PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Friday, November 25, awarded medals and provided financial aid to 21 soldiers wounded in the continuous offensive against the Abu Sayyaf bandits in the island provinces of Basilan and Sulu.
Duterte awarded the medals when he visited them at Jolo Station Hospital (JSH) in Jolo, Sulu and Camp Navarro General Hospital (CNGH) of the Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) in Zamboanga City.
Twelve of the 21 wounded soldiers were admitted at the JSH while the remaining nine at CNGH.
Each of them received P100,000 in cheque, P10,000 cash, and a Glock pistol.
Nine of the 21 awardee-soldiers of military merit medals were the following: Staff Sergeant Peter Ugsod, Sergeant Amilkhaidar Tagayan, Sergeant Julbasar Julhasirin; Corporal Randy Ivan Gusman; Corporal Roel Clavo, Private First Class Elmer Dela Cruz, Private First Class Reynante Malen, and Civilian Active Auxiliary Emar Akalul.
They are admitted at CNGH. The others who rank and names were not available were confined at the JSH.
Duterte said the focus military operations (FMO) will continue against the Abu Sayyaf bandits in the provinces of Basilan and Sulu.
The FMO was launched to flush out the Abu Sayyaf bandits and rescue the hostages that are still in captivity. (Sunnex)