17th INFANTRY (DO OR DIE) BATTALION

Unit Seal and Description/Symbolism (NHCP approved of available)

 

  • Yellow – Color around the seal symbolizes it’s jealousy of not allowing any group to destroy the good honor and prestige of the unit.
  • White – Symbolizes purity
  • Scale of Justice – Symbolizes fairness to all
  • Red – Means bravery among the members of the unit
  • Lightning – Symbolizes fast actions, swiftness among the members of the unit.
  • 17IB – Represent the number of the unit.
  • Blue – Symbolizes peace loving
  • Do or Die – Motto of the unit.

 

 Vision, Motto and Unit Moniker

 Vision – By 2028, a world-class Army that a source of national pride.

 Motto – DO OR DIE

 Unit Moniker – DO OR DIE

 

UNIT MISSION

17IB, initially as the BDE’s SE, conducts Development Support Operations in CY 2018 to degrade the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) at AO ZULU in order to facilitate the eventual defeat of KR-HSL to ensure security, contribute to development and sustain peace in JAO-C1.

 

Activation Date (Include deactivation/reactivation dates)

Activated from the provisional unit 6th Infantry Battalion under the direct control and supervision of the Philippine Army Headquarters to serve as a striker force of Greater Manila Area on October 16, 1972.

Fielded to Central Luzon then shifted to Lano. Its Charlie Company was recalled after two months due to sudden change of tactical events.

1974 – LTC Mateo V Bawagan was adjudged Most Outstanding Battalion Commander of the Year July 1975 to March 1977 – Conducted pacification campaign in the Provinces of Cagayan and Isabela.

June 1977 the new area of responsibility covers the boundaries of Zambales and Battan Peninsula.

Battalion command post was initially established in Santa Luxica Capas Tarlac but was transferred to St. Roosevelt Dinaluoihan on October 1977.

October 1981 Major Experito Sosdas awarded as Outstanding Battalion Commander

 

17th Infantry (Do or Die) Battalion is currently located at Brgy MasinAlcalaCagayan, and is operationally controlled by the 502nd Infantry Brigade of the 5th Infantry (Star) Division and presently covering the whole province of Cagayan and Apayao as its area of operation.

 

Organization and Station (Area of Responsibility)

1972 – Camp Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City, MM

08 Jul 1975 – 12 October 1977 – St Roosevelt, Dinalupihan, Bataan

13 October 1977 – 1982 – Camp Servillano Aquino, San Miguel, Tarlac City

1982 – 1987 Burubur, Magapit, Lal-lo, Cagayan

1987 – 1989 – Zitanga, Ballesteros, Cagayan

1989 – 25 March 1990 – Dagupan, Allacapan, Cagayan

26 March 1990 – 20 April 1991 – Banayoyo, Candon, Ilocos Sur

21 April 1991 – 30 June 1991 – Bascaran, Solano, Nueva Vizcaya

01 July 1991 – 13 Dec 1991 – Payawan, Lamut, Ifugao

13 Dec 1991- 13 Feb 1992 – Brgy Claveria, Cagayan

February – 30 March 1992 – So Mauanan, Sta Filomina, Calanasan, Apayao

31 March 1992 – 01 Nov 1994 – Buluan, Conner, Apayao 

02 Nov 1994 – 02 May 1999 – Morado, Ilagan, Isabela

03 Feb 1999 – 16 January 2001 – Gaddani, Tayum, Abra

17 Jan 2001 – 07 Dec 2003 – So Barbarit, Tagudtud, Laganguilang, Abra

08 Dec 2003 – 16 July 2006 – Masin, Alcala, Cagayan

16 July 2006 – 15 Oct 2006 – Upi, Gamu, Isabela

16 Oct 2006 – 15 April 2013 – Masin, Alcala, Cagayan

15 April – 30 June 2013 –So Callagdao,  Bulanao, Tabuk City, Kalinga

01 July 2013 – 27 Sept 2014 – So Kapannikian, Brgy Camalog, Pinukpuk, Kalinga

28 Sept 2014 to date, Masin, Alcala, Cagayan

 

UNIT HISTORY

The forerunner of the 17th Infantry Battalion prior to its activation was the 6th Infantry Battalion (Provisional) placed under the direct control and supervision of HPA as strike/reaction force of Greater Manila Area, commanded then by LTC RESTITUTO C PADILLA.

