A TOTAL of 51 soldiers received medals for demonstrating exemplary actions during encounters against the Communist New People's Army (NPA) terrorists in the area of operations of 62nd Infantry (Unifier) Battalion, Philippine Army (62IB).
The medals were conferred by Colonel Inocencio Pasaporte, 303rd Brigade commander, in rites held at the 62IB headquarters in Barangay Libas, Isabela Wednesday, September 9, 2020.
On August 14, 2020, the scout platoon elements of 62IB, while conducting community security patrols, had two separate encounters with 35 members of Communist NPA terrorists in Sitio Maluy-a and Sitio Tabago, Barangay Sandayao, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental.
The series of encounters resulted in one body count on the rebel identified as Rickim Marosino Remasog, known as Ikim, 21 years old, and the apprehension of one NPA red fighter identified as Rennel Remasog, known as Vic-vic, a member of LPC NPA, SYP Platoon CN1 and the rescue of two female minors recruited by the NPA.
The troops were able to recover at the encounter site the following war materials: a rifle; shotgun; two caliber .45 pistols, 140 rounds cartridge; several cellular phones; three cartridge cases of 40mm high explosives; one unit commercial radio; one 20 rounder magazine; 22 rounds live ammunition of 5.56mm; six rounds empty shells of 5.56mm; five backpacks with personal belongings; one solar panel; 20 meters electric wire for an improvised explosive device; and a half-sack of rice.
"As your Brigade Commander, I want to recognize your efforts and may this simple recognition inspire you to do more and perform well on your next mission. The medal symbolizes your selfless dedication and bravery in protecting the people of Negros and the country against the enemies of the state who continue to make efforts to undermine our country," Pasaporte said.
"Continue your aggressive efforts without let-up in going after the Communist NPA Terrorists and show to them the true grit of 62nd Infantry 'Unifier' Battalion," he added.