File photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, February 8, approved granting the Medal of Valor to 42 of the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) troopers killed during a controversial high-stakes operation in Mamasapano two years ago.
Two of the 44 SAF troopers who died on January 25, 2015, had already been given the highest possible award for soldiers and cops. (READ: True mark of valor: SAF's Gednat Tabdi, Romeo Cempron)
LOOK: Malacañang approves granting of medal of valor to 42 of SAF44 troopers still not awarded the medal. pic.twitter.com/WOTWWomkfp — Pia Ranada (@piaranada) February 8, 2017
The 42 SAF personnel who will receive the posthumous award are the following:
The announcement follows a recommendation from the National Police Commission (Napolcom) to give the remaining troopers Medals of Valor as well.
Families of Medal of Valor awardees get a P20,000 monthly pension, on top of other "special incentives and special privileges," according to the Napolcom.
The families of the SAF 44 have also been recipients of grants and cash donations, both from the government and the private sector. – Rappler.com