President Duterte honors soldiers wounded in Sulu clashes

President Rodrigo Duterte / Presidential photo

The Filipino soldier has time and again proven to be one of the world’s, not only the bravest but also the busiest. The Philippines being home to the longest Maoist rebellion and the different Islamic rebellion/ terroristic groups – The Armed Forces of the Philippines would always bravely fight for peace, so that you and I can sleep soundly at  night.

So whenever or whatever the national government can extend to the AFP with respect to its annual budget for the modernization of the organization that is always a welcome development.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte over the weekend was in Zamboanga city to acknowledge and recognized the bravery of 23 soldiers who in the defense of the state was wounded in separate military operations with the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in the island of Sulu.

The Chief Executive scheduled his visit to meet with his soldiers at the Camp Navarro General Hospital and duly recognized the soldiers sacrifices for the country, Duterte conferred to the 23 members of the Philippine Army the Order of Lapu-Lapu with the Rank of Kampilan also gave them gun certificates and the much needed additional medical assistance.

The said soldiers figured in separate encounters last November 16 and 17 in Patikul, Sulu. Five soldiers were not as lucky as they were killed during those skirmishes.

The Order of Lapu-Lapu with the Rank of Kampilan is awarded to personnel of the government and private individuals who were injured or suffered a significant loss of property as a direct result of their participation in an action supporting a campaign or advocacy of the President.

The President seeing firsthand the state of the military hospital were the wounded soldiers were being attended, out rightly pledged P300 million for the construction of a new two-story hospital building inside Camp Navarro. This was for the members of the AFP, so that they can provide adequate and immediate medical attention to those who are in need of medical services.

The soldiers who received the Order of Lapu-Lapu award with the Rank of Kampilan were 2Lt. Michael Vincent Benito, SSg. Rex Cureg, Sgt. Romeo Barbon, Sgt. JersonBarasi, Sgt. ReynanteRuma, Cpl. GeneusCalamlam, Cpl. BingbongSalvador, Cpl. Felix Jay Castillo, Cpl. Denver Lambino, Cpl. Eugene Corpuz, Pfc. London Longawis, Pfc. Aldrin Paj-Dio, Pfc. KrielManaligod, Pfc. Jordan Magundayao, Pfc. Ruben Bulayang, Pfc. Harvie Soriano, Pfc. MarnelPiduana, Pfc. Sandoval Ludivico, Pfc. John Paul Layugan, Pfc. Gevil Lorenzo, Pvt. JayfersonBalac, Pvt. Jaime Boco, Jr., and Pvt. RizaldeTierro.

Source: PNA

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