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HISTORY

The 902nd Infantry (Labuyo) Brigade, 9th Infantry (Orgullo) Brigade (Separate), Philippine Army was activated on 15 August 2002, pursuant to HPA General Orders Number 456 dated 02 September 2002. The personnel and equipment of 203rd Infantry Brigade was absorbed by 902nd Infantry Brigade and the 31IBn and 42IBn were placed under its operational control with the same AOR. COL JACINTO A CORDERO JR (GSC) PA, then the incumbent Brigade Commander of 203rd Bde was the First Commander of 902nd Infantry Bde with COL ANASTACIO L SALUD (JCSC) PA as the Deputy Commander.

            During the start of activation of the unit, the AOR of the 902nd Infantry Brigade covers the three (3) provinces namely: Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur and Catanduanes, comprising two (2) cities, 58 municipalities and 1,657 barangays with an aggregate land area of 8,890.8 sq kms, and a population of roughly 2.5 million.

           On 20 October 2002, the Brigade was directed by higher Headquarters to transfer its Headquarter from Brgy Tara to Brgy Bolo, Sipocot, Camarines Sur and the Bde occupied the said area until 15 June 2003.

            On 15 June 2003, again H902 Bde received order from higher Headquarters to vacate their temporary base at Brgy Bolo Sur, Sipocot, Camarines Sur and directed to proceed/return to former Headquarter of 203rd Bde at Brgy Tulay na Lupa, Labo, Cam Norte together with the attached units. From thereon, H902nd Infantry (Fight & Serve) Brigade which is organic now to the 9th Infantry (Spear) Division, PA transferred to the said place and the Bde had stayed already thereat for more than five (5) years. COLONEL CORDERO, after his stint as Brigade Commander for almost three (3) years was promoted to Brigadier General as the last Commander of 203rd Infantry Brigade and the first Commander of 902nd Infantry (Labuyo) Brigade. Then he relinquished his command to COL RUBEN O RAFAEL INF (GSC) PA on 12 August 2003. COL ARNULFO A YLANAN assumed the command of H902Bde on 16 Aug 2004 from its predecessor BGEN RAFAEL AFP.

            More so, with the guidance from higher Headquarters to implement the red lineation of operational boundary of AOR of the two ( 2) Brigades of 9ID, PA the ISO responsibility of the Bde was reduced to only two (2) provinces namely Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte and the province of Catanduanes was reverted back to the 901st Bde.

            In 2003 up to 2005, the Bde intensified its ISO in Camarines Sur Province thru TRIAD operation thus during this years the CMO activities dubbed as the “Paradise Born Movement” was initiated in Tinambac, Presentacion and Bato all Camarines Sur. This was aimed to dismantle the WACOMS and weaken their political and logistical supports from the urban areas.

        Additionally, one of the major accomplishments of the Bde was the dismantling of GFC 76 operating in Camarines Sur province in CY 2004. This was achieved due to intensified TRIAD operation thru CMO activities and SOT operation in the area. Moreover, intelligence aspect played a vital role and made a tremendous set backs against the CTs organization. Eventually, the CTs was forced to trade time for space because of the relentless ISO effort in the Bde AOR.

            From 26 March 2006 to 15 March 2007, BGEN NESTOR R SADIARIN FA (GSC) PA took over the command of the Brigade. During his stint as Bde Cmdr, a total of sixty six (66) major and one hundred four (104) minor operations were launched in the province of Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte by the elements of 42IBn, 31IBn and 3SRBn, which resulted to the recovery of forty (40) HPFA, thirteen (13) LPFA, and neutralized forty three (43) NPA/supporters.

