41ST INFANTRY BATTALION
THE PRINCIPAL COLORS DEFINE THE NATURE AND CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CORE VALUES AND SACRED BELIEFS OF THE UNIT:
WHITE – DENOTES THE PURITY AND NOBILITY OF BOTH OFFICERS AND ENLISTED MEN IN THEIR THOUGHTS, WORDS AND DEEDS.
BLUE – DENOTES PEACE AND SERENITY THAT REIGN IN THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF EVERY PERSONNEL, AS MANIFESTED THROUGH THEIR MORAL UPRIGHTNESS AND UNSTAINED INTEGRITY.
THE NUMERICAL FIGURES REPRESENT THE ACTUAL DESIGNATION OF THE BATTALION. ITS GOLDEN COLOR SYMBOLIZES THE BIRTH OF A FORMIDABLE FIGHTING UNIT CONCEIVED DURING THOSE CRITICAL MOMENTS OF OUR NATION’S HISTORY IN BATTLING THE COMMUNIST TERRORIST MOVEMENT AT THE NORTHERN HINTERLANDS OF OUR COUNTRY.
THE ASCENDING ARRANGEMENT OF THE NUMBERS IS INDICATIVE OF ITS CONSISTENT PURSUIT TO THE IDEALS OF THE UNIT AND ITS NOBLE COMMITMENT AND DEDICATION TO PRESERVE THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE STATE.
THE CROSS RIFLES IMPOSED OVER A KRIS POINTING UPWARD DEPICT THE INFANTRY DOCTRINE’S SUPERIORITY OVER THAT OF GUERILLA TACTICS.
THE SOLID BORDERS EMBOSSED IN WHITE AND BLUE EMPHASIZES THE UNIT’S FLEXIBILITY AS A FIGHTING FORCE IN TIMES OF WAR OR AS AN INSTRUMENT OF DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRESS DURING TIMES OF PEACE.
THE SCRIPTURE “PARTNER FOR PEACE” ABOVE THE SEAL EXPRESSES OUR UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO THE PEOPLE WHOM WE HAVE SWORN TO UPHOLD AND PROTECT.
The 41st infantry battalion was activated by virtue of General Orders # 345, Headquarters, Philippine Army dated 17 February 1975. It was first commanded by then LTC ARTURO T ENRILE (who later became AFP Chief of Staff) while under the auspices of the army’s 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division based at fort Ramon Magsaysay, Nueva, Ecija. The battalion was created in response to the army’s urgent need for a credible fighting unit to stem the tides of Muslim secessionism in the south.
After its organization, the unit was immediately sent to Mindanao and was placed under the 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division. It received its baptism of fire as a combat maneuver battalion while fighting the MNLF rebels in the jungles and mountains of Mindanao. It further distinguished itself in major campaigns against the Southern Philippines secessionist movement in the provinces of Zamboanga and Basilan until 1981. On that same year, the battalion was unfilled and reorganized as a unit of the elite First Scout Ranger Regiment, giving birth to the first scout ranger battalion under then Colonel Julius Javier. As a ranger unit, the battalion retained its fighting prowess and consistently earned the admiration of both friend and foe units alike.
On 11 October 1983, pursuant to General Orders # 590, Headquarters Philippine Army dated 05 October 1983, another group of selected Filipino patriots were organized to compose the newly re-organized 41st Infantry Battalion of the 5th Infantry (Star) Division, then based at Camp Gen Servillano Aquino, Tarlac. It was tasked to conduct counter insurgency campaign against the new people’s army in the provinces of Kalinga, Apayao, Isabela, Cagayan and now, in Abra. It dominated the battlefield with its specialized combat and non-combat skills that curbed the growing influence of the communist terrorist. 41st Infantry Battalion selflessly contributed its share of dedicated service in all weather and terrain that helped the division achieved strategic victory over Northern Luzon. Notable among the many glorious accomplishments of the brave men of the battalion was the social integration of the cordillera people’s liberation army headed by the late Fr. Conrado Balweg in 1986, and the unit’s participation in the liberation of Marag Valley from CT influence during the 90’s.
Now on its 35th year of rendering dedicated service to the people of Northern Luzon, the unit has not failed in accomplishing its mandated task of providing internal security operations in the province of Abra. The battalion now focuses on relentless combat operations, coupled with an effective civil-military and psychological operations aimed at establishing a peaceful environment conducive to local socio-economic progress. Likewise, inter-agency coordination and cooperation had always been stressed during the conduct of municipal peace and order council meetings, dialogues to multi-sectoral groups, and anti-insurgency symposiums at different schools. In fact, through its relentless efforts, the battalion was able to overrun several ct encampments within its area of operation. Significant among these is the capture of the Abra Provincial Party Committee main camp at Pacoc-Talampac, Lacub, Abra last April 2007.
The glorious reputation of the battalion was smeared during the May 2007 elections by false accusations of political partisanship and alleged human rights violations. However, the allegations were proven wrong, and the unit remained steadfast in focusing its internal security role, while being apolitical at all times.
