JTF Mindanao Chief assesses security situation in Western Mindanao

Lt. Gen. Faustino introduces Davao del Norte Governor Jubahib to JTF Sulu Commander Maj. Gen. Gonzales. (Photo courtesy of WesMinCom, AFP)

Since his appointment as the first commander of the Joint Task Force Mindanao, Lt. Gen. Jose Faustino has continued to visit military units and villages in his area of operation to assess the situation. Lt. Gen. Faustino underlined the importance of the multi-stakeholder alliance during his visit to the island provinces of Basilan and Sulu… Continue reading JTF Mindanao Chief assesses security situation in Western Mindanao

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

Intensified operations compel 6 more NPA members to yield in South Cotabato

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On the evening of January 13, 2021, six additional members of the Communist Terrorist Group surrendered to military forces in Lebak, Sultan Kudarat. According to Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., Commander of the Western Mindanao Command, the six NPA members, who are all residents of Barangay Ned, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, and members of the… Continue reading Intensified operations compel 6 more NPA members to yield in South Cotabato

Civilian turns over loose firearm, ammo in Tawi-Tawi

A resident of Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi, surrendered his unlicensed pistol to marine soldiers. on Wednesday afternoon, January 13. According to Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., Commander of the Western Mindanao Command, Sariul Jul Anggay, 55, married, and a resident of Sitio Basa, Barangay Sipangkot of the said municipality, turned over one Springfield M1 Garand rifle with… Continue reading Civilian turns over loose firearm, ammo in Tawi-Tawi

3 soldiers, 1 civilian dead in Lanao shooting incident

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On the morning of January 14, 2021, three soldiers and one civilian were shot and killed by unknown perpetrators. The shooting occurred around 8:45 AM, according to Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., Commander of the Western Mindanao Command. “Based on the report, our troops from the 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion received an information from a… Continue reading 3 soldiers, 1 civilian dead in Lanao shooting incident

Indonesian Consul General visits WesMinCom

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Indonesian Consul General Dicky Fabrian purposefully paid a courtesy call on Western Mindanao Command Chief Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr. to cement collaboration. Lt. Gen. Vinluan, Jr. and the command staff greeted Consul General Fabrian in the Bautista Lounge of the command in Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City, around 10 AM on January 12. During… Continue reading Indonesian Consul General visits WesMinCom

Loose firearms in Maguindanao turned over to WesMinCom

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More civilians were persuaded to voluntarily hand over their loose firearms as a result of the ongoing campaign against the proliferation of loose firearms by troops under the command and authority of the Western Mindanao Command. Local government authorities led by Mayor Montasir Sabal handed over one crew-served weapon and eight firearms to the 2nd… Continue reading Loose firearms in Maguindanao turned over to WesMinCom

Soldiers recover IED in Maguindanao

Government troops recovered an improvised explosive device (IED) in Ampatuan, Maguindanao on the morning of January 4, 2021, the WestMinCom Commander said. “Troops of the 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion were conducting clearing operations when they discovered an IED made of 105mm projectile in Barangay Salman of the municipality of Ampatuan,” said Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan,… Continue reading Soldiers recover IED in Maguindanao

2 communist terrorists surrender after successful military operations

Following successive military operations in Sultan Kudarat, two members of the communist terrorist group put down their arms and returned to the folds of the law, according to the WesMinCom Commander. The two were identified as Jonathan Saliling, a.k.a. Jonathan/Atan, and Michael Lugko, a.k.a. Umpak/Michael, both members of the East Daguma Front, Sub-regional Command Daguma,… Continue reading 2 communist terrorists surrender after successful military operations

Soldiers capture wounded NPA terrorist in Sultan Kudarat

Military troops from Joint Task Force Central apprehended a wounded NPA terrorist in Sultan Kudarat, according to Western Mindanao Command Chief Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr. “Based on the report, while our troops from the 38th Infantry Battalion were scouring the area in Sitio Upper Compac, Barangay Baglas of the municipality of Palimbang, they rescued… Continue reading Soldiers capture wounded NPA terrorist in Sultan Kudarat