3 Army battalions under 1ID get new commanders

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By Antonio Manaytay

IPIL, PHILIPPINES – Three Army battalions under the First Infantry Division have new battalion commanders following the Joint Change of Command ceremony Monday, August 5 held in Camp Sang-an in Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur.

Maj. Gen. Roberto Ancan, 1ID commander, said the new battalion commanders are Lt. Col. Ray Tingson, and Lt. Col John Andrada, and Lt. Col. Rufino De Leon.

Tiongson, formerly assigned as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations of the division, will take over the leadership of the 10th Infantry Battalion (IB) from Andrada.

Andrada, on the other hand, will replace De Leon as the battalion commander of the 97th IB based in Pinan, Zamboanga del Norte.

De Leon is the new commander of the 5th IB, formerly headed by Lt. Col. Ryan Severo, who is set to be assigned in Higher Headquarters.

Ancan, during the ceremony, told the newly-assigned battalion commanders to “give your best shot and I can assure you that my full support together with all the Tabak Troopers will always be extended to you.”

“Stay focused on your role as commander in the accomplishment of the mission and the welfare of your men,” the division commander said.