To further enhance its fighting capability, the unit was pulled out from its area of operation in Abra Province and was made to undergo its retraining program on 27 March 2008. The unit, under the leadership of LTC RAUL V BAUTISTA, went through a rigorous training at 5th Division Training Unit from 02 April 2008 to 17 June 2008. During the course of the training, LTC IGNACIO B MADRIAGA assumed as Commanding Officer of the unit effective 16 April 2008. The unit completed the retraining with a very commendable performance – as evaluated by Headquarters, Philippine Army through their mobile training team evaluators. On 01 July 2010, LTC NOEL T BALUYAN INF (GSC) PA assumed the Command from LTC IGNACIO B MADRIAGA INF (GSC) PA.
At the helm of LTC BALUYAN as the Commanding Officer, the troops encountered more or less thirty (30) local terrorists along Brgy Bunglo, Baay-Licuan, Abra. Where three (3) of our comrades had to make the supreme sacrifice. This incident was admittedly a tactical setback for the 41IB. However, with its firm resolved, the unit was able to regain its momentum when during the pursuit operations, the troops were able to overrun an NPA camp believe to be the ICRC’S main camp in the vicinity of Buneg, Lacub, Abra last 10 Nov 2010, this was a big flow to the enemy since critical it equipment, firearms and other war materials including sizeable volume of medicines were recovered.
With the shift of operations from combat to bayanihan, the unit facilitated numerous activities focusing on the delivery of basic services to the less fortunate citizens of Abra. With the continuous peace and development efforts of the unit, it was able to win the hearts and minds of the abrenios, which led to the successful engagement against the local terrorists in Brgy Caganayan, Tineg, Abra last 10 October 2011. Such a decisive engagement which resulted for eight (8) enemy killed (bc) and nine (9) recovered HPFA’s is so for, unprecedented in the Philippine Army’s recent combat scoreboard. It is a manifestation of the 41IB’s commitment to protect the people. Furthermore, with the close collaboration of the bn with the different stakeholders, we are confident that peace and development in Abra will be attained.
The battalion’s fighting men will remain dedicated to their Mission and shall adhere to the finest traditions of filipino soldiery. Notwithstanding the suffering that they have endured as a result of operating in one of the most difficult, if not the most difficult terrain in the country, while being far from their families, they have bestowed countless sacrifices while in the performance of their sworn duties as protectors and defenders of democracy in this part of the country. 41st Infantry Battalion will continue to serve the people, and remain resolute in its avowed obligation while adhering to its motto that has shown the true nature and character of a 41st IB trooper – that of being you’re “partners for peace”. On 02 July 2012, LTC DANILO R DOMINGO INF (GSC) PA assumed the Command from LTC NOEL T BALUYAN INF (GSC) PA.
LINEAGE OF COMMANDERS
|LTC Arturo T Enrile PA||16 February 1975 to 16 March 1975|
|LTC Domingo C Villanueva PA||16 March 1975 to 1979|
|LTC Hilario L Bayabos PA||1979 to 1981|
|Maj Julius L Javier PA||March 1981 until it was unfilled|
|LTC Catalino I Agdeppa PA||10 October 10983 to 09 May 1987|
|LTC Ferdinand B Guillermo PA||09 May 1987 to 15 March 1990|
|LTC Virgilio D Dote PA||15 March 1990 to 20 August 1990|
|Maj Emmanuel M Ringpis (Inf) PA||20 August 1990 to 20 July 1991|
|LTC Benjamin B Asunscion (Inf) PA||20 July 1991 to 03 March 1992|
|Maj Brignoli H Barinos (Inf) PA||03 March 1992 to 22 September 1993|
|Maj Jose B Viscara (In) PA (OIC)||22 September 1992 to 01 October 1993|
|LTC Federico T Centeno (Inf) PA||01 October 1993 to 16 November 1994|
|Maj Armando M San Miguel (Inf) PA||16 November 1994 to 16 April 1996|
|Maj Ricardo V Limiac (Inf) PA||16 April 1996 to 28 January 1997|
|LTC Frankie C Unciano (Inf) PA||28 January 1997 to 16 May 1998|
|LTC Victor A Felix (Inf) PA||16 May 1998 to 07 January 2000|
|Maj Joselito M Bernardo (Inf) PA (OIC)||07 January 2000 to 01 February 2000|
|LTC Rodrigo T Diapana (Inf) PA||01 February 2000 to 18 March 2001|
|LtC Juanito W Dalmas Inf (GSC) PA||18 March 2001 to 25 March 2001|
|LTC Rodrigo T Diapana (Inf) PA||16 April 2001 to 10 May 2002|
|Col Dante S Dinsay MNSA (GSC) PA||16 April 2001 to 10 May 2002|
|Col Aguedo P Vilches Inf (GSC) PA||10 May 2002 to 18 March 2003|
|LTC Paul Pompeyo MDario Jr (Inf) PA||18 March 2003 to 09 June 2003|
|LTC Leopldo F Oganiza (Inf) PA||09 June 2003 to 11 February 2004|
|LTC Noel P Mislang Inf (GSC) PA||11 February 2004 to 21 January 2005|
|LTC Angelito M De Leon FA (GSC) PA||21 January 2005 to 17 July 2006|
|LTC Raul V Baustista Inf (GSC) PA||17 July 2006 to 16 April 2008|
|LTC Ignacio B Madriaga Inf (GSC) PA||16 April 2008 to On 01 July 2010|
|LTC NOEL T BALUYAN INF (GSC) PA||On 01 July 2010 to date On 02 July 2012|
|LTC DANILO R DOMINGO INF (GSC) PA||On 02 July 2012 to date|