Month: September 2017

The 2nd batch of #TeamTabak Educational Tour participants render a dance number of #BangonMarawi song at Malacanang Palace in the presence of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

Cover song performed by Navy Lt. Lady Chatterly Alvaro, Jayson M Magtibay, Mark Jade Autencio. #BangonMarawi song lyrics and music by Army Sgt. Ronie Halasan.

Tour participant, Abdulsallam Didaagun reads his message to President Duterte:


Maj. Gen. Rolly Bautista, Commander of Joint Task Force Marawi and Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division said: “Para sa kabataan ng Marawi, mahal na mahal kayo ng inyong mga sundalo. Maaasahan namin kayo na magiging pag-asa sa muli nating pagbangon sa Marawi.”

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Kampo Ranao, Marawi City, September 25, 2017 – The Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division and Joint Task Force Marawi is scheduled to bring the second batch of selected children from Marawi City to Manila for “Tabak Education Tour 2” on September 26-30, 2017.

The children will be brought to selected locations in Manila including a simple meet and greet activity with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte at Malacañang Palace.

“We recognize the effect of the ongoing Marawi Crisis to children, that is why we are conducting this socio-cultural tour with the theme: Peaceful Environment for Marawi Children,” said Major General Rolando Bautista, Commander of Joint Task Force Marawi and Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division.

This initiative is in partnership with the Provincial Government of Lanao del Sur, Philippine National Police Women and Children Protection Desk, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Teach Peace Build Peace Movement, Rotary Club of Padre Burgos Manila, Philippine Information Agency, and Kilos Kabataan Livelihood Foundation.

Supporters of this activity also include: Autonomous Region in Mulsim Mindanao – Humanitarian Emergency Action Response Team, Philippine Gaming Corporation, Makati Medical Center Foundation, One Meralco Foundation, TV5 Tulong Kapatid Foundation, PLDT Smart Foundation, North Luzon Expressway Corporation, and Max’s Restaurant.

“They will undergo psychosocial activities for peace building away from their regular community and school environment. We want to expose them to peaceful environments outside their conflict affected area,” Maj. Gen. Bautista said.

“This activity is part of the military’s soft power approach as part of remedial measures to unwind the emotional, cognitive, and behavioral functioning of children away from conflict areas in Marawi City. This activity will be conducted to provide new experiences of seeing peaceful real-life application of the lessons they have learned in school,” Maj. Gen. Bautista said.

The tour itinerary also includes Philippine Army Museum, KidZania Manila, the National Museum, and Manila Ocean Park.

Updates of the activities will be posted on #TeamTabak website at and social media account at

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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 21, 2017 — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte flew to Marawi to preside the donning of 2-star general rank to Maj. Gen. Rolando Joselito Bautista, Commander of Joint Task Force Marawi and Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division in a ceremony held in Kampo Ranao, Marawi City on September 21, 2017.

(In photo: President Rodrigo Roa Duterte pins the 2-star major general rank to Maj. Gen. Rolado Joselito Bautista, Commander of Joint Task Force Marawi and Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry Tabak Division during the ceremony held in Kampo Ranao, Marawi City on September 21, 2017.)

MGen. Bautista has been the hands-on ground commander of focused military operations against the terrorists in Marawi City since day 1 of the crisis on May 23, 2017. He has been personally supervising the deployment of troops in the battle zone as well as non-battle military activities in the Marawi periphery.

“Together with the men and women of your Joint Task Force Marawi and the Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry Tabak Division, I am grateful and humbled for this privilege to serve and protect our fellow Filipinos on a higher rank. The presence of our Commander-in-Chief inspires us to provide no less than the highest level of efforts and achieve more in the pursuit of peace and prosperity,” MGen. Bautista said.

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Raphael Bosano of ABS-CBN News reports “For the first time since conflict in this city erupted, military officials were able to cross two bridges that were recently retaken by government troops from the Maute terror group.” (ABS-CBN photo by Raphael Bosano)


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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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The Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division is symbolized by a red equilateral triangle with a replica of white Tabak, a traditional native Filipino blade weapon, at the center of three white stars located at each corner of the triangle.

Resembling an inverted pyramid, the red triangle stands for the Division’s inner strength that reigns supreme over a vast territory. The inverted red triangle represents selfless offering to our country from a humble individual towards the greater communities being served. Every Tabak Trooper who wears this logo selflessly serves the community with utmost humility.

An indigenous weapon used by our forefathers to defend themselves against foreign invaders, the Tabak stands for the Division’s determination to defend the country’s sovereignty. It points upward to signify the Division’s combat readiness to fight all forces that may threaten our freedom and independence.

The three stars represent the three main islands of the country where the officers and men of the Division come from.

The Red color stands for act of courage and bravery with which the Tabak Troopers are noted for.

The White color stands for purity, the lofty ideas, and dedication for peace.

“The enduring Tabak logo is a symbol of our commitment in humbly fulfilling our mandate as servants of the people and protectors of our land,” said Brig. Gen. Rolly Bautista, Commander of the Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division.

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