On 16 October 1972, that the unit got its name “17IB” pursuant to General Orders Number 173, GHQ, AFP and placed under the direct control of HPA under the leadership of LTC EDON Y YAP, he then took the pain and challenges in completing the battalion equipment and uplifted its capabilities. The unit’s first Area of Operation was at Central Luzon. 

When the command of 17IB was passed to LTC MATEO V BAWAGAN, the unit’s               administrative, operational and related activities were accelerated to its highest peak which earned COL BAWAGAN the honor of having been adjudged as “The Most Outstanding Battalion Commander of Calendar Year 1974”.

LTC NOLAN C LAPUT assumed leadership of the 17IB on 08 July 1975. After four (4) years and twenty (20) days of productive pacification campaign since its activation, on 16 March 1977, the unit undertook orientation and retraining regarding new tactics and trends in the field of counter-insurgency warfare. 

When LTC ADELINO V MAGDAY took the command on 07 June 1977, its new AOR covers the tri-boundaries of Pampanga, Zambales and the Peninsula of Bataan. 

MAJ EXPEDITO S SOSA was also recognized as a Battalion Commander for its outstanding accomplishments and was awarded with the Certificate of Merit from the Commanding General, of then NORESCOM dated 01 October 1981.

The command of 17IB was passed to LTC RAUL L MARQUEZ, he balanced administrative, operation and CMO plans and programs were formulated and simultaneously implemented based on Security Campaign Plan of RUC2 and OPLAN “KATATAGAN”. During this time, the Army Literacy Patrol System (ALPS) was pioneered at Villa Cielo, Buguey, Cagayan benefiting two hundred (200) students from the poor and under privileged members of our society. With this, the Battalion was awarded as the Best Unit in Administrative for CY-84 and from its ranks emerged the Most Outstanding EP of the Year.

The year 1987 proved to be fruitful to the 17IB under the command of MAJ PETER H ESPADERO, inspired by its successful SOT operations at SouthWestern Allacapan and Abulog resulting to the voluntary surrender of more than one thousand six hundred (1,600) Subversive Mass Activists (SMA), destruction of enemy political infrastructure and the decline of the CT propaganda in the said area of operation. Through these accomplishments, the unit was adjudged by the NOLCOM as the “Best Battalion CY 88.

MAJ ROGELIO G ROSETE took the command on 01 April 1990, under his administration, four (4) identified CT camps and temporary bases were discovered, attacked and being neutralized.

During the time of MAJ CESAR P TIONGSON, this unit was once again awarded by the 5ID, PA and NOLCOM as the Best Infantry Battalion for CY-92 as a result of the discovery and neutralization of twelve (12) CT camps with sixty-three (63) armed confrontations with the CTs recorded.

A Presidential Streamer Awardee for CY-94 was also awarded to the 17th Infantry Battalion for successful tactical offensive operations were conducted that led in the recovery of seventy (70) HPFAs, twenty-four (24) LPFAs, one hundred thirteen (113) anti-personnel/tank mines, numerous explosive paraphernalia and considerable war materials.  These accomplishments include the legendary recovery of fifty-seven (57) HPFAs of the enemy on 29 August 1994 that happened at Sitio Ilaw, Brgy Poguin, Conner, Kalinga-Apayao.  These accomplishments of the unit was under the command of MAJ EMMANUEL S CAYTON.

As MAJ PEDRO S SORIA II took the responsibility over 17IB, the unit recovered several high powered and low powered firearms, anti-personnel mines and different enemy communications equipment and other war materials.  Neutralization of ninety-two (92) CT supporters and dismantling of two (2) CT organizations at the Province of Isabela, this shows the efficient TRIAD application in accomplishing unit’s mission.

The incumbency of MAJ HONORATO S DELOS REYES (FA) PA, the unit spearheaded the first ever SRA-CIVAC in Gamu, Isabela held on 19-21 July 1997.  This SRA-CIVAC was the basis for the subsequent Philippine Army Program which was later dubbed as the Community Assistance for Rural Empowerment through Social Services (CARES) Program. 

