Skip to main content »

3 Igorot Commando Among the SAF Team Who Championed the Panthers Challenge 2022

3 Igorot SAF from Sadanga, Mt. Prov. and Itogon, Benguet are among the member of SAF-Seaborne who championed the Panthers Competition Challenge 2022.

 |  2 min read

Igorots SAF-Seaborne during the Panthers Challenge 2022 - PCpl Markelly N. Chale, PCpl Jerome P. Gakayen, and PMSg Jonathan F. Fatawil
Igorots SAF-Seaborne during the Panthers Challenge 2022 - PCpl Markelly N. Chale, PCpl Jerome P. Gakayen, and PMSg Jonathan F. Fatawil

Three Igorots are among the 7 man-team of SAF-Seaborne who emerged Champion during the 5-day Panthers Challenge Competition 2022 held at Headquarters in Camp Tecson, San Miguel, Bulacan. They were PMSg Jonathan F. Fatawil, and PCpl Jerome P. Gakayen, both from Sadanga, Mountain Province and PCpl Markelly N. Chale from Itogon, Benguet.

This is the first time Special Action Force championed a competition challenge designed by FSRR. It is said that this is also the first time, commandos are allowed to participate in the FSRR activities. In the case of SAF-Seaborne 's team who participated in the event, 2 are SAF rangers and 5 are commandos.

Their team garnered a stunning record with an overall total of 84.41% that falls into the Silver Category. They beat 11 other teams from the different elite forces of the Philippines such as the Philippine Marines, Philippine Navy, Philippine Airforce, Scout Rangers from the Philippine Army, and Special Forces. They also surpassed the overall rating of the First Scout Ranger Regiment who meticulously designed the activities.

The event is composed of 9 different competencies in combat operations which include Confidence Course, Mission Briefing, Land Navigation, River Crossing with Knot Tying, Close Quarter Battle with Demolition, Tactical Combat Casualty Care, Radio Communication, Stress Test Firing and Rucksack March.

SAF-Seaborne started with high spirits where they garnered a high rating in Confidence Course. Unfortunately, they slumped down in Land Navigation, but emerged stronger and more focused in the next levels. Their score goes continuously upward in the other events that follow.

Philippine Army Brigadier General Freddie T. Dela Cruz in his commendation letter said that their performance during the series of activities reflects the elites' unmatched skills, stamina, and spirit drawn from a high level of training, discipline, and hard work. PMSg. Fatawil added that it was the strong team effort they had and the presence of the Almighty that led them to finish the activity with great success.

Among the 12 elected best warriors from the different forces of the Philippines only two made it to the Silver Category - first is the SAF-Seaborne and second is the 2nd Scout Ranger Battalion. All other groups reached the bronze category that ranged from 76.95 percent - 81.30 percent.

Special Action Force attended the Formal Awarding Ceremony
Special Action Force attended the Formal Awarding Ceremony

The initial awarding was done on November 18, 2022. However, the formal awarding of winners was conducted on November 25, 2022, in the presence of Hon. Jose Faustino Jr., the secretary of National Defense as Guest Speaker.

Wherever i go, whatever i do, i will stamp the insignia of my ancestor ----Proud Igorota on board!!!!

Sharing is caring, kailian!

We do hope you find something great in this story. If you find this helpful, please do share it with the people you care about.

Igorotage is a social networking site — all contents are user-generated. The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of Igorotage.

Except as otherwise noted, the content of this page is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.


Sign in to share your thoughts. No account yet?

Igorot Jail Officer bags 3 Golds in International Jiu-jitsu Tournament

JO1 Arvin Luma-ang Jose, a proud Igorot BJMP officer from Benguet, won three golds in the Asian Sport Jiu-jitsu Federation tournament.

Aug 21, 2022 · 2 min read
Igorot General is Regional Director of Bicol Strong Police Force

PBGEN RUDOLPH BOTENGAN DIMAS, proud Igorot from Besao, Mountain Province, is the new Regional Director of Police Regional Office 5.

Aug 15, 2022 · 2 min read
Igorot is Mr. World Universe International 2022 1st Runner-up

Kenneth Jhayve Bautista, a proud Igorot from Benguet, is Mr. World Universe International 2022 1st Runner-up.

Jul 19, 2022 · 1 min read
Igorot is the OIC Director of the Bureau of Customs Intelligence Division

Jeoffrey C. Tacio, an Igorot from Benguet, is the Officer-in-Charge Director of the Bureau of Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service.

May 8, 2022 · 2 min read
Personal Blog: Igorota's Winning Piece in the Legal Writing Competition

Not a lawyer, but an Igorota who had the courage to penetrate the blog writing competition of Legal Experts won a prize.

Jan 10 · 1 min read
Igorota Elite Ultramarathoner wins Gold in 50K Borneo Trail Classic 2022

Sandi Mechi Abahan, Igorota Elite Ultramarathoner, named female champion in the 50K Borneo Trail Classic of the Spartan Trail World Championship.

Oct 16, 2022 · 2 min read
Igorot - The Father of Indigenous Peoples Right?

The act of an Igorot (Ibaloi) gives birth to the backbone of all laws pertaining to Indigenous rights and ancestral land the Carino Doctrine.

Oct 14, 2022 · 3 min read
Short film created by an Igorota wins International Awards

A short film co-written, produced, and starring Joyce Lao, an Igorot woman, received multiple awards from prestigious film festivals this year.

Sep 30, 2022 · 5 min read
Igorot Bookseller is the Country's Top Woman Bodybuilder

Igorot bookseller Ms. Liza Pasiwen Docyogen is a back-to-back and overall champion during the MCFIT classic 2022.

Sep 18, 2022 · 1 min read
Igorot Coast Guard conferred Dangal ng Maharlika Award

Igorot Coast Guard officer JULIUS B MAGUIWE was conferred the prestigious "Dangal ng Maharlika Award".

Sep 15, 2022 · 2 min read
What to learn next?

You might also like to read more related articles filed under People — or jump to a random article!

People Surprise me