From the Philippine News Agency (Aug 12): 5 soldiers, 3 militiamen cited
Five soldiers and three militiamen were awarded medals for gallantry in action against the Daesh-inspired Maute group and other enemies of the state in Mindanao.
The awarding of medals was spearheaded by no less than Gen. Eduardo Año, Armed Forces chief-of-staff, who visited the wounded troops on Saturday at Camp Navarro General Hospital in this city.
The soldier-recipients of wounded personnel medal (WPM) were the following: SSgt. Junifel Pangasian; Sgt. Al-Muktar Sali; Cpl. Ayatulla Hamid; Pvt. Arjone Bano; and, Sgt. Yusop Nahudan.
The three militiamen who received WPM medal were Mole Icasama; Lito Lalag; and, Charlie Alejandro.
Pangasian was wounded in a clash against the Maute group members while extricating cadaver of fallen comrades on July 15 in Barangay Marinaut, Marawi City.
Sali was wounded in an encounter against the Maute group members while conducting clearing operations on July 13 in Barangay Marinaut in the city of Marawi.
Hamid was injured in a firefight against the Maute group members while establishing a mortar fire base on June 20 in Barangay Bangon, Marawi City.
Bano was hit in a firefight against the Abu Sayyaf bandits while on combat operations on July 7 in Barangay Bohe Pahu, Ungkaya Pukan, Basilan province.
Nahudan and two of the three militiamen--Icasama and Lalag--were injured in a clash with New People’s Army (NPA) rebels on July 16 in Barangay Tinaplan, Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte.
Alejandro was wounded in a armed confrontation with Abu Sayyaf bandits on July 20 in Sitio Campo Barn, Barangay Switch Yakal, Lantawan, Basilan province.
Año was assisted by Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief, and other military officials.
Before the awarding ceremony, Año visited the troops of the Army’s 104th Infantry Brigade at Camp Luis Biel III in Tabiawan, Isabela City, Basilan.
Aside from medals, Año also provided financial assistance to the wounded soldiers and militiamen.