The President also personally checked on the soldiers’ condition during his visit.
The Chief Executive pinned the Order of Lapu-Lapu medals on Private First Class (PFC) Ronald Pamonag and CAFGU Active Auxiliary (CAA) Eduardo Matambonoy, Jr.
The President also pinned the Wounded Personnel Medal on Matambonoy.
PFC Pamonag sustained injuries following the siege in Marawi while CAA Matambonoy Jr. sustained injuries in a firefight that ensued against members of the New People’s Army (NPA) at the vicinity of Magugpo East, Tagum City on November 17, 2017.
President Duterte holds in high esteem the Order of Lapu-Lapu for the honor that it symbolizes, adding that it cannot be awarded even to a President.
The Order of Lapu-Lapu recognizes invaluable or extraordinary service given to the government.
President Duterte also extended support and financial assistance to the two soldiers. He also gave each a smartphone and a gun.
The Commander-in-Chief then paid a visit to the rest of the soldiers who are also recovering in the said hospital.
He then extended support and encouragement to them and gave financial assistance as well.
Duterte also commended their efforts made in the line of duty. – PND