Month: October 2019

CAMP SANG-AN, Pulacan, Labangan, ZDS – Additional firearms were turned-over by the locals of Lanao del Sur to the 55th Infantry Battalion, 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 29, 2019.

According to Lt. Col. Ian Noel Ignes, Battalion Commander of 55IB, “The local chief executives of Tugaya, Bacolod-Kalawi and Madamba handed over four high-powered firearms”.

The firearms consists of one M14, one carbine with M203 attached, one Ingram and one M1 Garand rifle.

Last week, eight loose firearms were surrendered to the operating battalions of 103td Infantry Brigade.

Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo II, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander, who has operational command of the battalions in Lanao del Sur said that, “The surrender of loose firearms were attributes of our engagement with the constituents, local chief executives and stakeholders in the province”.

“We will continuously collaborate with them to make their communities more peaceful, progressive and free from violence brought by peace spoilers”, added Cuerpo.

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 chief executives for the successful hand over of loose firearms.

“Your 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, in collaboration with the LGUs and other stakeholders, remains steadfast in our campaign on loose firearms and peace spoilers in our area of operation,” said Ancan.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – Army’s 44th Infantry Battalion clashed against six members of a lawless armed group in Brgy Tampalan, Alicia, Zamboanga Sibugay, 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 29, 2019.

According to Lt. Col. Don Templonuevo, 44th Infantry Battalion commander, “There were reports from the communities of the presence of a armed group, so we immediately respond to that call and resulted into this encounter”.

“Our troops were also able to seized one M14 and one M16 rifles, two rifle grenade, two cellphones, one motorized single engine pump boat, magazines ammunitions and personal belongings”, Templonuevo added.

No reported casualties in the government forces side, while undetermined on the armed group due to bloodstains in their route of withdrawal after the 15-minute firefight.

Meanwhile, Col. Leonel Nicolas, 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander who has operational jurisdiction over Zamboanga Sibugay province urged the wounded armed elements to surrender for them to be given proper medical treatment and assured them of their safety and security.

Nicolas also encouraged 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, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – A total 30 assorted loose firearms were voluntarily turned-over by the locals of six towns in Lanao del Norte to the 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion, 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 25, 2019

The local government units of Matungao, Linamon, Munai, Pantar, Poona-Piagapo and Pantao Ragat yielded eleven Garand, four M16 and four Carbine rifles; five shotguns; and five handguns to the government forces.

“The successful endeavor were the results of our concerted effort and intensified collaboration among local government units, stakeholders and our troops”, said Lt. Col. Bernardo Taqueban, 4th Mech Inf Battalion Commander.

The ceremonial turned-over was also attended by Col. Facundo Palafox, 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 Lanao del Norte 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 – A Civil-Military Operations (CMO)-expert will now lead the 97th Infantry (KALASAG-LAHI) Battalion of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division after the change of command ceremony held at Punta Blanca, Manukan, Zamboanga del Norte, Saturday, October 26, 2019.

Lt. Col. Manaros Boransing II succeeded Lt. Col. John Andrada who’ve just posted as the new commander of 1st CMO Battalion, stationed here.

Boransing is a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1998. An Airborne and well-rounded military officer with expertise in CMO, Admin and managerial acumen.

He is a graduate of Masters in Sustainable Development Studies in Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology and Masters in Public Management in Development Academy of the Philippines.

He also finished Command and General Staff Course, a requirement for the Battalion commander position.

Prior to his designation, he was the Executive Officer of the 102nd Infantry Brigade.

He also served as the Assistant Chief of Staff, for Civil Military Operations, G7 of 1ID which makes him best-fitted to stir the helms of the Battalion 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, Boransing vowed to work with Zamboanga del Norte Provincial, Municipal and Barangay Task Forces to End Local Communist Armed Conflict in order to defeat Communist Terrorist Groups in the area of operation.

“These terrorist groups are slowing the progress and development of the province. Thru whole of nation, we will stop their self-styled revolutionaries in order to make the Zamboanga del Norte peaceful and progressive”, said Boransing.

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, commended Lt. Col. Andrada for his contributions to the 97th IB.

“I am confident that the new battalion commander, with his experience and duty in 1st ID and familiarity of the dynamics of conflict, will steer this unit to greater heights”, said Ancan.

“To the Kalasag-Lahi troopers, I urge everyone to give your earnest and untiring support to new commander and accomplish your missions and tasks as a team”, Ancan added.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Pulacan ZDS – Forty-two Former Rebels (FR) and their dependents are ready to work and be productive citizen after they’ve graduated two TESDA courses, Friday, October 25, 2019, held in Dao, Zamboanga del Sur,

Thru the efforts of different government agencies and units, the FRs and their dependents were able to benefit the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) and finished the Automotive Servicing NC II and Electrical and Installation Maintenance NC II courses.

