Departure honor held for 5 soldiers slain in Sulu clash PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 November 2014 12:03

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) gave yesterday a full military departure honor to the five soldiers who were killed in heavy fighting with Abu Sayyaf militants in Talipao, Sulu on Friday.

The ceremony was held at the Base Operation Ramp of Edwin Andrews Air Base (EAAB),

The bodies of two of the five slain soldiers were transported to Cagayan, while the three others are scheduled for departure for Luzon anytime today, November 17, 2014

The five soldiers killed in fierce fighting with the Abu Sayyaf are PFC Joey Blanche of Tacurong City; PFC Gabby Aches of Misamis Oriental; PFC Albert Villaluna of Luban, Occidental Mindoro; PFC Alison Claro of Gamu, Isabela and PFC Samuel Taluyan of Tamdan, Kalinga.

Western Mindanao Command (WESMINCOM) chief Lt. Gen. Rustico Guerrero said the AFP will give the “fallen and wounded soldiers” the appropriate honors including the place of burial.

“This is one way of acknowledging their services to the armed forces, tuluy-tuloy pa rin ang pagbibigay ng pugay sa ating mga magigiting na sundalo,” Guerrero said.

He said the latest report on the ground is that at least 10 killed and about 30 wounded from the ASG headed by Commander Radulan.

“Our troops are continuing their pursuit operations in all areas where the ASG is located,” Guerrero added.

Meanwhile, AFP Chief of Staff General Gregorio Pio Catapang, Jr. on Saturday expressed his deepest condolences to the families and relatives of the fallen soldiers in the recently renewed firefight against the dreaded ASG.

“Please allow me to express my heartfelt condolences to those who lost their loved ones while fighting for the country. I thank them for their selfless service,” Catapang said.

“I want to personally pin the Gold Cross Medals to all deserving warrior-leaders who displayed conspicuous courage in this particular firefight. Their bravery must be emulated by all soldiers.” added Catapang. — Monch L. Follosco