Month: September 2019

CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The Deputy Brigade Commander assumed as the acting commander of the 103rd Infantry (HARIBON) Brigade in Marawi City on Friday, September 27, 2019.

Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo II, succeeded Brig. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr. who was appointed by the Armed forces of the Philippines as the Commandant of the Philippine Military Academy on Friday.

Cuerpo is a proud member of Philippine Military Academy Class of 1990. An Airborne, Special Forces and well-rounded military officer with expertise in operations, intelligence and managerial acumen.

He is a graduate of Master in Development Management in Asian Institute Management in Makati City, Command and General Staff Course in AFP Command and General Staff College.

Cuerpo served as the Commanding Officer of the 8th Infantry Battalion, Assistant Chief of Staff for Personnel, Logistics and Chief of the Governance Strategy Management Office in the 4th Infantry Division, based in Cagayan de Oro city.

During his assumption speech, Cuerpo vowed to uphold the priorities and directions of the previous commanders, as the unit’s guide to maintain the cohesiveness efforts in the pursuit of peace and development in the province of Lanao del Sur.

He also pledged to vigorously continue render assistance to the Task Force Bangon Marawi, who’s in charge of the recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation of the most affected area of the city.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, who presided the assumption ceremony, thanked and congratulated Cuerpo for his designation.

“I am confident that with your leadership experience and dedication to work, you will steer this unit to greater heights”, Ancan said.

“To the Haribon troopers, let us always act with outmost professionalism, respect to human rights, rule of law and international humanitarian law. Continue to progress as a professional, capable and responsive officers and leaders of our armed forces”, added Ancan.

Ancan also commended the unit for its aggressive performance in sustaining peace and order in the area of responsibility.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, ZDS – Third highest ranking member of the Abu Sayyaf Kidnapper Group was arrested by the joint Army’s 44th Infantry Battalion and PNP operation in Brgy Canacan, Kabasalan, Zamboanga Sibugay province 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

“Nasirin Balajadji, was apprehended by the virtue of warrant of arrest for the crime of kidnapping for ransom with no bail recommended”, said Lt. Col. Don Templonuevo, 44th Battalion commander.

“Balajadji was involved in the kidnapping of Baker Atyani, a Jordanian Journalist, in the year 2012”, added Templonuevo.

According to Police Col. Jerry Protacio, PNP Provincial Director, “He was also involved in the abduction of Roland Del Torchio, an Italian retired Catholic priest and the kidnapping of Rexon Romoc, an eight-year old boy who was held captive by the group for seven months in the year 2016”.

The arrested kidnapper is in the custody of PNP for proper disposition and filling of case.

Meanwhile, Col. Leonel Nicolas., 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander, who has operational jurisdiction of Zamboanga Sibugay said that, “The arrest was attributed to the report of a peace-loving and concerned civilian in our area of responsibility”.

For his part, 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, the concerned civilian.

“The arrest of the top kidnapper is a significant accomplishment for the peace-loving constituents of our area of responsibility,” said Ancan.

“With our relentless collaboration with PNP, rest assured that we will continuously neutralize, defeat or destroy threat groups to sustain the gains of peace in Western Mindanao”, Ancan concluded.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Three young local terrorist group (LTG) members were arrested and yielded firearms to Army’s 49th and 82nd Infantry Battalion joint operation in Brgy Paridi, Piagapo, Lanao del Sur 5:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 18, 2019.

Apprehended were Janla Tangolo, male, 20 years old, Arapat Tangolo, male, 22 years old and Kamarudin Sultan, male, 20 years old.

Firearms recovered consists of two M14 and Bushmaster 5.56 assault rifles, one caliber 38 pistol, magazines, ammunitions and bandoliers.

According to Brig. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr., 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander, who has operational jurisdiction of Lanao del Sur, “The apprehension of the local terrorist groups were attributed to the report of a peace-loving and concerned civilian in our area of responsibility”.

“We are glad that after Marawi Siege and series of encounters with the local terrorist groups, we received more reports from the communities regarding enemies or armed group presence”, said 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 concerned civilian.

“The report from the civilians or constituents is an evidence for their desire for a peaceful and secured communities,” said Ancan.

“We encourage others to be courageous, continuously trust our troops and report any local terrorist presence in order to sustain the gains of peace and development in Western Mindanao,” Ancan concluded.

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CAMP SANG-ANG, Labangan, ZDS – Five members of Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) who surrendered to Army’s 97th Infantry Battalion this week received cash assistance in Punta Blanca Gym, Manukan Zamboanga del Norte 11:00 am. Saturday, September 14, 2019.

A total of 100 thousand pesos were given where each former rebels (FRs) received 20 thousand pesos cash.

The cash assistance is part of the local peace initiatives of the LGU of Zamboanga del Norte under the stewardship of Gov Roberto Y Uy.

