Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos clarified today that the remaining 42 Special Action Troopers who died during the Mamasapano operations will receive the Medalya ng Kagitingan or the PNP Medal of Valor.
The first two of SAF44, Senior Insp. Gednat Tabdi and Police Officer 2 Romeo Cempron also received the Medalya ng Kagitingan or the PNP Medal of Valor.
The PNP Medal of Valor is different from Philippine Medal of Valor, the Philippines’ highest military honor awarded for acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty.
Medalya ng Kagitingan or the PNP Medal of Valor is the highest award of the Philippine National Police. It is awarded to any member of the Philippine National Police who have performed in action a deed of personal bravery and self-sacrifice above and beyond the call of duty so conspicuous as to distinguish himself clearly above his comrades in the performance of more than ordinary hazardous service.
PNP Medal of Valor may be given only if the enemy force is so overwhelming as compared to the government troops.