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CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan, Samar – Maj. Gen. Jet B Velarmino, Commander of the 8th Infantry Division, awarded the Wounded Personnel Medal  to a brave soldier of 20th Infantry Battalion at Camp Lukban Station Hospital on May 16.

The awardee, Private First Class Michael P Cagata , was wounded in action during an ambush staged by more or less 30 New People’s Army along Cory Aquino Highway road at vicinity Brgy. Anito, Gamay, Northern Samar while conducting election duty.

The Philippine Army was deputized by the COMELEC, together with the Philippine National Police during the elections.

The 8ID’s actions aimed to ensure a Peaceful, Credible, Orderly and Safe (PCOS) 2016 Automated National and Local Elections in Eastern Visayas.

“It is very unfortunate that our soldiers were ambushed while serving the people to attain a credible election, while protecting the Board of Election Inspectors  and the Vote Counting Machines,” Velarmino said.

The election related violence has been reduced because of the immediate response of the Philippine Army.

Velarmino thanked the public for supporting this year’s peaceful and credible elections.