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PLACER, Surigao del Norte – The 901st Infantry (Fight’Em) Brigade conferred Wounded Personnel Medals to the two soldiers who were wounded in action in the recent armed encounter against the Communist Terrorist Group, Tuesday morning, July 21.

The awarding was made during the visit of Col. George L Banzon INF (MNSA) PA, Commander 901Bde, at the CARAGA Regional Hospital in Surigao City where the wounded personnel are currently confined and recuperating from their incurred slight gunshot injuries.

Conferred with the award are Private First Class Kevin Cabugsa and Private First Class Jose Isagani De Guzman, both assigned with the 30th Infantry (Phyton) Battalion.

The gallant soldiers sustained injuries in the recent encounter against more or less 30 members of Communist Terrorist Group that resulted to the neutralization of one female communist terrorist and the recovery five high powered firearms in Barangay Camp Edward, Alegria, Surigao del Norte on Monday, July 20.

In his statement, Col. Banzon praised the wounded soldiers for their heroism and bravery in the performance of their sworn duty.

He further stressed that the actions displayed by the wounded personnel manifest the professionalism of every soldier who continue to risk their lives just to ensure the safety and security of everyone.

The Brigade Commander mentioned that medals are not just being awarded because the soldiers became triumphant and survived any fierce battle but these are reminders of the high price that soldiers have to pay in order for our countrymen to continue living in peace and enjoy the freedom they deserve.

“Our injured soldiers took the risks and fought gallantly to preserve peace in Surigao del Norte. As professional soldiers, we are and will forever be grateful for their selfless service.
Their acts of bravery must serve as reminder for all of us that we are enjoying peace because somebody else is willing to sacrifice”, he said.

The Wounded Personnel Medal is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines who are injured or killed in combat.

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