President Duterte dons 2-star rank to battle-ridden JTF Marawi commander

Joint Task Force Marawi, Kampo Ranao, Marawi City, September 21, 2017 — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte flew to Marawi to preside the donning of 2-star general rank to Maj. Gen. Rolando Joselito Bautista, Commander of Joint Task Force Marawi and Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division in a ceremony held in Kampo Ranao, Marawi City on September 21, 2017.

(In photo: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte pins the 2-star major general rank to Maj. Gen. Rolado Joselito Bautista, Commander of Joint Task Force Marawi and Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry Tabak Division during the ceremony held in Kampo Ranao, Marawi City on September 21, 2017.)

MGen. Bautista has been the hands-on ground commander of focused military operations against the terrorists in Marawi City since day 1 of the crisis on May 23, 2017. He has been personally supervising the deployment of troops in the battle zone as well as non-battle military activities in the Marawi periphery.

“Together with the men and women of your Joint Task Force Marawi and the Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry Tabak Division, I am grateful and humbled for this privilege to serve and protect our fellow Filipinos on a higher rank. The presence of our Commander-in-Chief inspires us to provide no less than the highest level of efforts and achieve more in the pursuit of peace and prosperity,” MGen. Bautista said.

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