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

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

DSWD provides cash assistance to survivors of the C-130 plane crash

The Department of Social Welfare and Development provided cash assistance to the 37 survivors of the C-130 plane disaster in Patikul, Sulu, on July 4. DSWD Region 9 Disaster Response Management Division communications officer Alvin Dacanay said Monday that the department’s Crisis Intervention Unit gave each of the 37 survivors P5,000 in cash, for a… Continue reading DSWD provides cash assistance to survivors of the C-130 plane crash

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

3 lawless elements killed in a crash in South Cotabato

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Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom) Commander bared that three lawless elements were killed in a clash with joint military and police forces in Polomolok, South Cotabato, on Sunday afternoon, December 20, 2020. “Based on the report from the ground, the joint elements of the 5th Special Forces Battalion and Polomolok Municipal Police Station were to serve… Continue reading 3 lawless elements killed in a crash in South Cotabato

Loose firearms, ammunition handed over to the marines in Tawi-Tawi

Several firearms and ammunition were handed over to the Marine Battalion Landing Team 12 at the 212th Marine Company headquarters in Barangay Bato-Bato, Panglima Sugala, Tawi-Tawi on Saturday, December 19, 2020, as units under the command and control of the Western Mindanao Command continue to support the government’s campaign against the proliferation of loose firearms.… Continue reading Loose firearms, ammunition handed over to the marines in Tawi-Tawi