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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The Zamboanga City Peace and Order Council (ZCPOC) has passed and approved the Resolution No. BC- 3 series of 2019 declaring the CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNT) and all its front organizations as Persona-Non-Grata covering all thirty-one (31) Barangays under Zamboanga City.

During the peace and order council meeting, the Task Force Zamboanga led by its commander, Colonel Leonel Nicholas, presented the security situation and relayed to the ZCPOC the possible future threat posed by the CNT and all its front organizations that will propagate fear to the general public and disrupt the economic stability of the city.

Hon Maria Isabelle G Climaco, City Mayor of Zamboanga City and Chairperson of ZCPOC said “I encourage all other government officials to stand and fight against the CPP-NPA Terrorist. Let us keep our peaceful community stay united and work in convergence to foster development and economic growth for our next generations.”

Meanwhile, Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, commander of the Army’s 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division and Joint Task Force ZamPeLan, said “The government of Zamboanga City headed by Mayor Maria Isabelle G Climaco, together with other government agencies and stakeholders, have made the right and appropriate action against the communist terrorist group that will ease and hasten our campaign in sustaining peace and development.”

“We are calling the help of the local communities, especially the local chief executives in the areas of ZamPeLan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao provinces) to pass the same resolution to stop the CPP-NPA Terrorist destroying our peaceful communities,” BGen Ancan concluded.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army officially opened the three (3) batches of Candidate Soldier Course Classes 592,593 and 594-2019 at the hallowed grounds of Tabak Troopers at 9:00 in the morning Saturday, June 1, 2019.

The three (3) batches of CSC 592, 593 and 594 are composed of 608 males and 55 females. They were selected by the Division Candidate Soldier Selection Board based on their Physical, Medical, and Psychological fitness to undergo sixteen (16) weeks rigid military training to be conducted by the 1st Division Training School

The military training will transform them from a carefree civilian to brave and tough soldiers. The training will also mold them into competent, confident and well-disciplined soldiers guided by the Army Core Values of honor, patriotism, and duty adhering to the rule of law, human rights, and international humanitarian law.

After Oath Taking Rites and Opening Ceremony with Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, the 1DTS training directorate headed by LTC RENANTE D BESA GSC (INF) PA, Commandant of 1DTS received the candidate soldiers through a Reception rite that signaled the start of their military life.

“The best training program in the world is absolutely worthless without the will to execute it properly, consistently, and with intensity. This 4 to 5 months training will transform you from being “boys” into “gentlemen” and “girls” into “ladies” and instill in you the military doctrines and the Army tactics and procedures that will mold you into a reliable and responsive member of an Infantry squad committed to accomplishing the unit mission”, said Brigadier General Roberto Ancan AFP, 1ID Commander.

BGen Ancan also gave his words of encouragement to the candidate soldiers, “Your new journey has just begun. Finish the training and prove your worth to be part of the Philippine Army that uphold the virtues of the Armed forces of the Philippines and perform with pride and honor in serving the people and securing the land.”

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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division highlighted the commemoration of the “121st National Flag Day” through a flag raising ceremony at the TABAK Grandstand around 7:30 in the morning today, 28 May 2019 with Brigadier General Roberto T Ancan, 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force ZAMPELAN Commander and all the Tabak troopers and Civilian Employees.

 Let us stand proud with our flag and show respect to it in accordance with the existing laws ruler and regulators as a manifestation of our nationalism.

-COL Batara

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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The conduct of 2019 midterm national and local elections in the provinces of Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur were generally peaceful as the polling precincts closed Monday evening.

Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, commander of the Army’s 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division and Joint Task Force ZamPeLan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) congratulated the people in the provinces of Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao for their participation and cooperation during the conduct of elections.

Ancan also lauded the efforts of the troops under JTF ZamPeLan, counterparts from the PNP, the COMELEC and all concerned stakeholders involved in ensuring the successful conduct of elections with zero failure of elections recorded.

Despite some election related incidents monitored and reported, all were isolated and were immediately acted upon by the government security forces and are now under investigation of the PNP.

