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Armed Forces of the Philippines – West Mindanao Command statement as of 9:00PM (May 23, 2017)

The situation in Marawi is under full control of the City Officials. Our soldiers continue to conduct mopping up operations to clear Marawi from remnants of the Maute in order to protect our citizens.

There are data that are coming out from different social media platforms and via text message that are far from the truth and are clearly disinformation to paint an atmosphere of chaos in the city in order to sow fear and panic among the populace at the national level and put the country in deep embarrassment internationally.

We strongly advise the public to be wary of such disinformation and listen only to authorities and respectable media outfits in order to know the truth.

Let us not propagate such disinformation and let us help Marawi City to full recover the soonest time possible.

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The Department of Trade and Industry launched the NEGOSYO Center, an office to serve the needs of micro, small and medium enterprises in the province of Lanao del Sur from business permits to products and services showcasing, in Marawi City on May 19, 2017.

MSME advocate lawmaker Senator Bam Aquino graced the event. The senator’s presence is an indication of the government’s strong commitment in building confidence among the constituents that Marawi City is at par with other cities in furthering inclusive socio-economic development.

“The opening of the NEGOSYO Center is a testament that peaceful market access is in place in Lanao del Sur, a result of our successful collaboration and partnership with various sectors in the fight against lawlessness and terrorism that bring challenges to business owners,” Brig. Gen. Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, Commander of Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division said.

“In the occasion of the launching of NEGOSYO Center in Marawi City and for the rest of Lanao del Sur, I would like to assure you of the full support of the Philippine Army in providing the necessary measures in ensuring peaceful market access and linkages of our micro, small and medium enterprises in their services delivery to our countrymen in this province,” BGen. Bautista said.

In order for Lanao del Sur to pursue economic growth, constituents should be secured and peace should be ensured for the business community. Marawi City can be a good template where soldiers and local government units fight side by side against peace spoilers and lawless elements that may bring challenges to peaceful operations and market access for business owners, according to BGen. Bautista.

“Marawi City in the province of Lanao del Sur has an important role in the history of our beloved country. Marawi is a source of inspiration for unity and bravery against foreign intruders. It is one of the few territories in our country that stood strong against the Spaniards and held its stronghold to drive away the invaders, values that are truly worth emulating,” BGen. Bautista said.

“Your Philippine Army in Lanao del Sur is sincerely working to the best of our abilities in fulfilling our mandate in serving the people and securing the land. We are one with the aim of NEGOSYO Center in providing better and more efficient services to business owners,” BGen. Bautista said.

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Kuta Sang-an, Labangan Zamboanga del Sur, May 16, 2017- Two New People’s Army (NPA) rebels voluntarily surrendered to 53rd Infantry Battalion, 102nd Infantry Brigade, 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army on May 16, 2017 in Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur.

According to reports from the ground, the two NPA members identified as Rey Anthony Dungog a.k.a. Mark and Alvin Calibo a.k.a. Jason belong to Mindanao Regional Guerrilla Unit, Western Mindanao Regional Commitee. Dungog and Calibo were unarmed when they surrendered.

Due to relentless Focused Military Operations of government forces, the surrenderer’s group was forced to be always on the run to escape. Lack of food supply and decreasing mass base support contributed to the weakening of their will to fight.

Dungog and Calibo said they realized that joining the “revolution” only made them suffer and experience hardship, pains, and agony of long time dislocation from their families.

According to Brigadier General Rolly D. Bautista, Commander of the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army, the NPA in Zamboanga peninsula and elsewhere are on the run and they have realized that fighting the government is useless.

Brig. Gen. Bautista said the government offer rehabilitation programs for NPA members who will surrender and come back to the folds of the law.

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The 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division of the Philippine Army in coordination with the Philippine Shooters Match Officers Confederation – Northern Mindano is set to hold the Commander’s Cup Rifle and Pistol Shooting Competition – Level 2 PSMOC Sanction Match on May 20-21, 2017 at the H1ID Firing Range, Upper Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur.

Registration fee for civilian is Php 800.00 and for Lawman is Php 400.00.

For more details, please contact Major Jelson Buyuccan at mobile number: 0917-4028456 or Major Francis Velarmino at mobile number: 0917-5342423.

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Kuta Major Cesar L Sang-an, Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur, May 11, 2017 – The most wanted New People’s Army (NPA) commander in Western Mindanao was arrested by troops in Barangay Gango, Ozamiz City at about 6:00 PM today (May 11, 2017).

