President Corazon Aquino awarded the nation's highest medal for bravery Friday to a sergeant who killed his brother during a coup attempt in 1989.
Sgt. Roberto Salvador received the Medal of Valor during ceremonies marking the 94th anniversary of the Philippine army.He was among the defenders of Camp Aguinaldo, the armed forces headquarters, when mutinous troops attacked it Dec. 3, 1989, two days after rebel soldiers launched the most serious bid to topple Aquino.
Salvador, then a private, used a 90mm recoilless rifle to blast two armored personnel carriers that smashed through the camp's gates. Several rebel crewmen inside the carriers were killed, including Salvador's brother, Rogelio.
Salvador told reporters he had "mixed feelings" about receiving the medal. He told a radio station he felt obligated to support his brother's widow and family.