Wednesday, June 5, 2019

14 soldiers feted for gallantry in fight vs. Abu Sayyaf

From the Philippine News  Agency (Jun 5, 2019): 14 soldiers feted for gallantry in fight vs. Abu Sayyaf

The Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) has honored 14 soldiers who recently fought Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits in the province of Sulu.

Col. Gerry Besana, Westmincom information officer, said Wednesday the awardees belong to the Army’s 11th Infantry Division who "ferociously engaged" the ASG bandits led by Radullan Sahiron in more than an hour of firefight in Barangay Pansul, Patikul, Sulu on May 31.

Besana said they were awarded the Wounded Personnel Medal (WPM) by Lt. Gen. Arnel dela Vega, Westmincom chief, who visited them at the Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital in Jolo, Sulu on Tuesday.

The awardees are Cpl. Arsenio Upaco Jr.; Cpl. Sonny Jumoc; Pfc. Dietherben Rabe; Pfc. Harry Boy Calapiz; Pfc. Abduhasad Bakadji; Pfc. Edwin Yurong; Pfc. Joevert Ramirez; Pfc. Edison Alom; Pvt. Albert Daligdig; Pvt. Dominic Osorio; Pvt. Jeric Peñaredondo; Pvt. Ramil Diaz Jr., Pvt. Chovie Mar Almodel; and Pvt. Ramord Balambao.

Dela Vega said the series of military operations "debilitated the manpower and strength of Abu Sayyaf militants, who are unable to endure long and successive battles initiated by the Joint Task Force Sulu in known bailiwicks of terrorists.”

“Just like other personnel who were wounded in our previous operations, I congratulate you for doing your part in the accomplishment of our mission. By this time, we have no high-profile kidnap victim so we can sustain our momentum and defeat the
Abu Sayyaf. Remain focused and employ whatever you learned from our previous offensives to ensure your safety," he told the awardees.

The Joint Task Force Sulu earlier this week received an augmentation force that comprises soldiers from the Philippine Army’s 1st Brigade Combat Team.

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