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President Duterte honors soldiers wounded in BIFF clash

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte confers the Order of Lapu-Lapu Rank of Kampilan on one of the wounded soldiers he visited at the Metro Davao Medical and Research Center (MDMRC) in Davao City on November 23, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DAVAO CITY—President Rodrigo Roa Duterte honored Sunday five Army soldiers who were wounded in military operations against Islamic insurgents in Mindanao, praising them for their heroism and bravery in securing the country.

President Duterte arrived at the Metro Davao Medical Research Center (MDMRC) early Sunday to personally check the condition of the injured soldiers. He then conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu, Rank of Kampilan on the injured members of the security forces.

Among those who received the award were Pfc. Ruel Sumilhig, Pfc. Allan James Cabildo, Cpl. Alexander Flauta, and Pfc. Sonny Buladaco.

The Order of Lapu-Lapu, Rank of Kampilan is conferred by the President to recognize exemplary service by workers of the government and private individuals who are wounded, injured, or suffered great loss of property for their participation in the advocacy of the President.

The troops sustained injuries in separate clashes against the members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and the Dawlah Islamiyah Turaife Group (DITG) in rural parts of Mindanao.

The President, who vowed full support and protection, also personally extended cash assistance to the wounded military personnel. PND