According to Uy, “The assistance is a good start for them to fully reintegrate and live normally”.

Each FRs are also entitled to receive financial assistance from the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program fund.

“Aside from the 65 thousand pesos, they will also receive cash remunerations based on the firearms they’ve surrendered “, said Lt. Col. John Andrada, 97th Infantry Battalion commander.

For his part, Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao Provinces) commander, lauded Gov Uy and the local government unit (LGU) of Zamboanga del Norte for the FR’s cash assistance.

“The stern leadership of Gov Uy and the initiative of LGU of Zamboanga del Norte will entice more rebels in our area of responsibility to surrender,” Ancan added.

“We hoped that other provinces will replicate this kind of initiative to assist and encourage our FRs to return into the mainstream society”, Ancan added.

“We also lauded the Provincial Task Force ELCAC and the efforts of PILG and PSWD who continuously facilitate and assist our FRs to return to their normal lives and helped them become productive citizens,” Ancan concluded.

CHANGE OF COMMAND:

On the same day, Major Darel Dexter Uy (Res) PA, Mayor of Dipolog City, will now lead the 902nd Ready Reserve Battalion, 9RCDG after the change of command ceremony held also in the Gymnasium.

Major Uy succeeded Lt. Col. Reynaldo P Concha (Res) PA.

Their unit is capable of assisting the province in socio-economic development, environmental protection, disasters and rescue operations.

“We are glad that Major Uy will lead this unit. His experience as local chief executive will be able to accomplish the unit’s mission positively”, said Ancan, who presided the change of command ceremony.

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CAMP SANG-ANG, Labangan, ZDS – Five members of Communist NPA Terrorist (CNT) surrendered to Army’s 97th Infantry Battalion at their headquarters in Manukan, Zamboanga del Norte Tuesday, September 10, 2019.

“The five surrenderees also yielded one Browning automatic rifle, one M1 Garand rifle and eight anti-tank improvised explosives”, said Lt. Col. John Andrada, Battalion Commander of 97 IB.

“The surrender of the five CNTs is a product of the fruitful information dissemination that encouraged them to return to folds of the law and we will help them enroll and benifit with the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) of the government”, he added.

Col. Leonel Nicolas, Commander of 102nd Infantry (IGSOON) Brigade who operationally controlled the 97th IB said that, “We are gaining grounds and our relentless military operation in our area pressured them to surrender”.

“With their surrender, we hoped that they can encouraged some of their comrades to follow their path for them to benefit the programs of the government”, Nicolas added.

Custodial debriefing is still ongoing as of this posting.

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 surrender of the CNTs.

“The stern leadership of the RTF-ELCAC 9 and PTF-ELCAC of Zamboanga del Norte resulted into this successful surrender,” Ancan added.

“Your Army together with all the government instrumentalities and stakeholders will continue to work together in order to defeat the CNTs and to attain just and sustainable peace in Western Mindanao,” added Ancan.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – The Assistant Division Commander of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division bids farewell to troops during the testimonial review and retirement ceremony held here on Monday, September 9, 2019.

After thirty-eight years and five months of service, Brig. Gen. Jacinto Ramos Bareng, compulsory retired, two days earlier from his retirement date.

Brig. Gen. Bareng’s tour of duty in Tabak Division includes his junior officer years when he was first assigned as platoon leader, executive/staff officer and company commander of the 32nd Infantry (DAREDEVIL) Battalion, stationed in Busbus, Jolo, Sulu.

He was also assigned in different units of the AFP such as, Civil Relations Service Armed Forces of the Philippines; AFP General Headquarters; Presidential Security Group; 17th Infantry Battalion and 501st Infantry Brigade of the 5th Infantry Division and Central Command AFP.

He continued his service in Tabak Division in the year 2014 as the first Chief of the Governance and Strategy Management Office. He later became the Chief of Staff and was promoted as the Commander of the 102nd Infantry (IGSOON) Brigade, based in Sanito, Ipil Zamboanga Sibugay.

Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, 1st Infantry Division Commander and the presiding officer thanked Brig. Gen. Bareng for his loyalty and selfless service in the AFP including 1ID.

“Your wholehearted service to this country is an inspiration for all of us. We salute your dedication and honesty and it will be an honor working with you” said Maj. Gen. Ancan.

Brig. Gen. Bareng during his speech thanked the troops, officers and non-commissioned officers, for their trust and support during his service in Tabak Division.
“Stay on course and never fall out in line. You will face more challenges in the future but the best assurance that you can weather them all is the cohesiveness of our organization”, said Brig. Gen. Bareng’s.

“We are the soldier of the Filipino people and it is with great honor to have served with our country and fellowmen”, Brig. Bareng concluded.

Brig. Gen. Bareng is succeeded by Brig. Gen. Bagnus Gaerlan Jr., the former 102nd Infantry Brigade commander.

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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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