Duterte awards Order of Lapu-Lapu to soldiers wounded in Abu Sayyaf encounters


President Duterte awarded five soldiers who were wounded in action in encounters with the Abu Sayyaf group in Sulu.

Duterte awarded the wounded soldiers with the Order of Lapu-Lapu, Rank of Kampilan during his visit to Camp Navarro General Hospital in Zamboanga City Thursday (Juky 26).

The awardees were: Staff Sergeant Krisnan E. Natividad, Sergeant Yahcob J. Sarian, Private Eugene S. Gonzales, Private First Class Richard C. Aquino and Corporal Jolly Bert V. Balmore.

They were wounded in separate encounters last July 11 and 19 against the Abu Sayyaf members in Patikul, Sulu.

The Order of Lapu-Lapu, Rank of Kampilan is conferred by the President to recognize exemplary service by workers of the government and private individuals who are wounded, injured, or suffered great loss of property for their participation in the advocacy of the President.

The Commander-in-Chief told the wounded soldiers that he visited them to show how much he cares for the military and assured them of government’s support.

Before leaving the hospital, Duterte briefly talked to soldiers with other medical conditions confined in the hospital.

Also present during the hospital visit were Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, Department of Interior and Local Government officer-in-charge Eduardo Año and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.