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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Two local terrorist and two supporters voluntarily surrendered to Army’s 49th Infantry Battalion in Brgy Cormatan Masiu, Lanao del Sur 3:30 p.m. Monday, November 11, 2019.

“The local terrorist were identified as Camar Gampong Musa and Nasroding Comayog Patilan, while the supporters were Badroding Gampong Patilan and Pacalinog Patila”, said Lt. Col. Edgar Allan Villanueva 49th Infantry Battalion commander.

The four also yielded one M16A1 rifle, one caliber 45 pistol, magazines and ammunitions.

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

According to Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo II, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander, who has operational jurisdiction of Lanao del Sur “We continuously 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, Brig. Gen. Bagnus Gaerlan Jr., Acting Commander of the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces), commended the efforts of the troops for the successful surrender of local terrorist members and their supporters.

“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 Gaerlan.

“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,” Gaerlan added.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division donated blood to the Philippine National Red Cross, Iligan and Pagadian City Chapters this week.

A total of 350 troops qualified and generously donated their bloods to the organization in the two different venues.

Last November 5 in Chandler Suites, Pagadian City and on November 9, here in Headquarters, 1st ID.

According to Brig. Gen. Bagnus Gaerlan Jr., Acting Commander of the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces),

“The purpose of the donation is to support and help the PNRC prepare for another dengue outbreaks or any disasters that would require blood donation assistance”.

“Rest assured that your Army will always lends a helping hand, even in a simple blood donation, to save the lives of our constituents”, Gaerlan added.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Pulacan, Labangan, ZDS – The 55th Infantry (VIGILANT) Battalion celebrated its 34th Founding Anniversary in their headquarters in Madalum, Lanao del Sur, Thursday, November 7, 2019.

The Battalion was officially activated on 07 November 1985 during the height of Abu Sayyaf Group in Jolo, Sulu.

For three decades, the battalion served the constituents in Zamboanga Peninsula, Misamis Occidental and Lanao province combatting different threat groups in 1ID’s area of responsibility.

It was redeployed back in Lanao del Sur during the Marawi Siege and significantly contributed to the liberation of the city.

Lt. Col. Ian Noel Ignes, the current battalion commander, during his speech thanked and recognized the stakeholders for their invaluable and genuine support to the unit in the pursuit of peace and sustainable development.

“We’ve worked so hard through the years to help the people in our area of operations to the zenith of peace and development and I take pride in saying that we have the best and astounding men and women in the Army who were driven with dedication and faithful service”, said Ignes.

Brig. Gen. Bagnus Gaerlan Jr., the Acting Division Commander of 1ID and the guest of honor and speaker, congratulated the 55IB troopers for their selfless duties and thanked the stakeholders for the earnest commitment and support to the unit.

“You have proven your worth and never cease to go beyond greater heights. May you continue to be instruments of peace and pursue your mission with zeal and devotion”, said Gaerlan.

“Let all the achievements and lessons learned in the 34 years of existence of this battalion serve as your reference points in the continued effort you will be exerting towards the accomplishment of our over-all mission of winning the peace and creating an environment conducive to sustainable development”, Gaerlan added.

Deserving personnel and local chief executives were also awarded during the program.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The International Monitoring Team (IMT), who’s in-charge of observing the implementation of peace between the Government of the Philippines and Moro Islamic Liberation Front, visited the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division here Monday, November 4, 2019.

Maj. Gen. Dato’ Hj Ya’Cob Bin Hj Samiran, the Head of Mission, was welcomed by Col. Benjamin Batara Jr., Chief of Staff, 1ID and subsequently made a courtesy call to Brig. Gen. Bagnus Gaerlan Jr., Acting Division Commander of 1ID.

Samiran is the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations and Training in the Malaysian Army. He holds a Master in Information Technology from National University of Malaysia, Master in Mass Communication from MARA University of Technology and Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from National Defense University in Washington DC, USA.

IMT’s Role:

IMT is responsible in monitoring the security, humanitarian, rehabilitation and development aspects, socio-economic assistance and civilian protection.

It has also intensified its proactive measures to disrupt the terrorist groups and its supporters, from radicalizing Filipinos in some parts of Mindanao.

