President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Wednesday honored Army soldiers killed and wounded during an attack at a military camp in Indanan, Sulu on June 28.
President Duterte conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu, Rank of Kampilan on soldiers injured after two alleged suicide bombers detonated a bomb at an Army tactical command post in Indanan town.
The recipients of the Order of Lapu-Lapu were SSgt. Ferdinand Clemente, SSgt. Marlon Domingo, Sgt. William Andreade, Sgt. Ryan Ferrer, Sgt. Richard Tudla, Sgt. Mark Joseph Mamingcol, Sgt. Jykyl Bautista, Cpl. Serto Bagni, Cpl. Rommel Soliman, Pfc. John Angelo Carpio, Pfc. Ralph Sabroso, and Pfc. Dariel Bolivar.
The President also posthumously awarded the Order of Lapu-Lapu, Rank of Kalasag on two Army soldiers, Pfc. Dominique Inte and Pfc. Recarte Alban Jr., who perished during the attack. Their next of kin received the award.
The Order of Lapu-Lapu is given to persons in government or private sector who have rendered extraordinary service or have made exceptional contributions to the success of the President’s campaign or advocacy.
The Kampilan Medal is conferred on persons who were seriously wounded or suffered great loss of property as a direct result of their participation in such action.
The Kalasag Medal, on the other hand, is given to officials and personnel of the government and private individuals who lost their lives as a direct result of their participation in an activity pursuant to a campaign or advocacy of the President.
On Sunday evening, the President conferred the same award on Cpl. Richard Macabadbad who was one of the Indanan bombing casualties. His remains lie at the Libingan ng mga Bayani Mortuary in Fort Bonifacio.
Dependents of soldiers killed in action received P250,000 financial assistance from the government while other benefits are extended through the state’s Comprehensive Social Benefit Program. Those who were injured received P100,000.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), one of the participating agencies under the program, provides employment to widows and other dependents.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), in coordination with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), provides skills training while the Department of Health (DOH) gives medical assistance.
Once beneficiaries completed their skills training, they are qualified to receive the second tranche of financial assistance from the government amounting to P250,000 for every beneficiary.
The National Housing Authority (NHA) also provides shelter assistance while the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM), and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) secure the grant of scholarships to the dependents of soldiers killed in combat.
Violence is not new in the restive Sulu archipelago. The bomb that went off June 28 targeted the tactical command post of the First Army Brigade Combat Team in Barangay Kajatian, Indanan, Sulu.
Aside from the casualties in the military, the blast killed three civilians and also injured many others. The Islamic State (IS) was reported to have claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing at the Sulu military installation.
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