AFP chief visits EastMinCom, awards 7 troops with medals

The Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines visited Eastern Mindanao Command (EMC) in Naval Station Felix Apolinario, Panacan on Monday to get updates on the operational environment in the different regions in the country.

Maj. Ezra Balagtey, spokesperson of Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMIncOm), said Gen. Carlito G. Galvez was received by Lt. Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr., commander of the EastMinCom, during a brief military ceremony.

During the command conference, Galvez was given a briefing on the security plan being implemented by EastMinCom.
Galvez also took the opportunity to personally talk to the soldiers, civilian employees and other personnel where he emphasized the importance of managing finances wisely.

He also directed the EastMinCom to ensure that the troops are well taken care of.

Meanwhile, the AFP Chief of Staff led the presentation of different awards to seven officers and enlisted personnel.

1Lt. Francis Hernaez of 66th Infantry Battalion was conferred with the Gold Cross Medal for his gallantry in action during an encounter against the NPA in New Bataan, Compostela Valley last Jan. 20, 2018.

For acts of heroism not directly involving with the threat group but involving risk of life which led to the capture of NPA rebels, Cpt. Nilo Ramones Jr., 1Lt. Joesepher Ansay, and SSg. Forferio Barotas were conferred with the Silver Cross Medal Award.

Likewise, the AFP Chief of Staff awarded the Military Merit Medal to three personnel for their combat accomplishments.

1Lt. Jayson Pariñas was recognized for his meritorious act during an encounter against the NPA in Kitaotao, Bukidnon on May 10, 2018; Cpl. Mescach Aynaga, for his individual act of gallantry when his group encountered the NPA on Dec. 2, 2017 in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato during a combat patrol; and Cpl. Nurhan Palias, for his act of gallantry during the encounter in Montevista, Compostela Valley.

The 50th AFP Chief was formerly the commander of Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) based in Zamboanga City, who was responsible for the neutralization of ISIS-inspired local terrorist leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Maute brothers in Marawi City.

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