Saturday, July 21, 2012

Army Scout Rangers collar two Abu Sayyaf bandits

 ARMY SOLDIERS pose for a souvenir photo after a rigorous military training that honed their capabilities in conducting reconnaissance missions.

ISABELA CITY, Basilan--Army Scout Rangers captured two suspected Abu Sayyaf bandits following a clash with the Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group in Sumisip town late afternoon yesterday, July 20.

The crack team of soldiers belonging to the 13th Scout Ranger Company led by Cpt Joey Magundayao was tracking the elusive rebels in Upper Cabengbeng village when they spotted 2 heavily-armed men at around 5:45pm. 

The soldiers surprised the suspected bandits who promptly raised their hands to surrender, realizing that they were completely surrounded by the Scout Rangers. 

The  two suspects were immediately disarmed and brought to a military camp in Sumisip town for thorough questioning. 

The soldiers seized three high-powered firearms including a 7.62mm M14 Rifle, 5.56mm M16 Rifle and another Cal .30 M1 Garand Rifle was also found near the scene. 

The arrest of the suspects came after the firefight between a team of  Special Forces led by Cpt Estrada and at least 20 bandits led by a certain Kirun Tampuri, in the same village at around 1:55pm .

No one was harmed among the soldiers while there were undetermined number of casualties  among the bandits based on the bloodstains in the encounter site. More soldiers were sent to pursue the rebels who fled in disarray minutes after the clash.

The soldiers under the Army's 104th Brigade are in the hot trail for the perpetrators of the bloody ambush which claimed 6 lives  about 10 days ago.  

Most of the victims were rubber plantation workers in the said town.

Some soldiers are also deployed to continuously secure the heavy construction equipment used to complete the unfinished portion of the Basilan Circumferential Road.


  1. Good day sir, curious lang po ako, nabasa ko po kasi dati (matagal na po yun) sa na wala pong 13th company ang SR tapos ngayon chineck ko po ulit at meron na nga. Tama po ba yung nabasa ko dati? Salamat and God Bless

  2. Wikipedia is not updated on the new organizational changes in the FSRR.

    Disagreeing with superstitious beliefs about the bad luck associated with number 13, the FSRR organized the 13th Scout Ranger Company to help crush the terrorists in Basilan about two years ago.

    It is one of the top performing units of the Scout Ranger Regiment.

    Ika nga, there are no bad units (even the ones designated as the 13th); but, there are bad leaders.

    It so happened that the unit has good Leaders.

  3. Salamat po sa information sir. Astig po talaga yang SR at iba pang unit ng SOCOM, IDOL talaga! :) Sana po mas maging malawak pa ang mga range of topics na isinusulat nyo tungkol sa military (although Army Spokesperson po kayo) gustong gusto ko po kasi magbasa ng mga articles ninyo, saka sana po may mga bago pa kayong "Kwentong Mess Kit" nakakatuwa po basahin at maisip na ang military ay magaling sa jokes hehe. Maraming Salamat po, more power to Philippine Army.

  4. Good day sir, Curios follower here, does the SR work hand in hand with the Special Forces Airborne? or Scout Rangers po lahat ng nasa picture? 'Cause, correct me if I'm wrong, but the pin badge of the second soldier from the left is wearing a Special Forces Airborne pin badge.

  5. The Special Forces and Scout Rangers belong to the Special Operations Command.

    Samantala, sa infantry units ay merong mga sundalong nakapagtapos ng either SF or SR training.

    Complimentary ang capabilities ng SR at SF. Kung magtutulungan sila kagaya sa SOCOM, the better.

    Noong ako ay nagsagawa ng combat rescue missions sa Jolo noong 2000, SF units ang aking kaagapay.