One of the FR, during his impression speech was emotional and thanked Gov. Victor J Yu, province of Zamboanga del Sur, 53rd Infantry Battalion, government agencies and even the President for the invaluable support and empowerment of the surrendered rebels.

“We farmers want to cross the bridge of poverty. And for that to happen, we need to study and educate ourselves to cross that bridge and achieve success”, he said.

Yu during his speech emphasize the efforts of the government for the FRs and their dependents. He is also glad and congratulated them for their endeavour.

“Every success of our constituents is also an achievement of our government because they can contribute to the progress and development”, Yu said.

Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Bagnus P Gaerlan Jr., Assistant Division Commander of 1ID, challenged the graduate students to serve the country and become productive citizens.

“This course that you have taken will be your stepping stone to achieve your goals in life and to those who want to serve the country, you can join the Philippine Army”, he added.

Gaelan also urged the FRs to encourage other rebels to return to the folds of the law and follow their path.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, ZDS – The 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division assigned two office chiefs and a battalion commander after the joint change of office and change of command held here, Thursday, October 24, 2019.

Col. Nolie Anquillano relinquished his two posts, Division Inspector General to Col. Randolph Rojas and Governance and Strategy Management Office to Col. Gregorio Nieveras.

Anquillano will be assigned as deputy brigade commander of the 103rd Infantry (HARIBON) Brigade based in Marawi city.

Rojas is a member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) class of 1992. A graduate of Command and General Staff Course (CGSC) and Masters in Public Management Major in Development and Security, a prerequisite for the key position he now assumed.

During his assumption speech, he thanked the command for the trust and confidence in designating him as the Chief of Division Inspector General. He also encouraged the Tabak troopers to work together in order to achieve the goals.

While Nieveras is a member of PMA class of 1993. He is also a graduate of CGSC and Masters in Public Management Major in Development and Security.

Nieveras vowed to provide leadership and direction of the office in order to attain or reach the command to Institutionalized stage the way to Army’s Transformation Roadmap.

Col, Benjamin Batara, the presiding officer, commended Anquillano who efficiently accomplished the job despite a very demanding tasks.

Batara also urged the personnel to conquer the challenges ahead and step up the momentum in sustaining the gains for common aspirations.

CHANGE OF COMMAND

Later today, Lt. Col. Manuel Valdez IV, 1st Civil Military Operations (MAHIGALAON) battalion commander, was replaced by Lt. Col. John Andrada, the former 97th Infantry commanding officer.

Valdez will be assigned to General Headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

During his assumption speech, Andrada affirmed to be innovative and will continue the programs of his predecessor.

Maj. Gen Roberto Ancan, commander of 1ID and the presiding general, advised the incoming and outgoing battalion commanders to show the same passion and dedication in the performance of duty in implementing the government’s initiatives and advocacies.

“Let us look forward in achieving our mission and always bear in mind the duties and responsibilities we hold” Ancan concluded.

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CAMP SANG-ANG, Labangan, ZDS – Six hundred forty-nine newly ranked Privates of the 1st and 11th Infantry Divisions, and 54th Engineering Brigade are now ready to serve the country after the Closing and Entrustment of Firearms ceremony held here today, October 23, 2019.

Candidate Soldier Course classes 592, 593 and 594 belongs to the 1ID; classes 595 and 596 to the 11ID, based in province of Sulu; while twenty-five soldiers incorporated into the five classes, belongs to the 54th EBde, based in Zamboanga City.

Among the invited guests were Hon. Abdusakur M Tan, Governor of Sulu and Hon. Victor J Yu, Governor of Zamboanga del Sur who co-led the Ceremonial Entrustment of Firearms.

The ceremony which was steered by a civilian stakeholders symbolized that the people bestow their trust and confidence to the new soldiers to carry firearms as tool to perform their mandate in serving the people and securing the land.

According to Tan, the ceremony is an acknowledgement that peace cannot be achieve by a single organization or branch of the government, the Army also needs the civilians and government agencies/units to accomplish the endeavour.

During his speech, Yu emphasized the importance of the newly entrusted firearms to the soldiers and how great is their responsibility to protect the constituents and the country.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Roberto T Ancan, Commander of 1ID, thanked the Division Training School personnel who exerted efforts and took part in influencing and shaping the trainees into a competent, capable and equipped soldiers.

Ancan also recognized the parents for being the inspiration to the soldiers and for their continued trust and support of the Philippine Army.

He also remind them that the Privates are now transformed with an ideals of honor, commitment and service before self.

“To the Privates, do well in your job, be passionate and dedicated in performing your duties and responsibilities. Apply what you have learned during your training and uphold the virtues of a true soldier”, said Ancan.

The Privates will still undergo a mandatory Infantry Operations Course prior deployment to the field to further equip them with knowledge and skills of an Infantryman and train them to adapt with the challenging operational environment in Mindanao.

MARAWI HEROES WIVES

Included in the graduates of the classes were the three widows of Marawi heroes, who fought during the Siege in May 2017.

