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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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The 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army was recognized for being adjudged as Best Civil-Military Operations for Combat Unit Category during the Philippine Army Civil-Military Operations Consultative Seminar Workshop at First Pacific Leadership Academy in Antipolo, Rizal on May 5, 2017.

The recognition is awarded to G7 units in the Philippine Army in recognition for the efforts in bringing the military closer to the communities they serve and projecting positive images of the Armed Forces.

COL FACUNDO O PALAFOX IV GSC (CAV) PA, Assistant Chief of Staff for Civil-Military Operations, G7, PA awarded the Plaque of Recognition to LTC JO-AR A HERRERA (INF) PA, AC of S for CMO, G7, 1ID PA.

“Together with our predecessors, we are honored to receive this award as we aim for excellence in the conduct of civil-military operations in our area of responsibility. Our Division will continue to exert its best efforts in sustaining initiatives in bringing the Philippine Army closer to the people we serve,” said BGEN ROLANDO JOSELITO D BAUTISTA AFP, Commander, 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army.

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Operating troops of 53rd Infantry Battalion under the 102nd Brigade of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army encountered about 15 members of the NPA under the Sandatahang Unit Pampropaganda “Kara” led by aka “Marlon” on May 3, 2017 at 12:40pm in the vicinity of Sitio Sirawag, Barangay Lisson Valley, Pagadian City.

The initial report released revealed:
(1) One NPA member whose surname was Becsala aka “Diego” was killed and his cadaver was recovered by the operating troops;
(2) recovery of one hand grenade;
(3) recovery of one CPP-NPA flag; and
(4) recovery of subversive documents.

This particular encounter saw the firefight lasting for about 15 minutes, after which the enemy withdrew in different directions.

In another report, two (2) members of the NPA Mobile Regional Guerilla Unit of the Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee (Christopher Saplid aka “Darwin” and Joliber Saplid Candao aka “July”) surrendered without firearms to the elements of the 44IB and 20th Special Forces Company under the 102nd Brigade on May 3, 2017, at 1:00am in Sitio Mati, Barangay Titik, Sindangan, Zamboanga Del Norte.

Both NPA members are now under the custody of the 102nd Brigade.

When interviewed, they said, “due to the hardship in the mountains and lack of direction in our armed struggle, we opted to surrender.”

1st Infantry (TABAK) Division Commander, Philippine Army BGEN ROLANDO JOSELITO D BAUTISTA AFP said: “We welcome NPA members and their families who want to return to the fold of the law and live a normal life for they too are Filipinos.”

“However, there will be no let up of focused military operations against those NPA members who refuse to lay down their arms and continue to conduct terroristic activities in peace loving communities,” BGEN BAUTISTA said.

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By Richel V. Umel, Sunstar

CAMP EDILBERTO EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – Two of the three wounded soldiers in Piagapo complex, Lanao del Sur province received Wounded Medals for Soldiers from BRIGADIER GENERAL ROLANDO JOSELITO D. BAUTISTA, Commander, 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army, on Tuesday morning, April 25 at Camp Edilberto Evangelista military hospital this city.

The two soldiers were wounded on Sunday, April 22, during a fierce firefight between the joint operating government forces against Maute local and foreign terrorists group. They were airlifted from the encounter site to the military camp.

The soldiers were identified as Corporal Refalbor Andres and Private Julios V. Crieta of the 1st Scout Ranger Company of the 1st Scout Ranger Battalion Special Operations Command of the Philippine Army .

The Medal for Wounded Soldiers is pursuant to paragraph 1-60 Section 11 Armed Forces of the Philippines Regulation General 131-054 General Headquarters Armed Forces of the Philippines dated June 26, 2014 as amended.

At least 36 suspected local and foreign terrorist were killed since the military operation started on April 21 midnight. The military troops overrun the encampment with two hundred fox holes under forest vegetation.

BGEN BAUTISTA said, “the troopers from 103rd Brigade based in Kampo Ranao Marawi City recovered one M-16 rifle after a five-minute firefight in the village of Tapucan, Piagapo complex.”

