THE Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) has awarded medal to three soldiers for gallantry in action in the fight against the Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf Group bandits in the provinces of Basilan and Sulu.
Major Arvin John Encinas, Westmincom spokesperson, on Wednesday, September 18, said accorded with Wounded Personnel Medal (WPM) were Sergeant Vicente Castro, Jr., Corporal Junnifer Ordeniza, and Private First Class Keferd Osngar.
“I give my highest commendations to these soldiers for their bravery and sacrifice for our country and for the people,” said Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana, Westmincom chief.
“Truly they are our modern-day heroes who are risking their lives to keep their fellow Filipinos safe and secured,” Sobejana added.
Encinas said Castro was injured during a clash between the troops of the Army’s 1st Brigade Combat Team against some 30 Abu Sayyaf bandits led by Hajan Sawadjaan on September 11 in Latih village, Patikul, Sulu.
Encinas said that Ordeniza was wounded in a firefight between the troops of the Army’s 18th Infantry Battalion against the Abu Sayyaf bandits on August 18 in Campo Uno village, Lamitan City, Basilan.
He said Osngar sustained wounds during an encounter involving the Army 41st Infantry Battalion against some 40 Abu Sayyaf bandits led sub-leaders Almujer Yadah, Ben Tattoh, and Apo Hike on September 10 at Sitio Tubig Pansol in Langhub village, Patikul, Sulu.
The Westmincom also extended financial assistance to the three wounded soldiers, during the awarding ceremony held on Monday.
They were admitted at the Camp Navarro General Hospital, the military medical facility in Zamboanga City. (SunStar Philippines)