Marawi heroes awarded by WestMin Com Chief

Headquarters Western Mindanao, Camp Navarro, Calarian, Zamboanga City- November 13, 2017


Two (2) officers and four (4) enlisted personnel of the Philippine Marines Corps were awarded by the WestMinCom Chief during the flag-raising ceremony early this morning (November 13).

First Lieutenant Bobby Gabayno, First Lieutenant Kim Adrian Martal, Sergeant Lito Malana, Sergeant Sherwin Seraspe, Corporal Johnson Curato, and Corporal Rodrigo Palting Jr. were awarded with the Gold Cross Medal for their gallantry in action during an armed engagement with an undetermined number of local terrorist group/Maute in Marawi City.

A command plaque was presented to Rear Admiral Rene V. Medina, the commander of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao, for his outstanding leadership and sterling management skills as commander of the Naval Forces Western Mindanao Command that led to the interception of the plan of the Daesh-inspired terrorists to gain control of Marawi City and turn it into a caliphate, which prompted the conduct of focused military operations for almost five months against more or less 900 members of the Maute-ASG-ISIS that resulted in the clearing of Marawi City.

Three personnel from the Naval Intelligence and Service Group-Western Mindanao were also awarded by Lieutenant General Carlito G. Galvez Jr., the commander of the Western Mindanao Command, with the Distinguished Navy Cross and the Military Merit Medal for their distinguished and meritorious accomplishments in Marawi City.

“I would like to congratulate all the awardees for their well-deserved medals and awards,” said Lieutenant General Galvez, Jr.

“Their meritorious and extraordinary achievements is but fitting for the given recognitions,” he added.

“They made the Armed Forces of the Philippines proud and the entire Filipino nation as well,” added LtGen Galvez, Jr.

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