Soldiers involved in an encounter that left 10 alleged rebels dead in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, on March 23 received military merit medals.
Soldiers from the 62nd Infantry Battalion, 33rd Division Reconnaissance Company (33DRC), and 16th Scout Ranger Company were commended for the meritorious acts they displayed that resulted in the death of 10 suspected members of the New People’s Army, and the recovery of 11 high-powered firearms and subversive documents with high intelligence value.
The rites held at the 62IB headquarters in Barangay Libas, Isabela, on March 25 was led by Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
“I want to congratulate all the troops involved for the display of bravery and heroism coupled with their commitment and dedication to secure and serve. With this accomplishment, I am sure that you all gave your selfless service for our country and the people,” he said.
He also acknowledged the support of their counterparts in the Philippine National Police, the local government units, and the community for the success of the operation.
“I hope that we continue to work closely to make this beautiful island of Negros peaceful and progressive,” he said.*