President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the conferment ceremony of the Order of Lapu-Lapu Ranks of Kampilan and Kamagi Medals on the government troops who risked their lives to combat terrorism and insurgency on sidelines of the ceremonial demilitarization of confiscated, surrendered and recovered firearms at the Headquarters Philippine Army (HPA) Grandstand in Fort Andres Bonifacio, Taguig City on December 13, 2017. (RUJI ABAT/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO)

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte presented the Order of Lapu-Lapu (Kamagi and Kampilan Medals) to 105 soldiers during his visit to the Philippine Army headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City Wednesday. 

Under Executive Order No. 17, the Order of Lapu-Lapu is awarded to officials and personnel of the government, as well as private individuals, in recognition of their “invaluable service in relation to a campaign or advocacy of the President”.

During the visit, the Chief Executive also led the destruction of war materiel and weapons seized in the five-month battle to recapture Marawi City from the hands of the Maute Group terrorists.

Lt. Col. Ray Tiongson, Army spokesperson, said 75 soldiers were awarded the Kampilan Medal while 30 others received the Kamagi Medal.

The Kampilan Medal is awarded to those who were seriously wounded or injured or suffered great loss of property as a direct result of their participation in an activity pursuant to a campaign or advocacy of the President.

The Kamagi Medal, on the other hand, is awarded to those who actively participated in and contributed significantly to an activity pursuant to a campaign or advocacy of the President. (PNA)