launcher, one rifle grenade, blasting caps, IEDs, medical supplies and ammunitions.

“The combat operation was conducted responding the report of a concerned civilian regarding NPAs presence in their community,” said Col. Bagnus Gaerlan, the 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander.

Major General Roseller Murillo, Joint Task Force Zampelan Commander, commended the troops and assures medical support to wounded soldier.

“The armed encounter could have been prevented if the NPAs surrendered and take advantage of the Enhance Comprehensive Local Integration Program of the government for them to go back to the mainstream society,” said Major General Murillo.

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CHOICE | Communist NPA Terrorist Surrenders in Zamboanga del Sur

CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – One Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) surrendered to 53rd Infantry “MATAPAT” Battalion in Midsalip, Zamboanga del Sur Tuesday.

The CNT was identified as Alias @Pipoy, a member of Platoon Basil, MRGU, Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee.

Pipoy also yielded two AK47 to Lt. Col. Marlowe Patria, 53rd Infantry Battalion commander.

“The initial custodial debriefing found out that Pipoy was tired in hiding and evading our troops,” said Lt. Col. Patria.

“Rest assured that we will enroll and facilitate him to the Enhanced Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) of our government,” he added.

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

Major General Roseller Murillo, Joint Task Force Zampelan Commander, commended the troops for the successful surrender of the NPA.

“We encourage other NPAs to surrender and take advantage of the E-CLIP. It will provide them an opportunity to return into the mainstream society and together we will solve their problems in a peaceful way.”Major General Murillo added.

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YOUNGSTER | Former Maute ISIS Young Fighter; Surrenders in Lanao del Sur

CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – An eighteen year-old fighter of Maute ISIS remnants surrendered to 49th Infantry “Good Samaritan” Battalion of the Joint Task Force Ranao in Butig, Lanao del Sur Monday.

Alias @ASNOR was 14 years old when he was recruited by the late Maute ISIS leader Abdullah Maute in the year 2014 together with other 12 minors.

“Nine years old was their youngest recruit and Asnor was involved in an armed engagement with government forces in the month of February and November of 2016,” said Lt. Col Edgar Allan Villanueva, 49th Infantry Battalion Commander.

After the two engagements, Asnor decided to lie low.

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

Maj. Gen. Roseller Murillo, Joint Task Force Zampelan commander, commended the efforts of troops that facilitated the young fighter to surrender.

“We are glad to hear that Asnor decided to surrender and this is the best chance for him to return to mainstream society and achieve his aspiration,” Maj.Gen. Murillo said.

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RECOGNITION RITES | An Open Collar ceremony of the Candidate Soldier Course Class 567 and 568 – 2018 was held in Hqs 1st Infantry “TABAK” Division today.

The event was graced with Col Leonel M. Nicolas, Commander of Joint Task Force Zamboanga, as keynote speaker.

The opening of collar is a military tradition where trainees are granted limited privileges and be recognized for what they have overcome or conquered during training.

The two classes have undergone two months of rigorous training.

They were also taught basic foundations of soldiery, orientation and indoctrination subjects, physical fitness, drills and ceremonies, articles of war, customs and traditions, courtesy and discipline.

Family day follows after the ceremony. The trainees were able to spend quality time for their families, friends, siblings and love ones as one of the privilege given to an open collar.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – A total of sixteen Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT), 15 Militia ng Bayan and one regular member, surrenders to 102nd Infantry Brigade in Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay Saturday (October 20, 2018).

The CNTs yielded to Col. Bagnus Gaerlan, 102nd Brigade Commander, with three firearms, one caliber 45 and two shotguns.

All of the 15 Militia ng Bayan were operating and residents of Barangay Balagon, Siay, Zamboanga Sibugay Province.

Their surrender was facilitated by Hon. Jarvis M. Acosta, Mayor of Siay, and Lt. Col. Jonathan Obena, 44th Infantry Battalion Commander, and pledge for their loyalty to the government thru an oath of allegiance.

“Their surrender will minimize the violent incident and atrocities in our area of responsibility and will weaken the CNTs mass base support,” said Col. Gaerlan.

“We will facilitate and collaborate with other stakeholders for their enrollment to Enhance Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP) of the government,” Col. Gaerlan added.

Major General Roseller Murillo, Joint Task Force Zampelan commander, commended the efforts of 102nd brigade, 44IB and the stakeholders who were involved and facilitated the successful surrender.

“We encourage other CNTs to return to the folds of law and take advantage of the E-CLIP.” Maj. General Murillo added.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Another three Maute ISIS remnants surrendered to Joint Task Force Ranao in Masiu Lanao del Sur Thursday. (October 18, 2018).

The three yielded to Lt. Col Edgar Villanueva, 49th Infantry Battalion Commander, thru the efforts of Hon. Alonto Gubar, ABC President, Brgy Chairman Hamil Gubar of Sawir, Masiu and Maliksaif Masjida, Afgani Deputy Base Commander NDBC BIAF-MILF/JCMP member.

They also surrendered one RPG, one caliber 45 pistol, magazines and ammunitions.

Custodial debriefing still on-going as of this posting.

“They were recruited during the Marawi Siege, however they were not able to insert in the main battle area due to the relentless security efforts and checkpoints around the lake”, said Lt. Col Villanueva.

“One of them was involved in Pagayawan clash last June 2018”, he added.

Maj. Gen. Roseller Murillo, Joint Task Force Zampelan commander, commended the troops, local officials and the peace-inclined BIAF-MILF member that facilitated the surrender of Maute ISIS remnants.

“We will continuously collaborate with different stakeholders and concerned citizens to encourage other Maute ISIS remnants to surrender and go back to mainstream society,” Maj. Gen. Murillo added.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Seven Dawlah Islamiya/Maute members and supporters surrendered to Joint Task Force Ranao in Pagayawan, Lanao del Sur on tuesday.

The 55th Infantry Battalion, under the Joint Task Force Ranao, spearheaded the surrender of the group along with their firearms.

The group yielded three M1 Garand Rifle, one Carbine, four cal 45, and one 9mm pistol.

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

Maj. Gen. Roseller Murillo, Joint Task Force Zampelan commander, commended the efforts of troops and various stakeholders in the surrender of the Maute group.

“Maute’s were dwindling with their organizational leadership and capabilities, and we encourage others to lay down their arms to live peacefully,” Maj.Gen. Murillo said.

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