Duterte to give medals to Espenido, 129 slain Marawi troops

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 28 2017 08:40 AM | Updated as of Aug 28 2017 12:08 PM

Duterte visits the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte is set to give Order of Lapu-Lapu medals to 129 government troops killed in action in strife-torn Marawi and Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido during the celebration of National Heroes Day on Monday, August 28.

Duterte will give the Kalasag Medal to 129 government troopers who were killed while defending Marawi from Maute gunmen.

The Kalasag Medal under the Order of Lapu-Lapu is given to “officials and personnel of the government and private individuals who lost their lives as a direct result of their participation in an activity pursuant to a campaign or advocacy of the President.”

Meanwhile, Espenido, whose stint as police chief in Albuera, Leyte and Ozamiz City saw the death of two alleged “narco-politicians,” will receive the Magalong Medal.

The Magalong Medal is given to “officials and personnel of the government and private individuals who have rendered extraordinary service or have made exceptional contributions to the success of an activity pursuant to a campaign or advocacy of the President.”

Espenido earlier received a special individual award from the Philippine National Police for his “outstanding performance in anti-illegal drug operations that led to the eradication of illegal drug activities in Eastern Visayas and Ozamiz City.”