Successful military operation at the end of November secured a second highest military award medal for combat to a junior officer of the Philippine Army’s Special Forces. He was awarded for distinguished valor in the rescue mission in Sulu, the Inquirer reported.
Rico Tagure received the second-highest military award medal for combat for a mission to rescue a British man and his wife from their captors in Sulu. The Philippine’s President Rodrigo Duterte awarded the Distinguished Conduct Star to Capt. Rico Tagure during the 84th-anniversary rites of the Armed Forces of the Philippines at Camp Aguinaldo on Tuesday, Dec. 17.
Tagure, the company commander of 4th Special Forces Company of the 2nd Special Forces Battalion, was recognized for his “conspicuous courage and gallantry in action in the face of armed enemies” during the successful rescue of British national Alan Hyrons and his Filipino wife, Wilma, in November.
Tagure was among the other 14 recipients who were awarded during the AFP anniversary.
The Philippine military planned and executed the rescue mission on November 25, in order to save the kidnapped Hyrons couple from Abu Sayyaf in Sulu. The couple was abducted at their beach resort in Zamboanga del Sur last Oct. 4.
According to reports, British special forces including SAS and SBS were also involved in planning the rescue mission.