LTC RUFINITO Y CORDOVA INF (GSC) PA, under his leadership, eight (8) personnel were awarded with Gold Cross Medal for gallantry in action in two (2) separate and distinct occasions. These laudable performances have paved the way in the unit’s realization of another award, the Best Battalion for Operation, 3rd Quarter CY-98.

A successful win against the CTs that lead into the neutralization of one (1) amazon identified as “Silvia Tao-il”, wounding of one (1) identified as Genevieve Pedro Dapay-os” and three (3) other unidentified, capture of three (3) “Exequiel Basilan Coloma, Francisco Licuanan and his wife Flor and the surrender of one (1) Joel Sumayen @Jun. This was under the leadership of LTC GOMINTO B PIRINO INF (GSC) PA as the Commanding Officer of the 17IB.

MAJ FERNANDO B FELIX (FA) PA assumed command on 16 March 2000. During his tenure as the Commanding Officer, this unit launched series of major and minor operations that resulted to the recovery of eight (8) HPFAs, two (2) LPFAs and the killing of one (1) CT member Alias de Castro and the surrender of five (5) CT elements namely: James Bautista @Joshua, Leo Maliongan @Yolan, Silvestre Y Garcia @Julius and Jay Donato Asbucat @Refie/Eugene.

The famous CT camp/training ground “Camp Venus” at Brgy Baluarte, Salcedo, Ilocos Sur was overrun and one (1) CT member, Joselito Baleva was captured during the time of LTC JUANITO W DALMAS INF (GSC) PA as the Battalion Commander of this unit on 2001.  Several Operations were also launched that resulted in the recovery of ten (10) HPFAs, four (4) LPFAs and voluntary surrender of seven (7) CTs.  Another noteworthy was the processing and implementation of the second component of integration of Cordillera People’s Liberation Army (CPLA) to become CAFGU Active Auxiliary (CAA) members pursuant to Administrative Order #18 dated 27 September series of 2001.

LTC EDUARDO Q GONZAGA INF (GSC) PA assumed command on 16 October 2002. During his administration, the unit gained seven (7) HPFAs, the killing of two (2) insurgents and neutralization of eight (8) CT personalities. Notable of which was an encounter against seven (7) CTs at Sitio Bawang, Brgy Alangtin, Tubo, Abra during the spate of Typhoon “Harurot” that resulted to the killing of two (2) CTs, recovery of two (2) M14 rifles, one (1) M16 rifle and subversive documents with high intelligence value. 

On 19 November 2003LT COL PABLO L LIWAN JR INF (GSC) PA assumed command and control of the unit.  During this period, the unit relinquished its AOR to the 41st Infantry Battalion and took responsibility over Cagayan and Northern Apayao and Batanes Group of Islands. The unit headed by LTC LIWAN continuously exerted efforts in the conduct of combat operations which resulted to the capture of ten (10) hardcore CT members identified as: Christina Miguel Garcia @Senyang, Secretary of Northern Front, CVRC; Lolito Raza @Lanlan; Manny de Guzman @Dekdek; Flordeliza Welba @Elyan; Dennis Cabrera, member of SYP1, SECOM 2; Denis Andaya @JEPOY; Aileen Bumanglag @CHENEE; Rodel Billiones @RESTY; Joseph Orpilla @MILO, and Filis Pagulayan @ROCKY. Recovery six (6) high powered and one (1) low powered fire arms, subversive documents with high intelligence value and the firefight against more or less seven (7) bandits/criminal elements at Luna, Apayao that resulted to the rescue of more or less one hundred thirty civilian (130) hostages.

LTC PAUL POMPEYO M DARIO JR INF (GSC) PA assumed the position as the 23rd Battalion Commander of this unit, he initiated the conduct of Medical and Dental Civic Action Programs (MEDCAP) which benefited the impoverished populace of Barangays Cunig of Gattaran, Agaman Sur, Sta Margarita of Baggao and Poblacion Pamplona all of Cagayan. Notable were also the recovery of one (1) high powered firearm, anti-personnel mines and subversive documents and captured of two (2) CT’s.    

