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    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.


    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.

    Military planes/boats to transport relief goods for Marawi displaced persons

    Headquarters Western Mindanao Command, Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City - May 30, 2017 On the 7th day of crisis in Marawi City,

    local government units and other sectors of society also took heed to the growing number of displaced persons in the different evacuation centers and shelters by sending relief goods and other forms of aid. Zamboanga City Government was among the first of the Local Government Units to contact Western Mindanao Command for the possibility of transporting relief goods donated by Zamboanguenos to Marawi city displaced persons who are in about 24 evacuation centers. A Navy boat will ferry the 300 sacks of rice, 55 cartons of sardines and 50 cartons of noodles anytime today (May 30). The relief goods were turned-over by Mayor Beng Climaco of Zamboanga to WestMinCom through the Chief of the Unified Command Staff, Colonel Reyeg and the Unified Command Staff for Civil Military Operations, U7 Lieutenant Colonel Joel Mamon at Camp Navarro, 8pm last night. "In behalf of the People of Zamboanga, we are turning over these relief goods to WestMinCom to be transported for the people of Marawi," says Mayor Beng Climaco of Zamboanga City. "It was our decision to immediately send help on the first day the conflict broke out because we can feel and understand what the people of Marawi are going through." "We have also been in the same experience some years ago (referring to the Zamboanga siege in 2013), and we know it is never easy," she adds. The truckload of goods were brought at the Navy headquarters last night, to be loaded by soldiers on a navy vessel that is set to sail today for Iligan. "The travel would take about 22 hours from Zamboanga to Iligan," says Lieutenant General Carlito G Galvez, Jr, Commander of the Western Mindanao Command. "We expect these goods to arrive by Wednesday noon time." "CEOs of big companies from Manila have also contacted me expressing their intention of sending a C130 load of relief goods for Marawi IDPs." "We are more than willing to be of assistance as long as it is for the good of humanity," the WestMinCom chief adds. "We will also assess which evacuation centers have not received enough relief goods so that we can also balance the distribution, of course this will be done with the help of the government agencies concerned." 

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