About an hour before the polling precincts close, an explosion occurred inside a Hi-ace van with plate nr A3L056 near Bacong Elementary School in Brgy Bacong, Marantao, Lanao del Sur.

Investigation disclosed that the suspect, a certain Bin Anshary Moh Noort Mala was about to throw an improvised explosive device outside the said vehicle when it exploded inside which resulted to the wounding of the suspect. Accordingly, the target of the suspect was the parked military vehicle utilized by the troops of 82nd Infantry Battalion securing the said polling center.

The troops quickly responded and were able to apprehend the suspect together with the driver of the vehicle a certain Salahudin Bin Hamza.

Recovered inside the van were 4 IEDs, 4 blasting caps, 4 digital watches, 2 cellphones, 1 commercial radio and detonation cord.

The apprehended personalities and recovered items were turned over to Marantao Municipal Police Station for proper disposition and filing of appropriate charges.

Meanwhile, incidents of malfunctioned VRVMs were reported in some areas but were well acted upon by the COMELEC and all election paraphernalia were transferred safely in the canvassing centers.

Ancan also stressed that the security efforts will be sustained until the canvassing is done and the winners of this electoral process are proclaimed.

“I urge everyone to cooperate and be more vigilant especially in protecting our votes and in reporting groups or individuals that would intend to disrupt the ongoing canvassing,” Ancan added.

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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – One alleged member of a Private Armed Group (PAG) died and six others were apprehended in a clash with the government forces in Sitio Sibuan, Purok 3, Barangay Tubod, Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur 10:25.P.M. Sunday May 12, 2019.

Troops of Army’s 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division deployed for election duties figured in an encounter with unidentified armed elements wearing wig onboard at least three motor cycles and one owner type vehicle.

“Prior to encounter, our troops were conducting mobile patrol when this armed group fired upon them. Our troops resorted to fire back and an encounter ensued which resulted to the killing of one of their members and apprehension of six other individuals,” said Lt Col Marlowe Patria, commanding officer of 53rd Infantry (MATAPAT) Battalion which has operational jurisdiction over Lakewood municipality.

Recovered at the scene of encounter were one (1) caliber .45 pistol with two (2) magazines loaded with ammunitions, three (3) magazines of M16 rifle with ammunitions.  Six 6) individuals were apprehended and two (2) motorcycles, one (1) tricycle and one (1) owner type vehicle were confiscated by the PNP SOCO who responded immediately in the area.

Brigadier General Bagnus Gaerlan, Jr., commander of 102nd Brigade which has operational jurisdiction over Zamboanga del Sur said, “Your Army together with the PNP and in support of the COMELEC, will do our best so that the voters could peacefully and freely exercise their constitutional rights to choose their leaders through National and Local elections.”

Meanwhile, Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) Commander, commended the efforts of the troops for neutralizing the armed elements.

“The armed encounter and apprehension of these PAG members are the result of our relentless campaign to ensure free and secured National and Local Elections 2019 in Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces.,” BGen Ancan added.

The PNP Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) immediately proceeded to the area for the recovery of the cadaver and the conduct of investigation.

The apprehended personalities together with the recovered items were turned-over to Lakewood Municipal Police Station (MPS) for proper disposition and filing of appropriate charges.

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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Government troops of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division recovered a paper bag containing money amounting to P1,056,700.00 in cash in Brgy Dapiwak, Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur allegedly to be used fo vote buying on Saturday May 11, 2019.

Troops of 97th Infantry (KALASAG-LAHI) Battalion, 1ID while conducting security patrol, received information from concerned citizens regarding the presence of goons conducting vote buying and harassing the populace in the area.

“Our troops found the money believed to be left by the goons of unidentified politician at the back of an abandoned house in the said barangay,” said Lt Col Rufino de Leon, commanding officer of 97IB.

Meanwhile, early morning of Sunday, May 12, 2019, combined elements of 5th Infantry Battalion, 1ID and Tubod Municipal Police Station (MPS) in coordination with the Election Officer of Tubod, Lanao del Norte, apprehended five (5) personalities suspected of engaging in vote buying in Purok 7, Brgy Bualan, Tubod, Lanao del Norte.

