EIGHTEEN soldiers from 25th Infantry Battalion received recognition from AFP Chief of Staff Hernando Iriberri for their bravery during a clash with the New People’s Army.
Capt. Rhyan Batchar, spokesperson of 10th Infantry Division, said eight soldiers received gold cross medals, ten for military merit medals while twelve of them will be recommended for promotion.
Gen. Iriberri, along with Maj. Gen. Rafael Valencia, the division commander, awarded the soldiers for their exceptional gallantry in action and contribution to their unit’s accomplishments.
Iriberri also congratulated the troops involved during an armed engagement against the New People’s Army at Sitio Inupuan, Barangay Mainit, Nabunturan, Compostela Valley last April 2.
The succesful operation led to the recovery of one slain rebel, 12 high-powered firearms, seven improvised explosive devices (IEDs), medical paraphernalia and several subversive documents.
Iriberri’s visitation last week is also part on his retirement this month to thanked the troops for their support and cooperation during his term.
Iriberri has also served as Battalion Commander of 25th IB from December 2002 to November 2004; under his command, the unit similarly reaped outstanding accomplishments.
Under his leadership, the battalion recovered 87 assorted firearms, 30 of which were high-powered and neutralized 89 regular-threat group members, including key leaders.
Notably, there were no soldiers killed despite the unit’s accomplishments.