Seventy-six (76) Wounded-in-action uniformed personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) were conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu Kampilan Medal by President Rodrigo Duterte during his visit to Camp Evangelista Station Hospital, 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, Brgy. Patag, Cagayan de Oro City on Saturday, September 9.
The Order of Lapu-Lapu was created through Executive Order 17 signed April 2017.
The Order will be awarded to officials and personnel of the government, and private individuals in recognition of their invaluable or extraordinary service in relation to a campaign or advocacy of the President.
The Kampilan Medal is awarded to individual seriously injured or wounded as result of direct participation in activity pursuant to the President’s campaign or advocacy.
In his speech the President told the troops to “try to be alive and fight for the country. Our duty here is to protect the people and to preserve itong Pilipinas natin. Medyo magulo pero kaya nagsakripisiyo kayo.”
“Kaya it behooves upon me na kailangan katabi ninyo ako. Kung pwede lang sana pati doon sa barilan. Ako, gusto ko. Karami kong magagandang baril na hindi ko magamit,” he added.
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