“Nagkawatak-watak na sila at nagtakbuhan at naiwan ang armas” (They got scattered. The recovered rifle was left along the chase.) BGEN BAUTISTA said.

No casualties were reported on the Philippine Army side.

(IN PHOTO BY RICHEL V. UMEL, SUNSTAR: Corporal Refalbor Andres and Private Julios V. Crieta of the 1st Scount Ranger Company of the 1st Scount Ranger Battalion Special Operations Command of the Philippine Army receive their Wounded Personnel Medal from BRIGADIER GENERAL ROLANDO JOSELITO D. BAUTISTA, Commander, 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army, on Tuesday, April 25, at Camp Edilberto Evangelista Military Hospital in Cagayan de Oro City. The soldiers were wounded during the encounter against an undetermined number of local and foreign terrorists in Piagapo complex in Lanao del Sur province since April 21.)

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(Update: 11:30AM, April 24, 2017)

The Combined Arms elements of 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army and tactical operations units of the Philippine Airforce conducted focused military operations against more or less 162 members of Local Terrorist Group (LTG) – Maute Group in Piagapo Complex, Lanao del Sur starting midnight of April 21, 2017.

The continuous focused military operations are in accordance to the President and Commander-in-Chief Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s directive to destroy local terrorists groups not later than July 31, 2017.

The 103rd Infantry Brigade, 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army headed by BGEN NIXON C FORTES AFP reported 36 members of the Maute group were killed during the 3 days combat operations, which led to the seizure and occupation of enemy’s main encampment with fortified bunkers, fighting positions, and running trenches at Sitio Pagalungan, Brgy Gacap, Municipality of Piagapo, Lanao del Sur. Whereas, the government forces sustained 3 wounded in action (WIA) caused by shrapnel and bullet wound.

Aside from the enemies killed, 1 cadaver wearing camouflage uniform was recovered during the initial search. Further, various war materials were recovered in the encounter site: Fragmentation and rifle grenades; IED components such as blasting caps, detonating wire, and cellphones; video camera; assorted uniforms, literature’ and identifications of personalities; three (3) motorcycles; food stuffs; and passport of an Indonesian national.

According to BGEN ROLANDO JOSELITO D BAUTISTA AFP, Commander, 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army, combination of lethal and non-lethal effects were implemented to force the LTG out of its current stronghold and compelled them to break into smaller groups. Moreover, BGEN Bautista stressed the application of proportionate force such as surgical airstrikes and precisions to avoid collateral damage towards non-combatants.

The recruitment of teenagers conducted by LTG at Brgy Tambo and the establishment of their camp near their village at the boundary of Balindong and Piagapo towns forced the communities to coordinate and report the LTG activities to the military.

“The Government forces, Local Government Units, and communities will continue to work hand in hand to thwart banditry and terroristic activities and to ensure security, peace and development in Piagapo and adjacent municipalities,” BGEN Bautista said.

The success is the result of a nonstop collaboration and partnership with the military, LGUs and populace in the collective battle against terrorism, banditry and criminality.

Interagency and law enforcement operations in support of the Police and LGUs are continuously being implemented by the military in various places to prevent LTGs diversionary attacks.

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As part of the month-long celebration of its 81st Founding Anniversary, the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army held the “Libreng Opera sa mga Bungi ug Ngoho (Free Harelip Operation)” at the Kuta Major Cesar L Sang-an Station Hospital, Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur on April 19-23, 2017.

The beneficiaries of this activity included 67 patients with harelip condition mostly children from the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay.

This surgical mission that covered cleft lip and cleft palate operations was conducted in partnership with the Alpha Phi Omega Project Brotherhood Sweet Smile (BOSS) and Advance Craniofacial Project Philippines Incorporated Foundation (ACPPIF).

Among those who participated in this medical mission included doctors from ACPPIF and the APO Project BOSS founders Belton T. Yenko and Gaudiosa C. Rota.

“With the unified efforts of stakeholders and your 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, there is now a reason to smile for the poor beneficiaries who were once victims of embarrassment and ridicule,” said BGEN ROLANDO JOSELITO D BAUTISTA AFP, Commander, 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army.

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