Combined troops of the 102nd Infantry Brigade of the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army together with the elements of Philippine National Police (PNP) Provincial Office of Ozamiz City arrested Rommel Salinas alias VENCIO/BETO/CARLOS/DOMING/ARTEM/MARK. Secretary of SECOM SENDONG, Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee by virtue of five warrants of arrest for the following crimes docketed:

  • CC# 9707 for Destructive Arson issued by RTC, 10th Judicial Region, Br 32;
  • CC# 9552 for Murder issued by RTC, 10th Judicial Region, Br 29;
  • CC# 9705 for Frustrated Murder issued by RTC, 10th Judicial Region, Br 32;
  • CC# 9600 for Attempted Murder issued by RTC, 10th Judicial Region, Br 32; and
  • CC# 9708 for Robbery in Band issued by RTC, 10th Judicial Region, Br 30.

Recovered from his possession were a hand grenade and personal belongings.

Salinas who did not put up a fight was with two companions and a driver when arrested and were brought to PNP Ozamis City.

Salinas’ companions were identified as Bishop Carlo Morales of the Aglipayan Church, his wife Maria Teofifina Morales, and their driver Sadome Dalid. They were onboard a maroon Starex with plate number 151010 when arrested.

According to Brigadier General Rolando Joselito D Bautista, Commander of the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army, the NPA in Zamboanga peninsula and elsewhere were involved in numerous atrocities nationwide especially in Mindanao particularly arson, extortion, killings, and abduction.

Salinas being a Front Secretary of the NPA is reportedly involved in numerous high profile crimes against the people and humanity.

“Best coordination work from the community, LGU, PNP, and the Army led to the capture of one of the highest ranking CPP-NPA leader in Western Mindanao,” said Bautista.

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Headquarters Western Mindanao Command, Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City, May 10, 2017 – The 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army under the leadership of Brigadier General Rolando Joselito D. Bautista will recruit 500 more army personnel from applicants who will undergo military training this year.

The recruitment is part of the Transformation Roadmap of the Philippine Army in order to beef-up its personnel nationwide. For 2017, the Armed Forces of the Philippines branch will be recruiting 10,000 personnel.

Applications are open to all with the following qualifications:

1) A natural-born citizen of the Philippines;
2) At least 18 to 26 years old before the date of appointment as a candidate soldier;
3) At least 5’0 or 60 inches in height;
4) Single and without a child;
5) Of good moral character;
5) Physically and mentally fit for military training; and
6) With at least 72 units in college, or, if a high school graduate, must possess technical skills needed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

The following documents are required upon application:

1) Original copy of Transcript of Record and Diploma for college graduates;
2) Form 137 for high school graduates; and
3) Original copy of birth certificate with official receipt from the National Statistics Office.

Candidate soldiers who are accepted in the initial application must pass the pre-qualifying Physical Fitness Test and Physical Medical Examination.

Applications will be accepted starting this month of May 2017 for the oath-taking ceremony scheduled in October 2017.

“All those who are interested can proceed to the nearest Brigade and Division headquarters for inquiries,” said Brigadier General Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, Commander of the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army.

The Philippine Army reiterates that no monetary requirement was set for the filing of application. Applicants will not be required to pay any application fee.

“The application is free. Kahit sino na makapasa sa requirements na naitalaga ay pwedeng-pwede na mag apply at wala pong bayad yun (Anyone who can comply with the requirements can file their applications for free.),” BGen Bautista said.

“Kinakailangan kayo ng inyong Army. Kaya huwag kayo mag atubiling mag-apply (You are needed by your Army. Please don’t hesitate to apply.),” BGen Bautista said.

More details on Philippine Army recruitment can be accessed at this link: http://teamtabak.com/2017/01/25/join-philippine-army/

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The municipality of Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur marked its 50th founding anniversary on Monday, May 8, with the celebration of “Araw ng Bayog” and “Palad-Palad Festival 2017”.

Bayog, a third class municipality about 78 kilometers east from Pagadian City, was established as the 29th municipality of Zamboanga del Sur on May 8, 1967 by virtue of RA 4872 authored by then Lone District of Zamboanga del Sur Representative Vinzenso Sagun. “Through the years of developmental growth, it pierced numerous blocks and various challenges to reach what Bayog is today,” Bayog Municipality Mayor Leonardo L. Babasa Jr said.

Palad Palad Festival, a yearly celebration of Bayog’s establishment as a municipality, is based on the traditional Subanen thanksgiving ritual for the “Palad Palad” (blessings) received in the previous year. The celebration showcases Zamboanga del Sur’s tribal dance and live music with the participants wearing indigenous costumes.

