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Carmela Fonduena of rappler.com reports: “It’s a fast rise for Major General Rolando Bautista under President Rodrigo Duterte. He is the overall commander of military operations in Marawi, where troops are fighting local terror groups linked with ISIS.”

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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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The Social Media Management Training Class 01-2017 of the Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division finally held its closing ceremony in Marawi City on October 3, 2017.

The 70 participants composed of enlisted personnel, officers and civilian volunteers were on the second day of the training when the Marawi crisis broke out on May 23, 2017.

They eventually became the core personnel of Joint Task Force Marawi’s Information Operations cell.

Their primary task was to manage the social media properties of the Army in Marawi City.

Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, chief of Joint Task Force Marawi’s Civil-Military Operations Coordinating Center who led the information operations proudly presented the graduates to Maj. Gen. Rolly Bautista, Commander of the 1st Infantry Division and Joint Task Force Marawi.

“While our troops engage the terrorist in actual combat operations on the ground, the digital team was also waging a different kind of battle on the internet,” Lt. Col. Herrera said.

Maj. Gen. Rolly Bautista, in his keynote message said: “We have successfully reached out to the public via social media with clear strategy and planning. We will continue to sustain the gains of these initiatives aimed at reaching significant potentials in bringing a positive and enhanced image of our organization.”

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Kampo Ranao, Marawi City, September 25, 2017 – The Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division and Joint Task Force Marawi is scheduled to bring the second batch of selected children from Marawi City to Manila for “Tabak Education Tour 2” on September 26-30, 2017.

The children will be brought to selected locations in Manila including a simple meet and greet activity with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte at Malacañang Palace.

“We recognize the effect of the ongoing Marawi Crisis to children, that is why we are conducting this socio-cultural tour with the theme: Peaceful Environment for Marawi Children,” said Major General Rolando Bautista, Commander of Joint Task Force Marawi and Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division.

This initiative is in partnership with the Provincial Government of Lanao del Sur, Philippine National Police Women and Children Protection Desk, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Teach Peace Build Peace Movement, Rotary Club of Padre Burgos Manila, Philippine Information Agency, and Kilos Kabataan Livelihood Foundation.

Supporters of this activity also include: Autonomous Region in Mulsim Mindanao – Humanitarian Emergency Action Response Team, Philippine Gaming Corporation, Makati Medical Center Foundation, One Meralco Foundation, TV5 Tulong Kapatid Foundation, PLDT Smart Foundation, North Luzon Expressway Corporation, and Max’s Restaurant.

“They will undergo psychosocial activities for peace building away from their regular community and school environment. We want to expose them to peaceful environments outside their conflict affected area,” Maj. Gen. Bautista said.

“This activity is part of the military’s soft power approach as part of remedial measures to unwind the emotional, cognitive, and behavioral functioning of children away from conflict areas in Marawi City. This activity will be conducted to provide new experiences of seeing peaceful real-life application of the lessons they have learned in school,” Maj. Gen. Bautista said.

The tour itinerary also includes Philippine Army Museum, KidZania Manila, the National Museum, and Manila Ocean Park.

Updates of the activities will be posted on #TeamTabak website at http://TeamTabak.com and social media account at http://facebook.com/teamtabak.

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Marawi City, September 24, 2017 – At 10:00 AM today, September 24, 2017, Major Generals Rolando Bautista and Danilo Pamonag, Commander of the Joint Task Force Marawi and Commander of the Joint Special Operations Task Force Trident respectively, crossed for the first time since the start of the seige, the Bayabao Bridge and the Masui Bridge in Marawi City.

The bridges were recently recovered and controlled by government forces from the Maute terrorist group that are still holed up in a small part of the city.

The two commanders were met on the other end of the bridge by Brigadier General Melquiades Ordiales, the Commander of Joint Task Group Tiger.

“This is a significant progress in the effort of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police to defeat the terrorists, rescue the hostages, and regain control of the whole city,” Maj. Gen. Bautista said.

“The terrorists are now becoming desperate as our soldiers and police are closing in on their defensive positions. We are continuing our appeal to the terrorists to release their hostages and for them to surrender,” Maj. Gen. Bautista said.

As of today, Day 125 of the crisis, 151 soldiers and police have died while fighting. 694 terrorists have been killed.

During his 5th visit to Marawi City on September 21, 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte said “the end of the combat operation is just around the corner.”

“Once the firefight is over, the daunting task of rehabilitation will proceed full blast,” Maj. Gen. Bautista said.

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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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Raphael Bosano of ABS-CBN News reports “For the first time since conflict in this city erupted, military officials were able to cross two bridges that were recently retaken by government troops from the Maute terror group.” (ABS-CBN photo by Raphael Bosano)

Read more at http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/09/24/17/military-officials-finally-cross-marawi-bridges-retaken-from-maute

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