Friday, January 26, 2018

CRSAFP | CRGs Joint Change of Command Ceremonies

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Jan 26): CRSAFP  |  CRGs Joint Change of Command Ceremonies

CAMP GEN EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City (DWDD) –The Civil Relations Service, Armed Forces of the Philippines (CRSAFP) held a Joint Change of Command Ceremony for the 1st Civil Relations Group, 4th Civil Relations Group and 7th Civil Relations Group at the CRSAFP Multi-Purpose Hall, Camp Gen Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

BGen Bienvenido R Datuin, Commander CRSAFP led the activity and he was assisted by Col Antonio Z Francisco, Deputy Commander, CRSAFP. Awards were also presented to the Outgoing Group Commanders.


The outgoing Group Commander of the 1st CRG, LTC Leopoldo Acerden will now head the 7th CRG, he was replaced by Maj Ericson Bulosan, the current CRSAFP Inspector General. LTC Emmanuel Garcia, outgoing Group Commander of the 4th CRG is now the Public Affairs Officer, AFP, he was replaced by Col Jose Victor Vargas, outgoing head of the 7CRG. AES

DWDD: EXPOSITORY TOUR | ASG Returnees Rehabilitation Program

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Jan 26): EXPOSITORY TOUR  |  ASG Returnees Rehabilitation Program


BASILAN (DWDD) – This January 2018, the Western Mindanao Command through its JTF Basilan, in collaboration with Balay Mindanaw, ARMM, Eisenhower Fellowship Association US Embassy and Nagdilaab Foundation Inc conducted an “Expository Tour” under the ASG Returnees Rehabilitation Program (ARRP) for 40 Basilan ASG returnees.

The activity intends to provide the returnees an avenue for personal, spiritual, values formation and the opportunity to gain new experiences. The tour also seeks to provide exposure to the returnees progressive communities outside Basilan Province; create positive disposition among the returnees through leisure and other activities; foster cohesion and team spirit; and reinforce positive and moderate view of Islam.

“This program will set as a pioneering model similar to the NPA returnees Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP),” said LtGen Galvez.

“All returnees will also undergo the same program to ensure that they will be fully integrated and mainstreamed as productive members of their community.”

“With all our partners, we will transform our ASG affected areas from “terrorism to tourism haven,” WestMinCom chief concluded.

More than a hundred members of the Abu Sayyaf Group have laid down their arms since operations were sustained by the Western Mindanao Command last year. From January 1 to December 31, 2017, a hundred and forty-four Abu Sayyaf bandits capitulated as military troops employ more pressure and pound on the terrorist group in Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi.

“This massive surrender is ascribed to the relentless operations of our troops on the ground and the robust support of the people of Mindanao, especially our local chief executives that are now involved in our fight against decades-long internal aggression on the islands,” said Lieutenant General Carlito G. Galvez, Jr., commander of the Western Mindanao Command.

Last year, seventy Abu Sayyaf bandits yielded to the troops in Basilan, 53 in Sulu, and 21 in Tawi-Tawi. This month (January 2018), four Abu Sayyaf members (three in Sulu and one in Basilan) already surrendered to the Joint Task Forces under the WestMinCom. Three high-powered firearms of the Abu Sayyaf were also recovered from January 1-23, 2018. On January 21, 2018, Reymal Abe Majan, 23, Tarun Uhad Ismael , 63, and Makdar Jikiri, 25, yielded to Captain John Armand Guevarra of the 2nd Special Forces Battalion, Special Forces Regiment (Airborne) in Barangay Kanaway, Parang, Sulu.

Ismael and Jikiri are followers of Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Idang Susukan, while Majan is a follower of Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Maradjan Hadjiri. They also surrendered two M1 Garand rifles and an M16 rifle.

“We encourage other Abu Sayyaf members to return to the fold of the law and join the government troops in working for internal security through peaceful means,” added Lieutenant General Galvez, Jr.

“The government in coordination with the Ulama has prepared rehabilitation programs to those who have surrendered to ensure that they do not go back to their ill beliefs.”

DWDD: SUSTAINED OPERATIONS | WESCOM’s JTG South scores again Vs NPAs in Brooke’s Point

From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Jan 26): SUSTAINED OPERATIONS  |  WESCOM’s JTG South scores again Vs NPAs in Brooke’s Point

PUERTO PRINSESA, Palawan (DWDD) – As the Joint Task Group South (JTGS), composed of MBLT4 and 18SFC, clears remaining Communist Terrorists Mass Base areas in Southern Palawan, its operating elements recovered 1 Shotgun, 1 M16 magazine with live ammo, back packs and Bienvenido Vallever Command uniforms in Sitio Gara, Brgy Amas, Brooke’s Point last January 18, 2018.
The seizure of said items was based on information from concerned residents of said area. This was a result of an enhanced-information sharing protocol established by the Local Government Unit of Brooke’s Point as a result of series of MPOC meetings, security forums, and most importantly the commitment vowed by local leaders and constituents.

WESCOM shall continue with its focused military operations in Palawan in order to dismantle all NPA. Likewise WESCOM urges NPA members to surface, return to fold of the law and be reintegrated in the mainstream society. WESCOM / MCAG