Press Releases

    JTF Central’s Statement on the Declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao

    It is repeatedly and overly emphasized by the government and the AFP leadership that the declaration of Martial Law in the whole Island Group of Mindanao will not, in anyway, threaten the rights of the people we have sworn to serve and protect. All law-abiding citizens have nothing to fear in the implementation of Martial Law as their rights shall be respected at all times.

    Martial Law was declared two days ago with the purpose of restoring peace and order and for the military operations to be able to focus on our efforts to suppress rebellion and violence perpetrated by terrorists and related armed groups, especially that of the Maute group, that seriously threaten and affect the safety and security of the people. The declaration does not have any effect on the functioning of the Local Government Units so long as they are performing their mandates. The suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall apply only to persons judicially charged for rebellion or offenses inherently in or directly connected with the said rebellion. The military can affect warrantless searches and arrests against those who have direct or indirect participation in the rebellion and terroristic actions having been given the lead role as the Philippine National Police now performs the support role. Curfew shall be imposed in selected areas, town, and cities where there is the need to regulate and restrict the movement of the public specially the minors. Checkpoint operations shall be conducted in all strategic locations to check on the movement of lawless and wanted personalities and the proliferation of loose Firearms at the very least. The Joint Task Force Central shall enforce Martial Law with the safety and protection of the people in their respective area of operations being given paramount consideration.

    Government troops seized drug personality with high powered firearms

    CAMP SIONGCO, Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao – suspected drug personality was arrested by the combined government troops of 19th Infantry Battalion, Philippoine Army, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and the Datu Odin Sinsuat Police Station during the conduct of law enforcement support operation around 2:30 o’clock early this mornig, 28 May 2017 at Barangay Marguez, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.

    The joint forces of the military and police served search warrant against Mike Diocolano @ Mike, known to be connected with illegal drug activities operating in Datu Odin Sinsuat and nearby municipalities.

    Along the apprehension was the recovery of one M16 bushmaster, one M16 rifle, one M14, one shotgun, one caliber 45, one caliber 22 rifle, four rife grenade, one handheld radio, assorted ammunitions and magazines.

    603rd Brigade Commander, Colonel Jesus B. Sarsagat, indicated that his brigade’s campaign efforts are embedded in 6ID’s campaign plan so as to deliver a deliberate and well-planned law enforcement support operation.

    On the other hand, 6ID Commander Major General Arnel V. Dela Vega, congratulated the troops of 19IB under Lieutenant Colonel Crizaldo A. Fernandez for the successful operation that resulted to the apprehension of drug personality.

    163 more Civilians rescued by troops as clearing operations continue in Marawi

    Headquarters Western Mindanao Command, Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City - May 29, 2017 As government forces continue to clear Marawi City of the terror brought by the Maute, 163 civilians were rescued in two barangays of the City yesterday (May 29).

    At 10:20 in the morning, a heavy armed engagement ensued as troops tried to get into the Lanao Del Sur Electric Company (LASURECO) Incorporated in Brgy Gadungan, Marawi City. According to a text message coming from one of the trapped civilians, they were in one of the buildings of LASURECO and were held hostage by about 30 terrorist for two days already. When the fighting subsided, 22 civilians were rescued and escorted by troops to safety. In another area of Brgy Gadungan, soldiers were able to rescue 20 more civilians hiding in one of the buildings. At 2:30 in the afternoon, troops engaged in a firefight with some terrorists at Brgy Marinaut, Marawi City, recovering four M4 carbine rifles and one M203 left by the fleeing terrorists. Meanwhile, troops reaching Brgy Saber, were able to rescue 121 civilians whose safe passage towards the Provincial Capitol was immediately facilitated. Clearing operations continue in some parts of the City. Soldiers are searching for terrorist inch by inch, making sure that they are not hiding in houses. After seven days of fighting, 65 Maute members were killed with 42 bodies recovered by troops and 23 others confirmed by eye witnesses. 55 firearms were recovered, 51 high powered and 4 low powered. 19 dead bodies of civilians mercilessly killed by the terrorist were recovered in the different areas of the City. "Our focus as of the moment is to clear Marawi of militants, to rescue trapped civilians and to recover civilian casualties and victims in the fastest means possible," says Brigadier General Rolando Bautista, Commander of the Joint Task Force Marawi. "Yesterday, we were able to safely extricate 163 civilians from the dangers of the terror," he added. As of this report, 560 civilians were rescued by soldiers and policemen. “Despite numerous attempts to reach out to the Maute, they refuse to have a stand down in order to evacuate trapped civilians thus, the need to be very careful and to make calculated actions is very important for your armed forces as of the moment in order to avoid collateral damage and loss of life from among the innocent civilians," says Lieutenant General Carlito G Galvez, Jr, Commander of the Western Mindanao Command. “In doing so, we are sad to report to the Filipino people that 20 of your soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice and more than 50 were wounded.” "We ask for support and understanding from the people affected. We are giving our best effort to get all terrorist the soonest," says Lieutenant General Galvez.

    "4ID Hits NPA Terrorists in Caraga, 2 Dead, scores wounded and 5 Firearms Recovered"

    CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City -- Troops under the 3rd Special Forces Battalion and 30th Infantry Battalion encountered the NPA terror groups in Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Norte today, May 29, 2017, resulting to the death of 2 NPAs and the wounding of several others while troops recovered 5 high-powered firearms.

    At around 3:30pm, a clash ensued between the troops of 3rd SF Battalion and the NPA extortionists in the outskirts of Brgy New Tubigon, Sibagat town of Agusan del Sur. The encounter lasted for about 20 minutes which resulted to the death of one NPA and wounding others. Troops recovered from the encounter site two (2) AK 47 and one (1) M16 rifles.

    In Sitio Brazil, Brgy Mat-i, an outskirt community of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte, troops under 30th Infantry Battalion encountered at around 7pm another NPA terror group who are conducting recruitment and extortion activities in the said area. The 10 minutes firefight resulted to the death of another NPA and wounding others while two (2) M16 rifles were recovered by the troops at the encounter site.

    MGen Benjamin R Madrigal Jr., 4ID Commander lauded the troops for their swift action in addressing the threat posed by the NPAs in the said communities.

    "I congratulate our soldiers who gallantly faced these bandits who are terrorizing our people. We will not stop on our quest to ensure the safety and peaceful life. I urge the members of this rebel group to lay down their arms and live a peaceful life or face the consequences of joining the armed bandits."

    Relentless pursuit operations are going on to hunt down the said bandits.

    1 NPA KILLED, 3 RIFLES RECOVERED IN ADS

    A dead NPA, two AK 47 and an M16 rifle were left by the NPAs Guerilla Front 21A after an hour of firefight with the 3rd Special Forces Battalion in Sitio Goshen, Bgy New Tubigon, Sibagat, Agusan del Sur at around 3:30 in the afternoon of Monday, May 29.

    The remnants of the 20-man platoon of the NPAs scampered to different directions with some bringing with them their 4 more wounded companions as reported by the locals. 5 backpacks with documents of high intelligence value were also left as stated in a report of LTC RUDY PARALLAG to COL CRISTOBAL ZARAGOZA of the 401st Brigade. The dead male NPA was brought by the troopers to the Charlotte Funeral Homes in San Vicente of Sibagat for documentation by the SOCO and identification by his relatives for his decent burial. MGEN BENJAMIN MADRIGAL of the 4th Infantry Division congratulated the Special Forces troopers for their relentless tracking of the armed group who were reported earlier by the residents of the barangay that are already fed up feeding the bandits out of fear every time the group is in their area.

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