TeamTabak, JTF Marawi commander is next Army chief

Major General Rolando Bautista, Commander of Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Marawi is set to take the highest position in the 90,000-strong Philippine Army as its 59th Commanding General.

Maj. Gen. Bautista, who has been the hands-on ground commander of focused military operations against terrorists in Marawi City, will replace Lt. Gen. Glorioso Miranda on October 5, 2017.

The new Army chief personally supervised the deployment of troops in the battle zone as well as non-battle military activities in the Marawi periphery since day 1 of the crisis on May 23, 2017.

He assumed office in March 2017 as the 46th Commander of the 1st Division, which includes Marawi City in its jurisdiction. 1st ID’s area of operation covers the Zamboanga peninsula, Lanao provinces, Misamis Oriental, Basilan and Sulu.

He was chosen as Commander of the Presidential Security Group upon the assumption to office of President Rodrigo Duterte in June 2016.

A member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Sandiwa” Class of 1985, his tours of duty around the country include various Commander positions of 73rd Infantry Battalion in Davao, 104th Infantry Brigade in Basilan and Sulu, 10th Infantry Division’s Joint Task Force General Santos, and Chief of Unified Command Staff in Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Northern Luzon Command.

“Together with the men and women of your Philippine Army, I am truly grateful for this privilege to serve our people and protect our land,” MGen. Bautista said.

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