CITY OF ILAGAN, Philippines- Following his wake visit to Isabela Police Chief Senior Inspector Michael Angelo Tubaña who was killed during a drug operation, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte also visited the Camp Melchor F. Dela Cruz Station Hospital in Gamu town to check on the condition of the 10 wounded-in-action soldiers.
Duterte awarded each soldier the Order of Lapu-Lapu, Rank of Kampilan, an award conferred by the President to recognize exemplary service by workers of the government and private individuals who are either wounded, injured, or suffered great loss of property for their participation in the advocacy of the current administration.
The wounded soldiers are Sgt. Michael A. Ammadang, Sgt. Frezer H. Ma-anao, Cpl. Randy M. Puyao, Cpl. Maurin Paul B. Garan, Cpl. Melvin A. Gines, Cpl. Jeronimo S. Tongdo, PFC. Eliezer P. Obiasca, Pvt. Jonejone D. Punghan, PFC Michael C. Valdez and PFC Renny Boy S. Himiwat.
Ammadang was wounded in an encounter in Cagayan while Frezer, Ma-anao, Puyao Garan, Gines, Tongdo, Obiasca and Punghan were wounded in a series of encounters in Isabela.
Valdez and Himiwat sustained injuries during an encounter in Patikul, Sulu.
The Commander-in-Chief’s visit to the wounded soldiers is a manifestation that he is true to his words in recognizing the sacrifices of every military and police officer in performing their duties to serve and protect the public especially in the fight against all forms of criminality.
Duterte said he would not allow them to go to jail as long as they are doing their duty. Mark Djeron Tumabao/PIA