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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan Zamboanga del Sur – One lawless element was killed and one soldier was wounded in a joint law enforcement operation conducted by the Army’s 42nd Infantry Battalion and PNP troopers in Brgy Sipakit, Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte 5:00 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2019.

“Our troops together with the PNP were serving warrants of arrest for murder and attempted murder case against Juhuri Wahab Tukalan and Isnain Yacub under the Jamilon Tukalab group when the clash happened. The said group is notorious in kidnapping and extortion activities and are responsible in conducting ambuscades against the civilians in the area,” said Lt. Col. Leon Onggao, the 42nd Infantry Battalion Commander.

“The killed lawless element was identified by his next of kins as Ato Antao Lumingis after the cadaver was turned over to the local government unit of Sirawai. During the 2-hour firefight, wounded lawless elements were also seen by our troops as they (LLEs) scampered to different directions”, added Onggao.

Troops were also able to recover two rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) ammunitions, two 12-gauge shotguns, two improvised caliber .22, one grenade, magazines and various ammunitions, bandolier and assorted uniforms.

The wounded soldier was immediately airlifted to Zamboanga City for medical treatment.

“The encounter was the result of the collaboration among the stakeholders especially the peace-loving civilians in the area who continuously report the presence of these lawless group,” said Col. Bagnus Gaerlan, Jr., commander of 102nd Infantry (IGSOON) Brigade which has operational jurisdiction over Zamboanga del Norte.

It can be recalled that a week ago, five lawless elements were arrested and P11.4 Million worth of illegal drugs and paraphernalia were confiscated in Brgy Tenan, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Meanwhile, Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, commended the efforts of the troops that led to the neutralization of a lawless element and the disruption of their terror activities.

“The Tabak Troopers in collaboration with the PNP will intensify joint law enforcement operation to protect the people and communities against lawless elements,” Ancan added.

“We also ensure that our wounded personnel will get the best medical care for his fast recovery,” Ancan concluded.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan Zamboanga del Sur – Army’s 55th Infantry Battalion, 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division clashed with more or less 22 members of DI-Lanao group under Abu Dar in Brgy Calaludan, Pagayawan, Lanao del Sur 4:20 p.m. Monday, March 11, 2019.

“We received information from the local populace on the presence of DI-Lanao group in the area and we responded to their call”, said Col. Romeo Brawner, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander, which has operational jurisdiction over Lanao del Sur.

Two DI-Lanao members were killed, identified as alias Abu Tahir (body count) and Abu Jihad (thru report of locals), while two government forces were killed in the encounter and one was also wounded.

Troops also recovered one carbine rifle and lower receiver (part) of M-16 rifle.

“We are sustaining our focused military operation in order to destroy the remnants of this group (DI-Lanao) and make the province free from terrorist,” said Brawner.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to the bereaved families and friends of our soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in protecting our people against the terrorist group”, said Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) Commander.

“Their sacrifices were borne out of their dedication to protect the Meranaos in pursuit of peace and development”, Ancan added.

Additional troops were sent in order to pursue the fleeing terrorists as well as to ensure the safety and security of the local populace in the area.

 

 

 

 

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan Zamboanga del Sur – Forty-three Former Rebels (FRs) were awarded with Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program’s (E-CLIP) financial assistance of the government in Headquarters, 53rd Infantry Battalion, Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur Friday, March 8, 2019.

A total of 2.7 million pesos were handed-over to the FRs, where each received 65 thousand pesos as livelihood and emergency assistance.

Former rebels who surrendered their firearms received additional cash as remunerations depending on the value such as P50,000.00 for M-16 and P60,000.00 for M-14.

Groundbreaking ceremony of the Half-way house for the FRs was also realized with Undersecretary Reynaldo Mapagu, Chairperson, Task Force Balik-Loob, Hon. Antonio Cerilles, Governor of Zamboanga del Sur and other head of government agencies who form part of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC).

“The government is serious in the implementation of the program and we urge others (NPAs) to grab the opportunity and avail the benefits of E-CLIP” said Mapagu.

