Submitted by AFPAO on Mon, 01/20/2020 - 11:00

The Philippine Air Force awarded the PAF Athletes who participated in the recently concluded 30th Southeast Asian Games and Penang International Dragon Boat Festival 2019 in a special flag-raising ceremony held at the CJVAB Grandstand, Colonel Jesus Villamor Air Base, Pasay City on January 20, 2020. 

MGEN ALLEN T PAREDES AFP, the Commanding General, PAF conferred Meritorious Achievement Medals to the representatives of the following 30th SEA Games events:

2LT JAYSON R BAGSIC PAF - Gold Medalist, 200m-Premiere event under Mixed Category
2LT JEANNE DANIELLE M FLORES PAF - Gold Medalist, 200m and 450m-Premiere events under Women's Category
A1C Romeo E Jasmin Jr PAF - Gold Medalist, Baseball event under Men's Category
A2C Mervin M Guarte PAF - Gold Medalist, Obstacle Course Racing event under 5kx20-Men's Individual Category
SSg Metodio L Suico Jr PAF - Gold Medalist, Sepak Takraw event under hoop men's category
TSg Ma Aileen A Padrones PAF - Silver Medalist, 200m-Premiere event under Open Category
A1C Gilbert A Ramirez PAF - Silver Medalist, Kurash (Judo) event under Men's Category
AW1C Irendin A Lepatan PAF - Silver Medalist, Muay Thai event under Waikru Mai Category
A2C Leo B Barredo PAF - Silver Medalist, Softball event under Men's Category
A1C Alnakran D Abdilla PAF - Silver Medalist, Volleyball event under Men's Category
A2C Abnel S Amiladjid PAF - Silver Medalist, Water Polo event under Men's Category
SSg Margarito J Angana Jr PAF - Silver Medalist, Wrestling event under 60kg-Greco Roman Style Category
A2C Edgardo G Alejan Jr PAF - Bronze Medalist, Athletics event under 4x400m-Men's Relay Category
AM Nestor L Colonia PAF - Bronze Medalist, Weightlifting event under 67kg-Men's Division Category

In his first flag-rites as the Commanding General, PAF, MGEN PAREDES AFP reminded the men and women of the PAF to firmly hold on to the InSTEP Core Values and with the virtues Diwa, Galing at Malasakit as they perform their duties. "As your pilot-in-command, our flight will be guided with the Command Philosophy: Take the LEAD, Soar as ONE,"  the CG, PAF stated.

The CG, PAF also commended the athletes, "Your display of perseverance, humility, and sportsmanship is truly exemplary," he added. 

Moreover, he also highlighted the sacrifices and heroism of the brave members of the PAF in Southern Luzon that despite the clear and imminent danger of the Taal eruption, they are continuously aiding the national government by providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.