By DPAO, 8ID PA
May 17, 2016
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan, Samar – Maj Gen Jet B Velarmino AFP, Commander, 8th Infantry Division, awarded the Wounded Personnel Medal (WPM) to a brave soldier of 20th Infantry Battalion at Camp Lukban Station Hospital on May 16, 2016.
The awardee, Private First Class Michael P Cagata (Inf) PA, was wounded in action during an ambush staged by more or less 30 New People’s Army (NPA) along Cory Aquino Highway road at vicinity Brgy Anito, Gamay, Northern Samar while conducting election duty.
The Philippine Army was deputized by the COMELEC, together with the Philippine National Police during the elections. The 8ID’s actions aimed to ensure a Peaceful, Credible, Orderly and Safe (PCOS) 2016 Automated National and Local Elections in Eastern Visayas.
Maj. Gen. Velarmino in his message said that, “It is very unfortunate that our soldiers were ambushed while serving the people to attain a credible election, while protecting the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) and the Vote Counting Machines (VCMs)”.
Generally, the election related violence has been reduced because of the immediate response of the Philippine Army. Furthermore, this Command is very thankful for the overwhelming support from the populace who desired the peaceful and credible elections, Velarmino added.