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Saturday, November 14, 2020

Sgt. Tayaotao - Brave Cordilleran who worked as bomb disposal technician of the U.S. Marine

Cordillera - The Cordilleran warrior spirit and Igorot bravery has been reflected when U.S. Marine Sergeant Michael E. Tayaotao  chose a challenging and most risky job in the world - becoming an explosive ordinance technician of the United States Marine. 

Sgt. Tayaotao served with the 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Pendleton. 

In 2007, Tayaotao lost his life while trying to defuse a bomb he was working on in the Anbar province in Baghdad, Iraq.

According to his mom, Michael was able to clear several bombs until there was only one left that got him. 

The U.S. military told the family that Michael was defusing bombs to clear the way for a military convoy when he died. Without Michael, the lives of more officers in that convoy would have been endangered. 

A friend of Michael, Sgt. Pierce said he remembered him for his competence while disarming as many as  dozens of bombs a day in the middle of an intense firefight. 

"One thing about Mike, he always knew what was going on," Sgt. Pierce said. "If someone asked him, 'What kind of bomb was that?" he'd say, 'It has such and such parameters. You don't want to touch it."

Felix Tayaotao, his uncle, remembered him as a "straightforward guy" who, since childhood has aspired to become a military officer.

"From the time he was a child, he wanted to join the military. He was telling me before he left that, if he came back from Iraq, he was going to help us fix up the house and then go to college," his uncle said.

Sgt. Michael Tayaotao has received numerous commendations including the Air Medal, Presidential Unit Commendation and Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal.  


Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Igorot captain gets ‘2nd highest military award’ by Pres. Duterte

Cordillera - A Cordilleran Captain was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Star by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte during the 84th Anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at the Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on December 17, 2019.

Captain Rico Tagure led the successful rescue of a British man and his Filipina wife who were abducted by ASG  last month. 
Photo Courtesy || PCOO

"Distinguished Conduct Star is awarded for acts of conspicuous courage and gallantry in action in the face of armed enemies while serving as Company Commander of 4th Special Forces Company, 2nd Special Forces "Sabertooth" Battalion, Special Forces Regiment (Airborne), Philippine Army during the successful conduct of Combat Search and Rescue Operation of the kidnap victims British national Alan Hyron and his Filipina wife Wilma Hyron from 23 to 25 November 2019 in the municipalities of Parang and Indanan, Sulu", his citation read.

RELATED: Kalinga soldier receives second highest combat medal from Pres. Duterte

Troops of the 2nd Special Forces Battalion of the Philippine Army headed by Cpt. Rico Tagure caught up with the ASG while conducting search and rescue operation.

The troops engaged in a 10-minute gun battle with the enemy leading to the freeing of the abducted couple.

The Distinguished Conduct Star is the second highest military award in the Philippine Army, preceded in precedence only by the Medal of Valor. 

The medal is awarded to a person who, while serving in any capacity with the AFP, distinguishes themselves by an extraordinary act of heroism; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an armed enemy. 

READ ALSO: Lt. Col. Herbert D. Dilag - The Cordilleran warrior who received the highest award in the AFP for bravery.

The act or acts of heroism must have been so notable and have involved risk of life so extraordinary as to set the individual apart from his or her comrades. The award is made by the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. - wikipedia.

This year's 84th Anniversary of the AFP focuses on the theme, "Protecting the People, Securing the State'. Among the highlights of the event include the inspection of the newly acquired assets and the awarding of honors to several distinguished military personnel

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Igorot captain leads successful rescue of couple kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf

Photo Courtesy || Ricofake Tagure FB
Cordillera - Philippine troops led by an Igorot captain rescued a British man and his Filipino wife who were abducted last month in the  southern beach resort  by the Abu Sayaf. 

Troops of the 2nd Special Forces Battalion of the Philippine Army headed by Igorot Cpt. Rico Tagure successfully freed the couple Allan Hyrons and his wife from the hand of the kidnappers, according to PTV.

Netizens praised the bravery of the troops after an intense 10-minute gun battle with members of the armed group.

According to Lt Gen Cirilito Sobejana, regional military commander, the troops were caught up with the Abu Sayyaf captors in the mountainous hinterlands of Parang town in Sulu province and the gun battle erupted.

"There was a running gun battle," Sobejena said. "They left the two behind because they could not drag them anymore. They scampered in different directions but our troops are in pursuit."

The freed hostages were not hurt in the exchange of fire and no ransom had been paid to the group, according to the military. 

A photo released by the military shows the couple smiling inside a military camp with the group of generals and army officers.

The British embassy thanked the Armed Forces of the Philippines for a job well done in rescuing Allan Hyrons and his wife. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Kalinga soldier receives second highest combat medal from Pres. Duterte

Photo Courtesy || PCOO
Cordillera - A new recruit in the Philippine military who battled in Marawi back in 2017 were among the three recipients of the second highest military medal for combat. 

Private Jerry N. Wassig from Kalinga was awarded with the The Distinguished Conduct Star (DCS) which is the second highest military award in the Armed Forces. 

