Month: January 2020

CAMP SANG-AN, Pulacan, ZDS – A platoon-size of Communist NPA rebels surrendered to Army’s 102nd Infantry “IGSOON” Brigade at their headquarters in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 30, 2020.

The 28 Former Rebels (FRs), who also yielded seven firearms and explosives, were members of the Western Mindanao Party Committee who operates in Zamboanga Peninsula provinces and Misamis Occidental.

The group were ceremonially presented to the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict 9 (RTF-ELCAC – 9), represented by Mario Baterna – Provincial Director of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) –  Sibugay together with Brig. Gen. Generoso “Gene” Ponio, Commander, 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army and others.

Alias Diane, one of the former rebels, during his message says that “Nailad ko sa nagrecruit nako na NPA. Gipasaligan ko na naay SUPAMIL (suporta sa pamilya) kada bulan nga madawat akong pamilya kung moapil mi sa armadong pakigbisog. Apan walay pinansyal na niabot sa among balay”.

(I was deceived by the NPA recruiter. They’ve assured that my family will receive monthly financial support if I am going to join the armed struggle. But the finances they’ve promised were not able to reach our home”.

Alias Diego (former rebel), during the press conference, expressed his displeasure of the NPA organization administration and their armed struggle.

Col. Leonel Nicolas, 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander, who has operational jurisdiction of the Zampen and Mis Occ provinces, vowed to enroll the 28 FRs to the Enhance Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP).

He also assured to collaborate with the Task Force ELCAC, local chief executives, PNP and other stakeholders to facilitate the documents needed during the process of integration.

Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Ponio during his speech said that “The government is serious in the implementation of the EO-70 by the president through its Task Force ELCAC, or the whole-of- nation approach”.

“Convergence among government agencies, local government units and other stakeholders is the key to end the decades-long communist armed conflict in Mindanao”, Ponio said.

“Encourage some of your comrades, our doors is always open for those who wish to return to the folds of the law but we remain stern in performing our mandate of protecting the people if any situation arises,” he added.

The said activity was also attended by Hon Senen Angeles, Vice Governor Zamboanga del Norte, Mr Dennis Baguio, Representing Governor of Zamboanga Sibugay, DOLE, TESDA, PNP, and Battalion Commanders of 102nd Infantry Brigade.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, ZDS –An estimated market value of 6.8 million pesos crystalline substance suspected “shabu” were seized and two drug personalities were arrested by the joint law enforcement operations of PDEA BARMM, PNP, 82nd Infantry Battalion and 103rd Infantry Brigade in MSU Commercial Center, Brgy. Dimalna, Marawi City, 11:30 am Wednesday, January 29, 2020.

The arrested personalities were identified as Jamal Manumbilao Tocalo also known as alias Jun and Muhajir Usman Samad through a buy bust/entrapment operation.

The government forces also recovered 1.6 million pesos buy-bust money, two pieces driver’s license, two leather wallets and Yamaha Aerox motorcycle.

According to the Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo II, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander, “The success of this operation is attributed to the close collaboration among different law enforcement agencies in the campaign against illegal drugs”.

“Proper coordination among law enforcement units and timely execution greatly helped our forces in the successful conduct of operation”, Cuerpo added.

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 involved for the successful arrest of drug personalities.

“Your Tabak trooper is always ready to assist and contribute in any joint law enforcement and support operations to ensure the security and protection of the constituents in our area of operation”, said Ponio.

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CAMP SANG-AN, Labangan, ZDS – The 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division appointed a female officer to lead a battalion and a new intelligence chief after the Joint Change of Command and Chief of Office ceremony held here Tuesday, January 28, 2020.

Lt. Col. Janet Laurena assumed command of the Headquarters and Headquarters

Service Battalion (HHSBn) and succeeded Lt. Col. Norberto Agbay who is now the acting chief of the Governance and Strategy Management Office of 1ID.

Laurena is a member of the Officer Candidate Course Class of 1997.

She is a graduate of Command and General Staff Course (CGSC) Class 63-2018 and Masters in Public Management Major in Development and Security, a prerequisite for the key position she now assumed.

During her assumption speech, she thanked the command for the trust and confidence in designating her as the Battalion Commander of the HHSBn 1ID, PA

“I am ready to face the challenges ahead. The lessons I have gained in the service on responsibility, duty, trust and loyalty, all these I will carry all throughout my military career”, said Laurena.

HHSBn, is in-charge of the camp administration, security and personnel support for 1ID.

Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Noel Abello assumed as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, G2 replacing Lt. Col. Joel Lobitaňa, who acted as chief upon the relief of the primary staff.

Abello is a proud member of Philippine Military Academy Class of 1997. He is also a graduate of Command and General Staff Course in AFP, Education, Training and Doctrine Command.

Abello vowed to provide leadership and direction of the office and accepted the challenge and will do his best in order to accomplish the mission of 1ID.

Brig. Gen. Generoso “Gene” Ponio, Commander of 1ID and the presiding officer, advised the newly appointed battalion commander and chief of office 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” Ponio said.

“Rest assured that the command will support you in your admin, logistics and financial endeavours”, Ponio concluded.

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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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