The 3rd Infantry Division honored Thursday its four injured soldiers, one a Negrense, and a slain Army trooper for their display of bravery during an ambush in Capiz on Aug. 28.
The injured soldiers, including Negrense Army Private First Class Arman Gemoranon, 1Lt. Joselito Dalida, 2Lt. Lisbon Cesar Brawner and Cpl. Renante Vicente, received Wounded Personnel Medals that were pinned on them by Maj. General Emmanuel Bautista, 3rd Infantry Division commander.
Dalida, commander of the 61st Infantry Battalion Bravo Company, and his men, on board a TM 450 personnel carrier vehicle, were on their way to conduct a medical outreach program, when they were ambushed and hit with shrapnel from exploding grenades.
The driver of the military vehicle, PFC Marlon Gahum, was killed in the attack, military records showed.
Three of the four injured soldiers, including Dalida, Brawner and Gemoranon were visited by Bautista at the Iloilo Mission Hospital, while Vicente is still confined at the Western Visayas Medical Center.
Bautista also went to the wake of Gahum in Tapaz, Capiz, and honored him for his bravery. The slain soldier was awarded with a posthumous Gold Cross Medal for gallantry in action during the rebel attack Sunday.
“We regret that our call for peace was answered by this treacherous act of the NPA rebels,” Bautista said.
He, however, added “This senseless act of terror will not impede our resolve to bring peace in our communities, as we remain steadfast and continue to offer peace to the NPA rebels until they realize the futility of the armed struggle.”
Bautista also assured the family of PFC Gahum that the life he sacrificed for his country would not be in vain, and he will always be remembered as a true hero and advocate of peace.
On the other hand, armed skirmishes erupted anew between 62nd Infantry Battalion soldiers and 15 suspected rebels on Thursday in Brgy. Laga-an, Calatrava, Negros Occidental.
No casualty reported in either sides.*GPB