Half-way house serves as the venue for their (FRs) rehabilitation, healing session and education and skills training activities.

“The activities in the half-way house will help them recuperate from the bad experiences they’ve encountered in the hands of NPA organization,” said Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces).

“We call on other NPAs to lay down their arms, return to the folds of the law and take advantage of the E-CLIP for them to change their lives and live peacefully with their families. We will also ensure their safety and well-being and assist them together with other stakeholders for them to become productive Filipino citizens,” Ancan added.

REVELATION

Alias SMALLBOY, one of the surrenderees, during his impression said that
“Taas na kaayo ang panahon sa pakig gyera nako sa gobyerno ug wala kami magmalampuson.
(It has been a long time since our armed struggle with the government forces and we were not successful. )

“Wala ko gadahom nga ingon ani kamaayo ang programa na E-CLIP kay kadtong naa pa ko sa NPA abi namo ug naa nay gahulat nga lubnganan para sa amo nga mga rebelde kung kami magsurrender.”
(I did not expect how generous the E-CLIP program of the government is, because when we were in the NPA, we thought that a graveyard was already arranged for us if we surrender, he added.)

“Dili sulbad ang gyera sa mga problema. Akong gi awhag ang akong mga kauban na naug na samtang dili pa ulahi ang tanan. (“Armed struggle will not solve our problem. We urge our comrades to surrender before it is too late, he concluded.)

ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE

On the same day, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing for a deed of usufruct between the 53rd Infantry Battalion and provincial LGU of Zamboanga del Sur was also conducted.

The MOA allowed the battalion to make use of the 19.5 hectares from LGU Zamboanga del Sur for military training and other related purposes.

“To the FRs, make use of the land, farm there and gain income,” said Hon Antonio Cerilles, Zamboanga de Sur governor.

“We don’t want you to go back to fight again with the government. We don’t want your families to suffer,” Cerilles added.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan Zamboanga del Sur – One Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) member was apprehended through the joint law enforcement operation by Army’s 44th Infantry Battalion and PNP troopers in Brgy Madaup, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay 1:00 a.m. Monday, March 4, 2019.

Maldimar Mahmor, also a kidnapper,under the Sulu-based ASG sub-leader, Idang Susukan, who formerly followed Galib Andang also known as Commander Robot, was apprehended through a search warrant 1-19-16 for Violations of Republic Act No. 10591 (Illegal possession of firearms, ammunitions and hand grenade).

“He currently serves as the ASG’s liaison and facilitator in its kidnapping activities in the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur,” said Lt. Col. Don Templonuevo, the 44th Infantry Battalion Commander.

Based on reports, Mahmor took part in the Sipadan kidnapping in year 2000 where they’ve abducted 21 individuals consist of European and Malaysian tourists and Filipino resort workers.

Lately, Mahmor was also involved in the kidnapping of former Mayor of Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay and Duterte couple in Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte.

Recovered from Mahmor’s possession was one caliber .38 revolver, one hand grenade, one M-16 magazine with ammunitions, and one rocket-propelled grenade ammunition.

“The apprehension of Mahmor is a big loss for the ASG because it will disrupt their illegal activities, particularly kidnapping, in our area of operation,” said Col. Bagnus Gaerlan, Jr., 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander who has operational jurisdiction of Zamboanga Sibugay.

Meanwhile, Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, commended the efforts of the troops that led to the apprehension of ASG member.

“The Tabak Troopers in collaboration with the PNP will intensify joint law enforcement operation to protect the people and communities against terrorists,” Ancan added.

“We also urge the stakeholders and local populace to be more vigilant and report to the government forces any suspicious group or individuals in order to end the acts of terror and sustain the peace and development efforts of the government,” Ancan concluded.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Through the intensified focused military operations of the government security forces and the sustained pressure from the different stakeholders, four NPA Militias voluntarily surrendered in Brgy Rogongon, Iligan City Thursday, February 28, 2019.

