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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Nineteen high-powered firearms, magazines and ammunitions were turned-over by the local government unit of Munai, Lanao del Norte to Army’s 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion in the municipal hall 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 6, 2019.

“The successful surrender was the result of concerted effort and intensified collaboration among local government units, stakeholders and our forces”, said Lt. Col. Bernardo Taqueban, 4th Mech Inf Battalion Commander.

The loose firearms consists of one caliber 50, one M14, eleven M16A1, two carbine, and four Garand rifles.

The ceremonial turned-over was also attended by Col. Facundo Palafox, the newly installed 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 Munai 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 – One local terrorist member voluntarily  surrendered to Army’s 82nd Infantry Battalion in Brgy Bubong Madanding, Marantao, Lanao del Sur 3:00 p.m. Thursday, September 5, 2019.

“Based on our initial custodial debriefing, the surrenderor revealed that he was recruited by a certain Alias ABU ANAS, a Dawlah Islamiyah/ Maute Group member”, said Lt. Col. Rafman Altre, 82nd Infantry Battalion commander.

The local terrorist member also yielded one caliber .45 and one shotgun.

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

Around 11:00 a.m. today, five drug dealers surrendered to 49th Infantry Battalion in Masiu, Lanao del Sur.

The surrendered personalities also yielded loose firearms such as three handguns, one improvised rifle grenade, magazines and ammunitions.

According to Brig. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr., 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander, who has operational jurisdiction of Lanao del Sur “We 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, 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 for the successful surrender of drug dealers and local terrorist 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 local terrorist groups, lawless armed groups and loose firearms,” said Ancan.

“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,” Ancan added.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Five drug dealers surrendered to Army’s 49th Infantry Battalion in Masiu, Lanao del Sur, 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 5,2019.

“The five personalities were involved in illegal drug trade in the municipality of Masiu and thru the effort of the Mayor Nasser Pangandaman and PNP, they’ve surrendered”, said Lt. Col. Edgar Allan Villanueva 49th Infantry Battalion commander.

The surrendered personalities also yielded loose firearms such as three handguns, one improvised rifle grenade, magazines and ammunitions.

Surrenderors were immediately brought to Municipal Police Station of Masiu for proper documentation and custodial debriefing.

According to Brig. Gen. Romeo Brawner, Jr., 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander, who has operational jurisdiction of Lanao del Sur, “This is the result of our continued partnership with the local government units and collaboration with the law enforcement agencies”.

“We will continuously support the PNP in its effort on law enforcement operation in order to sustain the peace and security in Lanao del Sur”, added Brawner.

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, PNP and the local government unit of Masiu for the surrender of the drug personalities.

“Let us continue to work together to end illegal activities and other criminalities in Lanao del Sur in order to push for the sustainable developmental efforts of the province,” Ancan concluded.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Pulacan, ZDS – Communist NPA Terrorist’s (CNTs) food supplies were seized by the operating troops of 82nd Infantry Battalion in the hinterlands Tagoloan II, Lanao del Sur, Wednesday, September 4, 2019.

“Reported by a concerned civilian, eight 24-Liter black containers buried and filled with one hundred sixty (160) kilograms of rice were discovered and sized by our troops”, said Ltc Rafman Altre, 82nd Infantry Battalion commander.

It was on April 2019 when the troops of 82IB also discovered twenty one (21) black containers also filled with rice in Brgy Sigayan of the same municipality.

According to Brig. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr., 103rd Infantry Brigade commander “Our focused military operation in Lanao del Sur is relentless, and we will not allow these CNTs to sow terror in the hinterland communities”.

“We urged them to surrender and return into the mainstream society. The discovery of the food reserves will made them hungry in the hinterlands”, added Brawner.

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 brave resident who reported the CNT’s food caches.

“We recognized the courageous action of the resident. We are just one text away, your Army is ready to respond and quell all threat groups in our area of responsibility”, Ancan said.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan Zamboanga del Sur – After the two separate encounters between the Joint Army/PNP and Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) in Ozamis city on Sunday, the Army’s 10th Infantry (STEADY…ON) Battalion, 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, discovered a CNT’s arms cache with four (4) high powered firearms in Brgy Pelukuban, Tambulig, Zamboanga del Sur 8:00 a.m. today, August 27, 2019.

“The valuable information from the residents in the area on the whereabouts of the CNT arms cache led to the successful discovery of these four high powered firearms,” said Lt. Col. Ray Tiongson, 10th Infantry Battalion commander.

