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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Four Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) supporters surrendered and yielded firearms to Army’s 49th  Infantry Battalion in Masiu, Lanao del Sur 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 19, 2019.

“The surrendered CNT supporters, who yielded one M16 rifle, one caliber 38 handgun, magazines and ammunitions, were dissatisfied with the NPA organization and their terrorist activities”, said Lt. Col. Edgar Allan Villanueva, 49th Infantry Battalion commander.

“Our initial custodial debriefing also found out that, their surrender was the result of our relentless combat operation in the province of Lanao del Sur”, added Villanueva.

Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo II, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander, who has operational jurisdiction of Lanao del Sur, facilitated the turn-over of the surrendered CNT supporter to Mr. Kisrawi Macarankat, Deputy Municipal Administrator of Municipality of Masiu.

“We are gaining grounds in our relentless operation in the province and we are thankful to the local populace and the local government unit for their continued trust and support”, said Cuerpo.

Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Bagnus Gaerlan Jr., the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) Acting Commander, commended the efforts of the troops that led to the surrender of the NPA supporters.

“We are confident that the Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) were properly managed by various government agencies and will continuously encourage and facilitate our former rebels to return into the mainstream society”, said Gaerlan.

“We encourage other CNT members to surrender with their firearms, return to the folds of the law and benefit the Enhanced Local Integration Program which is part of the program of the Task Force ELCAC”, said Gaerlan.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – A total of 44 loose firearms were turned over by the locals of Bayang, Lanao del Sur and its neighboring municipalities to Army’s 55th Infantry Battalion and 103rd Infantry Brigade in Bayang, Lanao del Sur 10:00 a.m. Monday, November 18, 2019.

The loose firearms that were handed over were one 50 caliber sniper rifle, one M653 bushmaster, one M16 rifle, one Garand, two homemade uzi, two M79 grenade launchers and thirty-six handguns.

Mayor of Bayang, Hon. Aslani Balt who facilitated the turn-over of the loose firearms, thanked the Army for their effort in sustaining peace and development in the municipality of Bayang.

According to Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo II, 103rd Brigade Commander who has operational jurisdiction of Lanao del Sur, “The concerted effort and intensified collaboration among our troops, local communities, local chief executives and other stakeholders resulted into this momentous activity”.

Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Bagnus Gaerlan Jr, the Acting Commander of the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces), commended the efforts of the troops and the local government unit of Bayang, Lanao del Sur 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,” Gaerlan added.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Two members of Abu Sayyaf group surrendered to Army’s 44th Infantry Battalion in Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay, 8:30 a.m. Thursday, November 14, 2019.

“The two were identified as alias JOLO USMAN, and alias JUL, are residents of Talipao, Jolo, Sulu and operating under Sibih Pisih, one of the notorious leader of Abu Sayyaf Group,”, said Lt. Col. Don Templonuevo, 44th IB Commander.

“Both however lie-lowed in Sibugay province in the year 2016”, added Templonuevo.

The two also yielded two Garand rifles and now undergoing custodial debriefing as of this posting.

According to Col. Leonel Nicolas, 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander, who has operational jurisdiction of Zamboanga Sibugay “We continuously encourage terrorist groups and their supporters to surrender and submit themselves to the folds of the law and become productive Filipino citizens”.

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 the two ASG 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 terrorist and other threat groups,” said Gaerlan.

“Likewise, we thank the constituents and other stakeholders for the trust and confidence to our troops who relentlessly strive to sustain the peace and security in Western Mindanao,” Gaerlan added.

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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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