Monday, March 2, 2015

3 troopers wounded in ongoing offensive against BIFF awarded

From the Philippine News Agency (Mar 2): 3 troopers wounded in ongoing offensive against BIFF awarded

Three soldiers, wounded in the ongoing offensive against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in North Cotabato and Maguindanao, were decorated with the Wounded Personnel Medal during simple ceremonies at Camp Siongco Station Hospital Monday.

The medals were personally awarded by 6th Infantry Division commander Major Gen. Edmundo R. Pangilinan who is also Joint Task Force Central head.

These men were identified as Staff Sgt. Henry B. Blas, Sgt. Anthony M. Fuentes and Cpl. Menjamin H. Hailid, all members of the Marine Battalion Landing Team-6.

The three were hurt during an encounter with more or less 50 members of the outlawed BIFF at Barangay Iginagampong, Datu Unsay, Maguindanao last Feb. 27.

The law enforcement operation was part of the joint all-out offensive conducted by the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police last Friday at selected areas in Maguindanao specifically in the Salbu-Pagatin-Mamasapano-Shariff Aguak box against the BIFF.

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