5 wounded Army troopers commended PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 08 July 2013 11:24

For displaying bravery beyond the call of duty, five wounded troopers of the Zamboanga Del Sur-based 1st Infantry Division were decorated and feted by their commander, Brig. Gen. Virgilio M. Trinidad, late this week.

Belated reports forwarded by Capt. Jefferson Somera, 1st Infantry Division spokesperson, said the medal giving took place 4:00 p.m. at the Kuta Cesar Sang-an Station Hospital, Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga Del Sur last July 3.

All five soldiers were given the Philippine Army’s “Wounded Personnel Medal”. They are Cpl. Pio V. Jumawan,Pfc. Vergel O. Peralta, Pfc. Jayson W. Abarra, Pvt. Jonathan P. Abiero and Pvt. Evito C. Aves.

The feted troopers are members of the 53rd Infantry Battalion, a field unit of the 1st Infantry Division.

All five were wounded during recent actions against the rebels.

“With the feats you have displayed, we had assured to the public that the soldiers they leaned on are doing their work. Your action in risking your lives to save the people from the pestilence caused by the New People’s Army is a clear message that we the ‘Tabak’ (nickname of the 1st Infantry Division) Troopers are ready to sacrifice everything for the people whom we are sworn to defend. Keep up the good work gentlemen, the Army needs gallant soldiers like you,” Trinidad concluded.