Soldiers who battled communist rebels and ISIS-inspired terrorists were among military personnel recognized during the 122nd founding anniversary of Philippine Army, Thursday (March 21).
The Distinguished Conduct Star (DCS), known as the second highest military award in the Armed Forces, and the Gold Cross Medal (GCM), or the the fourth highest military award, were among the accolades given during the event.
The DCS was awarded to Sgt. Arnel Alberto, Cpl. Roel Delos Reyes, and Pvt. Jerry Wassig for their roles in fighting Maute terrorists in separate encounters.
Meanwhile, the GCM was awarded to 1st Lieutenants Francis Hernaez, William Hiponia, and Antonio Cortes; and Staff Sgt. Juljiri Abdurajik for fighting communist insurgency across the country.
Currently, the Philippine Army is open for applicants who are interested to join the troops.
President Rodrigo Duterte led the conferment of medals. He also took a look into the Army's current capabilities and modernization plan during the anniversary program.
Prior to the anniversary activities, Duterte had also led the unveiling of the Marawi Heroes Memorial Monument at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.