The successful surrender of the four NPA militias was facilitated by the combined efforts of the 51st Infantry Battalion under the leadership of Ltc Jasper Obar and the 5th Infantry Battalion under Ltc Ryan Severo.

The returnees also yielded 4 firearms consist of one US M1 Garand rifle, one carbine rifle, one 9mm Ingram sub-machine gun, and one shotgun as well as magazines and ammunitions.

“Based on the revelation of the four militias, they decided to surrender because of the hardships they are experiencing in the mountains and they are tired of hiding from the government forces conducting military operations,” said Lt. Col. Obar, 51st Infantry Battalion Commander.

They also learned about the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) where all the stakeholders are working together in order to help renew the life of the former rebels.

“Nabalitaan din po namin na may programa ang gobyerno na E-CLIP para sa mga mag balik-loob kaya napag-isipan namin mag-surrender sa mga sundalo”, sabi ni alias Rebi, isa sa mga nag-surrender.
(“We also heard about the E-CLIP of the government which is intended for those who will return to the folds of the government that’s why we decided to surrender to the soldiers”, said alias Rebi, one of returnees.

“We warmly welcome the four NPA militias who realized that their lives with the Communist NPA Terrorist will lead nowhere. We will ensure that they will be provided with the necessary assistance through E-CLIP,” said Col. Ezra James Enriquez, commander of the 2nd Mechanized Brigade.

Meanwhile, Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan commander, commended the troops for the successful surrender of the NPA militias.

“We encourage other NPAs to return to the folds of the law and help us in sustaining the development programs of our government,” Ancan added.

“We are calling them to bring down their firearms and avail of the E-CLIP of the government and enjoy their life together with their families”, Ancan concluded.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan Zamboanga del Sur – A Communist NPA Terrorist Team Leader surrendered to Army’s 42nd Infantry Battalion in Brgy Sas, Gutalac, Zamboanga del Norte 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

“Alias IAN is frustrated and disappointed with the terrorist group leadership because of the unfulfilled promises for a monthly salary worth 7,000 pesos and weekly support of 4,000 pesos for his family just to join their ranks”, said Lt. Col. Leon Onggao, the newly installed 42nd Infantry Battalion Commander.

“Takot na takot po ako dahil sinabihan po kami ng aming kumander na papatayin lang kami ng mga sundalo kapag mag-surrender,” sabi ni Ian.(“I am afraid because our commander told us that the soldiers will just kill us if we choose to surrender”, said Ian.)

Ian also yielded one caliber .45 handgun, magazines and ammunition.

“We expect more NPA terrorists to surrender and avail of the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) that would give former rebels the opportunity to start a new life and live peacefully as productive citizens of the country together with their families,” said Col. Bagnus Gaerlan, Jr., 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander who has operational jurisdiction of Zamboanga del Sur

Meanwhile, Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, commended the efforts of the troops that led to the surrender of the NPA leader.

“We call on the remaining NPA terrorists to return to the folds of the law and join us with all the stakeholders in addressing our issues peacefully,” Ancan added.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan Zamboanga del Sur –A Daesh-inspired Maute terrorist sub-leader surrendered to Army’s 49th Infantry Battalion in Lumba Bayabao, Lanao del Sur 10:00 a.m. Tuesday February 19, 2019.

“Aloyodan Bantak, also known as alias Ibrahim Bantak’s surrender was facilitated by local government unit of Lumba Bayabao”, said Lt. Col. Edgar Allan Villanueva, the 49th Infantry Battalion Commander.

“Our initial debriefing found out that he was involved in November 2016 Butig Siege and he is the recruiter of Owaida Marohombsar’s group, also known as alias Abu Dar”, Villanueva added.

Bantak also yielded one caliber 5.56mm sniper rifle, two grenade launchers magazines and ammunitions.

On Monday, three DI-Maute remnants under sub-leader Mubarak Manalo, also surrendered to 49IB in municipality of Sultan Dumalondong, Lanao del Sur.

“While we are supporting the recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation of Marawi, our efforts against DI-Maute terrorist will be continuous in order to achieve a peaceful and progressive community,” said Col. Romeo Brawner, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander.

