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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

6th SF battalion in Tungawan town has new commander

By Emmanuel D. Taghoy

TUNGAWAN, Zamboanga Sibugay – Lt. Col. Dante T. Bernillo has been installed last Feb. 1 as the new commanding officer of the 6th Special Forces Battalion, Philippine Army (PA) based in Barangay Libertad in this muncipality.

The turnover of command was presided by Col. Ronnie S. Evangelista, commander of the Special Forces Regiment (Airborne) at Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija.

Bermillo, a native of Bicol, replaced Lt. Col. Rosendo C. Abad Jr. who had served the area for more than two years. He will be transferred to the Special Operations Command headquarters in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija.

In his speech, Abad expressed his gratitude to the local government of Tungawan, religious sectors/groups, media, provincial government of Zamboanga Sibugay, indigenous people of Zamboanga Peninsula, Muslim brothers, business sectors, Philippine National Police (PNP), non-government organization and other stakeholders for the unwavering support they have extended during his time of service.

Abad also lauded the officers and men of the Cafgu Active Auxiliary of the 6th Special Forces Battalion and other maneuver units like 44th and 10th Infantry Battalion, Task Force Zamboanga, 101st and 102nd Infantry Brigade and the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division in contributing to the accomplishment of the units’ mission.

A Military Merit Medal was awarded to Abad for his exceptional leadership and accomplishment in providing administrative control over all CAFGU Active Auxiliary in the whole of Zamboanga Peninsula resulting in the neutralization of lawless elements in the municipality.

The group also participated in quelling the Zamboanga Siege in September 2013.

Bermillo said he is ready to accept additional and bigger responsibility and expressed his commitment to continue the legacy of the unit.

He also emphasized that his unit would not compete with the other battalions, instead, complement the others for the good of the people, whom the military is sworn to serve.”