Divina M. Suson
ILIGAN City--The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) awarded on Monday morning (February 17) five soldiers who got wounded in a clash on Saturday with the suspected remnants of Dawlah Islamiya in the hinterlands of Balindong town in Lanao del Sur.
They are Second Lieutenant Edon John Sumpay, Privates First Class Jeson Orias and Alony Gado, Jr., and Sergeant Rodgen Pumares, all of 82IB and Private Almie Maputi of 55IB.
Brigadier General Generoso Ponio, 1st Infantry Division commander, pinned the Wounded Personnel Award, after the flag raising ceremony inside the Kuta Cesar Sang-an Station Hospital at the 1ID Headquarters in Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur.
Ponio assured them to be provided with best medical treatment for their speedy recovery.
On Saturday, the government troops clashed with the armed men in a joint combat operation with the 55IB and 82IB according to Captain Clint Antipala, acting officer of the 1st Division Public Affairs Office.
Killed during the clash is Private Ellasar Palma of the 55IB.
Colonel Jose Maria Cuerpo, commander of the 103rd Infantry Brigade, said the 20 remnants probably suffered casualties during the encounter because of the bloodstains in their withdrawal route.
“In the last few days, the security forces have taken their camps and security layer positions. Your forces will continue to pursue them with the ultimate objective of defeating terrorism in Lanao province”, Cuerpo said.
“We also extend our deepest sympathies to the bereaved families and friends of our soldier who paid the ultimate sacrifice in protecting the people against the terrorist group and we salute his gallantry and bravery,” Ponio said.
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