Two Army soldiers, who were recently injured in separate encounters with New People’s Army rebels in Brgy. Sandayao, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, received medals from the Philippine Army in recognition of their bravery.
Col. Inocencio Pasaporte, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, said yesterday that he conferred the Wounded Personnel Medals to the two members of the 62nd Infantry Battalion, whose identities are being withheld,
Pasaporte said the medal symbolizes the bravery of two Army soldiers in facing the enemy of the state and their selfless dedication to their oath to protect the Negrenses.
The Aug. 14 simultaneous encounters led to the death of a member of the New People’s Army, capture of another rebel, and the rescue of two NPA recruits, who are minors.
Lt. Col. Melvin Flores, 62nd Infantry Battalion commander, said yesterday that the two injured Army soldiers have already been discharged from the hospital and are now eager to return to duty.
Meanwhile, Pasaporte acknowledged the immediate action of Air Force pilots in saving the lives of the two Army soldiers.
The encounters in Sitios Maluy-a and Tabago in Brgy, Sandayao, Guihulngan City on Aug. 13 and 14 led to the death of Rikkim Marosino, 21, and the recovery of two 45 caliber pistols, a 12 gauge shotgun, a caliber 22 Carbine rifle, 140 live ammunition of M-60 machinegun, three 40mm high explosives, a commercial radio, a magazine of M16 rifle with 22 ammunition, five back packs with personal belongings, a solar panel, 20 meters of electrical wire for IEDC (Improvised Explosive Device) and half a sack of rice.*
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