CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY –President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday attended the wake of soldiers who were killed in action in an encounter with New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Misamis Oriental province.
He was greeted warmly upon his arrival at the Camp Brig. Gen. Edilberto Evangelista Chapel, where the remains of the fallen soldiers lie in state. The fallen soldiers were awarded the Bronze Spearhead Device Medal.
The President also extended financial, medical and educational assistance to the bereaved families.
Cpl. Marzon Morales and Pvt. Oshin Rosala were killed in action in clashes with the NPA at Barangay Kaulayanan, Sugbongcogon, Misamis Oriental last February 27-28.
The firefight reportedly ensued after the 58th Infantry Battalion responded to local residents’ complaints of NPA troops demanding food support in the area.
There were reportedly about 30 armed rebels from Guerilla Front 4B, North Central Mindanao Regional Committee who engaged the soldiers.
President Duterte then went to the Camp Brig. Gen. Edilberto Evangelista Station Hospital to visit the wounded soldiers, namely Pfc. Marquin Variacion, Pfc. Vincent Niño Lopez, Pvt. Regie Joy Duyan, and Pvt. Ramon Balibagon Jr.
Each was presented the Wounded Personnel Medal. Financial assistance, medical and educational support were also extended to them.
He likewise visited Sgt. Joshua Delawan, Pfc. Jeneses Andam, and Kenneth de Guzman, who are also confined at the Camp Brig. Gen. Edilberto Evangelista Station Hospital.