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Maj. Gen. Rillera honors wounded soldiers in clash with BIFF in MagSur

Mindanao Armed Conflict • 19:45 PM Tue Apr 23, 2024
6th ID news release

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao del Norte - Major General Alex S. Rillera PA, Commander of the 6th Infantry Division/Joint Task Force Central, led the awarding of medals to seven soldiers wounded in the battle against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter (BIFF).

The ceremony was held at Camp Siongco Station Hospital in the Headquarters of the 6th Infantry Division, Camp Siongco, Awang, DOS, Maguindanao del Norte, today.

The recipients of the wounded personnel medal were 2nd Lt. Knigle A. Bastian, Sgt Oliver F. Lanestosa, PFC Gerald B. Alawin, PFC Michael Composo, Pvt Jay-R T. Alocada, all members of the 1st Scout Ranger Battalion; PFC Jereco A. Watil of the 92nd Infantry Battalion, and SSg Rold O. Romualdo of the 99th Infantry Battalion.

In addition to pinning the medals, Maj. Gen. Rillera also provided cash assistance, groceries, and a basket of fruits to the wounded soldiers, with the assistance of Lt. Col. Erwin E. Felongco, the Assistant Chief of Staff for Personnel, G1.

It was reported that the seven soldiers were wounded in an encounter with 15 members of the BIFF-Karialan faction, which resulted in the death of BIFF leader Mohiden Animbang alias Karialan, Chairman of the BIFF-KF, his brother Saga Animbang, the operation chief of BIFF-KF, and ten others in the skirmish in Brgy. Kitango, Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao del Sur, yesterday.

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