Lawmaker seeks Medal of Valor for Marawi siege heroes

MANILA — An administration lawmaker at the House of Representatives on Monday filed a resolution urging the government to confer the highest military honor — Medal of Valor — to the soldiers and policemen who have died fighting against the Maute terror group in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.

In his resolution, Quezon City Rep. Winston Castelo asked the Department of National Defense and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to give posthumous Medal of Valor to the fallen government troops.

Castelo said these soldiers and policemen “made the supreme sacrifice to defend the Republic and protect and ensure the security and safety of Filipinos” in the Marawi siege.

Castelo further said they “offered the highest service to God and country, defending their country and her people and protecting them from those who seek only to inflict death, harm, and destruction.”

The Quezon City lawmaker also filed a bill seeking the establishment of an Economic and Welfare Program for children and dependents of AFP and the Philippine National Police who died in the line of duty.

Under the bill, the Department of Social Welfare and Development will be mandated to provide financial, medical, educational, and other assistance to children and dependents of the fallen soldiers and members of the police force. Filane Mikee Cervantes/