President Rodrigo Duterte personally honored the six soldiers of the army killed in a clash with rebels of the New People’s Army in Borongan, Eastern Samar.
At Camp General Vicente Lukban in Catbalogan City, they were given the Order of Lapu-Lapu, Class of Kalasag, posthumously.
Rex Jadulco, Sergeant Ronaldo Go, Sergeant Limar Banug, Corporal Junmar Buranday, Corporal Kent Lloyd Agullo, and Private First Class Charlie del Rosario named the soldiers who died on November 11.
Duterte even condoled the soldiers ‘ families.
During meetings with the NPA, twenty-four other soldiers were injured.
Duterte bestowed on 16 wounded soldiers confined at the Camp Lukban Station Hospital the Order of Lapu-Lapu, Rank of Kampilan.
Four soldiers injured in separate clashes with rebels were also awarded the Lapu-Lapu Order.
Duterte also conferred the Lapu-Lapu Order, Kampilan’s rank, on critically wounded soldiers and police staff at the Borongan City encounter. They were confined to Tacloban City’s Divine Word Hospital.
Government financial assistance was given to dependents of the soldiers killed in action.
Police officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa of the Philippine National Police (PNP) directed police officers to launch intensified offensive measures against communist rebels following the Samar encounter.
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