President Arroyo is set to award medals and decorations to military officers and enlisted personnel as part of the anniversary celebration of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Monday.
A statement by Malacañang Sunday said Mrs. Arroyo would “pay tribute to the brave men and women of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) who have dedicated their lives in the service of the people on the occasion of the AFP’s 73rd anniversary celebration.”
Ceremonies for the distribution of the awards was described as the highlight of the anniversary celebration to be held at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.
Pacquiao to get award
Among those who are set to receive an award is People’s Champ Manny Pacquiao who recently won the multi-million dollar “Dream Match” against Mexican-American Oscar de la Hoya. Pacquiao, an Army reservist with the rank of Master Sergeant, would be receiving the Philippine Legion of Honor (PLOH) in the degree of officer.
The military ceremonies is also reported to witness the revival of the “flyby” of Philippine Air Force (PAF) aircrafts. The “flyby” was shelved for several years as a feature of AFP anniversary celebrations reportedly in keeping with the military’s austerity program.
Others who will receive awards in the anniversary celebrations are the following:
Distinguished Service Award – Army Brig. Gen. Rommel Gomez, Navy Capt. Edgar Abogado and PAF Col. Richard Siga-an for “eminently meritorious and valuable service rendered in a position of major responsibility.”
Gold Cross Medal – Army 2nd Lt. Kenneth A. Gutleng (Posthumous) and Navy Sgt. Ricky M. Villar
Philippine Legion of Honor (PLOH) – Army Lt. Gen. Cardozo M. Luna, First Bronze Anahaw Leaf to the PLOH; Army Lt. Gen. Rodrigo F. Maclang, First Bronze Anahaw Leaf to the PLOH in the Degree of Officer; and Dr. Emilio T. Yap, First Bronze Anahaw Leaf to the PLOH.
Outstanding Achievement Award- Army Lt. Col. Rizaldo A. Limoso and Army TSgt Hercules L. Regis.
Distinguished Aviation Cross Medal – PAF Capt. Jonathan C. Ybanez
Bronze Cross Medal - Lt. Victor J. Ramos PN.
Kagitingan sa Barangay (Category of Datu) award - CAFGU AA Nonito A. Cabarles Sr.
AFP Enlisted Personnel of the Year - Army TSgt Antonio O. Domingo PA
AFP Civilian Supervisor/Employee of the Year - Dr. Luz S. Quintana and Dr. Marie Antonnette A. Castanos.
AFP ROTC Cadette and Cadet of the Year - Cdt Maj Farvy O. dela Cruz 1CL and Cdt Maj. Josephil J. Nestor 2CL, respectively.
AFP Civil-Military Operations NGO Awardees of the Year - Mindanao Tulong Bakwet Inc. and Metro Bank Foundation.