MANILA-- The Philippine Army (PA) has given "Wounded Personnel Medal" (WPM) to 35 troops who were wounded-in-action in various encounters in Marawi City and Mindanao.
In a statement Wednesday, PA spokesperson Lt. Col. Ray Tiongson said the WPMs were personally handed by Lt. Gen. Glorioso Miranda during short ceremonies at the Army General Hospital in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on Monday.
The Wounded Personnel Medal is not just given to you because you have survived a fierce battle. The award also reminds all of us of the high price that soldiers have to pay in order for our countrymen to continue living in peace and enjoying their freedom," the PA chief was quoted as saying.
Thirty two of the troops were wounded in the ongoing anti-terrorist operations Marawi City and the remaining were hurt battling lawless elements in Mindanao, he added.
"The Army leadership is proud to congratulate the recipients of the award. This manifests the bravery, professionalism and heroism of the soldiers who continue to be a source of national pride," Tiongson added.
He added the PA also extended its gratitude to all its personnel in Marawi City and all over the country who continue to risk their lives to achieve just and lasting peace and stability for the country.
Fighting in Marawi City started when government security forces attempted to arrest Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon and ISIS "Emir" in Southeast Asia last May 23.
Source: Philippines News Agency