2011 outstanding Philippine soldiers named

TEN exceptional soldiers from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) were named winners of the 2011 search for The Outstanding Philippine Soldiers (TOPS) today at the AFP Commissioned Officers Clubhouse, General Headquarters.

These outstanding Philippine soldiers as announced by the Metrobank Foundation, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Makati Metro are Colonel Daniel A. Lucero, Master Sergeant Sixto P. Navarrosa, Chief Master Sergeant Billy C. Benebile all from the Philippine Army; Colonel Alexander F. Balutan, Technical Sergeant Rommel Carbon, Data Processor 3 Jairus M. Cenabre all from the Philippine Navy; Colonel Raul del Rosario, Master Sergeant Maria Teresa M. Bitong, Master Sergeant Nelson S. Mercado all from the Philippine Air Force, and Colonel Alexis Tamondong from the Technical Services.

AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo S.L. Oban Jr. attended the announcement and presentation of TOPS Awardees. “TOPS shall help uplift our soldiers’ morale in terms of showcasing their honorable service to the Filipino people and significant achievements that validates their upright commitment to protecting the best interest of the Filipino nation,” he said.

TOPS 2011 is an annual project undertaken by the Metrobank Foundation and the Rotary Club of Makati Metro, in partnership with the AFP. The Search aims to honor the career achievements of gallant officers and enlisted personnel from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Technical Services.

Each of the awardees will receive a P300,000-cash prize and a trophy courtesy of the Metrobank Foundation. Later this month, the awardees will be honored in the conferment ceremonies in Malacañang to be attended by President Benigno S. Aquino III.

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