The Philippine Army’s (PA) anti-terrorist force, the “Tabak” Division, will continue its campaign against remnants of the Maute group and other terrorists under its new commander, according to Lt. Gen. Macairog Alberto, PA commanding general.
“The role and importance of the 1ID in the effort to sustain peace and development in Mindanao cannot be overemphasized. The goals now are to keep up the campaign against the remnants of the Maute Group and provide continued support in the rehabilitation of Marawi, in tandem with the local government,” said Alberto in his speech during the change of command ceremony for the Division on Thursday.
Outgoing Tabak Division commander Maj. Gen. Roseller Murillo passed the baton to Brig, Gen. Roberto Ancan during the ceremony at Camp Major Cesar L. Sang-an, Zamboanga del Sur.
Murillo, who is retiring from the service was given a testimonial review during the ceremony.
Ancan is a member of the Philippine Military Academy “Hinirang” Class of 1987. He holds a Master’s degree in Management from the Philippine Christian University.
Before becoming the commander of the Tabak Division, Ancan was the Brigade Commander of the 1002nd “Bagwis” Brigade based in Sarangani and Chief of Staff of the 3rd Infantry “Spearhead” Division of the Philippine Army based in Capiz.
The Tabak Division specializes in anti-guerilla warfare and has been involved in combatting terrorists and threat groups in Eastern Mindanao which includes the Zamboanga Peninsula, Lanao Province, and Misamis Occidental. Its latest successful operation was the liberation of Marawi City from the hands of the Maute-inspired terrorists where the Division was part of the Joint Task Force Marawi.