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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – A supporter and a courier of the  Dawlah Islamiyah – Maute Terrorist remnants voluntarily  surrendered to Army’s 82nd Infantry Battalion in Brgy Gacap, Piagapo, Lanao del Sur 3:30 p.m. Sunday, January 26, 2020.

The surrender happened two days after the encounter that transpired in the boundaries of Piagapo and Balindong last Friday.

The two were identified as Farhan Salik, known as @Orak, 20 years old, and Alimoden Maunada, 38 years old.

“The negotiations was made possible by Salic Dimasangkay, an MILF Commander, and Usman Amboloto, the brgy Chairman of Dado, Balindong, Lanao del Sur”, said Lt. Col. Rafman Altre, 82nd Infantry Battalion Commander.

The duo also yielded one Caliber 30 M1 Springfield Garand Rifle.

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 DI- Maute remnants, other local terrorist groups and their supporters to surrender and submit themselves to the folds of the law”.

Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Generoso “Gene” Ponio, 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 DI-Maute 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 Ponio.

“Likewise, we thank the local government and MILF forces for their continued trust and support to our troops in contributing peace and development in the whole province of Lanao del Sur,” Ponio added.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – One Local Terrorist was killed in an encounter with Army’s 82nd Infantry Battalion in hinterland boundaries in municipalities of Balindong and Piagapo, Lanao del Sur, 4:30 p.m. Friday, January 24, 2020.

According to Lt. Col. Rafman Altre, 82nd Infantry Battalion commander, “the neutralized terrorist was identified as   certain Jarir S Usman, 28 years old and resident of Brgy Raya Saduc, Marawi City, Lanao del Sur”.

“He was recognized thru his Identification Card (ID) which was recovered after the fifteen-minute firefight”, Altre added.

Recovered also after the firefight were one M16 rifle, four improvised explosive devices (IEDs), two kilograms of explosive components, a magazine of M16, a cellphone, a container of rice, personal belongings and subversive documents with high intelligence value.

No government forces was hurt, and possible number of enemies were wounded based on the traces of bloodstains in their withdrawal route.

Pursuit operation is conducted to neutralize the remaining terrorist.

Meanwhile, Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo II, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander who has operational jurisdiction over Lanao del Sur urged the people to cooperate and report to proper authorities if there are presence of armed groups in their communities.

“We remain relentless in our military operations and we won’t allow another Siege that displaced thousands of constituents in our area of operations, to happen”, added Cuerpo.

For his part, Brig. Gen. Generoso “Gene” Ponio, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, lauded the troops for the neutralization of local terrorist and recovery of war materiel.

“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 Ponio.

The cadaver was immediately turned over by the troops to the local officials of Brgy Gacap, Piagapo, Lanao del Sur for proper disposition.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Wanted Army personnel who shot to death two and wounded five personnel of the 55th Infantry Battalion in Pagayawan, Lanao del Sur last December 24, 2019, surrendered to troops in Brgy Busaon, Tagum City, last January 12, 2020.

Corporal Nao Mohammad Lassam, the perpetrator and a Cadre of one of the detachment in Binidayan, Lanao del Sur, served as guide for the clearing operation of the ambush incident, while on patrol deliberately fired his issued R4 rifle to the troops.

Lassam was turned over to the PNP in Marantao Police Station Detention Facility 1:30 p.m. today, pending the trial of the case.

Appropriate criminal charges were filed at the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor, Hall of Justice, Marawi city for two counts of murder.

Serious physical injuries and multiple frustrated murder was also filed by the wounded personnel involved.

Brig. Gen. Generoso “Gene” Ponio, the newly installed Commander of the 1st Infantry Division, commended the troops who facilitated the surrender of Lassam.

“We see to it that erring personnel will be given due process and face the military’s and country’s justice system and we will not hesitate to put them behind bars if proven guilty”, added Ponio.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The former 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander and who took part in liberating Marawi city in year 2017 now leads the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, after the change of command ceremony held here, Friday, January 17, 2020.

Brig. Gen. Generoso “Gene” Ponio, succeeded Maj. Gen. Roberto T. Ancan, who now assumed as the commander of the Central Command, Armed Forces of the Philippines, based in Cebu City.

Lt. Gen. Gilbert I. Gapay, the Commanding General of the Philippine Army, who presided the ceremony thanked Maj. Gen. Ancan for the inspirational leadership and stalwart service which have made lasting impact on the Tabak Division and the people it serves.