Meanwhile, Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, commended the efforts of the troops of 49th IB and LGU of Lumba Bayabao.

“Our campaign against terrorists will be relentless and we will take advantage of their weakened leadership and capabilities in order to attain a just and lasting peace in our area of operation,” Ancan concluded.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The Philippine Army Marksmanship Assessment and Evaluation (PAMAE) 2019 and Marksmanship Instructor Trainers Forum (MITF) Mindanao Leg formally opened here on Monday, February 18, 2019.

The PAMAE, a shooting or marksmanship competition, and MITF aim to assess the skills of personnel assigned with the different combat units of the Philippine Army.

Marksmanship event includes one match for pistol, men’s category; one match for pistol, ladies category; one match for rifle/carbine and one match for machine gun.

The event, which will end on March 2, 2019, is being conducted simultaneously in the three major islands of the country where the best shooters will  be selected to augment the pool of quality marksmen to compete in international competitions such as the ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet (AARM).

Four Infantry Divisions are going to compete for the Mindanao leg. The 4th Infantry (DIAMOND) Division based in Cagayan de Oro city, the 6th Infantry (KAMPILAN) Division based in Awang D.O.S, Maguindanao, 10th Infantry (AGILA) Division based in Mawab, Compostela Valley, and the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division here in Labangan, Zamboanga del sur.

“This activity is not only about competition. As soldiers, we need to continuously enhance our war fighting skills for us to be able to perform best our mandate of protecting our people from any threat,” said Brigadier General Roberto T. Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division Commander and Keynote Speaker.

 

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Two gunmen were arrested in a joint Army/PNP pursuit operation in Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur 5:45 p.m. Sunday (February 17, 2019).

The arrested gunmen who managed to escape thru a single motorcycle were allegedly involved in a shooting incident in the municipality of Ramon Magsaysay.

The gunmen were identified as Junny Supiter y Sebag, male, 26 years old and Julie Benabaye y Perater, male 42 years old.

The two suspects were also caught in a possession of two caliber .45 handguns, magazines loaded with ammunitions by the 5th Infantry Battalion and PNP elements.

Suspects were temporarily detained at the detention facility of Labangan, Municipal Police Station for filing of appropriate charges.

Col. Bagnus Gaerlan Jr., the 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander said that, “Let us cooperate and be active in maintaining the peace and security in our communities by reporting suspicious individuals or unscrupulous groups for our swift action.”

Meanwhile, Brigadier General Roberto T Ancan, Commander of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division commended the joint efforts of 5IB and the PNP

“Your Tabak troopers together with the PNP and other stakeholders remain to be committed in our efforts to ensure the safety and security of our local communities particularly in addressing lawless violence,” Ancan added.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan Zamboanga del Sur – Three Maute Daesh-inspired remnants surrendered to Army’s 49th Infantry Battalion in Sultan Dumalondong, Lanao del Sur Monday February 18, 2019 at around 10:30 a.m.

“The three remnants are under sub-leader Mubarak Manalo, also known as alias MUBARAK,” said Lt. Col. Edgar Allan Villanueva, 49th Infantry Battalion Commander.

They’ve also yielded one M2 Carbine rifle, magazines and ammunitions which were formally witnessed by the municipal mayor of Sultan Dumalondong, Hon. Jamel Kurangking.

“The continuous surrender of Maute Daesh-inspired remnants is the result of our collaboration with the local government units (LGUs) in our area of responsibility, said Colonel Romeo Brawner, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander.

Meanwhile, Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, commended the efforts of the troops of 49th IB and LGU of Sultan Dumalondong.

“Peace and security is a shared responsibility. We acknowledge the efforts of the LGU and stakeholders of Sultan Dumalondong for the successful surrender of Daesh- inspired remnants,” Ancan added.

“We also call for other remnants to surrender, lay down their arms and return to the folds of the law and work with us in attaining a peaceful and progressive province of Lanao del Sur,” Ancan concluded.

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