2 soldiers hurt in clash with terrorists gets merit medals

COTABATO CITY (October 23, 2023, John Unson) — Two members of the 40th Infantry Battalion wounded in an encounter on October 17 with Dawlah Islamiya terrorists each received on Saturday citation medals from a regional Army official in recognition of their gallantry in combat.

Major Gen. Alex Rillera, commander of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, told reporters via Viber Monday that he personally awarded Pfc. Anthony Felomino and Pfc. Aineer Magayan with a wounded personnel medal each while still at a treatment ward in Camp Siongco Hospital in the compound of the 6th ID’s headquarters in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao del Norte.

“They both deserve to be pinned with those medals,” Rillera said.

Felomino and Magayan were in a squad of 40th IB personnel that members of the Dawlah Islamiya attacked while on their way to a secluded area last October 17 in Barangay Tuayan in Datu Hoffer, Maguindanao del Sur to check on reports by villagers about the presence of gunmen collecting money from farmers at gunpoint.

Three Dawlah Islamiya members, whom local officials and members of the municipal peace and order council identified as Salim Usman, Tasil Inshua and Muntasir Satro, were hurt in the ensuing exchange of gunfire.

The Dawlah Islamiya and its allies, the Al-Khobar and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters are tagged in all deadly bombings since 2014 of buses and commercial establishments in central Mindanao whose owners had refused to shell out “protection money” on a monthly basis.

Besides the medals, Rillera also provided Felomino and Magayan with a basket of fruit each and other gifts during his visit to them last Saturday. (JOHN UNSON, IN COTABATO CITY)

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