LTC JACINTO R BARENG FA (GSC) PA assumed the position as the 24th Battalion Commander of this unit. During this period, the unit undertook Battalion Retraining. Then after gaining new techniques, tactics and procedures, the unit conducted two (2) SOT operations at Zinundungan Valley Complex and at Balanni-Lipatan Complex (Brgy Balanni, Sto Nino, Cagayan) and several Medical and Dental Civic Action Programs.

LTC JAMES B JOVEN INF (GSC) PA, was the 25th Battalion Commander. The highlight of his command were the counter-operations against CTs that resulted into recovery of two (2) HPFAs, nine (9) LPFAs, five (5) improvised explosive landmines , subversive documents, and neutralization of twenty three (23) communist terrorists. It was at this time that this unit initiated a province-wide grand peace rally held at Tuguegarao City which was participated in by more or less 25, 000 delegates coming from the different sectors of society, such as; students/teachers, employees of LGUs and LGAs, NGOs and NGAs; religious communities led by Archbishop Diosdado A Talamayan, Rebel Returnees, Reservists, people from the different municipalities led by their respective Mayors, Organizations of farmers and workers, and PNP elements in Cagayan that served as a show window of the people’s support to the programs of the AFP and to the  Government as a whole.

LTC LAURENCE E MINA INF (GSC) PA served as the 26th Commanding Officer of this unit. His dedication in the service is a manifestation of his courage and determination to combat the insurgency problem, illegal logging activities and criminalities in the Provinces of Cagayan and Five (5) Municipalities of Lower Apayao to include the Batanes Group of Islands. During his command, noteworthy was the rating gained by the unit as 5ID, PA and NOLCOM Best Infantry Battalion for CY-2010, and rated as number fifteen (15) in the entire Philippine Army for CY-2010.

LTC ALVIN V FLORES INF (GSC) PA took command of the unit on 01 Sept 2011. With his sterling leadership, the unit was able to inflict several setbacks for the insurgents. Unit combat operations accounted for eight (8) armed engagements against groups of enemies that resulted to six (6) enemies killed and the capture of three (3) others. Among those enemies killed was the notorious CTL DOMINADOR JAVIER @ BOBBING/MARTIN, staff member of Samahang Partido sa Platun (SPP) Cagayan, recovery of six (6) high powered and two (2) low powered FAs; twelve (12) IEDs and various subversive documents containing high intelligence value. Aside from that, several CIVACs were also conducted to include the launching of Bike for Peace and Bike for HOPE “Zinundungan Challenge”.

During his administration, the unit was once again undertook Battalion Retraining at Kalinga Hostel, Bulanao, Tabuk City Kalinga took over the Provinces of Kalinga and Apayao as the new area of operation.

The 17th Infantry (Do or Die) Battalion continues to perform at the highest level thru the leadership of its another Commanding Officer, LTC RESURRECION C MARIANO INF (GSC) PA (16 October 2013 – 01 Sept 2015). Considering its mountainous and vast area of operations, the unit at the moment does its best in performing its mandated mission utilizing only its two front sub-units, the Bravo and Charlie Companies. Alpha Company of the unit was augmented CENTCOM and currently placed OPCON to the Force Protection Task Force mandated to conduct Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations in central Visayas Region which was devastated by super typhoon “Yolanda”. Despite of these circumstances, the unit exerted its best efforts in all aspects of operations to include numerous Civic Action Programs and Youth Leadership Summits. As a result with this perseverance, the unit was once again awarded by the 5ID, PA as the Best Battalion for CY 2014.

LTC JOSE ARN M REAL INF (GSC) PA (01 Sept 2015 – 01 June 2016) started his stint as the next Battalion Commander of the unit. With steadfast commitment, the unit continued to implement the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) Bayanihan. Highlight of this is bringing the services to the people right to their door. As part of this commitment, the unit launched the 17IB March and the 17IB Song-Dance for Peace entitled “Ipagbunyi ang Kapayapaan”. 

LTC REMBERT R BAYLOSIS INF (GSC) PA (01 June 2016 – 01 July 2017) he is focusing on the enhancement of Morale and Welfare of the Troops and Intensified Stakeholders Engagement within the Area of Operation.

