An Army officer who led his men in liberating Marawi from the ISIS-inspired Maute terrorist group, was among those honored and conferred awards during the 67th founding anniversary of the First Scout Ranger Regiment Friday at Camp Tecson in San Miguel,Bulacan.
Lt. Col. MarloJomalesa, commander of the 5th Scout Ranger Battalion, was conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu by President Duterte, with other SR battalion commanders, who fought theMaute group for five months.
Jomalesa of Silay City, Negros Occidental, was also awarded the Outstanding Combat Leadership Award for his exceptional display of heroic leadership as commanding officer of 5SRB against ISIS terrorists.
His superb skills, combat stamina and diehard spirit reflected the finest and highest traditions of the Scout Ranger Alumni Association, its president, retired Col. Dennis Eclarin, said.
The 5SRB, that is heading for another assignment in Sulo, did not incur casualties or injuries during the five-month long battle with the Maute group, Jomalesa said.
The order of Lapu-lapu was established in 2017 and is conferred by the President of the Republic of the Philippines in recognition of the invaluable service rendered by officials and personnel of the government, as well as private individuals, in significantly advancing a campaign of the advocacy of the President, particularly acts of valor and kindness described as extraordinary acts of service and exceptional contribution to the country.
Jomalesa used to be assigned at the 303rd Infantry Brigade as a young Army captain, before his promotions and assignment to various positions in the Philippine Army.* GPB
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