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Fourteen soldiers conferred 'Order of Lapu-Lapu Kampilan'

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President Rodrigo Duterte conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu with the rank of Kampilan to 14 soldiers of the Joint Task Force  (JTF) Sulu during his visit in the capital town of Jolo on Monday.

"The soldiers are among the 17 who incurred shrapnel wounds after battling with more or less 100 fully armed Abu Sayyafs under senior leader Radullan Sahiron and sub leaders Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan and Idang Susukan on September 14, 2018 in Barangay Bakong, Patikul, Sulu," Lt. Col. Gerry Besana,  spokesperson of the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom),  said in a statement.

The said encounter also resulted to 7 ASG members killed and wounding of 6 others including ASG sub-leader Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan, according to Besana.

The battle casualties were identified as 2nd Lt. Manny Lonzanida; Cpls. Rogen Baguio, Ruel Martinez; and Pfcs. Bryan Esmalana, Jinker Rey Meneses, Richard Corpin, Richard Bagalay, Marjon Fernandez, Reynan Cale, Johary Gempeso, Romil Buno, Jayson Andulana, Jessie Steve Polinar, and Merphy Raffy Elaydo were conferred at the Camp Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital, Jolo, Sulu.

President Duterte was accompanied by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana; General Carlito G. Galvez, Jr., Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines; Lieutenant General Arnel B. Dela Vega, Commander, Western Mindanao Command; and other officers.

The other two battle casualties namely: Private First Class Jayson Cervantes and PO1 Richard Faryao, who were evacuated to the Camp Navarro General, Zamboanga City, were accorded with the Wounded Personnel Medal by Lt. Gen. Dela Vega earlier Tuesday while Pfc. Ricky Cuñado was transferred to V-Luna Hospital, Quezon City for further medical attention.

The military said the Order of Lapu-Lapu with the Kampilan Rank Medal is awarded to government workers and civilians who were seriously wounded or injured or suffered great loss of property as a direct result of their participation to a campaign or advocacy of the President. Hader Glang




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