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President Duterte condoles with kin of PDEA agents killed in Lanao del Sur

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes one of the slain Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agents as he pays his last respects during the wake at the Sto. Niño de Cebu Chapel in Camp BGen. Gonzalo H. Siongco in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao on October 10, 2018. Accompanying the President are PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino and Secretary Christopher Lawrence 'Bong' Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. KIWI BULACLAC/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DATU ODIN SINSUAT, Maguindanao –– President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Wednesday, October 10, visited the wake of five Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agents who were assassinated in Lanao del Sur.

During his visit at Camp Siongco where the remains of the drug enforcement officers lie, the President personally condoled with the family of the fallen PDEA agents and assured that justice will be served.

President Duterte awarded the Order of Lapu-Lapu with the Rank of Kalasag to the victims’ family representatives, and also extended financial, burial, and employment assistance.

The Order of Lapu-Lapu with the Rank of Kalasag is given to those who lost their lives in the line of pushing for a campaign of the President.

The five PDEA agents were ambushed in Kapai, Lanao del Sur on Friday, October 05, by unidentified gunmen after a dialogue with former illegal drug dependents in the Municipal Hall of Baranggay Kianibong, Togoloan II.

The fatalities were identified as IA 1 Vencio Ardepolla, IO 1 Laurice Joy Amar, IO 1 Diobel Pacinio, IO 1 Kenneth Capuno, and IO 1 Kristine Mae Torlao.

Meanwhile, PDEA agent IA 1 Rachel Ann Tan Gentapanan and NUP Normina Dicay survived the incident but sustained gunshot wounds.

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino also paid his respects to the families of the PDEA agents and condemned the “cowardly act” against the drug enforcement officers. ### PND