            Significant among the accomplishment are the neutralization of the following CTs: Capture of @ Borres TN: Renante Lagata y Laguidao, Former Squad Leader RYG, BRPC and CO, RBKU Regional; apprehension of @ Boboy TN: Gregorio M Cartaña, BRPC Staff; capture of Nestor Bodeno @ Rey/Daniel/ Acis/Joshua, CO of KSPN “Ericson” FC 76; capture of Rolly Catangue y Barbonio @ Renan/Ruel, CO, SDG & CO, FOC of FC 75: surrender of Marlon Eglip y Odonio @ Rex/Baylon, 2nd VCO, KSPN “Warren” of FC 73. These great results were triggered due to the deliberate ISO in the Bde AOR, particularly the support of intelligence units and the continuous SOT in the Bde AOR contributed in reduction of the armed component. BGEN SADIARIN AFP relinquished the command of 902nd Infantry (Fight and Serve) Brigade to COL CARLOS E LUCES CAV (GSC) PA on 15 March 2007.

            Based on the implementation of the Bde Implan to 9ID’s Campaign Plan 01-07 (Hali-on Alpha) under the stewardship of the incumbent Bde Commander, COL LUCES, one positive aspect of the campaign was that the Brigade and its OPCON Battalions have gained a remarkable performance during CY 07 by conducting fifty one (51) major and one hundred forty nine (149) minor operations. These operations resulted to thirty two (32) encounters/raids resulting to fourteen (14) enemies killed; one (1) wounded; six (6) surrendered and seven (7) apprehended with sixty one (61) assorted FAs recovered from the enemy side.

            In addition, during the year end of 2007 the Bde recommended to higher Headquarters the dismantling of PGF 74 in Camarines Sur. The parameters set forth in the dismantling of priority guerilla front by higher Headquarters were accomplished by the Bde, with more than 70% of enemy strength neutralized and firearms recovered by 42IBn in the area of operation. The Bde and its OPCON units also initiated a total of forty two (42) SOT operations in the affected and threatened barangays that contributed to the immediate dismantling of FC 74.

For CY 2008, another milestone in the history of the Bde under the stewardship of COL LUCES will soon to be accomplished, that is, the Brigade believes that dismantling of FC 73 is doable within the time frame set forth by higher Headquarters. The most significant accomplishment for this year is the neutralization of aka Jara TN: Emmanuel Lola, CO of SDG of FC 73 and CO, POC of KOMPROB ACER. Likewise from 01 Jan 08 to 3rd Qtr of 08, the Bde has already recovered a total of 22 HPFAs;16 LPFAs; neutralized 49 personalities and also conducted SOT operation to 43 affected brgys in the priority guerilla front (FC 73) area and 17 affected barangays in non-priority guerilla front (FC 75). Another major development is the implementation of SOT in the white areas to complement the SOT in the red areas. This new approach was intended to hasten the dismantling of the remaining guerilla fronts in the Bde AOR.

From November 2008 to May 2009, COL SILVESTRE JR led the 902nd Infantry Bde personnel in accomplishing the unit’s mission on Internal Security Operations in the Provinces of Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte. For the period, the Brigade conducted a total of six thousand five hundred seventy three (6,573) tactical operations which include one(1) brigade-size operation, seven (7) battalion-size operations, thirty four (34) company-size operations, six thousand five hundred thirty one (6,531) pltn/section/squad size operations and four (4) operations in support to law enforcement agency. In these operations resulted to five (5) successful initiated encounters/raids which led to the neutralization of three (3) CTs (killed), two (2) were wounded/captured, seven (7) surrendered and three (3) were apprehended with eleven (11) FAs (HP – 7 & LP- 4) recovered. Significant personality neutralized during the period was Oscar Galicia/Junard Sureta La Madrid @ EUGENE, Head of RBKU, KOMPROB “XEROX” & Member of, KSPN “BRYAN” FC 72. This operational accomplishment was complimented with the efforts in support to law enforcement which resulted to one (1) encounter, three (3) were apprehended and recovered two (2) LPFAs, one (1) XRM Motorcycle, two (2) sacks of ammonium nitrate and two hundred (200) blasting caps. While in the clearing of priority areas, the Brigade conducted nineteen (19) SOT operations in the affected barangays of FC 75, twelve (12) threatened barangays in FC 73 and three (3) SOTWA operations (1 0ngoing – 2 Completed). These accomplishments considerably reduced the enemy capabilities in FC 73 and FC 75 which is on the verge of decimation for 1st QTR 2009.

