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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 20, 2017 — 15 enlisted personnel from 10th Infantry (Steady On) Battalion of Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division were promoted to higher ranks in a ceremony held inside the battle zone in Barangay Mapandi, Marawi City on September 20, 2017.

Maj. Gen. Rolly Bautista, Commander of Joint Task Force Marawi and Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division presided the donning of ranks ceremony for the promotion of the following enlisted personnel:

1. TSg. Erlindo M. Agraviador (Inf) PA
2. SSg. Musappa A. Abdurajan (Inf) PA
3. Sgt. Pindatun M. Asaali (Inf) PA
4. Sgt. Emmanuel S. Arpon (Inf) PA
5. Cpl. Bensar S. Alih (Inf) PA
6. Cpl. Jonathan l. Sagap (Inf) PA
7. Cpl. Richard D. Laguna (FA) PA
8. Cpl. Julito A. Alpanta (Inf) PA
9. Cpl. Frederick M. Ybanez (Inf) PA
10. Cpl. Eldrin P Siano (Inf) PA
11. Cpl. JoJo G. Anlas (Inf) PA
12. Cpl. Joel P Logronio (Inf) PA
13. Cpl. Melvasfar S. Ampo (Inf) PA
14. Cpl. Jonathan A. Maghinay (Inf) PA
15. Cpl. Zurin V. Matchete 898123 INF

One of the promoted enlisted personnel, Sgt. Emmanuel S. Arpon said: “Nandito kami sa Marawi nakipaggira kami sa mga maute kaya pursigihin namin na tatapusin namin sila hanggang kaya namin. Sa ating mga kababayan diyan, maraming salamat sa inyung suporta. Binigyan nyo kami ng pagkain dito at tubig. Maraming salamat po dahil magagamit po namin yan sa bawat gabi at araw . Maraming salamat po. Sa aking pagkapromote ng sarhento ay masayang masaya po ako at nadagdag rin yung responsibilidad ko bilang isang bagong napromote. Gagawin ko po ang lahat para mapanindigan ang aking resposibilidad bilang isang senior. Ipapakita ko sa aking mga junior ang mabuting trabaho bilang isang senior nila. Salamat po.”

(We are here in Marawi to fight against the Maute terrorists. We will continue our fight until we accomplish our mission. To our fellow Filipinos, thank you very much for your support. You gave us food and water. Thank very much because we have food and water we can use everyday. I am so happy with my promotion to sergeant. I have new responsibilties as newly promoted officer. I will do my best to fulfill my duty as a senior officer and to show a good example for my subordinates. Thank you).

MSgt. Fernando T. Demesa, Sergeant Major of 10IB said: “Pagdating ni BatCom (Battalion Commander), naibigay ang ating mga hinaing subalit ang kapalit ay performance. Ang promotion ay karagdagan na mas mabigat na responsibilidad kaya mas lalo natin dapat pagbutihin at pagyamanin. Anomang kakulangan natin sa nagdaan, panahon na ngayon na mas idevelop pa natin at iimprove yun ating performance. Disiplina sa katwiran at kabutihan, ito yung direction natin. Sino man sa atin ang umangat, kasama tayong lahat aangat. Kaya patuloy tayo sa pagpapayo at pagpapa-alala upang maaakay ang mga tropa sa maayos na kaugalian dahil yun ang inaasahan sa atin.”

(When our Battalion Commander came, we got our wishes. But we should deliver performance in retun. This promotion means weightier responsibilities with higher levels of work at results. We should not look back on whatever shortcomings we had in the past. This is the time for us to level up and improve our performance. Whoever is promoted to a higher rank, all of us share the glory. We will continue on guiding our troops on right direction for the public good because this is what is expected of us.)

Lt. Col. Ryan Severo, Battalion Commander of 10IB said: “We are grateful to MGen Rolly Bautista for his inspiration and leadership where the high morale of troops is sustained. This donning of rank further heightens our morale of the 10th Infantry (Steady On) Battalion as we fight for peace against the terrorists here in Marawi City.”

Maj. Gen. Rolly Bautista, Commander of Joint Task Force Marawi and Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division said: “The donning of ranks recognizes our troops for their selfless service to the people of Marawi. We will sustain the high morale of our troops who are engaging the terrorists to restore peace. In this final stage of enemy assaults, we will eventually win the war against terrorism in Marawi City.”

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Binigyan ng pagkakataon ng Joint Task Force Marawi ang 35 bata bakwit na makabiyahe sa Maynila para maranasan ang mas mapayapang kapaligiran.

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