No other than President Rodrigo Duterte gave the award to Pvt. Wassig and two other soldiers Sgt. Arnel S. Alberto and Cpl. Roel P. Delos Reyes during the celebration of the Philippine Military 122nd Founding Anniversary on Thursday (March 21, 2019).

Pvt. Wassig was only 9 months in the military service when he was assigned to fight in Marawi in September 2017.

He served as the tail scout of the 1st Platoon of the 11th Scout Ranger Company tasked at confronting the enemies in battle and rescuing comrades who was fatally hit. 

Pvt. Wassig showed ultimate bravery in combat as he fearlessly crawled to the position of his comrades to rescue two casualties despite heavy gunfire exchange between the government forces and the Maute fighters. 
He was able to extricate his team leader first and later on his commanding officer "even as enemies continued to fire at his position". 

Pvt. Wassig risked his life three times to rescue his wounded comrades individually and his team leader.

"Imbued with profound sense of responsibility and dedication to duty, Private Wassig audaciously crawled inside a sewer upon seeing his commanding officer was fatally hit and his team leader's condition was slowly deteriorating," his citation read.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Memorial Wall in honor to fallen Cordilleran cops and soldiers mulled

Cordillera - The city council of Baguio is proposing a plan to build a memorial wall in Burnham Park to honor  the brave soldiers and policemen who sacrifice their lives for Marawi and other parts of the country. 

An ordinance filled by Councilor Edgar Avilla this week aims to commemorate the "service rendered by members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) whose roots are in the City of Baguio and the Cordillera region who have been killed in action (KIA) in the war against terrorism in Mindanao and other parts of the country."

"The time is now ripe for the city to pay homage to the Igorots who were killed in action by installing a memorial wall with the names of the deceased inscribed in the memorial wall, and a bust depicting combat shoes to emphasize that our soldiers and policemen died literally with their boots on," Avilla said. 

Inscribed in the memorial walls are eight names of Cordilleran warriors who passed away serving their duty to protect the country. They are: 

  • Police Chief Inspector Fredie Manuel Solar - Baguio City ( Solar was the first casualty in the war in Marawi).
  • Corporal Benito Serrano - Conner, Apayao
  • Private First Class Gener Tinangag - Barlig, Mountain Province
  • Police Officer 3 Alexis Mangaldan - Bangued, Abra
  • PO1 Moises Kimayong Jr. - Lagawe, Ifugao
  • Corporal Nelson Wailan - Tabuk, Kalinga
  • PO2 Daniel Tegwa - Bauko, Mountain Province
  • PFC Jethro Estacio - Banaue, Ifugao

The proposed memorial wall will be in black granite with benches and flower beds around it to add serenity and solemnity to the memorial, Avilla described. 

Earlier this year, a monument was built at Lepanto National High School ground in Mankayan to honor the fallen Special Action Force (SAF) who were killed in a botched operation in Maguindanao. 

source | PNA

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Cordilleran soldiers sought-after in Mindanao because "they are full of courage and they don't complain" - PCO Asec. Banaag

Photo Courtesy || Armed Forces of the Philippines

Baguio City - Presidential Communication Operation Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Marie Banaag recognized the gallantry of Cordilleran soldiers in liberating Marawi City in the hands of the Maute insurgents.
In a radio interview, Banaag expressed gratitude to the soldiers who fought until the end to liberate Marawi.

"We are grateful to our fellow Igorots who did not leave Marawi and fought until the end to help the liberation of Marawi," Banaag said.

She also said that both Cordillerans and non-Cordillerans are talking about the bravery of the Igorots and they want them in Mindanao because of their attitude.

"They want Cordillerans in Mindanao because they don't complain and they are always full of courage. Every time I am in Mindanao, I always see officials who are Cordillerans and the non-Cordillerans talking about the bravery of the Igorots. Everything about my being a Cordilleran, goes out to them," Banaag added.
General MacArthur once said, "Many desperate acts of courage and heroism have fallen under my observation on many fields of battle in many parts of the world. I have seen forlorn hopes become realities. I have seen last-ditch stands and innumerable acts of personal heroism that defy description, but for sheer breathtaking and heart stopping desperation, I have never known the equal of those Igorots riding the tanks. Gentlemen, when you tell the story stand in tribute to those gallant Igorots."

READ ALSO: Memorial Wall in honor to fallen Cordilleran cops and soldiers mulled

Banaag works in Malacanang as the Communications Assistant Secretary of the present Duterte Administration. Part of her work is to hold media press briefing for the President when Secretary Martin Andanar and Spokesperson Ernesto Abella are not available.

Earlier, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Eduardo Año also expressed his gratitude and lauded the Cordilleran warriors  of their bravery. Most of the concluding fights against the terrorists were fought by them who belongs to the Special Operation Command and the Scout Ranger Company. 


source | PNA

Sunday, October 22, 2017

AFP chief of staff Eduardo Año commends brave Cordilleran warriors in Marawi

Photo Courtesy || General Eduardo Ano / Wikipedia
Cordillera - No less than the Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Eduardo Año praises the soldiers from Cordillera who were part of the assault team that targets the Maute leaders leading to eventual liberation of Marawi City.