The arms cache were consists of two (2) M16 and two (2) M14 assault rifles together with eight (8) empty magazines of M14.

On Sunday, a Guerilla Front Committee secretary of the Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) was killed and seven ranking members were apprehended during the joint law enforcement operation of the 10IB and the PNP of Misamis Occidental.

Recovered during the encounter were one M16 assault rifle, four caliber .45 pistols, seven hand grenades, three motorcycles improvised explosive components, extortion money worth 50 thousand pesos and foodstuffs.

“This is another big blow to the CNTs of the Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee. The residents of the communities, whom they’ve terrorized are now against them and now supportive to our troops”, said Col. Leonel Nicolas, commander of 102nd Infantry (IGSOON) Brigade which has operational jurisdiction over Zamboanga del Sur.

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 brave residents who reported the location of CNT’s arms cache.

“Peace and security is a shared responsibility. We recognized the bold move of the residents who choose to seek serenity in their community despite their dark experience with the CNTs”, Ancan said.

“We encourage our fellowmen, stakeholders, local government units and government agencies in our area of responsibility to report any threat groups who continue to intimidate or terrorize the communities. Rest assured that your Tabak troopers will be more motivated in fulfilling our mandate of ensuring the peace, security and development in Zamboanga Peninsula, Misamis Occidental and Lanao Provinces,” Ancan concluded.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – An Armor-trained officer will now lead the Task Force Zamboanga after a change of command ceremony held in Headquarters, TFZ, Upper Calarian, Zamboanga City Monday, August 26, 2019.

Col. Antonio John Divinagracia succeeded Col. Leonel Nicolas who took post as the commander of 102nd Infantry (IGSOON) Brigade based in Sanito, Ipil Zamboanga Sibugay last week.

Divinagracia is a proud member of Philippine Military Academy Class of 1991. An Airborne, Armor and well-rounded military officer with expertise in operations, intelligence and managerial acumen.

He is a graduate of Master in Public Administration in Western Mindanao State University and Masters in National Security Administration in Development Security in Development Academy of the Philippines.

He also served as the Executive Officer of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigadeand Deputy Brigade Commander of the 101st Infantry Brigade which makes him best-fitted to stir the helms of the Task Force for being accustomed to the peace and security situation of 1ID’s area of operation.

Divinagracia also commanded the 1st Armor Battalion, Mechanized Infantry Division during the height of Zamboanga Siege in the year 2013.

During his assumption speech, Divinagracia reminisced his early military career, tour of duty as a Tabak trooper and the Zamboanga Siege experience.

He also expressed his commitment in keeping the city secured physically and psychologically. He also vowed to help promote the city as one of the country’s tourist destination by partnering with and assisting the local government units, agencies and law enforcement of friendly forces.

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, congratulated Col. Nicolas for his accomplishments and relentless effort in sustaining peace and security in the Task Force area of responsibility.

“I am confident that the new Task Force commander is capable of handling the unit and can deal with the demanding challenges in the pursuit of just and lasting peace of Zamboanga City”, Ancan said.

“I urged every TFZ troopers to intensify their passion in serving the people of Zamboanga city and fight any threat groups who continue to pester communities”, added Ancan.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan Zamboanga del Sur – A Guerilla Front Committee secretary of the Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) was killed and seven ranking members were apprehended (one is wounded) during the two separate encounters with the joint law enforcement operation of Army’s 10th Infantry Battalion and 2nd PNP Mobile Force Company in Ozamiz City, 5:50 a.m. Sunday, August 25, 2019.

Former rebels in Misamis Occidental, who returned to the folds of the law, identified the killed CNT as Alias Nasi/Felix, Secretary of Guerilla front Sendong, Western Mindanao Party Committee.

Alias Nasi/Felix was killed during the second encounter in Brgy Cogon, by the pursuing troops.

The first firefight transpired in Brgy Bagacay that lasted for five minutes. The second firefight also lasted for ten minutes.

Other apprehended CNT members were deputy secretary, platoon leaders, and section leaders.

Recovered during the encounter were one M16 rifle, four caliber .45 pistol, seven hand grenades, three motorcycles improvised explosive components, extortion money worth 50 thousand pesos and foodstuffs.

In coordination with the local government unit, dead CNT Secretary was given decent funeral services.

“This is a big blow to the CNTs of Guerilla front Sendong as well as the Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee and we expect that they will be disorganized and disgruntled,” said Col. Leonel Nicolas, commander of 102nd Infantry (IGSOON) Brigade which has operational jurisdiction over Misamis Occidental.

