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CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur-At least two hundred young army recruits took their oath of allegiance during the opening ceremony of the Candidate Soldier Course (CSC) held at the Quense Martirez Grounds here in Camp Elias Angeles, Monday, June 3.


The 219 new male candidate soldiers, who will compose the Candidate Soldier Course Class 578-19, marched into to the military ground that signals the start of their military training and bid goodbye to their civilian lives.


The new recruits were selected from more than 700 aspirants who applied for the military profession and passed a meticulous and careful selection process. The series of tests includes the Armed Forces of the Philippines Service Aptitude Test (AFPSAT), physical fitness test, neuro-psychiatric test, drug test, medical and dental examinations, trade/skills test and strings of inquisitive interviews.


MGEN FERNANDO T TRINIDAD AFP, Commander ,9iD quoted a famous passage during his message- “ The more we swear in training, the less we bleed in battle”, to remind and encourage the new recruits to be determined to endure the hardships of the four months rigorous military training which they will go through.


“Kaya naman upang maging isang mabuting sundalo ay nararapat lamang na maging handa kayong matuto sa mga panibagong kaalaman upang pagyamanin ang inyong mga kakayahn,” [To be a good soldier, it is important that you prepare yourselves in acquiring new knowledge which will enhance your capabilities.] MGEN TRINIDAD added.


After the ceremonial oath taking, the new recruits went through the traditional reception rites. This rite of passage is a series of military exercises; same exercises the new recruits will endure on a daily bases during their 4 - month rigid military training under the supervision of 9th Division Training School (9DTS) of 9th Infantry Division.


Bicolanos made up the 70% of new recruits, while the remaining 30% comes from the different provinces of the country. With this, the Command is eager to convert them into professional soldiers and incorporate the “young bloods” to “SPEAR” troopers serving Bicol region.



CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur – The 2019 Midterm Elections on May 13 was considered as the most peaceful elections the Area Joint Security Coordinating Center (AJSCC) declared during the after elections conference conducted in Legazpi City.


At the AJSCC Assessment Meeting last May 21, 2019 held in the Convention Center in Legazpi City, COMELEC lauded the security measures laid down by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) before, during and after the elections. 


According to COMELEC, due of the well-crafted security plan, good coordinations and cooperation between the tasked units to safeguard the political activities, the goal of an orderly and safe midterm polls was achieved.


The meeting was attended by top officials Philippine National Police (PNP) from Region IV-A (CALABARZON); Region IV-B (MIMARO), Region V (Bicol) and Joint Task Force Bicolandia.


Prior to this, Maj. Gen. Fernando Trinidad, Commander of Joint Task Force Bicolandia already thanked all its units for proving their readiness to always secure their respective area of responsibilities which was instrumental in preventing any attack from the lawless elements. 

The AJSCC firmly believed that with proper planning, excellent execution, intensified coordination and support from the public, the success of its future endeavors will always be possible.



CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur--- The Commission on Election (COMELEC) together with the Joint Task Force Bicolandia, Philippine National Police-PRO 5, and other members of Regional Joint Security Control Center (RJSCC) conducted its final meeting for the upcoming 2019 Midterms Election at Camp Simeon Ola, Legaspi City, Albay on Thursday afternoon, May 2.

The meeting was spearheaded by Atty. Noli R. Pipo, Regional Election Director, together with Dir. Anthony C. Nuyda, DILG-V, Maj. Gen. Fernando T. Trinidad, Commander JTF Bicolandia, Police Brig Gen. Arnel B. Escobal- PRO5 Regional Director, Brig. Gen. Peale Jon L. Bondoc, Commander JTG Halalan, Provincial Election Supervisors, Brigade Commanders, PNP Provincial Directors, and Battalion Commanders.

Among the highlights of the meeting were the Election Security Plan for the six provinces of Bicol Region wherein details for the security deployment, contingencies and other necessary preparations where thoroughly discussed. The JTF Bicolandia and PRO5 also gave assurance that there will be enough forces for the municipalities included in the “watchlist areas”.

Based on the data, a total of 59 municipalities were classified as areas of ‘immediate concern’ or under orange category while 21 municipalities were included in the areas of ‘grave concern’ or under red category.  

Towards the end of the meeting, the body unanimously agreed that continuously  coordinate and share information to achieve all the objectives set forth for the anticipated democratic exercise.  

