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GALLANTRY | PRRD honors 12 wounded soldiers in Sulu

AFP - PRRD Honors 12 Soldiers in Sulu 1CAMP   GEN EMILIO AGUINALDO,   Quezon   City (DWDD)  –  President   Rodrigo   Duterte   honored   12 wounded soldiers with the Wounded Personnel Medal Award during his visit to Sulu on 15  July 2017 for their gallantry in  combating   extremism  and   terrorism   in   the Western part of Mindanao.

The   President   was   accompanied   by   Secretary   Delfin   Lorenzana,   Department   of National   Defense,   General   Eduardo   Año,   AFP   Chief-of-Staff,   Colonel   Cirilito Sobejana,   Commander   of   Joint   Task   Force   Sulu,   and   other   senior   military commanders during the awarding at the Camp Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital, AFPMC Jolo, Sulu.

The President commended the dauntlessness of the soldiers who belonged to the 41st Infantry Battalion under the Joint Task Force Sulu in wiping out the Maute-ISIS in the   urban   jungle   of   Marawi   City.     The   soldiers   were   also   appreciated   for their outstanding  contribution   to  our   nation’s   fight   against  terrorism,   illegal  drugs,  and criminality. Aside from the merit, the President also gave the soldiers cellular phones, wrist watches, and Cal .45 pistol each.

“We commend our soldiers for their bravery even if they are facing a very difficult fight against Maute-ISIS in Marawi City. Even with the complexities of the battle, they showed unrelenting passion and determination days and nights to wipe out and gain initial advantages against the enemy” Col Edgard Arevalo added.

The officials in the Province of Sulu also felt elated by the support and attention of the Commander-in-Chief to the soldiers. His personal visit with them will surely help in boosting the morale of the troops in their fight against terrorists in Marawi.

AFP - PRRD Honors 12 Soldiers in Sulu 2General Año also appreciated the efforts of the troops in fighting the enemy not just for the Filipino people but also for the sake of future generation. He also pointed out that winning is irreversible but it’s just a matter of time.

“We do not count the days because we will make sure this will end, I am sure we will defeat   them,   but   we   don’t   want   to   put   additional   pressure   that   would result to unnecessary loss of soldiers’ lives”, General Año said.

Meanwhile the President has already promised the soldiers who were wounded in the performance of their duty will get necessary aid and assistance to help them recover and sustain the needs of their families. AFP PAO / MCAG

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