Month: March 2017

LABANGAN, Zamboanga del Sur, PIA (March 21) —LtGen. Glorioso V. Miranda, commanding general of the Philippine Army bid farewell to retiring Major General Gerardo F. Barrientos, Jr. and ushered in the new 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division commanding general during the change of command ceremony at Camp Major Cesar Sang-an, Pulacan, this municipality.

Barrientos relinquished his position to Brigadier General Rolando Joselito D. Bautista, a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Sandiwa” Class of 1985 and former commander of the Presidential Security Group (PSG).

Barrientos retires this March after serving 2 years and 8 months as commanding general of Philippine Army’s premiere division.

A member of the PMA “Matikas” Class of 1983, Barrientos served as former deputy commander of the 4th Infantry Division based in Mindanao.

“I am forever grateful to the local chief executives and other stakeholders for actively supporting the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) ‘Bayanihan’ campaign of the Philippine Army,” Barrientos said adding that it is the blueprint of the Philippine Army in addressing insurgency problem by winning the hearts of the people.

Barrientos said with their support, he was able to efficiently and effectively accomplish the army’s mission in making Zamboanga Peninsula a peaceful place to live in.

The outgoing commander said he spent the best 40 years of his life as an army and it was satisfying, fulfilling and full of meaningful lifetime experience as he served the Filipino people.

LtGen. Miranda lauded Barrientos for having successfully painted the blueprint of the IPSP “Bayanihan” campaign. Meanwhile, the army chief is optimistic that BGen Bautista will successfully lead the troops to attain its mission.

“To be the new commander of Tabak Division is a very stressful job but I am confident that you can perform your job efficiently,” Miranda said adding that he knew him for a long time and worked together in the battlefield during their stint in the 1st Scout Ranger Regiment.

“Continue the success that your predecessor has laid down to achieve lasting peace and progress in our area,” Miranda urged. (ALT/GCC-PIA9/Zamboanga del Sur)

Source: Gideon C. Corgue /

(Image credit: CRS AFP)

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On March 18, 2017, Brigadier General Rolando Joselito Delizo Bautista assumed office as the Commander of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army, since its establishment on May 5, 1936. He now becomes the 43th Commander among the lineage of noble Officers to lead the unit tasked to serve the communities and protect the land in its Area of Responsibility in Zamboanga Peninsula, Lanao Province and Misamis Oriental.

As a leader who believes in empowerment as blueprint of well-performing organizations, the new 1st Division Commander is a member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Sandiwa” Class of 1985. He was born on October 15, 1962 and takes his roots from Naguillian, La Union. He is married to former Ms. Shirley Ann Palma and is blessed with three sons and a daughter, namely: Ralph Simon, John Michael, Gabriel Matthew, and Marie Therese Anne.

His previously held assignments speak well of his virtuous leadership, excellent performance and conscientious dealings. He had assignments around the Philippines taking numerous positions and performing them well. Among the notable units he served are as Commander, 104 BDE, 1ID PA, Commander, JTFGENSAN, 10ID PA, Chief of Unified Command Staff in NOLCOM, AFP, and as Commander of the Presidential Security Group serving no less than the President and Commander-in-Chief Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

He also held positions in Admin, Operations and Training and Development. He is an Infantry Officer, a Scout Ranger, a paratrooper and a trainer among others.

A recipient of a long list of rightfully earned awards and commendations, he truly sets the bar high for all Tabak Troopers to emulate.

His current task is not to be taken lightly, however, BGen. Bautista has all the necessary skills, trainings, experiences and leadership skills to keep the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army in performing at its best. Qualities which earn him the full trust and confidence of no less than the President, the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. He is known to many an impartial leader, a man of few words but more of actions, and a loving head of the family. BGen. Bautista emboldens the 1st Division’s guiding principles of Loyalty, Integrity and Honesty.

During the Assumption Ceremony as the Commander of the 1st Infantry (TABAK) Division, Philippine Army on March 18, 2017, BGen. Bautista delivered his speech which serves as a guide for all TABAK Troopers on the duration of his stint as Commander.

BGen. Bautista is on Facebook at

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Headquarters, Western Mindanao Command, Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City – A member of the New People’s Army (NPA) surrendered to the troops of the Joint Task Force ZamPeLan in Zamboanga del Sur on March 15, 2017.

Jonar Alamba Proto, a regular member of the Sandatahang Yunit Pampropaganda- KARA of the Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee, surrendered to Lieutenant Colonel Virgilio C. Hamos, Commanding Officer of the 53rd Infantry Battalion under the Joint Task Force ZamPeLan, at the headquarters of the 53IB in Camp Major David Sabido Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur.

Proto, 19 years old and a resident of Barangay Matalang, Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur, underwent custodial debriefing conducted by the JTF ZamPeLan.

“I commend the troops of the Joint Task Force ZamPeLan under the leadership of Brigadier General Joselito Bautista for this recent accomplishment. The surrender of Proto manifests that the government is not only winning the hearts of the people but also that of the enemy. This success is a result of the combined efforts of the troops, the local government units and the populace in the joint battle against terrorism, insurgency and any form of criminality. The government and the soldiers will be more than willing to welcome rebels who wish to lay down their arms, join the mainstream society and live a peaceful life,” said Major General Carlito G Galvez, Jr, Commander of the Western Mindanao Command based in Zamboanga City.

Law enforcement operations in support of the police and the local government are continuously being conducted by the military to deter nefarious activities in the province.

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