The 30-minute traditional world-class dance performance by more than 100 Bayog local participants, mostly the youth dressed in colorful and traditional costumes, highlighted the Golden Anniversary program at the jam-packed Bayog Gym in the Municipal Hall compound.

In photo: Saira Anoos Comie (Cluster 1, 4th from right), Kimberly Lubaton Delliva (Business Sector), Annabel Ducoy Cercado (Cluster 3), Hesan Formiller Luego (Cluster 4), Lovely Grace Sabelo Arcala (Cluster 5), Nika Prences Besana Felix (Cluster 6), Karen Soriano Betarmos (Cluster 7), Honey Lei Suguitao Estoque (Cluster 8), Redielyn Dalahay De Torres (Cluster 9), Khezzly Joy Bueno Maglupay (Deped Sector)

Bayog’s cluster representative candidates of the yearly Miss Bayog beauty pageant also highlighted the program. “I’m inviting everyone to come and visit the beautiful places in our municipality of Bayog,” said this year’s winner, Saira Anoos Comie from Cluster 1.

#TeamTabak joins ‘50th Araw ng Bayog’

The 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army took part in the culminating activities with Brig. Gen. Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, Commander, 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army as program guest of honor and speaker.

(In photo from left: Bayog Municipality Mayor Leonardo L. Babasa Jr.; Brig. Gen. Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, Commander, 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army)

“Peace and security is a shared responsibility. If all of us shall aspire to sustain peace, we shall be strong as we are united in the pursuit of peace and development. The municipality’s aim for excellence and unity has contributed in fulfilling our mandate for peace and progress in this part of Zamboanga del Sur,” BGen. Bautista said in his message.

Bayog area, under the operational responsibility of the 44th Infantry Battalion, 102nd Infantry Brigade, has been a witness to the TABAK Division’s struggles in achieving its mission to attain peace, security and development, according to BGen. Bautista.

44IB Commander Lt. Col. Zacarias B. Batalla said: “The Battalion has been vigorously participating with the activities of the municipality including the Palad Palad Festival 2017. These actions of your military are sincere steps in bringing the TABAK Division closer to Bayog community.”

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The 4th Special Forces Battalion celebrated the CAFGU Day with the theme: “Parangal sa Kalasag ng Basilan” at Headquarters, 4th Special Forces Battalion, Barangay Cabunbata, Basilan, Province on May 3, 2017.

LTC ANDREW B BACALA JR INF (GSC) PA, Commanding Officer, 4SFBn formally opened the program by welcoming the participants and guests BGEN ROLANDO JOSELITO D BAUTISTA AFP, Commander, 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine, Provincial and Local Government Unit of Basilan, Non-Government Organization (NGO’s) and other stakeholders.

In his speech, BGEN BAUTISTA congratulated LTC BACALA for conceptualizing and organizing this activity that looks into the morale and welfare of the CAA’s. He further recognized the selfless services, sacrifices, accomplishment and heroism of every CAA who have risked their lives in the performance of duty for the pursuit of peace and development in the province of Basilan.

Series of fun activities and games were among the highlights of the celebration. In the morning CAAs enjoyed Volleyball, Basketball, Tug of War, Fun Shoot, Egg Relay and MEDCAP with MOL 500 beneficiaries of said endeavor.

The one day activity aims to promote sportsmanship and camaraderie, boost the morale, and recognize the untiring service of the CAAs which were participated by CAAs coming from three (3) line companies deployed the entire island of Basilan covering two (2) cities and eleven (11) Municipalities of the Province.

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As part of activities leading to the celebration of its 81st Founding Anniversary, the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division held a wreath laying memorial at Heroes Wall at Division Training School and interfaith religious activity at Tabak Fatima Shrine on May 5, 2017.

BGEN ROLANDO JOSELITO D BAUTISTA AFP, Commander, 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army said: “We nourish the value and remember our comrades in arms martyred over the years. They are our inspiration with their sacrifice, and dedication to service. They serve as the foundation of our organization to perform our sworn commitment for duty and reconfirm our promises to serve in full heart and be loyal to our people and country.”

“As a soldier, no matter how big and small responsibility we have, we have an important role and contribution to achieve our purpose to attain and to serve the people for peace and development. Over the years, we see the results of our efforts and sacrifices, our strength and kabayanihan to protect the people of all threats of terrorism.” BGEN BAUTISTA said.

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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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