The five new heroes are the late Bernard Wilhem Lapian from North Sulawesi, the late Mas Isman of East Java, the late Commissioner General (Police) Dr Moehammad Jasin of East Java, the late I Gusti Ngurah Made Agung of Bali, and the late Ki Bagus Hadikusumo, a Muhammadiyah leader from Yogyakarta.
The hero titles were conferred based on Presidential Decree No. 116/TK/Year 2015.
President Jokowi bestowed the honorary titles during a ceremony held at the State Palace that was attended by Vice President Jusuf M. Kalla and representatives of the new heroes families.
Social Affairs Minister Khofifah Indar Parawansa stated that the decision to confer the hero titles was made based on recommendations by the Central Title Research and Assessment Team (TP2GP).
"They have conducted various forms of verification as most of them are historians and academicians," the minister affirmed.
According to Parawansa, 13 names were proposed to the National Hero Title Council headed by Ryamizard Ryacudu.