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Uncommon True Valor Story of An Igorot Scout Ranger

This Igorot Scout Ranger was awarded the "Medal of Valor", the highest award in the Armed Forces of the Philippines for his bravery.

For this outstanding performance of duty, 2nd LT. Herbert Dilag, an Igorot from Kalinga, was awarded the nation's highest military honor, the Medal of Valor (MOV).

After suffering from heavy casualties and slowly losing it's ground from the upper hand Abu Sayyaf rebels in their secured bunkers and having bombarded by the enemies mortars and machine gun fires.

Major. Caldeo, the Commander of the First Scout Ranger Battalion, First Scout Ranger Regiment, Special Operations Command, Philippine Army, during the 3 day assault at Hill 898, the biggest Abu Sayyaf Camp in Basilan, Camp Abdurrajak, Punoh Mohaji, Isabela, Basilan ordered the OPLAN LAST OPTION or also known as the SUICIDE MISSION.

Major Caldeo decided to organize the two "Suicide Squads" to execute the final assault. The squads consisting 14 volunteers has an extreme and risky mission, to clear the northeastern bunkers. Anticipating their death, the members of the squads, left their valuables to their supporting comrades to soon be given to their loved ones.

Undaunted by threat posed by the situation and unmindful of their own safety, this Igorot scout ranger rushed-up the 30-meter 80-degree slope and eventually assaulted the heavily fortified enemy defensive position. Then they carried out an intense bunker-to-bunker battle. With cunning stealth, the "Suicide Squads" were able to secure the northeastern tip of Hill 898, which the group of Khadafy Janjalani is defending.

This heroic and gallant act paved the way for the subsequent clearing of the remaining 3 clusters of enemy fortified defensive positions. After 4 hours of close combat, the Squad forced the enemy to withdraw towards the western direction. The 3 day intense firefight resulted to the killing of 68 members of the Abu Sayyaf Group, and the recovery of the unharmed hostages.

The 14 Ranger man team suffered a massive casualties and being pinned down but this Igorot scout ranger carried his men one by one and placed them to a safe site while he single-handedly stand his ground and act as the team's sniper shooting the enemy mortar operators and machine gunners. Dilag killed 27 rebels during the assault which resulted the demoralization of enemies and forced them to back down and giving way for the main body of the troops to attack.

By this display of exceptional courage and a high degree of leadership, SECOND LIEUTENANT DILAG distinguished himself in combat, in keeping the finest tradition of Filipino Soldiery. He was awarded the MEDAL OF VALOR the highest award in the Armed Forces of the Philippines for bravery.

2LT. Herbert Dilag

2LT. Herbert Dilag

Second Lieutenant Dilag's statement while he teared up upon receiving the his medal of Valor from the President of the Philippines:

"Nagising kami ng 2 a.m, Lakad na naman kami, wala kaming tulog talaga, tapos maulan pa, mabagal lang ang lakad namin kasi walang daanan at magubat pa. Nung nagka encounter ang isang kamay namin nakahawak sa ugat ng kahoy at ang isa naman bumabaril. Sa loob ng 24 hours tiniis namin yung terrain, gutom, tension, fatigue. Tapos maririnig mo yung halinghing ng mga kasama mong wounded at nagsasabing. Sir atras na tayo, wala na akng dugo, masakit na ang sugat ko, mabubuhay paba ako sir?, Yung mga ganun,. Lalong lumalabas ang di madidiskubre na tapang sa loob mo."

Dilag is now a Major Lt. Colonel and her wife Daisy Lady is a Captain Major in the AFP. They we're blessed with two children.


Igorot Valor ranger medal

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Nov 27, 2019

amazing story, salute to you sir!

Dec 14, 2019

snappy salute!

Dec 30, 2019
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Congratulation sir you made us proud and more respect to all soldiers who dedicate their life for love of our country. So may I call all filipinos to unite and help each other . Thank you po and may the almighty God bless us all always.

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Dec 14, 2019
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My Congratulations to the two brave and propessional officers from Mountain Province.As Pilipino you make us.proud again.Keep up a good work Sirs !

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Dec 14, 2019
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IGOROTS ARE GREAT WARRIORS.....2000 OF THEM IS ALL YOU NEED TO CONQUER THE WORLD....

