Philippine Army vice commander Maj. Gen. Demosthenes Santillan on Sunday awarded Wounded Personnel Medals (WPM) to six soldiers injured during harassment by outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Datu Unsay, Maguindanao.
Santillan visited the Army's 6th Infantry Division to boost the morale of soldiers battling the lawless elements in Maguindanao.
Newly recruited soldiers were undergoing field training exercises under the supervision of the 19th Infantry Battalion in Barangay Meta, Datu Unsay, Maguindanao when heavily armed BIFF harassed them on Wednesday last week.
This prompted the military's 34th Infantry Battalion to launch an offensive to drive away the BIFF rebels who occupied the villages of
Meta in Datu Unsay and Kuloy in Shariff Aguak, both in
The awarding of WPM was conducted at
in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao. Camp Siongco
Santillan who is set to retire in September has been visiting Army camps across the country as part of his farewell visit.
The six soldiers are members of the 40th Infantry Battalion and 34th Infantry Battalion who were tasked to secure the area in Datu Unsay, Maguindanao for the safe conduct of the on-going Field Training Exercise (FTX) of the 19th Infantry Battalion.
WPMS are awarded to soldiers to recognize their efforts, courage, and willingness to sacrifice in the discharge of their duties, according to Captain Joann Petinglay, 6th Infantry Division spokesperson.