The Team is comprised of military, police and conflict resolution experts from Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Japan, Norway and the European Union.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Pulacan, Labangan, ZDS – Additional firearms were turned-over by the locals of Lanao del Sur to the 55th Infantry Battalion, 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 29, 2019.

According to Lt. Col. Ian Noel Ignes, Battalion Commander of 55IB, “The local chief executives of Tugaya, Bacolod-Kalawi and Madamba handed over four high-powered firearms”.

The firearms consists of one M14, one carbine with M203 attached, one Ingram and one M1 Garand rifle.

Last week, eight loose firearms were surrendered to the operating battalions of 103td Infantry Brigade.

Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo II, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander, who has operational command of the battalions in Lanao del Sur said that, “The surrender of loose firearms were attributes of our engagement with the constituents, local chief executives and stakeholders in the province”.

“We will continuously collaborate with them to make their communities more peaceful, progressive and free from violence brought by peace spoilers”, added Cuerpo.

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 chief executives for the successful hand over of loose firearms.

“Your 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, in collaboration with the LGUs and other stakeholders, remains steadfast in our campaign on loose firearms and peace spoilers in our area of operation,” said Ancan.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Army’s 44th Infantry Battalion clashed against six members of a lawless armed group in Brgy Tampalan, Alicia, Zamboanga Sibugay, 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 29, 2019.

According to Lt. Col. Don Templonuevo, 44th Infantry Battalion commander, “There were reports from the communities of the presence of a armed group, so we immediately respond to that call and resulted into this encounter”.

“Our troops were also able to seized one M14 and one M16 rifles, two rifle grenade, two cellphones, one motorized single engine pump boat, magazines ammunitions and personal belongings”, Templonuevo added.

No reported casualties in the government forces side, while undetermined on the armed group due to bloodstains in their route of withdrawal after the 15-minute firefight.

Meanwhile, Col. Leonel Nicolas, 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander who has operational jurisdiction over Zamboanga Sibugay province urged the wounded armed elements to surrender for them to be given proper medical treatment and assured them of their safety and security.

Nicolas also encouraged the people to cooperate and report to proper authorities if there are presence of armed groups in their communities.

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 for the successful encounter and the recovery of firearms.

“I urge everyone to continue our efforts in pursuing lasting peace not just for Mindanao but for the whole country. Let us conquer the challenges ahead of us and step up the momentum in sustaining our gains for our common aspiration”, said Ancan.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – A total 30 assorted loose firearms were voluntarily turned-over by the locals of six towns in Lanao del Norte to the 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion, 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 25, 2019

The local government units of Matungao, Linamon, Munai, Pantar, Poona-Piagapo and Pantao Ragat yielded eleven Garand, four M16 and four Carbine rifles; five shotguns; and five handguns to the government forces.

“The successful endeavor were the results of our concerted effort and intensified collaboration among local government units, stakeholders and our troops”, said Lt. Col. Bernardo Taqueban, 4th Mech Inf Battalion Commander.

The ceremonial turned-over was also attended by Col. Facundo Palafox, 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 Lanao del Norte 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 – A Civil-Military Operations (CMO)-expert will now lead the 97th Infantry (KALASAG-LAHI) Battalion of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division after the change of command ceremony held at Punta Blanca, Manukan, Zamboanga del Norte, Saturday, October 26, 2019.

Lt. Col. Manaros Boransing II succeeded Lt. Col. John Andrada who’ve just posted as the new commander of 1st CMO Battalion, stationed here.

Boransing is a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1998. An Airborne and well-rounded military officer with expertise in CMO, Admin and managerial acumen.

He is a graduate of Masters in Sustainable Development Studies in Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology and Masters in Public Management in Development Academy of the Philippines.

He also finished Command and General Staff Course, a requirement for the Battalion commander position.

Prior to his designation, he was the Executive Officer of the 102nd Infantry Brigade.

He also served as the Assistant Chief of Staff, for Civil Military Operations, G7 of 1ID which makes him best-fitted to stir the helms of the Battalion for being accustomed to the sociological and security situation in the area and had already established “teamwork” for peace and development with local governments units.

