By Prince Golez
President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday visited Jolo, Sulu to talk to the troops of the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Joint Task Force (AFP-JTF) at the Kuta Heneral Teodulfo Bautista Headquarters.
During the visit, Duterte led the awarding of medals to the military personnel and donning of ranks to Brigadier General Divino Rey Pabayo of JTF-Sulu and Brigadier General Andres Centino of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Operations.
The Chief Executive also conferred a Gold Cross medal to seven soldiers and distributed food packs to five enlisted personnel of the JTF-Sulu in a ceremony.
The recipients were Lt. Col. Abdulmoel Alamaia, Lt. Col. Ronaldo Amteo, 1st Lt. Romel Pacer, 1st Lt. Geronimo Vergara, Cpl. Ariel Sanchez, Cpl. Engelbert Tañan, and Cpl. Reylan Busmeon.
In Sulu, Duterte also visited the 15 soldiers who were injured while fighting the Abu Sayyaf Group at the Camp Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital.
He likewise awarded Cpl. Arsenio Opaco Jr., Cpl. Sonny Jumoc, Pfc. Edwin Yurong, Pfc. Edeson Alom, Pfc. Abduhasad Baladji, Pcf. Joevertt Ramirez, Pvt. Dominic Osorio, Pvt. Jeric Peñaredondo, Pvt. Raymund Balambao, Pvt. Ramil Diaz Jr., and Pvt. Albert Daligdig the Order of Lapu-Lapu with the Rank of Kampilan.