- Pres. Aquino has approved the recommendation to confer Medal of Valor Award to two SAF members involved in the Mamasapano mission
- Awarding will be done on January 25 in time for the first anniversary of the Mamasapano incident
- Medal of Valor Award is the country’s highest military honor
As confirmed by Malacañang, President Benigno Aquino III has approved the recommendation to confer two Special Action Force (SAF) members involved in the Mamasapano mission with the Medal of Valor award.
“The President authorized the award and among the awards that will be conferred ay ang tinatawag na Medalya ng Kagitingan or the PNP Medal of Valor,” Communications Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III was quoted saying in an article published by GMA News Online on January 23.
The two SAF 44 members to be accorded with the distinct medal of valor awards on January 25 during the PNP’s commemoration of the first anniversary of the Mamasapano incident are Senior Inspector Gednat Tabdi and Police Officer 2 Romeo Cempron.
Usec Quezon said that the president has also authorized the posthumous conferment of Medalya ng Kabayanihan or the PNP Distinguished Conduct Medal awards to the remaining members of the SAF 44.
The 44 SAF members were k****d in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on Jan. 25, 2015.
The police commandos were sent to Barangay Tukanalipao in Mamasapano town to neutralize Indonesian terrorist Zulkifli Binhir alias Marwan and Filipino bomb expert Abdul Basit Usman.
The Philippine Medal of Valor (Filipino: Medalya ng Kagitingan) is the country’s highest military honor awarded for acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty.
The medal is awarded by the President of the Philippines to members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and allied military personnel, including recognized guerrilla forces.
Under Philippine Republic Act No. 9049, a medal of valor awardee is entitled to lifetime monthly gratuity of P20,000 that is separate and distinct from any salary or pension the awardee is receiving or will receive from the government.
Earlier, the families of the Fallen 44 have received a total of P979,755.49 in employees’ compensation (EC) benefits which include funeral and survivorship pension benefits.
The amount of EC pension ranges from P706.50 to P3,774.08 a month.