Lt. Gen. Gapay also challenged the new commander to build on the gains of the 1ID for lasting peace and sustainable development.

“Let us be guided by our over-all direction, which is to sustain the momentum in capacitating the Army towards greater mission effectiveness”, said Gapay.

Maj. Gen. Roberto T. Ancan, during his speech, thanked the leaderships for the trust and confidence as well as the stakeholders of 1ID area of responsibility for the support during his stint.

While Brig. Gen. Ponio During his remarks, vowed to focus and gear towards the marching order for the AFP to be above all in efforts to end all the threats to national security by 2022.

“As the team captain of the Tabak Division, we must jell and develop a potent force capable of performing any kind of missions with varying degrees and capacities”, said Ponio.

“Whatever challenges lies ahead of us, be it in the communist insurgency, terrorism, climate change, nation building, territorial integrity preservation, let us rise on the occasion as best as we can”, Ponio added.

A Glimpse of the new Commander’s Profile:

Brig. Gen. Ponio is a proud member of Philippine Military Academy “Maringal” Class of 1988. An Airborne Ranger and well-rounded military officer with expertise in operations, intelligence, training and managerial acumen.

He is a graduate of Command and General Staff Course in AFP Command and General Staff College; Senior Executive Course on National Security in Department of National Defense, National Defense College of the Philippines; and US Army Ranger Course in Fort Benning, Georgia, USA.

Prior to his post, Ponio was the Deputy Commander for Operations of the Western, Mindanao Command, AFP.

He also served as the Deputy Brigade Commander of the 103rd Infantry Brigade and commander of the Joint Task Force Ranao, during and after the Marawi Siege which makes him best-fitted to stir the helms of the Division 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.

Ponio also served as the commander of the 45th Infantry Battalion of the 5th Infantry Division, based in Isabela province.

The battalion he commanded was then deployed to Maguindanao to help the Philippine Army restore normalcy in the troubled province which became popular because of the Nov. 23 massacre of 57 people, where 30 of whom were journalists.

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Marawi Liberator Now Leads Army’s 1ID

CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The former 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander and who took part in liberating Marawi city in year 2017 now leads the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, after the change of command ceremony held here, Friday, January 17, 2020.

Brig. Gen. Generoso “Gene” Ponio, succeeded Maj. Gen. Roberto T. Ancan, who now assumed as the commander of the Central Command, Armed Forces of the Philippines, based in Cebu City.

Brig. Gen. Gene Ponio is a proud member of Philippine Military Academy “Maringal” Class of 1988.

An Airborne Ranger and well-rounded military officer with expertise in operations, intelligence, training and managerial acumen.

He is a graduate of Command and General Staff Course in AFP Command and General Staff College; Senior Executive Course on National Security in Department of National Defense, National Defense College of the Philippines; and US Army Ranger Course in Fort Benning, Georgia, USA.

Prior to his post, Ponio was the Deputy Commander for Operations of the Western, Mindanao Command, AFP.

He also served as the Deputy Brigade Commander of the 103rd Infantry Brigade and commander of the Joint Task Force Ranao, during and after the Marawi Siege which makes him best-fitted to stir the helms of the Division 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.

Ponio also served as the commander of the 45th Infantry Battalion of the 5th Infantry Division, based in Isabela province.

The battalion he commanded was then deployed to Maguindanao to help the Philippine Army restore normalcy in the troubled province which became popular because of the Nov. 23 massacre of 57 people, where 30 of whom were journalists.

 

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army together with the City Government of Dipolog and other stakeholders joins in commemoration of the 123rd Rizal Day at Plaza Magsaysay, Dipolog City today December 30, 2019 with BGEN BAGNUS P GAERLAN AFP, Acting Commander, 1ID, Philippine Army as  guest speaker.

BGEN GAERLAN in his speech said, “Dr. Jose Rizal, Along with all our heroes, did not die in vain for this nation. They are the patriotic sons and daughters of the Filipino nation who had believed that their lives, hardships and sacrifices will be worth it for the future generations of our country – we should not fail them”.

This year’s commemoration is centered on the theme: “Jose Rizal: Huwarang Pilipino sa Ikadalawampu’t Isang Siglo”.

 

He added, “We must arouse our nationalistic fervor and join hand in hand in the continuation of Rizal’s aspiration for our country. Let us epitomize his noble work in our actions even in the simplest acts that we do.”

