5TH MILITARY INTELLIGENCE BATTALION
– The pentagon shape shows the number of the unit with balance undertakings that collectively signify the needed skills, abilities and attitude for mission accomplishment.
– The numerical number five (5) represents the 5th Infantry Division it was created for and currently supports. It shall neither act independently nor beyond the control of the 5th Division.
– The Sphinx symbolizes the guardian of mysteries, knowledge and of riddles. It shall accomplish its mission in accordance with its motto.
The 5th Military Intelligence Battalion, 5th Infantry Division, Philippine Army (5MIB, 5ID, PA) is an evolutionary offshoot of the former Military Security Unit, Philippine Army (MSU, PA). The MSU was first organized on 11 January 1971 as a Provisional Unit of the Philippine Army under the operational control and supervision of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, G2. Its primary purpose was to perform specialized intelligence and counterintelligence functions in support of the Philippine Army. Prior to reorganizations made including its upgrading and realignment/regionalization, Section II of General Orders Number 118, HPA dated 14 January 1971 stated that MSU Detachments shall be attached to tactical units. Hence, the numerical designation of MSU Detachments was in consonance with the tactical unit it was then attached (Example: 2nd Military Security Detachment was attached to 2nd Infantry Brigade (Separate) stationed in Camp Capinpin, Tanay, Rizal).
On 16 July 1975, the MSU was further reorganized into a Headquarters Company with eight (8) Regional Detachments (RDs). It was during this year when the MSU caters to the intelligence requirements of the Philippine Army by region. Thus, the 2nd Regional Detachment (2nd RD), MSU, PA with an area of jurisdiction covering Region 02 to include the provinces of Nueva Ecija and Aurora of Region 03 was stationed at Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City.
On 07 July 1980, pursuant to Paragraph 2, General Orders Number 295, HPA dated 13 August 1980, the MSU was elevated as Military Security Command (Provisional) while its Regional Detachments became MSUs. 2nd RD, MSU, PA then became the 2nd Military Security Unit, Military Security Command, Philippine Army (2nd MSU, MSC, PA).
On May 1984, the Headquarters of 2nd MSU was transferred from Fort Magsaysay, Palayan City to Camp Upi, Gamu, Isabela where it occupied the present site of 5MIB Headquarters.
On 12 April 1986, pursuant to General Orders Number 80, HPA dated 30 April 1986, the MSC was transformed into Ground Operations Tactical Intelligence Battalion (GOTIB), while MSUs were designated as Ground Operations Tactical Intelligence Companies (GOTICOs). MAJ LINO A GAMONNAC (INF) PA was the lone Commanding Officer of 2nd GOTICO, GOTIB, PA from 01 May 1986 until it underwent another transformation on 01 June 1987.
On 01 June 1987, GOTIB was transformed into Intelligence Security Group (ISG), while GOTICOs became Intelligence Security Unit (ISUs). CPT RIZAL M DAMAZO (FA) PA and CPT CAMERON B SANTOS (INF) PA served as Commanding Officers of the 2nd ISU, ISG, PA from 01 June 1987 – 15 January 1989 and 16 January 1989 – 31 December 1989, respectively following its dissolution.
On 01 January 1990, by virtue of General Orders Number 03, HPA dated 02 January 1990, 2nd ISU, ISG, PA was dissolved and followed by the creation of 19th Military Intelligence Company (19MICO) pursuant to Paragraph 10, Special Order Number 11, HPA dated 16 January 1990. The 19MICO was made organic to the 5th Infantry Division, Philippine Army under the operational control and supervision of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, G2. More than forty (40) personnel, all facilities and equipment of the dissolved 2nd ISU, ISG, PA were absorbed and transferred as assets to the newly created 19th MICO, 5ID, PA. On the other hand, Field Station 368, 3rd ISU, ISG, PA was organized and took over the whole area of the dissolved 2nd ISU, ISG, PA.
The 19th MICO was organized into a Headquarters Section, a HUMINT Platoon, SIGINT Platoon and a Ground Surveillance Radar (GSR). It provides communication intercept and direction finding, ground surveillance radar, counter intelligence, interrogation of Enemy Prisoner of War (EPW) and document exploitation support to the division. It also has minimum essential equipment and personnel to support the division combat operations.
The concept of employment of 19th MICO was in general support to the Division and reported directly to the Division G2. However, when required, the company or its sub-elements may be attached to the Brigades. Information gathered is then reported simultaneously to the Brigade S2 and Division G2.
On 01 January 2004, pursuant to General Orders Number 09, HPA dated 01 January 2004, the 19th MICO and the Division Analysis Center were deactivated following the activation of the 5th Division Intelligence Unit (5th DIU), 5ID, PA (Interim). Personnel (4 Officers and 125 EP), facilities and equipment of the deactivated 19th MICO and DAC became the assets of 5th DIU. MAJ SHALIMAR R IMPERIAL O-10599 (INF) PA was the Commanding Officer of 5th DIU from 01 January 2004 until its deactivation on 16 December 2004.
On 16 December 2004, pursuant to General Orders Number 05, HPA dated 06 January 2005, the 5th DIU, 5ID, PA was deactivated and subsequently upgraded and activated as the 5th Military Intelligence Battalion (5MIB), 5ID, PA. As a result of the unit’s elevation into a Battalion, Collection Platoons (COLPs) were also elevated into Military Intelligence Companies (MICOs). It started with a strength of four (4) Officers and ninety (92) Enlisted Personnel.
At present, 5MIB has strength of eight (8) Officers and one hundred fifty-seven (157) Enlisted Personnel. It is organized into Headquarters Company, three (3) Military Intelligence Companies (MICOs), one (1) Technical Intelligence Company (TICO), Counter Intelligence (CI) and Special Mission Platoon (SMP) covering the whole Area of Responsibility (AOR) of 5th Infantry Division.
5MIB- Best Military Intelligence Battalion for the Whole PA A new
The 5MIB was adjudged as the best Military Intelligence Battalion for 2013 anew. Besting the other nine MIBs of the whole Philippine Army, the battalion excelled not only in administrative parameters but operationally as well.
This is a result of a total of 26 COPLANs, target packets and target research that was conducted by MIB during the term of the incumbent commander. These efforts yielded the neutralization of 4 CTs, voluntary surrender of 5 CTs and retrieval of 4 High powered firearms from a buried arms cache. The MIB also became instrumental in the Disarmament, Demilitarization and Reintegration (DDR) of the former CPLA as a result of the GPH-CBA-CPLA Peace Accord which yielded ___ firearms. The backdoor negotiations done before a CPLA faction for which the commander also figured significantly, not only paved a way for the realization of the integration process but also yielded 251 more high-powered firearms which include an M60 General Purpose Machine Gun.
The success of MIB may be attributed to the dedication to duty and enthusiasm of the individual members of the unit in spite of the depleted strength. The battalion has the lowest percentage fill-up of Officers with only 8 out of 22 authorized fill-up. This however did not hinder the battalion to effectively and efficiently perform its tasks. This is because the key NCOs are very much dependable and competent to run the different sections of the unit. This only manifest that performance output can be best achieved with inspired and dedicated personnel, no matter what the odds are.