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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:

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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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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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