Category: News & Updates

KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur  – Troops under Joint Task Force “ZamPeLan” encountered members of the NPA terrorist at Sitio Pisio, Brgy Balonai, Midsalip, Zamboanga del Sur on June 09, 2018.

The operating troops of 53rd Infantry Battalion led by Sgt Roseller G Delparine were conducting combat operations at the vicinity of the said area when they clashed with more or less five (5) armed men believed to members of Section Committee-KARA (Secom-KARA) under the CPP’s Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee (WMRPC).

The firefight which lasted for about five (5) minutes compelled the enemy to withdrew heading towards the northwest direction of Midsalip, ZDS.

After the firefight, the troops recovered one (1) cal .45 pistol and captured a certain Jerry Nunez Macabinta @Elly, member of Team Caloy, Squad 2, Secom-KARA. There was no casualty on the government troops.

On this same day 09 June, another encounter transpired between elements of 42IB and the lawless group under @Jumalon Tungkalan at Sitio Marhadja, Brgy Panabutan, Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte.  The five (5) minutes firefight resulted to the death of a certain @Haton Hassan, member of the lawless group, and recovery of one (1) cal .45 pistol. No reported casualty on the government side.

Troops of 53IB and 42IB under the stewardship of  Ltc Marlowe E Patria and Ltc Danilo G Ambe respectively is continuously conducting combat operations in their area of responsibility to trackdown the armed groups that brings havoc to the normal lives of the affected civilian community.

Col Francisco Ariel A Felicidario III INF (GSC) PA, 102nd Brigade Commander said, “Reports of the civilian populace were very vital in tracking down the enemy locations leading to the successful encounters of our units. These two separate armed engagements today indicate the active participation of the civilian communities in our efforts to attain peace in Zamboanga Peninsula”.

“Our soldiers stand ready to respond and address any attempt by the armed threat groups threatening the safety and well-being of the people”, said Maj Gen Roseller G Murillo AFP, 1st ID Commader as he lauded the operating troops for the successful encounters.

“We will continue engaging with our civilian stakeholders and put our acts together paving the way for a resilient and sustainably developed communities in our area of responsibility”, he added.

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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur  – A total of eighty five (85) assorted loose firearms and six (6) explosives were turned-over to Joint Task Force “ZamPeLan” by the different barangays of Siay, Zamboanga Sibugay Province in a simple ceremony held at the Sangguniang Bayan Session Hall, Brgy Poblacion, Siay yesterday June 06, 2018.

The said ceremony was led by the Municipal Mayor of Siay, Mayor Jarvis Acosta. Also attending the activity were officers under JTF “ZamPeLan” led by Col Francisco Ariel Felicidario, 102 Brigade Commander who was represented by Ltc Jonathan P Obena, Commanding Officer of 44IB; Zamboanga Sibugay Provincial Police Office led by PSSUPT Nestor Y Tiempo; Municipal police; LGU, Brgy officials and some local folks of Siay.

After the inventory, turned-over firearms include one (1) M14, one (1) M16, and seven (7) Garand rifles; two (2) Carbine; fifty eight (58) improvised homemade shotguns; three (3) cal .45 pistol; five (5) cal .357 Revolver; eight (8) cal .38 Revolver; and six (6) rifle grenades.

The event was made possible through the joint efforts of the military, police, municipal and brgy officials of Siay.

“We fully support the national campaign of the military and the government against loose firearms. We want our town to be peaceful and progressive most especially that our constituents entrusted to us the mandate of public service in the recently successful conduct of the Brgy and SK election”, said Mayor Acosta.

Col Francisco Ariel Felicidario, Commanding Officer of 102nd Infantry Brigade, lauded the collaborative efforts of the troops, police, and the local officials for the successful and diplomatic approach leading to the voluntary turn-over of firearms by the local folks of Siay municipality.

“We expect a continuous turn-over of firearms in ZSP, the same with what is happening in other areas of Western Mindanao”, said Major General Roseller G Murillo, 1ID Commander and concurrent Commander of JTF “ZamPeLan”, as he commended the troops for the job well done.

“Terroristic atrocities and criminal activities in this area is likewise expected to lessen as the Province is known for having the presence of some criminal groups and other lawless elements”, he added.

Turned-over firearms and explosives are now in Municipal Police Station of Siay for safekeeping and proper disposition.

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Mass donning of ranks and awarding of Medals to Marawi Heroes by LTGEN ROLANDO JOSELITO D BAUTISTA AFP, Commanding General, Philippine Army as Guest of Honor and Speaker held at Tabak Parade Ground/Grandstand, 04 June 2018. Also attending the activity is MGEN ROSELLER G MURILLO AFP, 1ID Commander, and some other Officers and personnel of Headquarters, Philippine Army and 1ID.




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1 June 2018

The Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Camp Navarro General Hospital (CNGH) in Zamboanga City received last week medical supplies to treat people wounded in the recent clashes in Sulu.

Piotr Dregiel, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) office in Zamboanga, said that as part of the ICRC’s humanitarian mandate to help people affected by armed conflicts, it provided intravenous fluids and wound-care materials to the military hospital, which serves as the main operating base for southwest Philippines. The medical supplies can cover the needs of 20-30 wounded people.

Lt. Col. Maria Victoria Mandin, commanding officer of the CNGH, expressed appreciation for the donation and the continuing support of the ICRC. “Their medical donations since 2016 have supplemented the supplies and medicines of the hospital which at times can become low due to increased patient needs especially during the height of military operations.”

The ICRC regularly supports five hospitals in conflict-affected areas of Mindanao through quarterly donations of medicines, vaccines and medical supplies. It also provides ad hoc assistance to hospitals during crises situations. In April, the ICRC donated medical items and jerrycans to the Integrated Provincial Hospital Office (IPHO) – Sulu Provincial Hospital in response to the diarrhea outbreak in Pata Island.

The ICRC is a neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance, regardless of their political affiliation. It has an international mandate to promote knowledge for and respect of international humanitarian law.

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LTGEN RAFAEL C VALENCIA AFP, Inspector General, AFP, receives Arrival Honor during his visit at 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army, Brgy Upper Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur, 01 June 2018.

The said visit is in connection with the Validation Inspection of the Office of the Inspector General, AFP at H1ID. This activity aims to conduct research, surveys, and studies on relevant areas affecting the unit’s performance of mission, operational readiness, efficient utilization of resources, and morale of troops and state of discipline. 

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Tabak Division facilitates the educational tour of the twenty one (21) newly-commissioned Jugde Advocate General Service (JAGS) Officers of the AFP from May 28 to June 01, 2018.  The said activity aims to familiarize them on the real situation in the field and the peculiar characteristics of battlefield conditions. This is very timely as today’s engagement of the different enemies of the state is not only through the armed confrontation but also on legal battles/offensives especially in urban centers.  They will soon be deployed to the different units of the AFP.

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