Eight soldiers from 8th Infantry Division, who were wounded in three separate clashes November and October, were feted last Dec. 1 for their bravery and dedication to the service.
This was disclosed by 8th Infantry Division spokesperson Capt. Isagani Viernes in a statement Thursday.
Two of the soldiers are from the 63rd Infantry Battalion; while the other two are from the 87th Infantry Battalion; and four from the 14th Infantry Battalion.
All eight personally received the Wounded Personnel Medal and cash assistance from 8th Infantry Division commander Major Gen. Jet Velarmino in a ceremony held at
Camp Lukban Station
The two wounded personnel of the 87th Infantry Battalion were identified as Cpl. Jonas C. Autor and Pfc. Nico Basibas.
The two were wounded during an encounter with an estimated 15 New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Barangay Buluan, Calbiga, Samar at 6 a.m. last Nov. 25.
The encounter resulted to the death of one unidentified NPA member, seizure of an enemy encampment with 18 enemy bunkers, one multi-purpose hall and one classroom and the recovery of 200 rounds of K-3 squad automatic weapon ammunition, one memory card, one binocular and other subversive documents.
While Pfc. Pablito Pomarca and Pfc. Eric Lazara of 63rd Infantry Battalion were wounded during an NPA ambush at the vicinity Barangay Washington, Catarman, Northern Samar at about 3:28 p.m., last Nov. 24.
Four other soldiers identified as 1st Lt. Cherwin B. Lapura, Pfc. Rey D. Calabroso and Pfc. Jack O. Macatantan of the 14th Infantry Battalion were wounded during an ambush with more or less 20 NPA members in Barangay Lagundi, Catbalogan City, Samar last Nov. 27 and Staff Sgt. Wilfredo T. Irasga of the 20th Infantry Battalion who was wounded in enemy attack in Barangay Bonifacio, Gamay, Northern Samar while conducting peace and development operations last Oct. 20.