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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur  – A full military honor was rendered to Lieutenant General Rolando Joselito Delizo Bautista AFP, Commanding General, Philippine Army,  as he visited his former unit today.

Maj Gen Roseller G Murillo AFP, Commander, 1ID, hosted the military honor with the presence of Tabak troopers and Civilian employees earlier at the Division Grandstand.

Immediately after the arrival honor, Lt Gen Bautista proceeded toTabak Fatima Shrine for the Command Conference which was followed by the inauguration and blessing of the G4 quarters.

The highlight of his activities for the day was his brief talk to men to all Tabak troopers where Lt Gen Bautista expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome extended to him.

Plaque of Recognition – Maj Gen Roseller G Murillo AFP, Commander, 1ID, presents the Urbem Liberata memento to LtGen Rolando Joselito Delizo Bautista AFP, Commanding General, Philippine Army, for his successful campaign during the Marawi rebellion.
(In photos from left to right: Maj Gen Gapay, Dr Isabel Cojuanco Suntay, Maj Gen Murillo, Lt Gen Bautista, Brig Gen Donato, Brig Gen Bareng and Brig Gen Fortes)

“It is my pride and privilege visiting the fightingest division of the Philippine Army and will always be grateful for the full support showered upon me which brought my career to where I am today”, said  Lt Gen Bautista.

He also shared his memories being the former Commander of the division and the reminiscences being the Commander of Joint Task Force Ranao who liberated Marawi City last October 2017.

Afterwards, Lt Gen Bautista presented the Plaque of Recognition to Dr Isabel Cojuanco Suntay, Co-founder, Tarlac Heritage Foundation Inc, for her invaluable contribution and unparalleled dedication uplifting the morale and welfare of the officers and men of the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army and to the victims of Marawi siege.

Dr Suntay initiated the housing projects for the internally displaced persons in Marawi City that generated overwhelming public support.

Before going back to Headquarters, Philippine Army in Metro Manila, Lt Gen Bautista and party also visited Marawi City to inspect the progress of the rehabilitation projects initiated by Dr Suntay.


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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur  – The 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army reaffirms its commitment for the nation’s pursuit for a secure, stable and peaceful country conducive to sustainable development for all Filipinos as it conducted the first Command Conference for the year 2018 at the Tabak Fatima Shrine on Monday, January 15, 2018.

The Command Conference, presided by Major General Roseller G Murillo AFP, Commander, 1ID, was attended by the Brigade Commanders, General/Personal/Special and Technical Staffs, other Commanding Officers of units under 1ID. In attendance also were the eight (8) newly assigned field grade Officers projected to command infantry battalions and oocupy General/Special Staff vacancies of this Command.

Prior the said conference, Tabak Division rendered arrival honor to Maj Gen Murillo, Brig Gen Juvymax R Uy AFP, Commander, 104th Infantry Brigade and Brig Gen Divino Rey C Pabayo Jr AFP, Commander, 101st Infantry Brigade, for their well-deserved promotions.

During the conference, Maj Gen Murillo gave his Commander’s Guidance for CY 2018. “As Commander, it is my utmost intent to empower leadership, initiative and improvisation to my men. Our goal is to totally destroy all threat groups within Joint Task Force “ZAMPELAN” the soonest possible time”, was the first guidance given.

Maj Gen Murillo encouraged the unit commanders to continue engaging the communities to develop a culture of peace and ensure that army units are part of the community.  Commanders were then reminded to seek the active intervention of all stakeholders in attaining peace in Western Mindanao and to facilitate community-initiated peace efforts in coordination with Local Government Units (LGUs) and Local Government Agencies (LGAs).

“To all Tabak Troopers, always remember  that you are not alone. I will be with you in every endeavour you shall take. Hence, I am seeking for the full support  of all the men and women of Tabak Division to be with me in this fight and together we will all succeed”, he added.          

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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – A Logistics Officer of the New People’s Army surrendered to the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Joint Task Force ZAMPELAN at Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur, January 9, 2018.

Lt. Col. Virgilio C. Hamos, Commanding Officer of the 53rd Infantry “MATAPAT” Battalion, stationed at Camp Sabido, Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur accepted the surrender of Ka JAYPEE, a Logistics Officer of Squad 3, Team Baking, SECOM-KARA of Western Mindanano Regional Party Committee.