LTC CAMILO A SADDAM INF (GSC) PA (01 July 2017 – to date) as the current Battalion Commander of this unit, this unit conducted thirty five (35) battalion initiated operations resulted to seven (7) encounters, recovery of five (5) encampments, IEDs, one (1) M4, one (1) body count and a voluntarily surrendered of seven (7) regular NPAs and thirty eight (38) MBs.

Award Received

UNIT AWARDS

  1. CERTIFICATE OF MERIT CY 81 – for outstanding and effective mass based operator of NORESCOM
  2. BEST UNIT IN ADMINISTRATION CY–84
  3. NOLCOM BEST MANEUVER BATTALION CY–88-89
  4. COMMAND PLAQUE AS BEST INFANTRY BTTALION OF 5ID CY – 91
  5. PA BEST MANEUVER BATTALION CY – 93
  6. PLAQUE OF MERIT CY-93 in recognition of its meritorious combat accomplishment
  7. AWARD OF THE PRESIDENTIAL STREAMER CY-94
  8. BEST INFANTRY BATTALION OF 5ID, PA – 3RD QUARTER CY – 98
  9. BEST INFANTRY BATTALION OF 5ID, PA – CY 2010
  10. NOLCOM’s BEST INFANTRY BATTALION CY – 2010
  11. BEST INFANTRY BATTALION OF 5ID, PA – 1ST QTR CY14
  12. BEST INFANTRY BATTALION OF 5ID, PA – 3rd QTR CY14

 

Way ahead

Lineage of Commanders of the “DO or DIE” Battalion

Name of Commanders Date Assigned Date Relieved
LTC RESTITUTO C PADILLA 16 October 1972 16 October 1972
LTC EDON Y YAP 17 October 1972 2 November 1973
LTC MATEO V BAWAGAN 3 November 1973 7 July 1975
LTC NOLAN C LAPUT 8 July 1975 5 June 1977
LTC JUANITO P ALLAS 5 June 1977 6 June 1979
LTC ADELINO V MAGDAY 7 June 1979 21 May 1981
LTC EXPEDITO S SOSA 22 May 1981 31 May 1982
LTC JOHN R BAUTISTA 1 October 1982 2 October 1983
LTC RAUL L MARQUEZ 3 October 1983 30 April 1986
LTC PETER H ESPADERO 1 May 1986 3 July 1989
LTC FRANCISCO V FUENTES 4 July 1989 20 December 1989
MAJ ROGELIO C ROSETE 20 December 1989 15 October 1990
LTC CESAR P TIONGSON 16 October 1990 27 September 1993
LTC EMANUEL S CAYTON 28 September 1993 6 July 1995
MAJ PEDRO S SORIA II 7 July 1995 17 December 1996
MAJ HONORATO S DELOS REYES 18 December 1996 15 May 1998
LTC RUFINITO Y CORDOVA 16 May 1998 15 March 1999
LTC GOMINTO B PIRINO 16 March 1999 25 March 2000
MAJ FERNANDO B FELIX 28 March 2000 30 June 2001
LTC JUANITO W DALMAS 1 July 2001 15 October 2002
LTC EDUARDO Q GONZAGA 16 October 2002 18 November 2003
LTC PABLO L LIWAN JR 19 November 2003 14 April 2005
LTC PAUL POMPEYO M DARIO 15 April 2005 23 June 2006
LTC JACINTO R BARENG 24 June 2006 1 July 2008
LTC JAMES B JOVEN 2 July 2008 16 August 2009
LTC LAURENCE E MINA (GSC) PA 17 August 2009 01 September 2011
LTC ALVIN V FLORES (GSC) PA 01 September 2011 16 August 2013
LTC RESURRECION C MARIANO (GSC) PA 16 August 2013 01 September 2015
LTC JOSE ARN M REAL INF (GSC) PA 01 September 2015 01 May 2016
LTC REMBERT R BAYLOSIS INF (GSC) PA 01 June 2016 01 July 2017
LTC CAMILO A SADDAM INF (GSC) PA 01 July 2017 to date

 

Date Last Updated 01 June 2018