Month: August 2019

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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CAMP SANG-AN, Pulacan, ZDS – Army’s 53rd Infantry (MATAPAT) Battalion celebrated its 17th Reactivation Anniversary Friday, August 16,2019, at their headquarters in Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur.

The 53rd Infantry Battalion was originally activated on 01 January 1985 as an organic Battalion of the 4th Infantry (DIAMOND) Division.

However, with the force reduction scheme and the streamlining of the Philippine Army during the Ramos Presidency, the battalion was deactivated on February 14, 1992.

Due to the volatile security situation in the area of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division in Western Mindanao area, the unit was rectivated on May 1, 2002, after ten years of dormancy.

Lt. Col. Marlowe Patria, the current Battalion Commander, during his speech acknowledged the achievements of the previous commanders and the stakeholders who supported the unit.

The anniversary was also celebrated by  awarding of military and civilian stakeholders who greatly contributed  the unit in accomplishing its  mission.

Hon. Victor Yu, Governor of Zamboanga del Sur and one of the awardee, during his message thanked the unit for their efforts in protecting and serving the constituents of Zamboanga del Sur.

“Rest assured that the local government of Zamboanga del Sur will support 53IB in any endeavor in order to sustain peace and security of the province”, said Yu.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Roberto T Ancan, Commander of 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, congratulated 53IB for the reactivation anniversary and for rendering selfless service to the Filipino nation and the people.

“You have shown your innovativeness and distinction in all your efforts in making your area of operations peaceful”, said Ancan.

“Let us continue to support the objectives of our government and of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, work hand-in-hand with encompassing loyal service to the over-all achievement of peace and progress of our nation”, Ancan concluded.

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SANG-ANG, Labangan, ZDS – A 40-year clan war in Lanao del Sur was settled by Army’s 49th CAMP Infantry Battalion and Local Government of Poona Bayabao and Masiu in Headquarters, 103rd Infantry Brigade, Marawi City, Wednesday, August 14, 2019.

“Warring families of Baraontong, Macud, Rangeris and Magandia against Ditopor and Faisal Lumamba occurred due to political rivalry and land disputes”, said Lt. Col Edgar Allan Villanueva, 49th Infantry Battalion Commander.

Both parties yielded two M16 rifle, magazines and ammunitions, signed the agreement “Kapasadan” and pledge to the Qur’an to show their sincerity of ending the clan war.

Mayor Nasser Pangandaman of Masiu and Mayor Lampa Pandi of Poona Bayabao, who also facilitated the end of dispute, were thankful to the troops who stood as the mediator of the warring clans.

Brig. Gen. Romeo Brawner, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander and who has operational jurisdiction of Lanao del Sur, is grateful and honoured for the clans decision to end their war and unite at their headquarters.

“We are all Filipinos and brothers in blood. We must unite and we should not allow our younger generations to inherit the grudges and the rages we’ve had in our past”, added Brawner.

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 government for the successful Rido settlement.

“Our troops and your Army is sincere and ready to mediate, assist and facilitate settlement of clan wars in order to achieve a just and lasting peace in our communities”, added Ancan.

“We are also thankful to the stakeholders and the local government units for their unwavering efforts in addressing social and societal problems in our area of responsibility”, Ancan concluded.

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CAMP SANG-ANG, Labangan, ZDS –Four Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) surrendered and yielded arms cache to Army’s  44th Infantry Battalion in

Titay,  Zamboanga Sibugay Province, Thursday, August 8, 2019.

Two of the surrenderees were  amazons, one of which is a team leader, while the other one is a medic.

According to Lt. Col. Don Templonuevo the surrenderees immediately revealed the location of the arms cache that consists one M14, one AK-47, one Carbine rifle, one calibre 38 revolver.

Two land mines, ammunitions, three cellphones and subversive documents with high intelligence value were also surrendered by the CNTs to the troops.

“Based on our initial debriefing, they’ve heard that their surrendered comrades felt the sincerity of the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program  (E-CLIP) intended for the former rebels”, Templonuevo said.

“The four connived, find ways to escape from the group and surrendered to our troops”, Templonuevo added.

Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Bagnus Gaerlan Jr., 102nd Infantry Brigade commander, who has operational jurisdiction of Zamboanga Sibugay said that, “we expect a snowball of surrenderees in the coming days as we’ve already created the Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, part of the Executive Order 70 signed by our President”.

“We  also anticipate that the four surrendered CNTs will encourage some of their comrades to follow their path”, Gaerlan added.

As of this year, 31 CNTs already surrendered to 102nd Infantry Brigade.

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 surrender of the CNTs and the recovery of firearms in an arms cache.

“We also recognized the efforts of the government agencies who were part of the Regional Task Forces – ELCAC 9 and E-CLIP that sincerely welcomed our long lost brothers and sisters who have been victims of lies and deceit and wanted another chance to live peacefully”, added Ancan.

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CAMP SANG-ANG, Labangan, ZDS – Army’s 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division here hosted the Squad Snipers Training Class 3 facilitated by the Mobile Training Team, Marksmanship Training School, Training and Doctrine Command on August 6, 2019.

Two hundred seventy five participants from different Infantry Division of Philippine Army will endure the six-weeks course designed to develop the fighting capability particularly in shooting  ability.

The training also aims to enhance the participant’s knowledge, skills, attitude and confidence in delivering shots using the standard issued assault rifle R4A3.

Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, commander of the 1st Infantry Division, encouraged the participants to take advantage of the training, learn and develop their skills in shooting and remember the core competency, war fighting.

“We aimed in making our Army equipped, modernized, highly disciplined and motivated that has established a respectable image and capable of addressing all internal and external security threats”, said Ancan.

“Bear in mind that many people sleep peacefully at night because there are men stand ready to protect them and that is our sworn oath”, Ancan added.

“Be technically and tactically proficient. Apply what you have learned in the training. Hit the armed enemy who continue to sow terror to our communities ”, Ancan concluded.

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