The surrenderer, 33 years old, married and a resident of Pagadian City brought along his firearm, AK-47 rifle and several ammunitions to Hamos.

According to JAYPEE, the physical hardships and limited supply of food were the reasons for his surrender. Being a family man, the love and responsibility to his wife and their children are more important than risking his life in the mountains for a terroristic cause, he further said.

Major General Roseller G. Murillo, concurrent JTF ZAMPELAN and 1st Infantry Division Commander lauded the efforts of the 53rd Infantry Battalion for its successes against the terrorist NPA. He called on the NPA fighters “to come back to their normal lives and contribute to building a peaceful and sustainable nation.”XXX

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KUTA SANG-AN, Pulacan, Zambo del Sur – Troops of 44th Infantry (Agile and Stable) Battalion, 1st Infantry “TABAK” Division showed their resiliency during the onslaught of Typhoon Vinta on December 23, 2017.

Troops successfully rescued thousands of families affected by flashfloods in municipalities of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay provinces.

Lt. Col Jonathan P. Obena, Battalion Commander of 44th IB, utilized the unit’s resources to save 1500 affected families in partnership with Disaster Response Teams and the Bureau of Fire of the concerned provinces.

The Battalion deployed their rescue teams and facilitated the transportation of affected civilians to evacuation centers utilizing the military trucks. As a form of preventive evacuation, the said civilians were also warned thru Loudspeakers, the same equipment that was notably used during Marawi Seige that likewise saved some of the captured hostages.

“The 1st Infantry “TABAK” Division in collaboration with the Local Government Units in our area of operation will continue to serve the local populace not only in peace and security matters but also in humanitarian assistance and disaster response actions”, said Brig. General Roseller Murillo, the 1st Infantry Division Commander.

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A Christmas picture of a Santa Claus is an obese man with an over-sized red robe, overgrown beard, and a heavy knapsack on his back, but what if the real Santa Claus wears green with heavy boots instead?

These Santa Claus did more than just give gifts but hope. They are soldiers-the valiant 42nd Infantry- Tagapagtanggol Battalion who carried food and water for the typhoon victims on foot in Brgy. Canupong, Gutalac,Zamboanga del Norte. They braved through the treacherous roads of mud and dirt just to get to the victims last December 23.

According to the weather news by Rappler, Vinta (international name Tembin) made its landfall in Davao Oriental last Friday, December 22 by 1:45am. The tropical depression was reported to have maximum winds of 60 km/h and gustiness of up to 90km/h. It placed Southern Palawan, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboang Sibugay in Signal Number 1.

PAGA-ASA reported that it left the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Christmas eve, December 24.

The aftermath of the typhoon left many people to clean up the mess after the flooding. But with the undying Filipino resilience, these soldiers risked through perilous slopes to bring supplies in Brgy. Canupong.

Though Christmas may look different now and the air may seem a little bit colder, these soldiers are bringing home that despite the storm, people could still celebrate Christmas. These soldiers are models of hope and redemption, the silver lining after the rain.

These Santa Claus soldiers risked their safety, set aside their Christmas preparations, and interrupted their holiday to make sure that typhoon victims could still celebrate Christmas with full stomachs even if they are not in their homes.

Heroism like this just goes to show that the stereotypical Santa Claus is not always red because Santa Claus could be a soldier too.

A Story by Mizzy Chinggay

Photo credit to Capt. Macario of 42 Infantry Battalion

42nd Infantry Battalion’s Mother unit is the 9th Infantry “SPEAR” Division based in Bicol Region. With the battalions deployment in Mindanao, 1st Infantry “TAbAK” Division took command of the unit.

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KUTA SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur  – Rudy Libre Niadas, aka Marlon, a rebel returnee, receives an early Christmas gift from the Local Government Unit of Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay Province Wednesday.

The sixty five thousand pesos (Php 65,000.00) worth of paycheck that Rudy received is part of the benefits of the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) that the government offers to rebel returnees.

Rudy surrendered last July 1 this year to the troops of 44 Infantry “Agile and Stable” Battalion at boundaries of Brgys Dampalan and Lourdes all of Pagadian City.

Governor Wilter Y Palma of Zamboanga Sibugay Province, together with Vice Gov. Eldwin M. Alibutdan, Brig. General  Jacinto R. Bareng, 102nd Brigade Commander, and Lt. Col. Jonathan P. Obena, 44th IB Battalion Commander, handed the paycheck to Rudy at the Provincial Capitol.

