CAMP 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.
General 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