Author: DPAO 1st ID PA

As part of its 81st Founding Anniversary celebration, the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army in partnership with stakeholders conducted medical, dental civic action programs in Dau, Pagadian City on May 3, 2017.

The medical and dental mission, with 161 beneficiaries (Dental – 45; Operation Tuli – 44), was conducted with the consolidated efforts of various stakeholders including the Rotary Club of Pagadian City, Local Government of Pagadian City, Volunteer Doctors and Nurses of Pagadian City, 53rd IB, 1CMOBn, Tabak Division Press Corps (TPDC-ATR Champion) and Kuta Major Cesar L Sang-an Hospital.

“This activity is a result of strong partnership with community. The Philippine Army continues to provide humanitarian services in our area of responsibility. We are encouraging everyone to actively support all endeavors of the Philippine Army in our pursuit for peace and development in Zampelan area,” said BGEN ROLANDO JOSELITO D BAUTISTA AFP, Commander, 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army.

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Headquarters, 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army – A member of an Auxiliary Threat Group (ATG) was killed in a joint law enforcement operation conducted by the troops of 17SFC, 6SFBn 102ndBDE and RSOG9, PNP at So Ulingan, Barangay Salipyasin, Kabasalan, ZSP on April 6, 2017, at around 1:30 PM.

The operation resulted to the death of Samuhong Ahod and the capture of a certain Akhmad Dapat. Both Ahod and Dapat are members of the ATG.

After a report from a concerned citizen in the said barangay about the presence of the ATG, the Philippine Army and PNP immediately responded with a joint law enforcement operation.

An exchange of gunfire ensued in the area when the law enforcer troops were fired upon by the ATG. After about five minutes of fire fight, the overpowered ATG withdrew to an unknown direction. A hot pursuit operation is being conducted to apprehend the ATG.

“Our ground troops, while upholding the rules of engagement, continue to strengthen the conduct of joint law enforcement operations in Zampelan area to contain lawless groups and pre-empt the conduct of atrocities in the province,” said BRIGADIER GENERAL ROLANDO JOSELITO D BAUTISTA AFP, Commander, 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army.

According to BGEN BAUTISTA, the cooperation of concerned constituents to report the presence of lawless elements in their area shows their trust and confidence to the Philippine Army and PNP.

“As protector of the state, we support the PNP in its efforts against criminality and lawlessness,” BGEN BAUTISTA said.

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