PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has created the Order of Lapu-Lapu, which will be conferred on individuals who have large contribution to the administration’s campaign against illegal drugs, corruption, and illegal gambling.
Under Executive Order 17, “government officials and personnel, as well as private citizens, who support Duterte’s vow to crack down on illegal drugs, corruption and illegal gambling will receive Lapu-Lapu awards “in recognition of invaluable or extraordinary service in relation to a campaign or advocacy of the President.”
The Order of Lapu-Lapu consists of three medals, namely Lapu-Lapu Medal, Kalasag Medal and Kampilan Medal.
Lapu-Lapu Medal will be awarded to government workers and private citizens “who have contributed significantly to the success of an activity pursuant to a campaign or advocacy of the President.”
Individuals "who lost their lives and/or property as a direct result of their participation in an activity pursuant to a campaign or advocacy of the President" will be awarded Kalasag Medal.
Kampilan Medal, on the other hand, will be granted to those “who are seriously wounded or injured as a direct result of their participation in an activity or pursuant to a campaign of advocacy of the President.”
The EO provides that awardees will be determined by a three-man committee, which will be chaired by a representative from the Office of the Executive Secretary. Two other members will come from the Presidential Management Staff.
According to the EO, the funds wil be sourced from the available funds of the Office of the President.
EO 17 was signed by Duterte and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. (SunStar Philippines)