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Wounded troops get medals for protecting people from terrorists in Southern Mindanao

Davao City (8 June) -- A total of 11 wounded government troops in a series of encounters with the New People?s Army (NPA) were awarded medals by the Army in bedside ceremony held in two hospitals in Davao City 9:00 AM Tuesday.

Nine soldiers and three Cafgu were given the Wounded Personnel Medal in Camp Felix Apolinario Station Hospital and Southern Philippines Medical Center by Maj. Gen. Carlos Holganza, Head of the Army?s 10th Infantry Division.

Holganza said, the medals were meant "to give morale boost to troops engaged in securing communities and safeguarding infrastructure projects being attacked by NPA bandits. These medals will remind our troops that they were wounded in protecting our people and that their sacrifices and service to the flag is heroism; and their heroism is being recognized not only by the AFP but most importantly by our citizens."

In the past weeks after the elections, NPAs stepped-up attacks mostly directed towards ongoing government infrastructures, business establishments and civilian communities. Most notorious of the NPA attacks was the massacre in Maragusan where five individuals were killed and a dozen others were wounded.

Authorities said the attacks were meant cover-up for the loss of the communists in the recent elections which is a strategic setback on the part of the CPP-NPA-NDF.

The Army add-up two more battalions to deal with the increasing demand to secure infra-projects and to address the clamor of the people to bring to justice those responsible in the Maragusan carnage. (10th ID/PIA SarGen) [top]

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