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Soldiers hurt in Sulu clash receive medals
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – President Duterte yesterday awarded medals to 12 soldiers wounded in an encounter with the Abu Sayyaf group in Sulu last week.
Duterte flew to Jolo to visit the soldiers at the headquarters of the Joint Task Force Sulu in Camp Teodulfo Bautista in Barangay Bus-bus.
The President pinned the medals on First Lts. Niño John Paner and Ian Solatre; Cpls. Alan Bartolome and Jeric Ghil Villaruz; Private First Class Reynan Maristela, Vergel Bali, Rhenievon Saliw-an, Jaifiryll Tamayao, Polard Banggawan, Jeremy Ganagan, and Tonie Mar Talatayud; and Private John Paul Annang. They are all from the 21st Infantry Battalion.
Duterte was accompanied by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Armed Forces chief Gen. Eduardo Año.
The 12 soldiers were wounded in the encounter in Patikul town while they were attempting to rescue seven victims kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf.
Four Abu Sayyaf members were killed in the encounter.