AFP to honor fire-affected individuals

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Monday, May 12, 2014

THE government will honor the individuals who displayed courage and gallantry in the performance of their duties during the blaze at the Philippine Army’s (PA) Explosive and Ordnance Division (EOD) last week, a military official said Monday.

Army spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Noel Detoyato said the soldiers, fire fighters and fire volunteers will be given medals of recognition by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on May 19 to commend their willingness to put their lives at risk to ensure public safety.

On the recognition list are soldiers Rosalio Pompa, Juluis Galleon, Rosalino Galla, Dinar Alosada, Ferdinand Rafal, Eddy Alano, Romel Septino, Javer Jabalde, Ariel Velasquez, Leonardo Uy, Ramon Mega, Bernabe Mota and Fredie Esparagoza, the fire volunteers identified as Agrepeno Santos, Michael Caoab, Mark Cabab, Ruel Chang, Elver Santos, Francisco Gacusana, Juluis Donesa, Rodolfo Franco, John Paul Lantin, Edbert Quaresma, Allan Gabito and Herbert Pavila.

Also to be recognized are members of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), namely, Maria Leah Sapli, Ariseo Reloj, Herie Barrios, Altheg Berug, Rossaria Chipay and Maricel Lusuegro. All of them sustained injuries from the fire and blast at the military armory on May 7.

Detoyato said the victims will get financial assistance while the family of Mota, the soldier who died after obtaining 65 percent burns in his body, will get P100,000.

The Army spokesman added that the fire damaged more than P19 million worth of properties, including the building, 16 rifles, 14 M14s and two M16s, explosive devices and office equipment such as computers and laptops.

The cause of the fire is still unknown. (Third Anne Peralta/Sunnex)

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