During his assumption speech, Boransing vowed to work with Zamboanga del Norte Provincial, Municipal and Barangay Task Forces to End Local Communist Armed Conflict in order to defeat Communist Terrorist Groups in the area of operation.

“These terrorist groups are slowing the progress and development of the province. Thru whole of nation, we will stop their self-styled revolutionaries in order to make the Zamboanga del Norte peaceful and progressive”, said Boransing.

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, commended Lt. Col. Andrada for his contributions to the 97th IB.

“I am confident that the new battalion commander, with his experience and duty in 1st ID and familiarity of the dynamics of conflict, will steer this unit to greater heights”, said Ancan.

“To the Kalasag-Lahi troopers, I urge everyone to give your earnest and untiring support to new commander and accomplish your missions and tasks as a team”, Ancan added.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Pulacan ZDS – Forty-two Former Rebels (FR) and their dependents are ready to work and be productive citizen after they’ve graduated two TESDA courses, Friday, October 25, 2019, held in Dao, Zamboanga del Sur,

Thru the efforts of different government agencies and units, the FRs and their dependents were able to benefit the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) and finished the Automotive Servicing NC II and Electrical and Installation Maintenance NC II courses.

One of the FR, during his impression speech was emotional and thanked Gov. Victor J Yu, province of Zamboanga del Sur, 53rd Infantry Battalion, government agencies and even the President for the invaluable support and empowerment of the surrendered rebels.

“We farmers want to cross the bridge of poverty. And for that to happen, we need to study and educate ourselves to cross that bridge and achieve success”, he said.

Yu during his speech emphasize the efforts of the government for the FRs and their dependents. He is also glad and congratulated them for their endeavour.

“Every success of our constituents is also an achievement of our government because they can contribute to the progress and development”, Yu said.

Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Bagnus P Gaerlan Jr., Assistant Division Commander of 1ID, challenged the graduate students to serve the country and become productive citizens.

“This course that you have taken will be your stepping stone to achieve your goals in life and to those who want to serve the country, you can join the Philippine Army”, he added.

Gaelan also urged the FRs to encourage other rebels to return to the folds of the law and follow their path.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, ZDS – The 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division assigned two office chiefs and a battalion commander after the joint change of office and change of command held here, Thursday, October 24, 2019.

Col. Nolie Anquillano relinquished his two posts, Division Inspector General to Col. Randolph Rojas and Governance and Strategy Management Office to Col. Gregorio Nieveras.

Anquillano will be assigned as deputy brigade commander of the 103rd Infantry (HARIBON) Brigade based in Marawi city.

Rojas is a member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) class of 1992. A graduate of Command and General Staff Course (CGSC) and Masters in Public Management Major in Development and Security, a prerequisite for the key position he now assumed.

During his assumption speech, he thanked the command for the trust and confidence in designating him as the Chief of Division Inspector General. He also encouraged the Tabak troopers to work together in order to achieve the goals.

While Nieveras is a member of PMA class of 1993. He is also a graduate of CGSC and Masters in Public Management Major in Development and Security.

Nieveras vowed to provide leadership and direction of the office in order to attain or reach the command to Institutionalized stage the way to Army’s Transformation Roadmap.

Col, Benjamin Batara, the presiding officer, commended Anquillano who efficiently accomplished the job despite a very demanding tasks.

Batara also urged the personnel to conquer the challenges ahead and step up the momentum in sustaining the gains for common aspirations.

CHANGE OF COMMAND

Later today, Lt. Col. Manuel Valdez IV, 1st Civil Military Operations (MAHIGALAON) battalion commander, was replaced by Lt. Col. John Andrada, the former 97th Infantry commanding officer.

Valdez will be assigned to General Headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

During his assumption speech, Andrada affirmed to be innovative and will continue the programs of his predecessor.

Maj. Gen Roberto Ancan, commander of 1ID and the presiding general, advised the incoming and outgoing battalion commanders to show the same passion and dedication in the performance of duty in implementing the government’s initiatives and advocacies.

“Let us look forward in achieving our mission and always bear in mind the duties and responsibilities we hold” Ancan concluded.

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