MANILA, January 28, 2017 (PNA) — President Rodrigo Duterte honored 12 wounded soldiers at Camp Siongco Station Hospital during his visit to Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao on Friday.
The soldiers, who belong to 6th Infantry Division of Philippine Army, got injured in a clash with lawless armed group in Ampatuan town on Thursday while acting as support to law enforcers serving a search warrant against the town mayor, Rasul Sangki.
The President awarded the Wounded Personnel Medal to the following army troopers:
- SSG Manuel T. Asana
- SSG Arvin C. Esperanza
- SGT Elmer P. Pelle
- SGT Leonardo C. Remulta
- CPL Raffy B. Matingkal
- PFC Jerusel D. Castañeda
- PVT Alden D. Cahoy
- PVT Eldie T. Mallorca
- PVT Erwin S. Mistoso
- PVT Harold John N. Dionisio
- PVT Cresaldy O. Coronado
- PVT Vincent John M. Gregorio
“I was shown the map where the encounters were. I am earnestly asking, nakikiusap ako sa MN pati MI na do not provide sanctuary itong mga terorista sa lugar ninyo. Kasi pag ka ganon, then we will be forced to go after them within your territory,” the President said, referring to the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
“Kasi may atraso sila. Marami sila pinatay na inosente, bombing, and all,” he added.
The President praised the soldiers who risked their lives in law enforcement operations.
He also assured the military of his administration’s full support as long as he is President.
“You can have the resources of government to make yourself comfortable and in the years to come, makukuha ninyo lahat ‘yung kailangan ninyo. And I will see to it that you are a soldier of this Republic, comfortable with your vocation,” Duterte said. (PNA)