President and Commander-in-Chief Rodrigo Duterte and Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año at the wreath-laying ceremony during the National Heroes’ Day rites at the “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier” at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Monday, 28 August 2017. (Photo by SN1 Vinluan/PAOAFP)

CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – In celebration of the National Heroes’ Day, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) with General Eduardo Año, AFP Chief of Staff, led the rites themed “The Citizen: The New National Hero” at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Fort Bonifacio,Taguig City, Monday, 28 August 2017.

President Duterte hands over the Kalasag Medal under the Order of Lapu-Lapu to the family of a fallen soldier in Marawi. 129 government troops who were killed in action during the Marawi Siege were awarded with the Kalasag Medals. (Photo by SN1 Viluan/PAOAFP)

During the ceremony, President Duterte awarded the Magalong Medal under the Order of Lapu-Lapu to Police Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido. Said award is given to officials and personnel of the government and private individuals who have rendered extraordinary service or have made exceptional contributions to the success of an activity pursuant to the President’s advocacy.

Also, the 129 government troops who were killed in action during the battle in Marawi City were tendered the Kalasag Medals (also under the Order of Lapu-Lapu) for loss of lives as a direct result of their participation in the President’s campaign or advocacy.

Gen. Año thanked the President in behalf of the recipients of the Kalasag Medals and specified that the National Heroes Day is for all the other unsung Filipino Heroes.

“National Heroes’ Day specifies no hero; it does not celebrate a single name. It commemorates the bravery, heroism, and valor of all Filipinos who have braved death for the nation and the Filipino people,” Gen. Año said.