Recovered from their possession were cash amounting to P123, 868.00, sample ballots, and other campaign paraphernalia.

Brigadier General Roberto Ancan, commander of the military forces in Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces said, “We in the AFP together with the PNP are in full support of the COMELEC to have a secure and fair elections. We will not allow anybody, regardless of what political party they belong, to threaten or intimidate our people in this electoral process.”

Ancan further said, “We challenge all the candidates, civil society organizations, religious groups and the citizenry to be more vigilant in preventing violence and not be swayed by the use of guns, goons and gold.”

“To the electorate, go out and vote. Feel safe, secured and participate in this momentous event of our democratic way of life,” added Ancan.

The recovered money of 97IB and 5IB were turned over to the COMELEC of Zamboanga del Sur and Lanao del Norte, respectively, while the apprehended personalities were turned over to Tubod, MPS for proper disposition.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur –Joint law enforcement operation between Army’s 44th Infantry Battalion and Police Mobile Force Company (PMFC) Zamboanga Sibugay, clashed with communist NPA terrorists (CNTs) in remote area of Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay at 3:45 p.m. Saturday May 11, 2019.

“Our troops responded to the report of concerned residents in the area about the presence of this armed group that are threatening and harassing the populace. When our troops are approaching the barangay, we were fired upon by more or less thirty (30) armed CNTs at Sitio Km 16, Brgy New Tampilisan, Kabasalan, ZSP,” said Lt Col Don Templonuevo, commanding officer of 44IB.

This led to a 2-hour firefight that saw NPA members escaping to different directions leaving behind high-powered firearms including 3-AK rifle, 1-Carbine, 8-magazines loaded with ammunitions, personal belongings and subversive documents with high intelligence value. It has also resulted to the wounding of one Army personnel.

Brigadier General Bagnus Gaerlan, Jr., commander of the 102nd brigade which has operational jurisdiction over Zamboanga Sibugay, warned the CNTs that the government security forces will continue to run after them despite the conduct of elections.

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 for the successful operation that led to the recovery of firearms and prevention of CNT hostile plans.

“The Tabak Troopers in collaboration with the PNP will intensify development support and security operations to ensure the peaceful and orderly conduct of elections and to sustain the government’s peace and development efforts in the whole Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces (ZAMPELAN) area,” Ancan added.

Additional troops from 44IB are now conducting pursuit operations to run after the fleeing NPA terrorists, also in close communication with the barangay officials to ensure the safety and security of the residents in the area. Wounded personnel was immediately evacuated and brought to the nearest hospital for proper medical treatment.

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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur –The 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army spearheaded the Closing Ceremony of Candidate Soldier Course (CSC) Classes 567 & 568 – 2018 cross-trained with Jungle Warfare Mountain Operation Course (JWMOC) held at 1ID Grandstand on 10 May 2019 with BGen Roberto T Ancan AFP, Commander, 1ID as keynote speaker.

The CSC 567 & 568 composed of 24 females and 259 males have successfully completed the 10 months rigid training conducted at the 1st Division Training School (1DTS) in Upper Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur.

The said training provided the candidate soldiers with the basic knowledge and skills of soldiery, and developed their character that made them into strong and lethal warrior members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

BGen Ancan AFP, Commander of 1ID, in his speech, challenged the new soldiers to walk according to the living ideals of soldiery. “Your journey has just begun, always uphold the virtues of the AFP and serve with Pride and Honor and do not forget to seek help and guidance from our God Almighty. “

BGen Ancan also expressed an accolade of thanks to the family, especially the parents of the graduates who entrusted their sons and daughters to be part of the noble profession of arms, reminding them also that military life is a life of service and danger, but nonetheless a patriotic life that one could be proud of.

The new graduates will be deployed to the different field units under the administrative control of the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, and will serve to further strengthen the forces of the division in fighting violence and terrorism and in sustaining the peace and development in Western Mindanao.

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