Rep. Lobregat condoles families of fallen soldiers PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 September 2016 11:50

By DEXTER YAP

Congressman Celso Lobregat has joined the entire military in condoling the families and relatives of 15 fallen soldiers who gave their lives in the battlefront in Sulu where a military offensive against the Abu Sayyaf entered the 7th day Wednesday.

Lobregat was saddened over by the news that one of the fallen soldiers was a Zamboangueño – 28-year-old PFC Jison B. Falcasantos of Armor Village, San Roque, who gave his life in the service of the country during the National Heroes Day encounter with Abu Sayyaf fighters at Sitio Kan Jaiul, Maligay, Patikul, Sulu.

“I am expressing my sympathy to the bereaved family of Falcasantos, a Zamboangueño soldier, and all the other fallen soldiers who died in the encounter in Sulu. We salute them for their heroism,” Lobregat said.

The solon lamented the untimely death of the soldiers who continue to sacrifice in pursuit of tranquility and peace in troubled Mindanao areas.

Lobregat said that the members of the House of Representatives are curently working on legislations and programs that will increase the benefits of slain and wounded soldiers and their children and loved ones.

He said that aside from the peace and order, the Abu Sayaf problem is causing a huge negative impact on the economy of the Mindanao region including Zamboanga City which frequently comes under bomb attacks or some residents being kidnapped.

The military has transported Tuesday afternoon the remains of the soldiers killed in the battle against the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu on board a Philippine Air Force C-130 cargo plane which landed at the Edwin Andrews Air Base( EAAB) in Sta. Maria. The bodies werer later transderred to St.Peter Chapels in Divisoria for embalming before it was brought to WESMINCOM gymnasium for honors with President Rodrigo Duterte before it will be flown to their respective provinces for proper burial rites.

The bodies airlifted to this city Wednesday were that of 2nd Lt. Ernan Gusto, Sgt. Jay Erwin Almohallas, SSgt. Ruel Catubay, Corporals Ronald Galloniga, Omar Raddulan and Saik Mandangan; Private First Class Nestor Bacaling Jr., Jison Falcasantos, Gerald Yubal, Dhendo Dujo, Roselito Arnoco, Glend Cosicol Resma and Rogelio Vincoy Jr.; and Pvt. Jonas Lumayan. The remains of Corporal Elid Ismael, who is from Jolo, Sulu stayed in that town. – Dexter Yap