HERO SOLDIERS. President Rodrigo Duterte personally conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu Rank of Kalasag, posthumously, to the six Army soldiers killed in an encounter with the CPP-NPA in Borongan, Eastern Samar. While the Order of Lapu-Lapu, Rank of Kampilan, were conferred to the wounded soldiers confined at Camp General Vicente Lukban in Catbalogan City.
The Order of Lapu-Lapu is given to persons in the government or private sector who have rendered extraordinary service or have made exceptional contributions to the success of the President’s campaign or advocacy.
The Kampilan Medal is conferred on persons who were seriously wounded or suffered great loss of property as a direct result of their participation in such action.
The Kalasag Medal, on the other hand, is given to officials and personnel of the government and private individuals who lost their lives as a direct result of their participation in an activity pursuant to a campaign or advocacy of the President.
[The Civil Relations Service (CRS) is the unit of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) that engages the public through its public information and community relations programs “to create a favorable atmosphere between the community and the AFP. The CRS is the equivalent of the Psychological Operations and Civil Affairs units of the US Army.]