By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
President Duterte posthumously conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu with the rank of Kalasag to the police chief senior inspector who was killed during a drug operation over the weekend.
Mallig, Isabela Police Chief Senior Inspector Michael Angelo Tubaña was fatally shot by one of two drug suspects in an operation in Barangay Centro 1 in Mallig Last Sunday. He was 31.
Two suspects, 19-year-old Warren Bulawit and a minor, were arrested on Monday in Tabuk City, Kalinga.
During his visit Thursday, Duterte personally extended his condolences to Tubaña’s wife before conferring the recognition on the slain cop.
The Rank of Kalasag is awarded to individuals who lost their lives as a direct result of their participation in an activity pursuant to a campaign or advocacy of the President.
Before leaving the wake, the President gave his salute to Tubaña.
Award to wounded soldiers
Following the wake visit, President Duterte proceeded to Camp Melchor F. Dela Cruz Station Hospital in Ilagan to check on the condition of 10 wounded-in-action soldiers.
During the hospital visit, the President awarded each soldier the Order of Lapu-Lapu, Rank of Kampilan.
The Order of Lapu-Lapu, Rank of Kampilan is conferred by the President to recognize exemplary service by workers of the government and private individuals who are wounded, injured or suffered great loss of property for their participation in the advocacy of the President.
The wounded soldiers were Sgt. Michael A. Ammadang, Sgt. Frezer H. Ma-anao, Cpl. Randy M. Puyao, Cpl. Maurin Paul B. Garan, Cpl. Melvin A. Gines, Cpl. Jeronimo S. Tongdo, Pfc. Eliezer P. Obiasca, Pvt. Jonejone D. Punghan, Pfc. Michael C. Valdez and Pfc. Renny Boy S. Himiwat.
Ammadang was wounded in an encounter in Cagayan; while Ma-anao, Puyao, Garan, Gines, Tongdo, Obiasca and Punghan were wounded in a series of encounters in Isabela.
Valdez and Himiwat sustained injuries during an encounter in Patikul, Sulu.
In his visit, Duterte told the soldiers that he visited them to show how much he cared for every military and police personnel.
He reiterated that he would not allow them to go to jail as long as they are doing their duty.