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 that led to the successful neutralization of CNTs.

“The neutralization of the CNT secretary and seven others is a significant accomplishment for the constituents in Misamis Occidental. The CNT’s terroristic activities was preempted and will pave the way for more progress and development of the province”, Ancan said.

“Our condolences also go to the family of the dead CNT member. It is tragic that he took arms against the government which led to his senseless demise”, added Ancan.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan Zamboanga del Sur – One Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) was killed, seven were apprehended (one is wounded) after a two separate encounter with the joint law enforcement operation of Army’s 10th Infantry Battalion and 2nd PNP Mobile Force Company in Brgy Bagacay and Cogon, Ozamiz City, 5:50 a.m. Sunday, August 25, 2019.

The first firefight ensued when the troops responded to the report of the residents in Brgy Bagacay of the presence of CNTs in their community and the second firefight was during the pursuit operation in Brgy Cogon.

“The swift action of the government forces resulted into the recovery of one M16 rifle, four caliber .45 pistol, seven hand grenades, three motorcycles improvised explosive components and foodstuffs”, said Lt. Col. Ray Tiongson, 10th Infantry Battalion commander.

Two troops were also wounded after the clash and were immediately brought to the nearest hospital for proper medication.

CNT member wounded was also brought to the hospital for proper medical treatment and six others undergo medical check-up prior turn-over to the PNP for filling of appropriate charges and proper disposition.

“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 CNTs,” said Col. Leonel Nicolas, commander of 102nd Infantry (IGSOON) Brigade which has operational jurisdiction over Misamis Occidental.

“We also urge other CNTs especially those who were wounded to come out and be given proper medical treatment. We are assuring you of your safety and security. We will also assist you to avail the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) for you to live peacefully,” Nicolas 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 that led to the successful encounter against CNTs.

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

“Our condolences also go to the family of the dead CNT member. It is tragic that he took arms against the government which led to his senseless demise”, added Ancan.

Additional troops were sent to the area to pursue the fleeing CNTs, while the PNP Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) went to conduct investigation in the encounter area.

The troops of 10IB are also in close coordination with the barangay officials to ensure the safety and security of the residents in the area.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The former commander of the Joint Task Zamboanga will now lead the 102nd Infantry (IGSOON) Brigade, based in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay after the change of command ceremony held in the brigade headquarters, Monday, August 19, 2019.

Col. Leonel Nicolas succeeded Brig. Gen. Bagnus Gaerlan Jr., who is set to take post and promoted as the Assistant Division Commander of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division after a one year and two months stint as a brigade commander.

Nicolas is a proud member of Philippine Military Academy Class of 1991. An Airborne Ranger and well-rounded military officer with expertise in operations, intelligence and managerial acumen.

He is a graduate of Master of Management in Liceo de Cagayan University and Masters in Public Management Major in Development Security in Development Academy of the Philippines.

He also served as the Chief of Staff, Assistant chief of Staff for Operations and commanded two battalions of 1ID, the 10th and 5th Infantry Battalion, which makes him best-fitted to stir the helms of the Brigade 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, Nicolas expressed his commitment to perform and contribute to  the Task Force ELCAC.

He also expressed that convergence effort among government agencies, security forces, and stakeholders will truly address the problem of insurgency.

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, thanked and congratulated Brig. Gen. Gaerlan for his accomplishments in sustaining peace and security in the brigade’s area of responsibility.

“I am confident that the new brigade commander, with his expertise and capability, can sustain the gains of the brigade and can contribute in the attainment of a just and sustainable peace in Western Mindanao”, Ancan said.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Army’s 5th Mechanized Battalion, 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade clashed against 20 members of an armed group in Brgy Karkum, Sapad Lanao del Norte, 9:50 a.m. Saturday, August 17, 2019.

According to Lt. Col. Rolando Orengo, 5th Mechanized Battalion Commander, “Our troops were able to out-maneuver the armed group even if they were in a well-fortified position”.

The 35-minute firefight made the enemy scampered that led into the recovery one M14, one M16, two Garrand rifles; one rifle grenade; magazines and ammunitions.

No government forces were hurt while undetermined number of enemy casualties based on the traces of bloodstains in their withdrawal route.

Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Ezra James Enriquez, 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade Commander who has operational jurisdiction over Lanao del Norte urged the wounded armed elements to surrender for them to be given proper medical treatment and assured them of their safety and security.

Enriquez also urged 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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