The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has awarded medals to three Marine soldiers for gallantry in action in a recent clash against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Maguindanao, a military official announced here Monday.
Capt. Ma. Rowena Muyuela, Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) information officer, identified the recipients of the Wounded Personnel Medal (WPM) as Staff Sergeant (SSgt.) Henry Blas, Sgt. Anthony Fuentes, and Corporal (Cpl.) Menjamin Hailid of the Marine Battalion Landing Team-6 (MBLT-6).
Muyuela said Maj. Gen. Edmundo Pangilinan, Joint Task Force Central commander, personally awarded to the three Marine soldiers in a ceremony Monday held at
in Maguindanao. Camp
Muyuela said the three MBLT-6 troops were wounded during a firefight with more or less 50 BIFF members last Friday in Barangay Iginagampong, Datu Unsay, Maguindanao.
She said the soldiers were conducting law enforcement operation when they clashed with the BIFF members.
She said the law enforcement operation is part of the all-out offensive against the BIFF in selected areas in Maguindanao.
The offensive is jointly being carried out by the AFP and the Philippine National Police (PNP).