President Rodrigo Roa Duterte visited the Western Mindanao Command (WESMINCOM) in Zamboanga City and honored the Wounded-in-Action (WIA) and Killed-in-Action (KIA) soldiers a day after a Philippine Air Force (PAF) C-130 plane crashed in Patikul, Jolo, Sulu.
Upon his arrival, the Commander-in-Chief visited the Camp Navarro General Hospital (CNGH) and awarded the Order of Lapu-Lapu with the Rank of Kampilan to the WIA soldiers. Photos from Sen. Bong Go.
President Duterte then proceeded to the Naval Forces for Western Mindanao (NAVFORWEM) for the symbolic Conferment of the Order of Lapu-Lapu with the Rank of Kalasag to the KIA soldiers.
By virtue of Executive Order (EO) No. 35 signed on 28 July 2017, the Order of Lapu-Lapu Kampilan and Kalasag medals are awarded to officials and personnel of the government, as well as private individuals, who were seriously wounded or suffered great loss of property and to those who lost their lives, in the pursuit of the President’s campaign or advocacy.
According to reports by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the C-130 plane carrying nearly a hundred troops and passengers from Cagayan de Oro City to the Province of Sulu when the pilots failed to regain power and missed the runway. The crash was said to be the worst military air disaster in the country for decades and injured and took the lives of both military personnel and civilians.
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