Philippine Army’s 53IB, LGU step up Adopt-a-CAFGU Program in Midsalip

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On July 15, 2021, the Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB) and the Municipal Government of Midsalip, Zamboanga del Sur stepped up 53IB’s “Better Life: Adopt-a-CAFGU Program” by holding a medical mission and serbisyo caravan for CAFGU Active Auxiliaries (CAAs) and their dependents at Guitalos Barangay Hall of the aforementioned municipality. The CAAs, their… Continue reading Philippine Army’s 53IB, LGU step up Adopt-a-CAFGU Program in Midsalip

19 CIAC surrender in Masbate as influx of surrendering CTG members continues

A total of 19 “children involved in armed conflict” (CIAC) voluntarily surrendered to the authorities in Barangay Balete, Aroroy, Masbate on Saturday, July 17. Those who surrendered included a 12-year-old, two 13-year-olds, six 14-year-olds, four 15-year-olds, two 16-year-olds, three 17-year-olds and a 19-year-old. According to one of those who surrendered, it was March 2020 when… Continue reading 19 CIAC surrender in Masbate as influx of surrendering CTG members continues

Minor apprehended with high-powered firearms at a military checkpoint in Maguindanao

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On the early hours of July 19, 2021, a 13-year-old minor was intercepted at a military checkpoint in Barangay Nabundas, Shariff Saydona Mustapha, Maguindanao, and various high-powered guns and other war materiel were confiscated from him. During a checkpoint operation in the abovementioned barangay, troops of the 1st Mechanized Battalion, led by Lieutenant Colonel Cresencio… Continue reading Minor apprehended with high-powered firearms at a military checkpoint in Maguindanao

Civilians in Maguindanao condemns BIFF, violent extremism in the province

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Residents of a conflict-affected community in Maguindanao have repudiated the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and the path of violent extremism cultivated by the terror group, according to the military in Maguindanao. The people of Barangay Pagatin, Datu Salibo, have withdrawn any support for the violent extremists, according to Lt. Col. Charlie Banaag, commander of… Continue reading Civilians in Maguindanao condemns BIFF, violent extremism in the province

5 Abu Sayyaf Group members yield in Basilan

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On July 19, 2021, five members of the Abu Sayyaf Group led by the late Isnilon Hapilon surrendered to the military in Lamitan City, Basilan, according to Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom) Commander Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr. As per the WesMinCom commander, the militants turned themselves in at the 68th Infantry Battalion Headquarters in Campo… Continue reading 5 Abu Sayyaf Group members yield in Basilan

PH Army captures 18,433 rebels using a ‘whole-of-nation’ strategy

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Through the Duterte administration’s “whole of nation” integration effort, a total of 18,433 former rebels from Communist Terror Groups (CTG), including 92 “kid soldiers,” have returned to the fold of the law and are now living regular lives. At the weekly virtual press conference of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict… Continue reading PH Army captures 18,433 rebels using a ‘whole-of-nation’ strategy

Philippine Army, LGU turn over Masjid to Bangsamoro community

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In honor of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha, the Municipal Government of Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur, the Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB), and the 547th Engineer ‘Agila’ Battalion (547EBn) handed over a Masjid to the Bangsamoro Community of Barangay Mama of the same municipality in a simple but fitting Masjid Ribbon Cutting and… Continue reading Philippine Army, LGU turn over Masjid to Bangsamoro community

DND Secretary Lorenzana hails National Democratic Front’s designation as terror group

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Delfin Lorenzana, Secretary of the Department of National Defense (DND), praised the Anti-Terrorism Council’s (ATC) resolution branding the Philippines’ National Democratic Front (NDF) as a terrorist organization on Tuesday. The latest finding, according to Lorenzana, will “justify and enable the defense sector to move forward in its efforts to address internal security concerns.” Lorenzana claimed… Continue reading DND Secretary Lorenzana hails National Democratic Front’s designation as terror group

Over 200 loose firearms yielded to gov’t forces in Basilan

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The military acquired more than 200 loose firearms from Basilan’s local chief executives in support of the province’s Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Program implementation. “Through the combined efforts of the Joint Normalization Committee, Joint Task Force Basilan, and Provincial Government of Basilan, the SALW program was successfully implemented and subsequently earned overwhelming support… Continue reading Over 200 loose firearms yielded to gov’t forces in Basilan

Philippine Army’s 53IB, LGU perpetuate peace efforts in Dimataling

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At the recently convened Joint Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) held at Dimataling Gymnasium on July 16, 2021, the Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB) and the Municipal Government of Dimataling, Zamboanga del Sur continued to perpetuate peace efforts. 53IB Charlie Company Commander 1Lt. Alvin Ibarra the AFP Updates, techniques and tactics of… Continue reading Philippine Army’s 53IB, LGU perpetuate peace efforts in Dimataling