The three were Private Grace P. Allaga, wife of late Corporal Ardnie R. Allaga, assigned with 10IB; Private Merzie G. Rogador, wife of late Private First Class Eldon C. Rogador, assigned with 51IB; and Private Christine Mary E. Montero, wife of late Corporal Marjone G. Montero, assigned with 51IB.

Rogadors husband was cousin of Late Private First Class Bayot, the one who called for artillery fires in his location. Both of them were at the same team and died during that incident. While Montero’s husband died during Father’s day.

Allaga’s husband died on August 2017, when the troops in Marawi were gaining grounds, and captured the strategic locations of the Maute Terrorist group.

By the virtue of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the three voluntarily joined the ranks thru special enlistment.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Pulacan, Labangan, ZDS – A Local Terrorist member surrendered and several assorted firearms were yielded to the operating battalions of the 103rd Infantry Brigade in Lanao del Sur this week.

On October 20, 2019, 5:00 p.m., one caliber .30 Garand Rifle was surrendered by Satar Emmandatu, who indiscriminately fired last October 16 in Brgy Ngingir, Calanogas to the 55th Infantry Battalion.

Around 7:00 p.m. same day, one M653 and one M16A1 rifles, magazines and ammunitions were surrendered to the 82nd Infantry Battalion in their headquarters in Brgy Pawak, Saguiaran.

Around 2:00 p.m., today, October 21, 2019, Aminudin Datu or known as alias @Abu Jannah/Abu Nasraula, surrendered to the 82nd Infantry Battalion. Datu yielded one Browning automatic rifle, one caliber 45 handgun, magazines and ammunitions.

According to Lt. Col. Rafman Altre, 82nd Infantry Battalion commander, Datu was involved in the series of armed encounters in Gacap, Piagapo, Marawi city, Mantapoli and Marantao prior the Marawi Siege.

“He also served as the guide of the local terrorist group for their atrocities in Paridi Piagapo”, added Altre.

Meanwhile, Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo II, 103rd Infantry Brigade Acting Commander, who has operational command of the battalions in Lanao del Sur said that, “Todays accomplishments were attributed to the peace-loving local chief executives, constituents and stakeholders of Lanao del Sur”.

“We will continuously collaborate with them to encourage other local terrorist to surrender and yield their loose firearms to attain a just and lasting peace to their communities”, added Cuerpo.

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 chief executives for the successful surrender of local terrorist and yield of loose firearms.

“Your 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, in collaboration with the LGUs and other stakeholders, remains steadfast in our campaign against local terrorist and will continue to seize loose firearms in our area of operation,” said Ancan.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Pulacan, Labangan, ZDS – Locals of Poona Bayabao, Lanao del Sur surrendered three firearms to Army’s 49th Infantry Battalion 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

“The firearms consists of one M14 Winchester, one M16A1 rifles one caliber .38 revolver, magazines and ammunitions”, said Lt. Col. Edgar Allan Villanueva, 49th Infantry Battalion commander.

“The concerted effort and intensified collaboration among our troops, local communities, local chief executives and other stakeholders made the locals yield the firearms”, Villanueva added.

Meanwhile, Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo II, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander who has operational jurisdiction over Lanao del Sur said that “This is part of our campaign against proliferation of loose firearms so that the locals would feel more secured and safe in their daily activities.”

Cuerpo also urged the locals to continue to cooperate and report to proper authorities for the proliferation of firearms 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, the local government unit and stakeholders of Poona Bayabao.

“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 – Nineteen assorted loose firearms from warring clans in Tuburan, Lanao del Sur were  surrendered to the Army’s 55th Infantry Battalion last 10 a.m. Wednesday October 9, 2019.

“The local government unit of the municipality Tuburan, headed by Mayor Khaledyassin Papandayan, played a great role in the surrender of firearms”, said Lt. Col. Ian Noel Ignes who is the commander of the 55th Infantry Battalion which maintains operational responsibility in the said municipality.

“Mayor Papandayan painstakingly negotiated with the families with the assistance  of village elders, traditional leaders, imams, and ulamas to bring about a resolution to the conflict and to bring peace to their municipality”, added Ignes.

The assorted firearms surrndered consisted of one M14 and two M1 Garand rifles, one shotgun, eleven handguns, and five grenade launchers.

According to Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo II,  acting Commander of the 103rd Infantry Brigade, who has operational jurisdiction of Lanao del Sur, “Todays accomplishments were attributed to the peace-loving local chief executives, constituents and stakeholders of Lanao del Sur”.

“We will continuously collaborate with them to encourage other warring clans to settle their disputes and surrender their loose firearms to make their communities peaceful and secured”, added Cuerpo.

As of yesterday, four local terrorist group, including one minor, and five of their supporters surrendered and yielded firearms to two of the battalions of the 103rd 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 and the local chief executives for the successful surrender of 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,” said Ancan.

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