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Dec 16, 2019
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I always have no doubt and have faith about the bravery of the people of former Mountain Province! Congratulations Lt. Col Dilag!

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Dec 14, 2019
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Ibig sabihin matikas talaga mga taga Kalinga, the true warriors in the Phil.

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Dec 15, 2019
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Yan sana dapat tularan ng mga pulitiko inuuna ang bayan bago ang sarili salot to all igorot soldiers.... Matago tago kayo amin

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Wow Sir,what a good example of bravery,a big big salute..congratulations!

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Dec 14, 2019
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A true valor through and through. LtCol Dilag's Medal of Valor award cannot be contested by anyone.

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Dec 17, 2019
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Congratulations for your bravery and for saving your companions.

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Dec 14, 2019
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God bless our hero..proud ikalinga here....

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Dec 16, 2019
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Salute to all igorot soldiers..
Congratulations.

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Dapat lang sana parmi pang maging katulad niya. Saludo ako sayo sir.Godbless

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Dec 17, 2019
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congrat Lt. Col Dilag job well done......... yan ang dapat gawan nang movie kasi true story

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Dec 15, 2019
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Galing mo sir, i salute ur team for the job well done mabuhay kayo

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Dec 17, 2019
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Congratulations and a snappy salute to you Sir. Dumami pa sana ang lahi mo.

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Dec 15, 2019
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Salute sa inyo sir . Mula noon hanggang ngayon hindi matawaran ang pinamalas na kagitingan ng mga Pilipino.

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Dec 18, 2019
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They are good fighters i work with them before

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Dec 25, 2019
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Hindi tga mountain province yan tga Kalinga yan.

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as this time anong class kyo be honest that an order ok

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Dec 13, 2019
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it makes me proud and restore my belief in humanity, Congratulations sir may God bless you

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Dec 14, 2019
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Congratulation sir for your bravery. Salute. God bless you

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Kudos!???❤po sir! Salute!
God bless po.

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Dec 18, 2019
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Congratulations ....at maraming salamat po!!

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Dec 13, 2019
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True leader! The Tom Hanks of Phil., so proud of you sir.

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Great sir nd congrats.God bless u always.

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God bless to our brave warriors... ?❤️

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Dec 16, 2019
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ayuuuu pay...very proud tako.igorot manennn..

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Thank God adda ti kas kenka sir. God bless

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Congratulations po... Sana po tularan kau ng iba pang mga sundalo...

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You deserve the award sir, igoy kunuman, warior

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God bless you Major & our soldiers who gallantly defend us & our country from local & foreign enemies!

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Our salute to you, Lt. Col. Herbert Dilag and your men!
In the past until today, a lot of Cordillerans in the AFP and PNP showed to the world their bravery, how they handle things, etc. during similar situation.
Our prayers for all of you in the AFP, PNP and other personel of agencies as you fight the enemies of the land.
... and to you brothers and sisters who are in the mountains, please lay down your arms and work with the govt for the good of Filipino people.

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Great act of bravery defending comrades including the wounded though twas an act of suicide rather than all of them be killed.
Deserving for the award and promotion. A salute to bravery shown while in battle wherein no one knows who would survive. Twas an act of heroism.
Congratulations for your bravery in defending our nation against rebels and terrorists!!!

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Dec 20, 2019
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Read the story and question me why in 24 H no back-up from the central command then a war plane could have responded even in hours but not 24 hours.

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Dec 17, 2019
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Sana ganyan lhat Ang mga pulis at sundalo .tapat SA kaninang sinumpaang tungkulin.nakkainspire Ang katapangan mo sir.pamarissn ka nawa Ng ibang kasundaluhan.Mabuhay ka.God bless.

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Dec 16, 2019
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Scout ranger Na utos otosan nang corakot Na politician.

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Dec 16, 2019
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Painful truth same Filipinos flighting ,hopefully it's end ??Congrats

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Dec 15, 2019
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proud to be part warrior blood of igorot

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Dec 14, 2019
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What a galant soldier. Salute to you Sir and your men.

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Dec 15, 2019
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I salute you sir, being a brave soldier and 100% Filipino blood.

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That,s the spirit of being mission oriented as we call them elite congrats

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God Bless you & your family Lt. Col. Dilag

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