In his message, Maj. Gen. Trinidad assured the members of the RJSCC that the JTF Bicolandia remains committed in the implementation of its delegated tasks. He further said that the activation of the Joint Task Group “HALALAN” will ensure that security preparations and necessary adjustments for the forthcoming election will be carried out. 

Amidst of election preparations, Maj. Gen. Trinidad once again reminded the troops to be non-partisan and continue the conduct of security operations against the peace spoilers who might take advantage of the election activities.


“We stand firm by our role in the election process that is why we are intensifying our efforts to prevent the lawless elements particularly the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) from conducting atrocities to make sure that our people   can freely exercise their ‘right to suffrage’ without worries”, he said.



CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur--- CAFGU Active Auxiliary (CAA) personnel of 22nd Infantry (Valor) Battalion and Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) encountered in Sitio Burong-Burong, Barangay Malinao, Libmanan, Camarines Sur, Saturday morning, May 4.

Prior to the incident, the elements of the Dinumpilan CAA Detachment conducted a combat patrol in response to the report about the presence of CTG members in the vicinity who intentionally destroyed the water system of the said barangay. The troop immediately conducted investigation and assisted the civilians in fixing the damaged water pipes.

Accordingly, the troops received information that the CTG intentionally destroyed the water system of the barangay. The troops immediately conducted investigation and assisted the civilians in fixing the damaged water pipes.

While in the area, of inspecting and repairing the barangay water lines, the troops engaged more or less 10 terrorists wherein the firefight lasted for about 15 minutes leaving one soldier, two CAA personnel and four civilians wounded. The terrorists fled in different directions dragging their wounded casualties.            

The injured troops and civilians were extricated from the encounter site and immediately brought to the hospital for medical attention. Meanwhile, additional troops were deployed to conduct pursuit operation and hunt down the fleeing terrorists.

In the statement of Joint Task Force Bicolandia under Maj. Gen. Fernando T Trinidad AFP, the command strongly condemns the indiscrimanate attack without regard to innocent civilians and cowardly tactics of destroying civilian properties to exploit government troops vulnerabilities during community service. But most especially, the command comdemns the CTG for endangering the lives of civilians and destroying their properties both considered as "non-military targets".

Furthermore, the JTFB Commander said that the treacherous action committed by the NPA manifested their terroristic inclinations that clearly violates the Rules of Engagement, Human Rights and the provisions of Comprehensive Agreement for the Respect of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHIHL).

"This kind of desperate move is a clear manifestation that they (CTG) are the perpetrators of human rights abuses. They do not consider the welfare of the civilians in all of their actions. We hope that we could be of help to the wounded civilian victims in bringing the terrorists to justice and pay for their crimes. We assure you that JTFB troopers will not rest in hunting down these terrorists" the Commander said.

It was also indicated in a separate report that the CTG burned the pipes of water system in Barangay Cambalidio of the same municipality.



CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur--- The soldiers assigned in headquarters 9th Infantry (Spear) Division and nearby units casted their votes for 2019 Midterm Election through the local absentee voting here, Monday, May 1.

A total of 247 personnel of 9ID were approved by the Commission on Election (COMELEC) to take part in the electoral process by selecting the candidates for the senatorial posts and partylist representatives.

Pursuant to Republic Act No. 7166 and Executive Order No. 157, Local Absentee Voting (LAV) is available for the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, and other government personnel who will be on official duty comes election day.

It can be recalled that the three-day local absentee voting activity started on Monday (April 29) and will end on Wednesday (May 1) to accommodate the applicants who are qualified to vote. The COMELEC-Pili headed by Mr. Arnel Anonuevo facilitated the activity for the Spear Troopers.

According to the statement of Maj. Gen. Fernando T. Trinidad, Commander 9ID, "the soldiers were encouraged to avail the Local Absentee Voting (LAV) since they will be deployed for election duty. However, those personnel who are available on May 13 are also encourage to cast their votes in the place where they are registered voters".

He further emphasized the importance of the activity as an exercise of democratic right to ‘suffrage’ of every Filipino citizen including soldiers. Along this line, Maj. Gen. Trinidad reminded every Spear Troopers to be apolitical and exercise neutrality during the election period.

“We will see to it that soldiers will not violate the rules and regulations set forth for the election specifically for being non-partisan” he added.