On CY 2010 BGEN TORRALBA III, led the 902nd Infantry Brigade and its OPCON units in accomplishing the unit’s mission in the Camarines Provinces. For the period, the Brigade conducted a total of twelve thousand six hundred four (12,604) tactical operations which include one (6) brigade-size operation, thirty two (32) battalion-size operations, sixty (60) company-size operations and twelve thousand five hundred six one (12,506) small unit operations. In these operations resulted to twenty two (22) successful initiated encounters/raids which led to the neutralization of six (6) CTs (killed), four (4) captured, ten (10) surrendered and twelve (12) were apprehended with thirty seven (37) FAs (HP – 26 & LP - 11) recovered. Significant personality neutralized during the period was Sonny Custodio @Malik CO/Squad Leader/SYP Lupi, Cam Sur FC 73, Allan Llagas Añonuevo @Mark S4/SYP, Lupi, Cam Sur FC 73, Esmeraldo Liguete Bardon @Tay/Smith Logistics Officer, Urban Committee COMPROB “XEROX” and four other member namely: Denver Balmeo Bacolod, Elpidio Salamero De Luna and Merlo Acula Bermas and Elmar Ola Osila @Fredo Deputy Secretary KSPN 75. While in the clearing of priority areas, the Brigade conducted sixteen (16) SOT operations in the affected barangays within the brigade AOR and one (1) SOTRA operations. These accomplishments considerably reduced the enemy capabilities and the brigade was awarded as best brigade in the entire Philippine Army.

            On 18 February 2012 to date, COL RICHARD Q LAGRANA INF (GSC) PA took the command of 902nd Brigade. The Brigade and its OPCON units conducted a total of twelve thousand two hundred seventy (12,270) tactical operations which include one (8) brigade-size operation, forty two (42) battalion-size operations, sixty seven (67) company-size operations and twelve thousand one hundred fifty three (12,153) small unit operations. In these operations resulted to eleven (11) successful initiated encounters/raids which led to the neutralization of eleven (11) CTs (killed), fourteen (14) surrendered and seven (7) were apprehended with twenty two (22) FAs (HP – 13 & LP – 9) recovered. Significant personality neutralized for the period was Teodoro Legaspi Sr @ Gally/Raffy former District Commander of KOMPROB Camarines Norte 1990-93 under ‘ARMANDO CATAPEA COMMAND’, Bobby PERNIA @BOBOY (PSRL), FO, PYG, KOMPROB ALBAY. ARNOLD DELEÑA @ ROCKY/BUNSO (PSRL), member of Sandatahang Platun Propaganda (SPP) Codename: Suncellular, KLG 75/PGH, Joselito VICERA y CAPACIO @BERT, former VTL, INDEPENDENT KSPN/SPP CN: BISTRO, Diody Funtilar y Carabot @JELO and Joana May Funtilar y Acebes @RIZA both members of “EDILBERTO ESCUDERO COMMAND”, STRPC, Nancy Ortega @ Sads/Nads, Execom MBR BRPC and Sec KOMPROB Cam Norte, Ramon Argente (Arente) @SUSING/FAUSTO/BUTCH, Secretary of KLG 72, KOMPROB CAM NORTE, Geraldo Dela Peña @ Tay Vicente/Boy, Vice TeamLeader of KSPN 2, KLG 72, Komprob CN, Jacinto DE LA PEÑA @SINTO/NARDY (PSRL/M27), Member of KSSI III, KSPN II, KLG 72, While in the clearing of priority areas, the Brigade conducted one hundred twenty six (126) Bayanihan team operations in the affected barangays within the brigade AOR.

 

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