Army honors 2 wounded troops-A A +A
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
TWO soldiers of the Bravo Company of the 19th Infantry Batallion (19th IB) were given honors for gallantry they displayed in a clash with the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels.
802nd Infantry Brigade commander Colonel Rafael Valencia said Sergeant Erwin Palacio and Corporal Rolando Legado of the 19th IB raced towards the civilians and protected them during the crossfire last Saturday.
Palacio and Legado were among those who fought against 10 members of the NPA who attacked them while they were navigating through a terrain on their way home together with civilians in Sitio Campagal, Barangay Robas, Jaro, Leyte on Saturday afternoon.
The two soldiers are still recuperating at St. Paul’s Hospital, Valencia added.
“Sergeant Palacio and Corporal Legado’s extraordinary heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon themselves, Bravo Company, 19th Infantry Batallion, 802nd Brigade and the entire Philippine Army,” Valencia said.
Aside from the “Wounded Personnel Medals,” the two soldiers were also given financial assistance for their hospitalization.
Lieutenant Colonel Nedy Espulgar, commanding officer of the 19th IB based in Kananga, Leyte, told Leyte Samar Daily Express that such violent incident is a manifestation that the NPA is resorting to violence to sow fear and panic among civilians especially those in far flung villages.
The NPA rebels continue to pursue armed violence despite ongoing peace efforts by the government. And such, the NPA wanted to spoil the good relationship of the army and civilians in Barangay Robas, Espulgar added.
The military strongly condemned this recent attack and the battalion commander of 19th IB vowed to continue its focused security operations in the area aimed at targeting those who continue to pursue armed violence that has caused suffering to the people and loss of innocent lives.
It was learned that Robas was previously infested with rebels, thus the government’s development efforts were hampered.
“We expect development to flow into these areas, these brgy will continue to be threatened by the NPA if their issues and concerns are not being addressed accordingly,” he said.
The battalion commander of 19th IBs said the convergence of government efforts and the key role of local government officials contributed in enlightening the people. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)