In his own words, Año recognized the ultimate sacrifice of the Cordilleran warriors during the final battle to neutralize Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute.

"The Philippine Government will forever be grateful to the Cordillera Warriors who gave the ultimate sacrifice and who were part of the striking force that finally killed the Isis inspired leaders Maute and Hapilon," Año said.

The final push towards the liberation of Marawi presented great challenge to Filipino soldiers specially to the Cordilleran Warriors because of the enemy's firm to protect their last stronghold. This leads to the loss of many of the Cordilleran soldiers.

"We are saddened with the loss of our brave soldiers specially our Cordillera Warriors belonging to the Special Operation Command and the Scout Ranger Company who led the daily assault against the Isis leaders and eventually liberated Marawi," General Año said.

Año also extends condolences and to the families of the soldiers and express gratitude for their service to the country.

"To the relatives of the Cordillera Warriors, we extend our sincerest condolences, thanks and gratitude for their service to the country of these brave Cordilleran Warriors. Rest assured that the country will always treat them as our heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice to attain peace for the people of Marawi," Año added.
The government has listed 155 soldiers including policemen who were killed in Marawi while almost a thousand casualties from the side of the terrorist group Maute.
The Cordilleran Warriors of Marawi. Photo Credit: Harley Palangchao FB page

source | sunstar baguio
photo | davao today


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Igorot soldier in Marawi puts his life in danger, talks face to face with terrorists to free hostages

Photo Credit: Josephine Jaron Codilla FB page
Cordillera - An ultimate display of heroism by an Igorot soldier fighting in Marawi has gone viral on social media after his story was posted by Josephine Jaron Codilla about his gallantry and heroism during an intense battle in the warn torn Marawi City.

The Igorot soldier is Captain Jeff Buada from Tuba, Benguet, a member of PMA Maragtas Class 2007 and currently assigned in the 15th Scout Ranger Company.

According to the post of Ms. Codilla, Captain Buada did what he think will save the lives of the hostages including the wounded soldiers.

"He literally put his life on the line to rescue hostages by removing his helmet, putting down his firearm and urging hard core terrorist face-to-face to free their hostages and allow the soldiers to bring the wounded to the hospital," Codilla wrote.

Captain Buada also "requested all the units behind him to cease fire, to put off the engines of tanks in order not to agitate the enemies, many of whom were in a state of war shock".
His action has resulted in the successful rescue of many women and children before the fighting resumed.

"To me, the ultimate act of gallantry and heroism was displayed yesterday by someone who deserves maybe even more than the Medal of Valor," Codilla added.

Meanwhile, the wife of Captain Buada cried when she learned the heroism done by his husband in Marawi and she was very proud of him as a soldier serving the country.

READ ALSOAFP chief of staff Eduardo Año commends brave Cordilleran warriors in Marawi

She revealed that Captain Buada has only a month recovering from a knee injury caused by a bullet that hit him during the previous fight in Marawi, but returned to to the battle zone to see his men and continue the fight.

The continued gallantry of Filipino soldiers in Marawi has led to the killing of Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute.

The efforts and the bravery of our soldiers will never be forgotten and also those who died serving the country.


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Brave Igorot soldier from Bontoc 1st Lt. Fagyan shares his experience fighting in Marawi

Photo Courtesy || Philippine Army

Cordillera - 1st Lt. Kent Fagyan appeared at the Batasang Pambansa hall in Quezon City during the joint session of the House of Representative and Senate on Saturday to share his experience in the battle he and the rest on his platoon had experienced in Marawi City.
1st Lieutenant Kent Fagyan is an Igorot soldier from Gonogon, Bontoc, Mountain Province. He was sent to Mindanao and both served during the Zamboanga siege and the Marawi siege.

In his speech, he detailed how the Marawi battle is very much different from the Zamboango siege he experienced in 2014 because they are facing a different kind of enemy (the Maute terrorist group). 

He explained that the Maute fighters have more advance war equipment like radio frequency scanner, high caliber firearms and drone. He also said that the enemy are fighting in an advantage position.

Fagyan, 29-year-old is the commanding officer of the 15-DRC 1st Infantry Division of the Philippine Army. He told the house how they are fighting the battle from house to house, chamber to chamber to clear the city from the enemy and also rescue those trap civilians inside.
To clear every corner of the house from hiding Maute fighters, Fagyan told that his team must use tear-gas and grenades.
During the Fagyan's speech senator Dick Gordon noticed Fagyan's right arm was wrapped and he asked how he got wounded. Fagyan told him he got wounded together with his two colleagues in a close encounter with the enemy in a house they were conducting clearing operation.

Gordon was emotionally moved by Fagyan's story and saluted him for his bravery An applause followed from both the congressmen and senators ensued.

Wounded Fagyan also expressed his gratitude to all those who have supported them by sending clothing, food and water.

"In behalf po sa mga kasamahan ko na lumalaban pa sa Marawi, nararamdaman po namin na hindi kami nag-iisa na lumalaban sa kanila," he said.

Legislators on Saturday finally voted in favor to the request of President Rodrigo Duterte to extend Martial Law in Mindanao for 150 more days to completely eradicate Islamist insurgents in Marawi City.

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