 

The occasion is an annual activity to commemorate the nationalism and martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal, highlighted with a wreath laying and flag raising ceremony.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army headed by COL BENJAMIN J BATARA JR together with the City Government of Pagadian and other stakeholders joins in commemoration of the 123rd Rizal Day at Rizal Park, City Hall Complex, Pagadian City today December 30, 2019.

 

The occasion is a yearly activity to commemorate the nationalism and martyrdom of Dr. Jose Rizal, highlighted with a wreath laying and flag raising ceremony.

 

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CAMP SANG-AN, Pulacan, ZDS – Fifty-nine Former Rebels and their supporters are now job-ready after they’ve graduated to Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Training Skills 9:00 a.m. Friday, December 27, 2019 held at Multipurpose Building, Brgy Guinoman, Diplahan, Zamboanga Sibugay Province.

The former rebels and their supporters successfully completed the Livelihood Training such as Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Food Processing and Cake Baking for one month.

TESDA Regional Director Noralaine R. Rasul, Ph. D. congratulated the graduates and hoped for more enrollees like FRs for them to gain skills and jobs which is beneficial for their families.

Lt. Col. Don Templonuevo, 44th Infantry Battalion Commander, who facilitated the surrender of FRs and their supporters and assisted them to enroll in TESDA, vowed to work and encourage more surrenderees to sustain the gains of peace and development in the province.

Meanwhile, Col. Leonel Nicolas, 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander who has operational jurisdiction of Zamboanga Sibugay said that, “This fruitful endeavor is the result of the whole-of-nation approach and the convergence of the National Government Units and Agencies in the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict”.

For his part, Brig. Gen. Bagnus Gaerlan Jr., Acting Commander of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division and Joint Task Force ZAMPELAN, was delighted by the successful activity and the choice of the FRs to become a productive individual.

“This is the best gift you (FRs) have received this yuletide season. Use and take advantage of the skills you’ve just acquired and be a productive citizen in your communities”, said Gaerlan.

“We also hoped that you will encourage some of your comrades to follow your path, stop the armed struggle and live a normal life”, Gaerlan concluded.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Pulacan, Labangan, ZDS – Three organic units of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division were awarded by the Commander-in-Chief, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, during the Armed Forces of the Philippines 84th Founding Anniversary held in General Headquarters, Tuesday, December 17, 2019.

The 102nd Infantry (IGSOON) Brigade, headed by Col. Leonel M. Nicolas; the 44th Infantry (AGILE and STABLE) Battalion, headed by Lt. Col. Don D. Templonuevo; and 53rd Infantry (MATAPAT) Battalion, headed by Lt. Col. Marlowe E. Patria, received the Kapayapaan Plaque for their successful clearing of the Communist Terrorist Group’s (CTG) Guerilla Fronts “KARA” and “FELICIANO B” in the Western Mindanao.

The CTG KARA and FELICIANO B have estimated 64 members since year 2015 and is operating in Zamboanga Peninsula before it was declared cleared.

The whole-of-nation approach, which entailed support and active participation of  local government units, agencies and other stakeholders, was the strategy used by the operating battalions.

Brig. Gen. Bagnus Gaerlan Jr, the 1st Infantry Division acting commander, who also attended the event, commended the commanders and personnel of the three units for the well-deserved award.

 “As your acting commander and the former commander of 102nd Infantry (IGSOON) Brigade, I and the Tabak troopers were proud and congratulates you for your accomplishments”, Gaerlan added.

“Let’s maintain the competence and professionalism that we have displayed in fulfillment of our sworn duties in our areas of responsibility in Western Mindanao”, Gaerlan added.

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In accordance with the AFP’s 84th Founding Anniversary, the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division here today conducted a simultaneous flag raising ceremony.

Col. Jose Randolf M. Sino Cruz, Assistant Division Commander for Retirees and Reservist Affairs, read the message of Gen. Noel Clement, Chief of Staff AFP.

“The Armed Forces of the Philippines have always been dedicated to fulfill its mandate of protecting the people, maintaining the integrity of our national territory, and upholding the sovereignty of our state”.

“As we celebrate the 84th Anniversary of the AFP, let us recognize our accomplishments and aspire for higher goals to serve our country better. Let us maintain the competence and professionalism that we have displayed in fulfillment of our duties”, Gen. Noel Clement.

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