President Awards Three units of 1ID

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CAMP SANG-AN, Pulacan, Labangan, ZDS – Three organic units of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division were awarded by the Commander-in-Chief, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, during the Armed Forces of the Philippines 84th Founding Anniversary held in General Headquarters, Tuesday, December 17, 2019.

The 102nd Infantry (IGSOON) Brigade, headed by Col. Leonel M. Nicolas; the 44th Infantry (AGILE and STABLE) Battalion, headed by Lt. Col. Don D. Templonuevo; and 53rd Infantry (MATAPAT) Battalion, headed by Lt. Col. Marlowe E. Patria, received the Kapayapaan Plaque for their successful clearing of the Communist Terrorist Group’s (CTG) Guerilla Fronts “KARA” and “FELICIANO B” in the Western Mindanao.

The CTG KARA and FELICIANO B have estimated 64 members since year 2015 and is operating in Zamboanga Peninsula before it was declared cleared.

The whole-of-nation approach, which entailed support and active participation of  local government units, agencies and other stakeholders, was the strategy used by the operating battalions.

Brig. Gen. Bagnus Gaerlan Jr, the 1st Infantry Division acting commander, who also attended the event, commended the commanders and personnel of the three units for the well-deserved award.

 “As your acting commander and the former commander of 102nd Infantry (IGSOON) Brigade, I and the Tabak troopers were proud and congratulates you for your accomplishments”, Gaerlan added.

“Let’s maintain the competence and professionalism that we have displayed in fulfillment of our sworn duties in our areas of responsibility in Western Mindanao”, Gaerlan added.

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