“The 1st Infantry “Tabak” Division in partnership with the Local Governments Units in our area of operation is serious in implementing the CLIP for the rebel returnees who want to return to the folds of the law.” Said Brig. General Roseller G. Murillo, 1st Infantry Division Commander.

“We hope that more rebels will surrender this yuletide season so that they could spend the and celebrate  it with their love ones.” He added.

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The Facebook page reports: For offering “the greatest sacrifice of giving his life to a fellow comrade,” an Army Scout Ranger officer is set to be posthumously conferred the prestigious Medal of Valor – the nation’s highest military honor – during the anniversary ceremony of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

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KUTA MAJOR CESAR L SANG-AN, Pulacan, ZDS – One NPA member  voluntarily surrendered to the government troops of 44th Infantry (AGILE “N” STABLE) Battalion, 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division 3:00 p.m. Sunday.

Benson Niadas, alias Rey, a medic of MRGU, Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee, brought along his M16 rifle during his surrender.

Based on his revelations, aka REY was involved in the recent encounter of 53rd Infantry Battalion in Bgry Gasa Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur on 8 and 10 December 2017 respectively where one NPA was killed and six high powered firearms were recovered by government forces.

Accordingly, Rey was convinced by his relative, also a surenderee from 44IB, to return to the folds of law and to avail the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) of the government. The government forces’ sincerity in protecting the rebel returnees, helped in convincing him to surrender.

He also stressed that he is tired of hiding, experienced hunger and hardships and dissatisfied of the communist terrorist ideology and policies.

Rey also mentioned that some of his comrades are planning to surrender just to be with their families this yuletide season.

The 102nd Infantry Brigade, 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army under the leadership of Brig. General Jacinto R Bareng has intensified efforts against communist terrorist through combat operations and information disseminations with the support of all local chief executives and other stakeholders so that those who wanted to return and surrender can avail the Comprehensive Local Integration Program of the government.

“The surrender and revelation of Benson Niadas is a proof that there are more NPA members who are tired and wanted to live normal and peaceful lives.” Said Brig. General Roseller G Murillo, 1st Infantry Division Commander.

“The Tabak troopers will assist surrenderees so that they can avail the benefits of the CLIP.” He added.

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KUTA MAJOR CESAR L SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur  nce – The troops of 53rd Infantry (Matapat) Battalion and Communist Terrorists clashed again today, 4:00 p.m. at Sitio Baka, Brgy Gasa, Lakewood, Zamboanga del sur.

The troops were on pursuit operation due to the recent encounter that transpired on Friday where one communist terrorist was killed.

The troops recovered one M-60 Machine Gun, one M-16 assault rifle, IEDs and subversive documents in a one hour and five minutes firefight.

Pursuit operation is conducted against the escaping rebels.

Once again, Brig. General Roseller G. Murillo AFP, Commander 1st Infantry “TABAK” Division, lauded the accomplishment of the troops.

“Continue the focused military operations against the NPA to stop them from their extortion activities to the populace and to bring back peace and stability in the area.” He added.XXX


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KUTA MAJOR CESAR L SANG-AN, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur  – The troops of 53rd Infantry (Matapat) Battalion clashed with the Communist Terrorists at Vicinity Mount Ganaan, Brgy Gasa, Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur on December 8, 2017 at 11:10 in the morning

The encounter happened when the troops patrolled in the said barangay due to an information tipped by a concerned resident that the NPAs were extorting money and foodstuff from the locals.

The two-hours firefight resulted into one (1) terrorist killed and numerous wounded due to bloodstains in their withdrawal route. While three (3) were wounded from government side.

The troops recovered: three (3) high powered firearms (1-M16, 1-M14, M203 grenade launcher), four (4) rifle grenades; two (2) Motorola radio, assorted magazines, medical and dental kits; one (1) NPA flag and subversive documents.

“The government troops under 102nd Brigade will continue its collaboration and dialogues with the local government units in order to maintain peace and order situation within the area of operation”, said Brigadier General Jacinto R Bareng AFP, Brigade Commander of 102nd Infantry Brigade, 1ID, PA.

Meanwhile, Brig. General Roseller G. Murillo AFP lauded the accomplishment of the troops.

“Continue the focused military operations against the NPA to stop them from their extortion activities to the populace and to bring back peace and stability in the area.” Said BGen Murillo.XXX

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