From the Philippine Information Agency (Jun 17): PRRD to give merit awards to best performing soldiers
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is set to give awards to the four Philippine Army personnel during his visit at the 4th Infantry Division Advance Command Post (4IDACP) in Brgy. Bancasi at 3:00 p.m. today.
In recogition to the meritorious perfomances of valiant military men in service, the President, to be assisted by MGen. Benjamin R. Madrigal, Jr. and Col. Cristobal N. Zaragoza, shall lead the awarding of Military Merit Medals to the following soldiers: 1Lt. Melvin Allan T. Medrano and 1Lt. Chenly Pasanting (3rd Special Forces Battalion); 1Lt. Gerald F. Gaston (29th IB); SSgt. Narding N. Pascual (26IB); and 1Lt. Aldim T. Viernes (26IB).
Also, PRRD will administer the donning of rank to Col. Cristobal N. Zaragoza as he will be promoted one rank higher from colonel to brigadier general.
The traditional "Talk to Troops" will then follow. Right after his message, he is expected to join a long table boodle fight, a military manner of eating, with soldiers and other guests.